Looking for Home

Today was supposed to be the post where I upload all sorts of photos and tell all the tales of travel exploits. Instead I’m miserable and sick in bed. We managed to make it home but I’m not really up to anything – not even washing all the travel clothes. Sparky is notorious for not wearing a mask while I am a conscientious mask wearer. Sadly he caught something. And as usual he passed it off as allergies. I road in a car and slept in the same bed with the germ king. Now I have it 5 times worse than he ever did. I’m hoping to get a post up for the trip as soon as I’m human again. in the meantime I’m going through Kleenexβ„’ like there is no shortage of trees. I’m coughing so hard I’m going to have abs of steel… Until I recover you’ll just have to be satisfied with the following days prescheduled posts. And yes I’ve taken a COVID test and it was positive so today will be calling in to the doctor’s office where they will NOT want me to come in. Son #2 will be doing some grocery shopping while we remain in quarantine…

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    1. Hi Carrie, I just saw your comment here, and feel so bad for you and Val for getting the crud courtesy of husbands! Hope the symptoms are minor and you will bounce back soon. Love.
      Zakiah.

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    1. I’m resting and in quarantine so all is as good as it gets. The doctor says that when my symptoms are gone I have to quarantine for 5 days and take the test again… if that one is neg. then all is well. If I still test positive then it is another 5 day quarantine and test…

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  1. O man, I’m so sorry you’re so sick! For the nose, I use the lotion tissues when I’m dealing with a full blown (pun!) issue. The coughing is something they can give you a med (pill looks like vit E) to stop, as long as the cough is non-productive (think bronchitis).

    Ask the doctor for that Rx so you don’t have a muscle pulled or a rib out of place!

    Rest as much as you feel the ability to do so. Your body is working on healing. Huggerz.

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    1. Thanks Dodi! I have the tissues and mentholatum (I know I’m dating myself with that one) and my doctor doesn’t think suppressing my cough right now is good since it is productive. If the cough lingers then he will prescribe something… I’m just trying to stay hydrated. I haven’t lost my sense of smell or taste but nothing tastes good. Not the kind of diet I’d recommend!

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  2. That is so awful and sad that you came down with this crud. hopefully it will pass soon. Why are men (read husbands) so stubborn about wearing masks? I have been there too. Feel so bad for you and Carrie. She is going through the same drama.
    Feel good . Virtual hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks Zakiah! Sparky is feeling pretty bad about giving it to me. He even offered to do some laundry (a task he does NOT like and he’s only done it twice in our marriage). So I know he is feeling contrite. He also offered to make lunch but I’m not hungry as nothing tastes good (I have a sense of taste but it is slightly off – everything tastes salty). I’m resting and staying hydrated.

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  3. I’m sorry to hear you are so sick! I do hope, though, that you had a great time, and made it home before you came down with the bug. Feel better soon!

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  4. Do get well. Assuming you were vaccinated this didn’t turn out to be a light case. If you had a dog house Sparky should be in it. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m working on it. Rest, fluids and more rest (between coughing fits)… On the bright side my sense of taste has disappeared and nothing so far tastes worth eating. I’m guessing I might lose a little weight (not how I’d like to do it)…

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  5. Sorry to hear that you are suffering. Around the time COVID started to light up, I came down with some bizarre sickness. The first four days were okay. You know, I was sick in bed. However, the last three were horrific. I didn’t get a fever, but I somehow sweated all over my comforter. I called the doctor about it, and she was like, if you don’t have a fever, you don’t have it. Okay… when I got the booster vaccine, it caused my bones to hurt badly but only for a couple days. The first one lasted at least a month with my entire body being sore, especially what ever caused my bones to hurt. Anyway, I hope you hang in there.

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  6. oh bugger the bug Muri. I hope you feel better soon. PS – have you thought of trying high dose oral Vit C? have been taking 1000mg orally since early 2020, never any symptoms, not even when testing pos. in Cologne in Feb – that day I doubled the dose – and the next test later that day was neg. Could just be coincidence. In any case, wishing you a speedy recovery.

