Looking Anxious

Tomorrow is my second COVID vaccination. I’m very anxious to roll up my sleeve and bare my arm. Part of my impatience stems from recent developments with the novel strains that have been identified. The other part is due to son#2 – Three of his coworkers left work feeling ill. They tested positive. The rest of the work force went to get tested. My son was negative and was able to return to work. Later that day three more went home sick. Again everyone was to get tested however, because of the number that had tested positive, they wanted everyone to wait an additional day prior to testing. Son#2 went in to be tested. Later that day he started to fill ill. He ran a fever, had muscle aches, and a massive headache. His test came back positive. He has developed a cough. Because son#2 has COVID, son#1 is home in quarantine as well. They are holed up in their house with son#1 keeping to his bedroom and avoiding contact with son#2 as much as a small 2 bedroom house will allow. We went on a grocery run to procure the necessary supplies to make them comfortable – tons of Gatorade, lots of fresh fruit, canned fruit, frozen pizza, cheese, milk, bread and lunchmeat. Son#1 does most of the cooking but has decided not to in an effort to avoid all contact… I took pity on them and made a huge pot (about 2 gallons) of homemade chicken noodle soup. We delivered the groceries and soup and left before they retrieved them from the doorstep. I’m anxious. I’m concerned. I’m at a distance since I can’t jeopardize my own health or that of Sparky. Son#2 has asthma. The doctor wants him to ride it out at home unless he starts having difficulty breathing. He has been monitoring his blood oxygenation using an app on his phone (not the most accurate) and I’m even more concerned as the number is lower than I’m comfortable with. Prayers and good vibes sent into the heavens would be appreciated…

69 thoughts on “Looking Anxious

  1. Oh boy. I’m glad you’re getting your 2nd dose.
    Awfully sorry to hear your sons are making Covid very real to your family. Positive vibes and the like that Covid only gets its little nibble, and your sons’ lives are back to normal quickly.

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    1. Thanks Carrie. They are locked down and managing so far. Son#2 has a cough but the doctor advises to drink fluids, take ibuprofen for the headache and fever, and if he experiences shortness of breath to go to the emergency room… I’m calling him several times a day just to check on him.

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    1. Thanks May! I’m strong and resilient but I’m a worried mama right now. They are doing okay and we are in contact. I suspect they may need some real food – sandwiches and frozen pizza is only good for so long.

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  2. Oh, I am so sorry! I will definitely be praying as I think of all of you throughout the next days. My son and his wife and son all had mild cases. Get some eucalyptus oil for your boys. Tell them to put a few drops in water and let it simmer. It’s an old Indian remedy to purify the air. Don’t know if it works or not, but it won’t hurt. A diffuser would work too, but I don’t have one so I just use a small crockpot. (Everytime I used a pan on the stove I forgot about it and let it boil dry.)

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    1. I have some eucalyptus oil so I’ll send it over with the next delivery of Gatorade and fresh fruit. Thanks for the prayers! I’m praying that there are no complications and it runs its course quickly. So far Son#2 is in decent shape physically and mentally. Son#1 is very anxious as he currently isn’t sick but is now locked in the house with the COVID virus running rampant.

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    1. Yes Sam, they were taking precautions. Everyone was masked and distanced at work but there was no way to ensure people didn’t take risks outside work… They traced it back to one person but the damage is done. They have closed the store to customers and are only allowing drop off and pickup (curb side) of instruments for repair and for equipment/supplies ordered on line…

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    1. Yes they enjoyed the soup. There was enough for about 10 servings and they polished it off in 2 days… I’m going to have to make some more (maybe some Pho or a beef stew). At least they did express their appreciation!

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    1. Thanks David. I had to get another inhaler for him as he ran out! Our vaccinations are tomorrow. I wish they had been able to get vaccinated but they are too young – our state opened vaccinations to 45 and older last week… Hope you can stay free of the virus. Have you been able to get the vaccine yet?

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        1. I’m old and my brain seems not to retain info as well… But I reread the post and now I remember it clearly. Your attitude of responsibility is what everyone here needs to cultivate. Sadly there are many who refuse to participate!

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        2. I’m old and my brain seems not to retain info as well… But I reread the post and now I remember it clearly. Your attitude of responsibility is what everyone here needs to cultivate. Sadly there are many who refuse to participate!

