Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Random Thoughts From the COVID House

My cell phone is not compatible with leaving comments on Blogger or Wordpress for some reason. I've been reading everyone's comments and blogs, but just now hopped on a real computer to respond. Thanks everyone for the well wishes!! I've been enjoying all your blog posts as well.

Receiving the call that I was COVID positive last Thursday threw my immediate life into turmoil. I had to send both my employees and my immediate household members off to be tested, results still pending, cancel all my patients for the next 10 days and apologize to my surgery patients as well. I stood outside my back office door and spoke to the wonderful women who work with me about an action plan and what all needed to be done. I didn't want to be inside with them any more than I already was. I also went home and quarantined myself to my bedroom.

It was all odd though since I was already feeling better. I had begun to feel not quite right the previous Friday so basically I would have already infected those I was around. Extensive research online was frustrating in the complete lack of data. Was I still contagious 6 days after onset of symptoms and with dwindling symptoms? Who knows. Basically all the information available is centered around a fever. The general consensus is that you are no longer contagious 3 days after the last fever without medication. But I never had a fever. So....???? I went off the assumption that had I had a fever it would have been during those first few days when I felt terrible and would likely have been gone by the time the test results even came in. I still haven't left my house except for this morning when I went to get my hopefully first of two required negative tests to return to patient care. I'm isolating at home with Dusty and Wyatt until then.

Self isolation is really insanely boring. I want to go do things, even though I rarely have enough energy to do what my brain concocts up. For the longest time I was only able to stay awake for about 3 hours at a time. It was a big moment when I stayed awake all of Sunday. I even rode Eeyore Sunday and Monday! I am paying for it today as I barely scraped myself out of bed to get to the testing center for 8 am and then immediately fell back asleep upon returning home at 10. It is now 2 pm and I am debating on taking a nap. That has been my worst symptom, besides losing my sense of smell and taste completely, the constant nagging fatigue. If I did have energy, I still couldn't do anything until I get those two negatives and can rejoin society. Best case scenario is that I can return to normal life next Tuesday.

I have so many questions though and there are so few answers. Can I get reinfected? One study says no, another yes and a third that you can't get reinfected but you can get reactivated by the same infection. Clear as mud, right? I will be getting my blood tested for antibodies and donating plasma if positive. I have a history of lyme's disease, treated and "cured" in the acute phase 6 years ago as a parting gift from WI, which has prevented me from being allowed to donate blood in the past. We will see if they let me now. Having spoken with testing centers and specialists, it appears as though the antibodies only stick around for 2 months which is not very promising for a worthwhile vaccine. Time and more research will tell.

I'd like to say that I am enjoying this forced vacation time, but I am not. For one, I don't feel right. For second, I already closed one week in April and had lost a lot of money in March and April. May was decent. I really needed a booming summer to make up for it and pay my bills. The stress of unknown finances in a time when all government assistance has run dry is difficult. I have maintained full pay for both women through this entire pandemic even when we worked half days or closed completely and I don't plan on reducing any now, but it is getting harder to be able to promise that. It doesn't help that the hubby also had to shut his office down due to his unknown status so right now neither business is bringing in money and both are hemorrhaging it out to employees and bills.

I know we will weather this storm like all the others. We will be fine one way or another, but geesh it would be nice if 2020 would calm the frick down already.

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  1. So I work for a very large lab that is doing COVID research that is also attached to a large Univeristy with a hospital doing COVID research and they've been telling us from the beginning (end of March/early April):

    Avg incubation period is 4.5-5.8 days with 80% of all symptoms developing within 8 days.

    Since yours sounds like a moderate case you will be shedding viable virus (enough to infect someone with) for 7-10 days after the onset of symptoms.

    Reinfection this soon to having it is really unlikely - but they aren't sure about how long we'll maintain antibodies (think months to years versus days to week). I'm sorry your state doesn't have clearer guidance.

    Good luck.

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    1. Have they published the findings in a peer reviewed journal? Thats my issue - nothing is being published so it is hard to find answers. I'vw also now had the covid test 3 times and 3 different ways which is unusual. If you go for a flu or a strep test it is done the same way no matter where you go. Anyway...hopefully soon research will start coming out and getting published

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    2. Our data is circulating 'in house' first and then makes its way to our website and then pre-print. Not saying you have to trust our data or me, but I would stake my life on our data.

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  2. Wow! how incredibly frustrating. Fingers crossed that you can both get back to work quickly and can make up for lost time.

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    1. Its very frustrating but I understand the need to not infect others so I am following all the rules to a T

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  3. I am glad you are riding. Give your body time to get the rest it needs. Maybe take naps outside!

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  4. That's crazy! Hopefully you can get back to it soon!

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  5. Ugh what a nightmare. Here's to everything getting back to normal for the second half of 2020.

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