Covid-19 or Not?
I am not sure I contracted Covid-19. I did have a bout of a weird viral-like episode that lasted about 10 days.
My symptoms matched those that would be considered in the mild symptom category: fever that went from 99 to 101, repeatedly. Severe body pain — lower abdominal pain, knee pain, and lower back pain.
After four days, I became hungry and would have about 30 minutes in which I was clear-headed and could walk to the kitchen for food. That little bit off exertion exhausted me. That was the extent of my physical activity for several more days.
My doctor and I had a virtual appointment in which she recommended some supplements to take and, after a couple of days, I felt significantly better. Not sure if it was just time for me to feel better or not, but her advice usually helps me, so I am going to give her the credit. I was also fortunate to have a friend who brought me food and medicine during my isolation.
I am a homebody person, so being isolated was not that big of a deal, but really, because I was ill, I didn’t even really notice.
The 72 hours of isolation after my symptoms disappeared were harder, to my surprise.
My Usual Normal
If I have a choice, I would rather stay home and watch television shows in which people have adventures such as archeology digs or hiking, or show me how to make furniture.
However, when I had to stay home, I found myself wanting to connect via Skype or FaceTime, which is the last thing I have EVER wanted to when socializing.
I also had trouble getting through to some businesses –my health insurance company and, OMG!, HomeDepot. Where the heck is my order?
I finally felt the loneliness that you normals felt to a greater extent and much earlier.
The idea of the death of loved ones seems so much closer. I lock those feelings away in a safe place where they cannot be touched.
Changing — I Hope We Do
What I like about what is happening is the willingness of people to help others who may be complete strangers. The greater sense of community arising out of this. I hope we continue to break down those boundaries of ‘us’ and ‘them.’
Even though I am a committed introvert I, too, have been changed. I do not feel as much pride in my ability to not need people. I was fooling myself.