Covid Positive

Betty and Dan sitting recliners watching the Macy's Day parade.
Watching
the Macy’s Day Parade

Did anyone ever tell you, “Be careful what you wish for”?

For Thanksgiving, I made a homemade dutch apple crumb pie. It took me three hours to make it. When it was done, I thought, “Oh, I wish I didn’t have to wait until tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, to have a piece.” Turns out, I didn’t have to wait.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, Dan woke up with a runny nose and a cough. Dan doesn’t get sick, and he didn’t get any better as the week went on. So, on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, we took him for a Covid test. We had briefly been around someone who was coming off of a cold (confirmed not Covid), so we were pretty sure it was just a cold. But since we were going to be with family the next two days, we wanted to be sure. Turns out, it was Covid.

Here’s the answers: Yes, we were both vaccinated. We’ve had the two doses. Pfizer. No, we did not have the booster yet. I just became eligible, and we were waiting until after Thanksgiving. We didn’t want to have any possible side effects until after the holiday. We do not have any idea where he got it. I am feeling fine and am keeping my fingers and toes crossed I stay that way. Dan’s symptoms are similar to that of a cold. It is Day 7 of a minimum 10 day quarantine.

Macy's Day parade with Santa arriving.
Macy’s Day Parade – 2021

Here’s the good:

  1. We are both vaccinated, so Dan’s symptoms are mild to moderate. No breathing trouble. Thank heavens – and science – he is not worse.
  2. It is good this happened now rather than at Christmas time. None of our kids came home for Thanksgiving; they will all be here at Christmas. God willing.
  3. We were able to order Thanksgiving dinners from Bob Evans the night before and have them delivered to our front porch on Thanksgiving at 3 p.m.
  4. Bob Evans allowed us to substitute apple pie for the pumpkin pie. Sometimes it is the simplest things that can make you so happy!
  5. There were lots of sports (hockey and football) on TV for Dan to watch. After the Macy’s Day parade, of course.
  6. We are eating salad every day. That is because we planned to go to Debbie and Larry’s home on Friday, along with Heather and Andrew. We had planned to bring the salad.
  7. I shampooed the living room carpet on Friday. A clean carpet is always good.
  8. We are spending less money on gasoline. It doesn’t take any gas to stay home.
  9. We put our Christmas tree up on Saturday, and we can take our time – even several days if we want – to put out the rest of the Christmas decorations.
  10. We get to eat the whole homemade dutch apple crumb pie and the two pieces from Bob Evans – just the two of us!
Two pieces of apple pie from Bob Evans
Thank you, Bob Evans!
Homemade dutch apple crumb pie

Beside all that, I get to give you a friendly reminder that Covid is still out there. So, please be careful.

And more than that, enjoy these days however you can, because . . . what else can you do?

Pillsbury dough boy balloon in Macy's Day Parade.
After all that apple pie, I kind of feel like this guy!

73 comments

  1. What else can we do but keep hope? I like your attitude. Betty. I’m glad Dan’s symptoms aren’t severe. Nancy and I got our third shots this past Monday. Side effects (for me) were similar to after the second shot. 🙏 for a quick recovery.

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    • Thanks, David. I wish now we had acted with more urgency to get the booster. But we just have to go forward from here. I am glad you and Nancy have gotten the booster. Have a good Sunday!

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  2. Our youngest daughter and husband and their two boys all tested positive a few days before Thanksgiving. So, they couldn’t join us. So we had a small family TG with our oldest daughter and family. The oldest daughter is the COO of a very large Senior Care Facility and can accurately tell you that vaccinations don’t prevent getting COVID. They’ve lost a few patients who were fully vaccinated. Please, God, make it go away. But, subject change: Macy’s Parade. Did you happen to watch The Today Show before the parade started? Ten minutes before the parade there was a feature about “Missed Milestones in 2020”. From Manhattan, Kansas and the KSU old football field. They selected my husband’s family to be showcased for that segment. We couldn’t be there for the filming of it, but we knew every person who was part of this segment. Very cool to watch. And it was fun to be able to see the big parade, too! I pray you bounce back quickly from COVID and are able to have a wonderful family Christmas. I’m praying the same for us!!

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    • Unfortunately, I did not see the Today segment you wrote about. I wished I had! I bet it was so fun for you all to watch. That’s unfortunate you were not able to be with your youngest daughter and her family. Hopefully, you will all be together on Christmas. We were happy to find out about the positive test before seeing my mom on Thanksgiving. She is fully vaccinated, but even so, that was the reason he went for the test – to be sure he didn’t have it and expose her to the virus. I appreciate your prayers, and I will include your family in mine. Have a good Sunday!

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    • Warm thoughts are the best! Neither Dan nor I like the cold, but he dislikes it more. I can enjoy it if the sun is shining and if there is no wind! Enjoy your Sunday!