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  3. Hope your son recovers quickly and completely. Vaccines are a big part of the solution, but not all of it. Still be careful, even after the vaccine’s protection has been conveyed on you. πŸ™‚

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    1. We plan on wearing masks until Dr. Fauci give the all clear! Son#2 is so upset because he felt that he did everything right and still got COVID and others flaunt the mask mandate, go into public maskless or barely wearing a mask, go to large gatherings and mingle in crowds and don’t get sick.

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      1. It is kind of unfair that you can get COVID even when you’re doing everything right. I would be upset, too. But what can you do? Just rest and get better. And be glad you have a mom who will deliver groceries and homemade soup!

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        1. He seems to be doing okay for now – at least not any worse. I bought them some immune boost vitamins and more Gatorade today. I’m praying and making soup and even baking some cookies…

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  4. I’m getting my second one on April 13th. I’m just anxious about getting back to normal as soon as possible and to avoid the variants that are beginning to spread. I’ll certainly pray:

    Lord, please bless these two young men and help them to do the best next thing as they work on making it through this time of illness and quarantine. Thank you for the support they can get from parents who are nearby. Bless them all with strong metabolisms, and restored good health as soon as possible, we pray. Amen

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  5. prayers were going up as I read this Val … they will continue until you let us know he’s safe! Why on earth did they return to work after those first few … take care!

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    1. They required a negative test to return but obviously it takes a couple days for the test to be able to register the infection… Anyway, the pursuit of $$ and the engines of commerce continue to chew up the lowly workers. Of course he’s off work with no pay so that is a worry. Son#1 has put in for his vacation so he’ll at least be paid. That said we are doing all their grocery shopping so that expense is off the table.

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      1. the ugly side of illness … had no idea that meant you were paying for their groceries … thanks mum and dad!
        In retreat when others bought my groceries it meant I paid for theirs πŸ™‚

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        1. It is the little things – we can so we do. Not that they get handouts but we are the “parental safety net” and the pandemic and now COVID in the house gives us the opportunity to help them a little bit. I figure at some point they may have to take care of me….

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  6. I am sorry to hear that your son has the symptoms of Covid-19. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Daily Zinc, Vit, C and D, along with Folic acid. I am sure your doctor’s office will guide you. My friend had a horrible headache too. If he can, have him take an Excedrin PM, that will help the headache and help him sleep too. Chicken noodle soup with a spoon of lemon juice in it, really gets it going down the stubborn throat and helps with the appetite. Poor dear heart!
    All the best with your vaccination. Love and hugs.

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    1. Thanks Zakiah! He is hydrating and taking an immune boost vitamin. I gave him some of my “women’s” vitamins that are high in Folic acid. He doesn’t know that (which is all for the best). So far he doesn’t have a sore throat so swallowing isn’t an issue. He consumed the whole pot of soup in 2 days (enough for 2 for 5 meals). The way he’s drinking the Gatorade I’m pretty sure he’s hydrated! I’m checking in with him to monitor his symptoms and to make sure he is not in need of a trip to the hospital…

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  7. I’m so sorry, and don’t blame you for being worried! I’m sure that soup helped them feel better, and probably made you feel better too because you know you’re doing something to help. I’ll keep both of them in my prayers!

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    1. Thanks Ann! He isn’t getting better but then he isn’t getting worse either. I just hope son#1 doesn’t get sick… I’m making more soup this Saturday. I’ve got to keep them hydrated.

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    1. Had a scare when son#2 passed out (he hadn’t eaten much and was probably a little dehydrated). He is now hydrating better. His sense of taste has altered and nothing tastes good (as in pizza tastes like coffee – which is vile in his opinion). He has a cough and some crackling in his chest but the doctor said that was no a big concern as long as he can breathe and his blood oxygen stays above 90. We borrowed a pulse oximeter from his aunt so are monitoring. In other words, so far so good.

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  8. I amsad to learn your two sons are “posiitve’ and not well.
    I hope today ( I am late) they are doing better and better .
    Weird epidemic where the negativity is positive!!!!
    Love ❀
    Michel

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    1. So far only the younger on is sick and positive. his older brother is well and so far (we hope) negative but since they share a house they are both in isolation! So far they are handling it well.

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    1. He’s at the emergency room right now. I’m waiting for a phone call… At least his cousin is working in the ER tonight and his aunt is working too so they said they would look out for him.

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