“At this point we have to assume all of us have this virus.” Anonymous
Ides in Roman day calendars were the fifteenth day of the March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of the other months. The ides originally corresponded to the full moon, which were believed to foretell omens.
On March 4, 2020, I took our son to urgent care for flu like symptoms. He was prescribed Tamiflu and was better in a few days and returned to school. The next week, his sister was down with similar symptoms, body aches, fever, sore throat.
I also took her to urgent care, and she was tested for flu and strep, both negative. She too was prescribed Tamiflu, but her symptoms did not abate. Below are the emails I sent to my managers and co-workers of the dilemma we endured for the next two weeks.
March 17, 2020
Time to take this seriously!
This is just a personal account to provide insight to let others know that we should be taking this Covid-19 pandemic seriously and hopefully provide helpful information to others.
Yesterday was a wake-up call of hopefully things not to come. Our 15 year old came down with flu like symptoms on Thursday March 12. We spent two hours in U.C. Health Urgent Care where she was tested for strep and flu, both negative. We were given a prescription for Tamiflu. She took the prescribed dosage for nearly five days, with no change in her condition, mild fever, body aches, sore throat were not abated by the medicine.
When she woke up yesterday, March 16th with still a fever, I called U.C. Health back, this time for two hours I received “All circuits are busy”, and no one ever came on the line. I finally called her pediatrician, ABC Pediatrics that recommended we get her tested for Covid-19 as she tested negative for flu and strep five days earlier.
We were told that Optium Health had Covid-19 tests and we could not just show up, we had to call first. We called and they told us we could come, but we would have to stay masked and in our car. We waited in our car for two hours.
While we waited, next to Colorado Brewery, we noticed young people coming out of the restaurant, hugging, taking selfies, and not practicing the recommended social distancing. We also noticed at least twenty people coming in all with masks to the clinic.
We finally were seen by a wonderful health care worker, but who was frustrated, because, she said “I do not want to be political right now, but I am very mad. People are being told everyone who wants a test can get a test, but we really can’t do that. We do not have enough tests.”
She told us she had to follow protocol since our daughter had not traveled; she had to rule out mononucleosis since she tested negative for flu and strep five days earlier. A technician came in, pricked our daughters finger and eight minutes later said she was negative for mononucleosis. I assumed then we could get a Covid-19 test.
The health care worker came back in to say, “Unfortunately, we only have one more test. We were given 150 tests, and today was our first day we got these tests that we have been asking for over a month now. We can’t give your daughter the test because in another room over is a man who was at the card place where the woman here (in Colorado Springs) last week died.”
Long story short, since our daughter had not traveled, but had all the symptoms except the cough, and there was only one more test left at this clinic, the health care worked had to make a choice. I asked if we could go to the drive thru testing center (in Colorado Springs), but she said, “Unfortunately, they too are out of tests, they only test as long as they have tests, then they close down.”
The lessons we learned yesterday, and even this past week as we grocery shopped in crowded stores with bare shelves, is to take this seriously. Start listening to our leaders. Stop taking sides on social media platforms and do the mindful. Don’t just buy toilet paper, beans and rice, especially if you do not normally eat the stuff you are putting in your carts. But really do what you can to be helpful.
As I took care of our daughter all weekend, I touched base with family and friends. I did not just send a quick text, but I took time to call them and told them I loved them and to stay healthy.
We will get through this, but only if we stop blaming and really knuckle down and do what scientists and government officials who have more information than we do are telling us to do.
All the best. Kim
March 19, 2020
I am not feeling well, sore throat, headache, no fever, but lots of congestion. I could use some help on the long running SR I let T.J. know about that he has been very helpful on as well as reaching out to my Q buddy Charles for some support.
Last night we lost my brother in law Anthony. We do not know all the details yet, maybe a heart attack. He was 59. We all are in shock as we are trying to plan a funeral in this age of Corona virus. I need a day to try to sleep and keep healthy for my family.
All the best. Kim
March 22, 2020
I recently seen a quote on line that said, “It feels like I have lived a year in a week.” This time last week we were dealing with our 15 year daughter not getting better from flu symptoms that were not getting better with the prescribed Tamiflu. Now, myself and my spouse are “presumed positive” for the Corona virus due to no more testing as they are saving them for health care workers or for people whose outcomes would be improved by testing.
My symptoms have all the Covid-19 hallmarks (body aches, headache, horrible cough, burning throat) except for fever. I have the worst burning in my throat and it is as if an elephant is sitting on my chest when I breathe. My spouse has mild symptoms of burring throat and body aches. I am isolated from my family in the downstairs guest room, while my spouse is upstairs. We did not travel; we went to local grocery stores, pharmacies, school concerts, and Home Depot.
My symptoms came on suddenly in the middle of the night on Thursday and by that evening, my husband was calling 9-1-1 because he was so scared of my coughing spells and the way I was breathing. Tri-Lakes fire and ambulance service were dispatched to our home, but would not come inside. They gave me an oxygen treatment in our garage and got me to breathe better and told my husband it was his call to have them take me to the hospital, but said, “The E.R.’s are staring to fill up with people sicker than her, and she may get sicker there.” He made the decision to perform self-care at home.
I did a tele-doc appointment with U.C. Health on Friday where the physician’s assistant stated “At this point we are assuming anyone with flu symptoms and coughing is presumed positive for Covid-19, since we are no longer able to test everyone.” They want me to stay off work for 10 days since the sign of first symptoms which was March 19.
To make matters worse, we lost our brother in law on Wednesday night of what is thought to be of a heart attack and we are awaiting autopsy results. If this were “normal” times, we would have already gathered and made funeral arrangements, got photos together, and started making tons of food. Instead, we will do an online service and hopefully do a proper service in June which would have been my brother in law’s 60th birthday.
I hope the email I sent last week and this one today finds you all well. I forgot which doctor on T.V. stated recently “At this point we have to assume all of us have this virus.”
I wish you all good health, and let us hope we can learn from each other and help each other.
All the best. Kim
Spring Break Week
By the following day after the above email was sent, Tuesday March 24, I had to forgo my self quarantine in order to take care of my husband. He had chills, body aches, sore throat and congestion. He had no cough. For the next few days, as I healed and nursed my husband, I cleaned every surface with bleach. I wiped down all the light switches. I moped the floors with Lysol disinfectant. All sheets and towels were washed in the hottest of water.
Over that week, our good friend, Florence, brought groceries, cooked and dropped off meals, and left Nyquil on our front step. Knowing that she had her own kids home from college, as well as a teenage son on spring break, she risked her health to drop things off on our door step. She called or texted daily to check our status, and I will always be grateful to her for that.
My husband and I returned back to work on March 30th. We are blessed to work from home. We are both software support engineers for a major software corporation. That same day, our seventh grader stated on-line school; his sister has already been attending an on-line high school for the past two years.
Our state went on “shelter in place” while my husband and I were sick. My daughter and I ventured out to Walgreen’s and the Dollar Tree on April 2. The world looked different – closed stores, empty parking lots, and taped off play grounds. It took another week for our son to feel comfortable to come out to run an errand with me.
March was month of sickness and loss for me and my family. I woke up on March 31 more determined than ever to self publish my book the Checkers Club. On April 1, I paid a freelancer to put my manuscript in e-book format. I also paid an artist to make some cartoon graphic images for my blog and social media sites.
I recently heard an author on T.V. say, “It’s our jobs as writers to document theses times.” And that is what I plan to do. I hope to document my hopes, fears, disappointments, and joys as we try to navigate this new landscape we find ourselves in.
All the best. Kim