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                  1. btw while you are recuperating – you were asking last fall why I was/planning to cut the grass of my wild flower meadow. Looking at it now again, (I did in the end only cut a few corners) – the reason is, my little back yard meadow border on a 3m high wall which is nice for privacy, but it also seems to mean the wind breaks at the wall and so the grasses are basically growing horizontally and they are quite long now. Looking – well windswept, in its second year, the meadow has a few interesting plants that stand tall – so perhaps wind is not the reason? Need to borrow a book on classification to learn about the plants btw. Of course, I know my dandelion and nettle, from last year, have now also identified yarrow – and spotted quite a few others which I don’t know – no app, hence looking for a book. Any thoughts on the grass? Hope you get well soon –

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                    1. Our meadows in Indiana tend to be stratified with low ground cover like clover, dockweed and chickweed, then dandelions, milkweed, cone flowers, and finally goldenrod and sumac with a variety of grasses. Yes, they fall over but then the whole point is to let them so they reseed and eventually go back into the soil… a natural mulching process. I hope that helps. I have no idea what the UK meadow is like so I can’t say what you’ve got.

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                    2. thanks Muri – yes I have clover as well and a couple of tall-growing yellow flowering plants… it seems one sort of grass that grows horizontally. It seems that this second year more of other sorts come through which is very pleasing. Sorry that I have no camera to show you. Hope you are feeling better? Thanks – πŸ™‚

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                    3. Sounds like your meadow is still establishing itself. Several of our elementary and middle schools have meadows that they have planted in conjunction with the state to encourage pollinators and to teach the kids about conservation. I bet it is a haven for the smaller residents!! I’m improving each day but I’m not back to normal….

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  7. I’m so sorry you got such a nasty version of Covid! Coughing is the worst, as it leaves you feeling sore and exhausted. I hope you turn the corner soon and start to feel better. And that your doctor gives you something to help with the cough, as soon as it is safe to do so.

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  8. so very glad you had a good holiday … and Sparky isn’t the first hubby to bring bugs into the marital bed πŸ™‚ Speedy recovery, sleep heaps but my friends say the coughing fits just keep on going … you are in my thoughts and prayers, even the contagious S!

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    1. Yes it was good until the very last day… Being home makes it all the better because being incapacitated in unfamiliar surroundings only magnifies the discomfort.

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  9. If there’s anything worse than being sick on vacation, I can’t think of it. You have my sincere sympathy. The vaccines don’t seem to be effective against the newer variations. I guess we should be grateful that they are not as deadly.

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    1. This corona virus is kicking my butt. I’m on day 6 and not feeling any better. The doctor is all for treating the symptoms but the OTC cough medicines just make things worse. On the bright side, I can now taste chocolate. I must be improving….

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  10. I am reading this after the one written after this (is it making any sense?)
    I hope you are better now, Val. Covid is such a pain. I have had it twice and both times the fever wouldn’t come down.

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    1. Thanks Punam. I’m sorry to hear you were a repeat victim of this virus. My fever left awhile ago but this cough is killer. I’m hoping to be able to go for the official test to “clear” me for re-entering society by Friday… I may be a little optimistic.

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    1. Exactly! Sparky had it and it was 3 days of “allergy-like symptoms” and then he was all better! Me, it has been over a week of misery! I’m finally feeling soo much better today. So much so that I’ve scheduled a test for tomorrow!

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  11. I’ll just go ahead and blame my ex husband for my Covid too. Why not? Everything else is his fault! How long did it take for you to get a negative test?

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    1. Ha! It is probably related to that middle initial. My home test was negative after 14 days… final clearance (to go back to work because they require 2 negatives) is pending since they require 6-7 days between tests so it will be 21 days. COVID is a pain in the weenus – so not funny at all. How are you holding up?

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  12. I’m so ready for it to be done. I took a home test last night and about cried when it was still positive… and it’s only been a week! Mindy has been a godsend… she’s walking my dogs every day.

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  13. Oh, my goodness! I wear a mask in crowded situations-especially hospitals and transport vehicles. Letting the chips fall where they may is its own reward-usually the booby prize.

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      1. Thank goodness! So many of my friends, online and in real life have had to deal with it. It’s been a mixture of outcomes from minor to devastating. Glad to hear you are healed, Val. ❀

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        1. Thanks Susi! Sparky has allergy like symptoms and then he admitted he thought it a “little” cold. Then in the span of 3 days he was fine. But he passed it to me and it was miserable. I was really sick but not to the point of needing medical intervention. It took 2 weeks to get my sense of taste and smell back!

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