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Most of the time we say "third time's a charm" or "three strikes, you're out." When it comes to Covid, over the course of this thing, I have been directly exposed to it no less than six times.
For a while I was becoming more and more convinced that I was probably just somehow immune to it. I mean, I never got vaccinated and continue to have no intention to do so. I always felt there was a relationship to Covid and vitamin D deficiency and continue to believe there is a likely link there.
But who knows? I don't think anyone really has the keys necessary to unlock the entire mystery around Covid.
I have always taken lots of vitamin C and vitamin D, and like a lot of people I take a multi-vitamin every day. Not that it does anything for the immune system and of course I take it for other reasons, but I also take Omega-3 supplements.
But for me it appears the 6th exposure was the one that got me.
It was on Wednesday sometime during the day at work I started to get a tickle in my throat and began coughing a bit. As the day was wearing on I was starting to get a bit achy and was feeling more tired than usual.
By the time I got home I still was not thinking much about it. I went about my normal thing, waiting for my wife to get home and starting to prepare dinner since I happen to be the one that cooks.
She got home, we exchanged our usual affections and I continued to prepare dinner. All the while feeling worse and worse.
I was taking my temperature as well and the thermometer kept jumping into the red 100 degree range. A definite fever. By the time dinner was finished I was completely exhausted and just did not feel well. I didn't eat as I was just suddenly feeling awful.
Being a typical man and so as not to concern the wife I was being quite quiet about things. You know, sometimes you just figure "this will just pass and I will be fine." But the wife did notice I was getting a bit flush and I was sweating and clammy.
"Are you all right?" she asked me.
"Just not feeling well," I told her. And knowing my last exposure to Covid was on Saturday and all the symptoms seemed to be there I finally told her that maybe I should take the test just to be on the safe side.
We had tests that were issued free by the government a few months back so they were in the house and ready to use.
I took the test and sure enough. It was positive. I had Covid sure as the nose on my face.
Immediately I notified my boss to let him know about my circumstance and told him I was heading back to the office to grab my computer to work from home. There was no permission needed to take off the next day—it's Covid and there need be no further explanation.
The policy is 5 days of quarantine.
So I was off on Thursday and Friday and of course already had the weekend off. Monday is day five and so Tuesday would be my return. But not without a caveat.
I am scheduled to be on a business trip next week Tuesday through Friday on a business trip to see customers. I did not mention anything of that right away feeling I would just sort of play things by ear a bit.
But on Friday I did speak to the boss and asked him what I should do and what the company policy is about traveling immediately following a positive test. He basically told me that decision was mine to make.
"If you feel comfortable to travel that is up to you if you want to do it," is what I was basically told. "But by no means are you obligated to do it if you do not feel up to it or are uncomfortable doing it."
I told him that I would prefer to still get the trip in. In my line of work these trips, though cumbersome at times, are also necessary. I make most of my living on the commissions I make and these trips are important to keep in touch with the customers who are vital in the process of paying my bills and making my living.
But it does pose an interesting dilemma for me in a way. For one, I am exhausted from the Covid. Granted, by Monday I should be feeling much better. But traveling is also exhausting. I will spend long hours on the road and my four-day trip will have me traveling through four states.
Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
On top of that my wife and I had our wedding anniversary on the 19th of May and due to certain logistics, decided to take an anniversary trip on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate.
We are heading to Hopkinsville, Kentucky which is about 4 1/2 hours away from where we live. So, it's more driving and of course multiple activities.
I swear, by the time I get done with all of this I may be completely spent.
I am going to do my best to make it all work and come together though. Each day does seem to be a bit better than the last, so I have confidence even now that the worst is already behind me. My worst day was Thursday.
Either way, I suppose there are still a couple of silver linings here. One being that the strain I have is much like a bad cold. The other is that I did not get this around our major vacation coming up in the first week of August when we head to the panhandle in Florida. The last being that now I will probably finally have antibodies.
Beyond that, so much for the immunity theory. I guess that was just a case of obvious wishful thinking.