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Had a Covid-19 Scare, but I’m Fine

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Folks, last week I was preparing to play a concert with the Racine Concert Band. I was looking forward to the concert (which was held this past Saturday evening) as it was going to be the first time I’d played in a concert since the beginning of the pandemic.

However, my health did something weird. I ended up going in to urgent care, and they thought it was Covid-19. They tested me…

And I’m fine. I do not have Covid. (Whew!)

However, I still did not play the concert as I missed the two rehearsals beforehand due to the medical scare. I felt awful, missing out on the concert as I did.

That said, I did the best I could with the information I had. (Sometimes, adulting is hard.)

Right now, if you get a fever, or chills, or in my case, both, any reasonable person has to assume they have Covid until it’s proven otherwise. (Unless your state or country doesn’t have that much of a problem with Covid, of course. Right now, all of Wisconsin’s counties have a big problem with it.)

And yes, I’ve done everything right. I’ve gotten the two vaccinations. I’ve had the vaccination booster shot. I wear masks when I go anywhere outside of my car or my parents’ homes. (I have to take my rescue inhaler far more often with a mask on than without it, as I am asthmatic, but I still wear the masks as long as I can.)

Still. The point remains, I will not give someone else Covid if I can help it.

There are folks out there who do not believe Covid is that big of a deal. I have to say I don’t understand that. Even if you just — just! — see this as akin to a bad case of the seasonal flu, the seasonal flu can kill you. (It most often kills those with depressed immune systems — immunocompromised — or the very young or the very old, granted.)

As I’ve said all along, I hate wearing masks. I don’t know how much good a normal mask does. (A N-95 or a Korean N-94 is different, but I can wear them for even less time than a more normal medical-type mask.) But I do know that at the beginning of the re-opening after the first pandemic shutdown, two hairstylists (I think in the South somewhere) went to work not knowing they had Covid. They cut several people’s hair that day, and neither of them gave Covid to anyone else.

(That’s the main reason I keep trying to wear my mask. But I digress.)

Anyway, the point of this blog is that I do not have Covid. I am very, very glad not to have Covid. I hope I never do get Covid, because I’ve worried all along about my parents and friends, and I do not want to spread Covid to them or anyone else.

Have any of you had any issues with regards to Covid? Are you as worried about it as I am? If not, why not? (Aside from politics, that is. I still don’t know how politics got messed up in medical care.) Please tell me how you feel in the comments.

Written by Barb Caffrey

January 31, 2022 at 6:50 am

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  1. Because I had chemotherapy recently I have already had three vaccinations and was surprised to get a call today to come for my booster ( fourth ) next week. It was to have been six months after my third, now being brought forward to three months! My daughter, triple vaccinated, has just had covid for the second time, caught from her little boy. All the school children are catching it now school is back, but mild symptoms.

    January 31, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    • Yeah, I understand. I just hope you’ll stay safe.

      The store I went to tonight — grocery store — said that half their employees have Covid right now. I can’t verify that, mind. That’s just what I was told. But I did notice that they looked very understaffed and asked about it. (That was the response.)

      Barb Caffrey

      January 31, 2022 at 9:05 pm

  2. At one Barb I am happy to read you had not contracted Covid but at the same time sad you missed your concert after such a long wait.

    Thus far, we have only had to work through the side-effects of the two Covid ‘jabs’ which is varying degrees had us living like we were in a sort of slow-motion.
    My main problem has been ‘Rant’ at those who deny there is such a thing, I don’t mind those who keep in to themselves but when someone is unwise as to cross my path and aggressively tell me I am wrong, then it’s straight to Defcon 10!

    Both our daughter’s families have suffered Coivd attacks, but these have been relatively mild (ie not having to go to Hospital).

    Take care now,



    February 2, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    • I’m glad that you and your extended family are OK.

      I agree with you, Roger, about people who deny Covid exists. I just don’t get it. Covid obviously exists, and it can be really awful. None of us know how it’ll react with us, and if we guess wrong and get a bad case of Covid after not getting vaxxed or not getting both shots of the vax (as some people are saying they’ll get one — a non-J&J vax, mind, as that was a one-shot vax before the booster was added), we as people can die. (I apologize for using the “royal we,” as I was trying for a collective we instead. Ah, well. Maybe it’ll serve both things?)

