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as far as i know stet and i have it. anyone else?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 11:47 (one year ago) link

Saturday 28 March
During the day i started feeling that classic tingly 'emergency' feeling that accompanies pretty much any fever. i had a scheduled aperatif/hangout at 7:15 with my wife's family, about a dozen of them shouting over the top of each other for an hour. my wife also said she didn't feel good, so we PRETENDED to drink by pouring some kombucha into wine glasses. it wasn't so bad.

by the time i was ready for bed i had a proper fever - 38.3C (101F). that night was terrible. classic delirium dreams. i was one of many little bundles or hashmarks that needed to be grouped and lined up inside a large pen somewhere in westminster. it was my job to do the grouping and lining up, and i was also one of the hashmarks. i tried every combination. it never was right. i woke up maybe 4 times and always returned to this same anxiety dream. my body ached. it was hard to get back to sleep.

Sunday 29 March
toast was bitter. coffee was horrible. i started coughing. not a lot, and it never felt violent, but it was there. i ached all over. in the afternoon i slept, which was massively helpful. after that i even started to feel okay.

my wife having similar symptoms to me, but milder. little or no fever, and less aches.

i went for a walk (allowed under NHS guidelines) keeping well away from everyone and feeling like the angel of death. as i walked i could smell something. it was persistent. extremely recognisable yet very unusual. i could smell it wherever i went. once i got back home i could still smell it. i finally figured it out. burning hair. since then i haven't smelled it.

another symptom began: little pain flashes at the base of my skull lasting for no more than a second or two. right side, left side, at random. no trouble breathing. but chest feeling tight and a bit... hollowed out sort of. there is some serious shit happening in there. prefer not to know.

whole family watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was WAY more trash than i had remembered. still kinda fun.

i started to feel even better. by this time i'd started taking paracetemol right up to the max dosage each day (2x 500mg tablets three times a day) and kind of trying to game it so that it would take effect at the ideal time but not put me over my limit. felt better going to bed.

Monday 30 March
night absolutely awful. worst yet. woke up needing to pee and couldn't go back to sleep for maybe 2 hrs because of the aches. finally realising i was being an idiot and should just take some paracetemol. did so, got to sleep in 10 minutes. some untold time later wake up absolutely DRENCHED. hanes beefy T just wet through. changes clothes.

realise there is an eerie resemblance between how i feel in the mornings and how i might feel after an almighty speed bender. metallic taste in mouth, insides feel totally used up and squeezed out, flashes of pain in head. strong urges to pee that result in very little.

actually take a shower and change into real clothes to try to feel more normal. it kind of works! and guess what - it's a homeschool day!

somehow my wife and i manage my kids through a few online classes, set them up with some videogames and lunch, are incredibly irritable towards each other and the kids. after the kids are in bed we have a big talk and apologise to each other.

Tuesday 31 March
new night strategy: keep two paracetemol by the bed and take as soon as i wake up in the middle of the night. IT WORKS. more or less. i basically sleep through. rise at 8:30 feeling like shit but at least i slept.

the first of several grocery drop-offs arrives courtesy of a neighbourhood friend. the lovely Emma B feels significantly worse and i'm about the same. we're basically holding steady. no shortness of breath is what i'm holding onto.

it turns out one of my bosses at work had it right before we were all told to work from home and it took him 15 days to come out of it. he urged me in a text message to completely disconnect from work for at least 3-4 days and get better. that's what i'm doing.

as i'm writing this my kids are playing PS4 and my wife is in bed.

i fully intend for this to be as bad as it gets. i'm not drinking alcohol at all. i'm having like a half a cup of coffee a day (as opposed to my usual 3-4). it tastes nasty now anyway. drinking lots of water. getting to bed around 11pm.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:14 (one year ago) link

whole family watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was WAY more trash than i had remembered.


the most alarming symptom i’ve heard about so far tbh

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:17 (one year ago) link

(get well soon stet and tracer obv)

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:18 (one year ago) link

Seconded.

