COVID-19: I tried it so that you don’t have to! As with most things, I always seem to be late getting “on trend” and with Covid, I was beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, I had got through it without catching it. Little did I know that the next day, Covid would come along a smack me about the face!
It was a Tuesday. A rough day at work. The sort of day where you feel shitty all day, but are still vertical and not horizontal, and therefore not ill. Serves you right for only 4 hours of sleep last night… Wednesday. A really rough day at work. You slept a little better but are still tired. Coughing a bit. Must be just the sleep thing. Exhausted and not hugely productive in the afternoon. I’ll just check my temperature, you never know… 35.4°C. Could be worse, I suppose, but wow, not felt this bad for a while. Vive la “going home time.” Yay; I got home in one piece, and let’s just go to bed. An early night won’t do me any harm. It’s freezing in bed and I can’t get warm. I have the covers on, and my dog is next to me, but I’m absolutely freezing. This is not good.
Day 1. Thursday morning. I get up at the usual time. Not one for pulling a sickie, I seem to have the do I, or don’t I debate in my head. Well, I didn’t. My wife said to do a Covid test last night. Didn’t feel up to it. But this morning I plucked up the courage to stick something uncomfortably far up my nose. Had great difficulty reading the tiny printing, but worked out how to do everything, and how to do the test. Two lines appeared and usually mean pregnancy, but it can’t be that. I’m just fat. No, I was Covid positive and positive that I had Covid. Out came my phone, first, to write the mail to my bosses informing them I will not be there today, and second, with blind optimism, phone the local nurse to get something else poked up my nose, but officially this time. Could I come straight away? She didn’t have any patients that morning. Yes, I could. Told my son where I was going and was asked if he could come too. We were both in the car with our masks on, drove to the nurse’s office, and got poked right up the nose. I was now officially positive, and my son was officially negative. Did he realise how many points he had just lost in the favourite child competition? No masculine solidarity at all. He was actually looking quite smug! The cheek of the boy!
Back home to work out how you do everything for the Social Security, and how you get your sick note. It would appear that you have to grass up anyone with whom you were in contact for over 15 minutes without wearing a mask. The only people were my daughter and wife. And of course the dog. A miracle happened. To finish on a high note, I got all the French Covid admin done from my phone and could enjoy being ill at last. I was still chilling and felt cold, and coughing, and put on Netflix and get back into bed. It would appear that I have drifted off… Again…
My daughter was tested later that day and became my Covid Buddy. She also gained points and won the coveted favourite child position. The day was spent sleeping, and feeling awful.
Day 2. Friday. Much the same as Day 1, still with the coughing and feeling cold. That beautiful doggy dog didn’t move one inch from my side. I tried taking paracetamol to see if it would do any good. Who was I trying to kid? It was about as useful as a bicycle for a non-cycling fish! Kept trying to drink lots of fluids. I had a goodies parcel from the UK and was gradually working my way through glasses of orange and lemon barley water. I still had good taste. Which is something just not worth contemplating losing. If it were to make me pee during the night, then I could just sleep the next morning.
Day 3. My wife became a Covid Buddy too. She had vainly tried sleeping on the sofa downstairs last night, thinking that this would protect her. Well, it didn’t. She was quite worried about phoning her boss, but I reassured her saying that Covid is Covid and so is the week off you get as a consolation prize. Full pay too! Less coughing.
Day 4 and 5. Much the same. Bed. Snoozing. Feeling pretty crappy. During the night, suffered from horrible muscular pains in my thighs of all places! Stopped me from sleeping, but I knew I could snooze later.
Day 5. If I were Covid negative, then I could go back to work. But despite the mail from my boss asking how I was and possibly hoping that I would be back, it wasn’t going to happen. Back to bed, and snoozing.
Day 6 and 7. Much the same, but by the end of Day 7, I was starting to feel nearly human again!
Day 8. Back to work, but not necessarily bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but definitely vertical again. During the whole Covid experience, that dog never left my side for over 10 minutes at a time! She got loads of brownie points.
Rating. 2 stars. Nice to have a fully paid week off work, but not nice being too ill to get the most out of it. Wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.