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  3. Best wishes for a full recovery for Dan! You’re right about the vaccine. It doesn’t guarantee full protection against Covid. In the vast majority of people, it does lessen the severity of the symptoms. Both of us have had two doses of the Pfizer. I’m eligible for the booster in a couple of weeks, and hubs is eligible in January, so fingers crossed that we stay healthy until then. Even with that though, the two shots and the booster don’t guarantee against contracting the virus. It’s the best we can do though. I’m happy you were able to find ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving and I loved your list of all of the good things!

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    • Thank you! We will be getting the booster as soon as we can. And then, we will limit going out and wear a mask when we do. Like you said, it’s the best we can do! At least where you are, you have warmer weather and can get outside. We will go outside (after Dan recovers) as long as the day isn’t too cold. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  4. I’m thankful Dan’s symptoms aren’t severe. Let’s hope you’re not next. We’ve each had a booster shot but we are still leery about going out and about. Through it all I love you positive attitude. It’s an inspiration to be. Enjoy your day.

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    • Yes, we are very thankful his symptoms are not worse. I’m hoping and praying I’m not next! We were being pretty careful. We avoided large gatherings and limited dining out. We’re going to get the boosters as soon as we can – and even so, continue to limit activities.
      Stay safe!

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  5. Happy your husband’s symptoms are mild, and sending wishes for a speedy, full recovery. What a positive, uplifting post — despite COVID. Thank you for the reminder. Best wishes for a happy Christmas holiday with your family!

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    • Thank you. I appreciate your kind comments. We are looking forward to Christmas and I am using this time to help get ready for it – clean, decorate, wrap gifts, etc. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season, too. And have a good day, today!

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  6. I am sorry to hear you have Covid in the house, and thankful at this point it isn’t any worse than it is. We too are vaxed, getting booster on Friday. I think it’s just a matter of time before we all get it, hopefully with very few symptoms – especially not losing taste when we have all these good holiday eating to do!! Sending healthy hopes and gratitude for your positive attitude!

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    • Thank you. We did everything we reasonably could to protect ourselves. Yes, losing taste would be terrible anytime, but especially at during the holidays! Thanks you for your kind comment, and I hope you have a very nice holiday season!

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  7. I do hope that your husband continues his recovery. I also hope that you stay healthy!
    Your post reinforces that none of us can take COVID for granted even as we resume more aspects of what was once our ‘normal’ life.
    The best we can do is keep assessing risk before participating in various activities and getting tested if we develop symptoms. I monitor positive test rates and hospitalization rates in our small city in Ontario every day. In terms of risk, wearing a mask and practising social distancing continues to be necessary despite vaccines.
    My husband and I have appointments for our 3rd dose of Pfizer in early December. The date can’t arrive fast enough especially with this new variant discovered in South Africa and spreading rapidly in Europe.

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    • Thank you! And you are so right – we can’t take this COVID for granted. We were very careful, and still he got it. With this new variant, we will continue to be as careful as we can be. I’m glad you’re getting the booster soon (we will as soon as we can), and I hope you enjoy the coming festive season! Stay safe!

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    • Thank you for your prayers, and hopes and hugs. All are needed and appreciated! I look forward to the booster, too. We do all we can to be careful and leave the rest to God. Take care and enjoy your day!

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  8. Oh no, that is a bummer but glad it has not been too bad. We know several people who have had breakthrough covid cases, including one person who ended up in the hospital and died. Glad you were able to make the best of the situation.

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  9. Praying for complete recovery for Dan and protection for you! I’m glad his case has been manageable and you are so positive. There is always a silver lining, you just have to look for it and you certainly have found the positive thoughts!

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  10. Oh my! I am just reading this. I hope all is well with you and Dan. I am glad his symptoms are mild and it’s good you stayed home during the holiday. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

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    • Thank you. This is now Day 10. His symptoms are like a cold – with a cough that sometimes disturbs his sleep. I know others have had it much worse, but I do pray he gets better soon. Hope you have a good day.

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    • Not just yet. The symptoms are lingering, but the symptoms are mild and just like a cold. I know it could be much worse. I’m grateful we are both vaccinated. Enjoy your day!

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  11. I love that you still chose to look on the bright side, and that your post is filled with positivity instead of woefulness (even thought that’s probably warranted). Great to know that Dan has light symptoms, and I hope everyone’s feeling better by now (am a little late on this post)!

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    • Thank you, Stuart. Dan is coming out of it, just a bit of a cough left. I never had symptoms, tested negative yesterday, and got the booster today. So, we are good! I know complaining feels good in the moment, but it doesn’t really help anything. Might as well look on the bright side! And the best thing, I believe, one can do in such a situation – find the humor and laugh!

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