Bridge Over Thorley Waters (Tom D.), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:23 (one year ago) link

(Big Star's) Thirded

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:25 (one year ago) link

Sounds horrible TH, hope that’s as bad as it gets & you both get better soon.

extremely Dutch coughing sound (gyac), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:26 (one year ago) link

the most amazing part, which i had completely forgotten, goes something like this:

cruise: 'you're an analyst?'

renner: 'that's right'

cruise: 'pen'

renner: 'excuse me?'

cruise, more pettily: 'give me a pen!'

renner gives cruise a ballpoint pen. cruise then starts drawing on his own palm with the pen. as he's drawing, he's talking. cruise: 'if you're such a hot shot analyst, i'm looking for a european male, mid-50s, blue eyes, looks like this' and then cruise HOLDS UP HIS PALM to show him the BALLPOINT SKETCH and renner says...

'well.. it's crude sketch, but it could be...' and pinpoints the exact dude, rattling off the guy's postdoctoral degrees

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:27 (one year ago) link

xpost lol thanks all

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:27 (one year ago) link

feel better tracer! and stet!

k3vin k., Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:30 (one year ago) link

yes but had you any criticisms of this perfect movie or were you just going to detail its awesomeness

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:31 (one year ago) link

I didn't think I had seen this movie but now that you described the scene, I have totally seen it.

Get well!

Yerac, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:34 (one year ago) link

Good luck Tracer! Judging by your post it sounds like your kids are just bowling through this without any ill-effects at all, which I guess is both a blessing and a curse right now?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 12:57 (one year ago) link

Good luck & get well soon, Tracer & stet & families and any other ilxors with bugs to report!

and thanks for the symptoms diary, it's interesting to have an idea what to expect (or not)...

a passing spacecadet, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:03 (one year ago) link

take care TH (and stet, and yr respective households), good to hear you've been able to function on some level during the day

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:13 (one year ago) link

Matt: bingo

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:58 (one year ago) link

tbh the thing i’m almost dreading more than contracting the ‘rona is trying to look after a 21-month-old while feeling like hammered shit for a week or more

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:00 (one year ago) link

Get well, this is riveting 'rona-blogging

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 15:21 (one year ago) link

from what i understand stet is much further along in this. would be interesting to see to what extent our experiences line up.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:32 (one year ago) link

Ilxor stevie had it too iirc, but I think he's out the other side now

ymo sumac (NickB), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:55 (one year ago) link

!!! i did not know

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:11 (one year ago) link

Get well sooon, tracer.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:14 (one year ago) link

Very best wishes to both of you.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:17 (one year ago) link

i hope you all get well soon xx

estela, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:28 (one year ago) link

the most alarming symptom i’ve heard about so far tbh

― a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, March 31, 2020 8:17 AM (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Well loss of taste is a common symptom

℺ ☽ ⋠ ⏎ (✖), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:36 (one year ago) link

roasted

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:58 (one year ago) link

lol

mark s, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:02 (one year ago) link

a+

a struggle to make meat-snacking fit (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:06 (one year ago) link

I mention this just to cheer you up, Tracer Hand (hoping you find humour in such things): I was going to post on that first-ILX-mention thread, so I looked up "coronavirus," and, well, I'm sure you can guess the rest.

rona moved in: ilx0rs with the bug report on their progress

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:13 (one year ago) link

Huh? Wrong link.

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:14 (one year ago) link

'Professor Wickramasinghe admits there is no hard evidence for his theory; and researchers who have been working on Sars reacted with a mixture of disbelief and ridicule.
There is nothing strange about the Sars coronavirus, they said; it certainly evolved from other known viruses.

One leading expert said Professor Wickramasinghe's letter "must be a joke"; another said it is simply ridiculous.'

surely it is the Professor's name that is the joke here?!@@

― Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Friday, May 23, 2003 11:59 AM (sixteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

clemenza, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:15 (one year ago) link

Wow!

I am ashamed of making fun of what at this remove I now consider a rather brilliant, grand and gnarly name. :/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:41 (one year ago) link

Also if that be he, he is clearly A Dude

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 21:41 (one year ago) link

And he is claiming extraterrestrial origins of coronaviruses to this day.

Unfortunate joke. I was reminded of how, 25-30 years ago, when my friends and I came across someone with an unwieldy name we would exclaim "Gesundheit!" As kids this just seemed silly, but now I have to wonder if it ever came across as racist.

☮️ (peace, man), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 10:51 (one year ago) link

pigs! in! space!

mark s, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:03 (one year ago) link

Wednesday 1 April
Best night yet. I didn’t need my emergency paracetemol.