      All we can do as human beings is to make the best decisions we can. To me, getting the vaccine and the booster shots (as we’re eligible for them in the US) was a no-brainer. I have parents “of a certain age” and I want to make absolutely sure I behave in the safest manner possible to make their lives easier as well as my own.

      Hang in there, Roger.

      My hope is that we’ll start to re-open (at least for vaccinated people) soon, as we’re all tired of the Covid restrictions. Maybe those of us who are fully vaccinated (who’ve had all the vaccines we can get in whatever country we’re in, and are following the science and doctors’ advice) will be able to enjoy life again soon.

      I keep thinking that this is like the carrot and the stick. We’ve been hit with the stick a whole bunch of times when it comes to Covid. It would be nice to finally get the carrot instead.

      Barb Caffrey

      February 3, 2022 at 7:52 pm

      • The most inexcusable aspect of Denying Covid is the aggressive manner displayed both verbally and physically by these folk. In the UK we’ve been far too soft on them; a 5 mile zone around schools and hospitals banning their demonstrations should have been put in place.
        For the rest of us, I believe we shall have to get used to Covid as any other affliction. It may be in time we will see regional warnings, when an outbreak reaches a certain level.
        You certainly did the right and responsible thing to have ‘the jabs’ Barb. We owe that duty to those around us. It’s called Responsibility, something too many folk think does not apply to them.
        Take care


        February 4, 2022 at 3:38 am

      • Thanks, Roger.

        I agree with you about these aggressive sorts. What the Hell is going on with them, anyway? Do they think the rest of us like Covid? (I am here to tell you that I certainly don’t, and I’m sure you and your wife don’t like it, either.)

        The only good thing that I’ve found about lockdowns is this. It sometimes has helped me with a stubborn editorial project. I have been forced to grapple with it, and maybe have finished it sooner than otherwise.

        But that’s not good enough.

        Yes, I think Covid’s going to be around for the long haul. Unfortunately. And I think a big part of that is because some of these really aggressive sorts _refused_ to do anything about being vaccinated when they could’ve been. Getting to herd immunity was doable in the US and I’d imagine it’s doable in the UK as well. But it didn’t happen here.

        And that’s just wrong.

        Barb Caffrey

        February 7, 2022 at 10:36 pm

      • The feeling they cannot admit to Barb is their deep fear, born out of the body’s instinct which reacts to millions even billions of years of development.
        They seek desperate comfort in tales and Hoo-Ahh rather than accept that Nature has the final safe.


        February 8, 2022 at 3:26 am

      • I agree, Roger.

        The other day, I was talking with a friend about the illusion of control that most people seem to need in order to live. When we feel out of control, that’s when we’re at our worst.

        I think the pandemic has made nearly everyone feel out of control. Thus they’re losing their minds as they do not feel right to themselves.

        Since the day Michael died, if not even before that, I’ve realized that in some ways I have no control. As I believe in the Deity, I tend to think the Deity has a lot more control than I — but even there, we as people have free will, and as such we have the right to act in a positive manner, or a negative one.

        It’s a shame so many people have chosen to act in a negative way, though.

        Barb Caffrey

        February 8, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      • In our arrogance and hubris we forget our place in Nature…..pause to quote from D H Lawrence
        ‘I never saw a wild thing
        sorry for itself.
        A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
        without ever having felt sorry for itself.’

        You are right Barb; at the end of the day, we have no control over the Scheme of Things; we simply learn, adapt, and move onwards. Denial of Nature’s Forces is a slow form of suicide.

        Take care.


        February 9, 2022 at 3:43 am

      • Yes. That’s quoted in G.I. Jane. 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        February 11, 2022 at 1:27 pm

      • That’s where I first encountered it 😀Underrated film.


        February 12, 2022 at 3:33 am

      • Yep! 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        February 14, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      • I think Demi Moore was out of fashion with the Critic Police and their nascent internet wannabes at the time.


        February 14, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      • Probably.

        Barb Caffrey

        February 15, 2022 at 9:36 pm

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