My family is on Day 20 of quarantine. By popular request, I’m writing a follow-up post to I’m Corona positive. What they don’t tell you and what to expect. Everyone has expressed concern about how I’m doing so here is the update and how I’m managing.
“How are you?”
After 20 days without leaving the house, it’s not easy. But, overall, I suppose I’m doing ok. It could be worse. My outlook and mood change by the minute based on how the kids are interacting, but that’s parenthood in general. If they are getting along and playing cooperatively without shouting, I can relax and get some well-needed rest. *Note: two family members had symptoms a week before mine and another tested positive after me, which is why this is the never-ending quarantine.
Here’s how I’m feeling:
- Loss of smell. If put something up to my nose and take a whiff, I can smell something versus smelling nothing compared to last week, but it’s faint. Some things I can smell and other things I can’t. I can smell my tomato plant if I touch the stem and put my hand up to my nose. I can smell chocolate chips. I can’t smell cinnamon applesauce cooking on the stove. I can’t smell the spices during havdalah.
- Nasal discomfort. This symptom is gone. My doctor recommended a saline spray and Tylenol for when I was having symptoms.
- Body aches. Gone.
- Energy level. Returning but I’m not functioning at full speed. I can manage many household activities but at a slower pace. I’m feeling exponentially better than a week ago which was “I have no motivation and just want to lay here and do nothing”.
- Fast-moving text. Being able to scroll is also greatly improving, Scrolling on screens still bothers my eyes/head and I prefer letters and images to stay in one place. I’ve had the desire to cut down on time spent on social media and this has been the perfect opportunity. I’m not able to scroll longer than a few seconds. I apologize if I’ve missed a birth, simcha, or other lifecycle event that may have been posted on social media as I don’t stay on long enough to find out.
- Appetite. Returning but still not normal. I’m simply not hungry. A side benefit of this whole situation would be nice to shed a pound or two, but that doesn’t seem to have happened. When I do eat, it’s minimal. In regards to thirst, I don’t realize I’m thirsty until my mouth feels dry. What’s notably unusual is that my sweet tooth has seemingly disappeared,
The Corona Hotel Option
We had the option of going to a Corona hotel. We considered it for about five seconds and decided against it. The only upside for considering it was to get out of our apartment so the kids could run around and be outdoors.
We have a lovely community of chesed volunteers who run errands for us and deliver food if needed. We are in our own space with our books, crafts, toys, and favorite foods. The hotel option has no pool, no beach, and is full of sick people which does not appeal to me. Going to a hotel would NOT be a vacation. Finally, the family members who are considered recovered would have to spend an additional 14 days in quarantine and I’m not going to do that to them.
When are you getting out of bidud (quarantine)?
I’m out TODAY, as is one child who is considered “recovered”. The rest of the family is complicated because the regulations for getting out of bidud change faster than the weather in spring. A certain number of days is counted. First is was counted from the onset of symptoms, then it was from when the doctor put the request in the computer for testing, and then it was from when the test results came back. The kids who tested negative are penalized for being healthy and need an extra two weeks than everyone else. I’m trying to get clarification for the other family members. #ItsComplicated #OverThis #PatienceGone
How are you holding up?
Mix hot summer weather, frustration, bickering kids, and being stuck in quarantine, it’s the perfect combination for a #MommyMeltdown. I bet you’ve had at least one yourself since lockdown. Other than the meltdown I had the other day, I’m usually a very laid back, easy-going individual who goes with the flow, This particular day, I simply had “had it.” If I was out doing my recycling, I would have been smashing glass bottles with such force they would be shattering into millions of pieces. Thankfully pillows were a more convenient appropriate substitute to take out pent up frustration.
Availing myself of empathetic friends and other resource people has been extremely beneficial in the mental wellness aspect of this quarantine.
- Not getting a break is extremely difficult. I’m with kids literally 24-7 in a confined space. I’m someone who needs occasional quiet and I’ve had none. Music helps. My aromatherapy diffuser helps as it has pretty changing colors. (Everyone else can smell the oils…)
- Not knowing when the entire household can “get out”. The rules change every five seconds, Not that there is anywhere I want to go and honestly would PREFER to be at home and away from people, but even to go out for a short walk around the block or take out my own trash is an excursion.
- Not working. I’ve been doing some freelance editing and resume writing and I really enjoy it. BTW, if you know someone looking for work who needs a resume update or LinkedIn profiles… contact me. (Hey, I can self-promote. It’s my blog). However, my business as a home organizer is on hold and I really miss my work and my clients.
Requests/ How to Help
In no random order
- Visit. I can go out on my balcony and can shout down while you shout up (two floors). Social distancing doesn’t have to be social isolation. Besides, I can show off my tomato plants we’re growing in pots and see a friendly face at the same time.
- Tell me how you can help. A lot of people ASK what they can do but TELL ME what you can do. Keep me in mind if you’re at the store ask if there’s anything I need. If you want to bring us food, tell me what you want to make and when you want to bring it by. If you want to order takeout in lieu of cooking, suggest it and then order.
- Message me. This is a very isolating experience. “Thinking about you” messages, virtual chocolate, and virtual flowers are all fine by me.
- TLC reminders. Remind me to drink something. Remind me that I should probably take some Vitamin C.
So that’s the update. Things are progressing in the healing direction. We’ve been blessed to have a mild case. The purpose of this to post as well is the previous one is to show that Corona isn’t only high fever, difficulty breathing, or coughing.
Karen, The Klutter Koach