Two massive naps today. Worryingly, Paul comes down with a 103F fever and sleeps for hours as well.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on the teevee with the kids. Goodness me what a movie. The opera scene. The ‘water torus’ scene. The car chase in Morocco. Kidnaping the Prime Minister. The final cat-and-mouse shootout / knife fight among the foggy alleyways of Tower Hill. The delicious conclusion. Best MI hands down imo.

Appetite still good (though still no sense of smell) and breathing still fine.

Thursday 2 April
Rocky night. However Paul has woken up in a great mood, and no fever.

Went for a longish walk today with the lovaly Emma B. Made avologmeno for lunch and was then attacked by a headache the ferocity of which I have probably never felt before in my life. It wasn’t all-encompassing like a migraine but it somehow felt worse - it was sudden, implacable, vice-like, a heavy boot holding me down. Utterly defenseless. Slept three hours in the afternoon and the boot was still there when I woke up.

Managed to rouse myself for dinner, read to the kids before bed.

In some ways this is maybe the worst day so far. Just flattened. Currently watching Pitch Perfect, which is exactly my speed. Head still throbbing. I’ve heard that people can really take a nose-dive in the second week and I hope this isn’t the beginning of that.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 2 April 2020 20:55 (one year ago) link

fingers crosse tracer, i hadnt seen migraine as a common symptom but i have where possible just been avoiding too much of that reporting tbh

heartened that yr MI taste is back, that is indeed the best of them

ole uncle tiktok (darraghmac), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:03 (one year ago) link

Sorry you’re going through this!

rob, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:03 (one year ago) link

Thanks for keeping everyone informed, I'm sure it's a struggle.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:11 (one year ago) link

best wishes to you both

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:12 (one year ago) link

Best wishes to you both.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:30 (one year ago) link

<3 <3 <3 <3

maura, Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:36 (one year ago) link

<<<<3333

karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 2 April 2020 21:36 (one year ago) link

Damn Tracer, hang in there.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 3 April 2020 02:00 (one year ago) link

,

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 3 April 2020 02:00 (one year ago) link

fuck, tracer. get well soon. and thanks for keeping us updated here - this sort of thing really helpful (and dare i say it interesting)

Fizzles, Friday, 3 April 2020 06:19 (one year ago) link

Get well soon. Hope it does mean you can't get it again at least.

Stevolende, Friday, 3 April 2020 06:55 (one year ago) link

<3 Tracer all the best to you and family. thanks for posting your updates. what fizzles just said.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Friday, 3 April 2020 07:08 (one year ago) link

Hold tight Tracer. Honestly this sounds like a real motherfucker, something especially cruel about the way it seems to trick everyone into thinking they're improving for a bit before finding new and more horrific ways to brutalise them.

Matt DC, Friday, 3 April 2020 14:16 (one year ago) link

Concerning me directly, that is

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:54 (four months ago) link

One of the harshest edicts of quarantine is not to interact with pets

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:07 (four months ago) link

Thinking of ya pal

ian, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:13 (four months ago) link

Thank you, my friend, and my other friends.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:25 (four months ago) link

Pretty much every time I take a reading on my pulse oximeter I think of
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDERo9ZNZcg

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:43 (four months ago) link

Wishing you a good and speedy recovery, James!

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:54 (four months ago) link

indeed! hope you feel better soon

mage uluk (NickB), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 08:23 (four months ago) link

not inviting you to share, James, but 98 is good in this context. fingers crossed!

get down, get down, get down / why piano wenza so? (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 08:27 (four months ago) link

Thanks. Yeah 98 is good.

So today woke up feeling pretty good but then starting having this annoying headache and now worried about my sense of smell.

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 23:18 (four months ago) link

But could just be due to congestion

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 23:19 (four months ago) link

But still have sense of taste so...

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 January 2021 23:22 (four months ago) link

Are you saying you can’t smell the glove?

calstars, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 00:03 (four months ago) link

How much more Blecch could this be?

Next Time Might Be Hammer Time (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 January 2021 00:05 (four months ago) link

i'll bet your crossword times are abysmal now. smdh

<3

mookieproof, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 02:38 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

So exactly a month since I got this. On day 10 when I got out of quarantine one of my daughters tested positive. That week my energy came and went. I would take naps and not wake up too easily. A few days after my daughter finished her isolation, my wife got her second vaccination shot, to which she had a strong reaction which went on for a few days. I am mostly back to normal, apart from my attenuated sense of smell and the fact that many days my energy just doesn’t feel 100%. So ultimately a mild case, as my doctor told me, just reporting back for full disclosure.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:38 (three months ago) link

grebt

mookieproof, Thursday, 18 February 2021 01:59 (three months ago) link

Thanks!

