One day the story of that time when almost everyone got Covid will be told and when it does we’ll be sure to laugh heartily at how ridiculous it all was…but not today.
We’ll tell you about how the family flew in to celebrate my daughter’s high school celebration and how wearing masks and being fully vaccinated didn’t work as well as we hoped it would.
Given the current climate I’ll stress I am a believer in science and medicine and a proponent of getting vaccinated. Some failures are going to happen upon occasion and I would still argue in favor of smart preventative measures.
Anyhoo, a couple of days after the graduation my daughter’s mom came down with Covid. She was fully vaccinated, including the boosters and wearing a mask…go figure.
A day after that I came down with a fever and a scratchy throat so per instruction from my doc I went to urgent care and they checked me out for Covid and strep throat.
I tested negative for both. Hell, I tested negative for Covid a couple of times afterward so it seems I never had it or maybe I am just one of those people it didn’t register with.
Took me about 18 hours to shake whatever I had which is pretty standard for what happens when I get one of my twice-a-year colds.
But the real concern were the multiple senior citizens who flew out, some of whom are immunocompromised as well as in the aforementioned demographic.
As of today only one of the four got sick and it indeed was Covid but it appears decent genes and some meds have mostly taken care of the illness.
Still it made for some dicey moments and extended several trips beyond where they were supposed to be.
What To Do & How To Do What
Given all of the fun I have been in insolation for a while now more out of an abundance of caution than anything else.
It created more than a little stress because I never felt particularly ill and there was always concern about how to best help the visitors, especially my mother who didn’t rent a car and was sort of stuck at the hotel.
Fortunately, the grandkids are at an age where they can drive and given they all tested negative were able to spend time with grandma.
Although that helped give me peace of mind there was still a nagging question about what to do and how to best do it.
Wasn’t going to panic but also wanted to be prudent.
Given ages, history and life experience I know that life can turn on a dime and that any time I see them it could be the last time.
When it came to my mom I looked at genetics a bit, had a couple of conversations and talked it out with her.
She is still almost 20 years younger than her both her parents were when they died. Overall she has a pretty good bill of health and her doc didn’t have issue with her traveling on the graduation circuit.
That added some comfort, especially given her attitude. She doesn’t want to miss out on these opportunities because even with good health/genes her age makes it clear there is a clock.
So some of this is/was a calculated risk.
I didn’t hug her goodbye and I was a good 15 feet away when I said “I’ll try to see you later this summer.”
If you ask me my gut feeling on it all I will tell you I feel good about it and that I expect to see her again. She felt fine when she left and fine when she landed so I am going with that.
Won’t say that I haven’t kept my fingers crossed and hoped not to be proven wrong about anything.
Won’t say that it hasn’t been extra stressful for reasons both obvious and less so either.
But I am looking forward to the day when this is just one more funny story.
Especially given the last three weeks included plumbing issues, a car accident and an assortment of other irritants in addition to this last set of nonsense.
Kids asked me why so much has to happen at one time and I told them it is because life doesn’t care.
“You get what you get however you get it and then you just roll with it. Manage it as best you can and try not to let it make you crazy.”
I think it is pretty good advice, I ought to tell it to myself again because there are days…