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 18 February 2021 02:23 (three months ago) link

good to hear. hope you will fully recover soon

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:28 (three months ago) link

Yes, hope for onwards and upwards!

kinder, Thursday, 18 February 2021 21:06 (three months ago) link

how you feeling now?

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:35 (three months ago) link

Me? Pretty good, thanks. Still can barely smell anything unless it is a strong smell and right in front of my nose. Physical pretty much have my energy back, mentally clear, although still sometimes feel I lost a little bit of my edge, although not so much this week.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:41 (three months ago) link

Physically

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:42 (three months ago) link

Glad to hear you are doing better.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:49 (three months ago) link

Thanks!

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:51 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Me and my bf have it. I was eligible for the vaccine too, just failed to manage to get an appointment what with me not existing on the same time-plane as most people and my cat dying. I feel like fucking shit. We haven't even left the house for a year aside from him going to work and frantic vet trips, no fun times or pushing the boundaries of the rules. Fuck this.

emil.y, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:38 (two weeks ago) link

Ah shit, sorry to hear it. Rest up and get through it, both of you.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:44 (two weeks ago) link

Fucking hell, that is rotten luck :( Hope you both feel better soon.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:46 (two weeks ago) link

ah no, sorry to hear it emil.y. get well soon

stet, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:47 (two weeks ago) link

Ah I’m sorry emily. It is really not fun at all! Just think how bulletproof you’ll be after your vaccinations though. You’ll be like double strength.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 16:48 (two weeks ago) link

arggh no, emily! i'm so sorry to hear that! seriously, give us a shout if you need anything at all sending to you and i'll sort it for you. or just dm me your address via twitter and i'll get a care package together!

building a hole (NickB), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

Ugh, so sorry for you.

Blue Yoda No. 9 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

That's rubbish, hope you feel better soon.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

Bleh, sorry you got it emil.y, this year has piled too much on you.

In my house are many Manchins (WmC), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

Ugh that sucks, I'm sorry. What awful luck. I hope you feel better soon.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

Fucking hell, I'm sorry to hear that, emil.y. Get well soon.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:42 (two weeks ago) link

that’s terrible, emil.y. hope you both get well the soonest

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks everyone. Feel horrible and feverish but so far it's about flu level, so manageable. Just wish I had my kitty to stroke.

emil.y, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 20:27 (two weeks ago) link

Be well soon and RIP that cat.

nashwan, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 20:49 (two weeks ago) link

Oh no, that completely sucks. wishing you all the best for a quick recovery x

kinder, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

<3 to u emily & sending hugs for the the alby-sized space

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 26 May 2021 20:53 (two weeks ago) link

wishing you both a speedy recovery with minimal symptoms

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 21:24 (two weeks ago) link

i’m so sorry emil.y that both of you are sick and grieving for your cat at the same time. it’s a terrible loss. i hope you can recover quickly and well, and that your heartache will ease

estela, Thursday, 27 May 2021 07:28 (two weeks ago) link

I hope you get better soon emil.y

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 27 May 2021 08:20 (two weeks ago) link

I'm pretty much through this now. Horrible times but never got worse than flu for me. As a decades-long smoker it could have got a lot more dangerous, I guess.

emil.y, Friday, 4 June 2021 18:48 (one week ago) link

I hope you two get better quickly, and I'm sorry about your cat.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Friday, 4 June 2021 18:49 (one week ago) link

Glad to hear you're feeling better, emil.y!

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 18:55 (one week ago) link

Completely anecdotal but someone who works in healthcare was telling me that smokers do seem to get through it a bit better than non-smokers. Something to do with their lungs being a toxic environment for the virus? Anyway, great to hear that you're on the mend emil.y!

building a hole (NickB), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 21:31 (one week ago) link

yeah, I'd heard that too about smokers, pretty early on, and like lots of things, the effect of Ibuprofen, covid toe et al, never really heard any substantial follow-ups.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 21:35 (one week ago) link


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