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R is for “Rona”

Spring break is a dangerous time.

In 2017, I went on medical leave starting the week before spring break. (Here is a picture of my first day of freedom!)

My first day on leave, March 1, 2018.

In 2018, I was in a long-term subbing assignment in Deer Park. On the last day of spring break, a factory caught on fire, which led to spring break being extended by a week.

Last year, of course, we went on lockdown after spring break and did not return to school in-person until fall.

So this year, of course, there was an exciting build-up to spring break. Let’s recap, shall we?

Two weeks ago, most of the class I work in, had to quarantine.

And then we had a week off of school, for what everyone here refers to as “Snow-vid.”

After things returned to “normal,” Rob started feeling like he had a cold. I figured he wore himself ragged during the snowstorm and needed some time to rest and recover. He had a low grade fever that went away, and it seemed to be a run of the mill sinus cold. By the end of the week, it was definitely improving. I wore my N95 at work and was very careful about avoiding close contact at yoga, but it seemed like things were going to be fine.

Friday afternoon, Rob sent me a text, saying that he had lost his sense of smell.

So I learned a lot of things. I learned that Covid tests are free, even if you don’t have insurance. I learned that the rapid test was offered nearby. And according to Rob, putting the swab an inch up your nose is more difficult than it seems.

Three hours later, I learned that quarantine for close contact starts the first day of close contact, which for us was the day Rob’s symptoms started. So I will basically be off of work (except for a few things I offered to do remotely) until March 8, and Iliana will be distance learning. She is taking it in stride and already looking at her grades and getting set up!

So no yoga class for yet another week! I don’t have a good track record with doing well in isolation, and of course I freaked out initially. After a texting conversation with my wonderful, wonderful yoga teacher (who reminded me that I can do the videos 24/7 if I want to!), I had a much more positive mindset. I could even see how I had been so exhausted that having some time to rest will be beneficial.

Tonight, we have Rob isolated in the bedroom, and I will be sleeping on Iliana’s floor. But this has seemed ridiculous, because there is a good chance that Iliana and I also have the virus but are asymptomatic. So we are getting tested tomorrow.

Ili has started a new puzzle!

The upshot is that if I test positive, I will likely have immunity until I am eligible for a vaccine. So my days of not being able to hug might soon be over! In the meantime, my focus will be on self-care. If my body is busy kicking the arse of a virus that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, I want to do all I can to help my immune system continue its victory streak!

11 thoughts on “R is for “Rona””

  1. Keep your spirits up. You can handle this. Hope Rob’s symptoms are minor. I’ve now had three Covid test (twice when I was hospitalized several weeks ago and just a week ago before an endoscopy last Wed.)They vary greatly in discomfort level but only last for a few seconds.

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  2. So sorry to hear about Rob and that it means you all have to self-isolate. I hope you continue to be without symptoms and just get to enjoy the break. I’m so glad that Rob is doing well and that none of you are suffering the sort of symptoms that some others have battled with.

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    1. Thank you Leanne! I started with mild symptoms last night, so Iliana and I got tested today. She was negative and I was positive, but our principal is having both of us stay home for the next two weeks. I will be doing some work from home, as long as my symptoms don’t get worse. Right now I’m fine as long as I rest a lot and don’t overdo. I’m practicing my yoga breathing a lot, to help protect my lungs (we’re both having no lower respiratory symptoms right now and would like to keep it that way!).

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  3. I hope that it ends up being very mild for all of you and that you’re able to be back to hugging soon. I am also missing the hugs. On a separate note from your post, are there free yoga videos that you would recommend? All of the healthy things are even better for us now, right? ❤

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    1. Oh, I absolutely recommend my teacher’s videos on Facebook! They are free, but she does accept donations (and donates half of the donations to the animal shelter!). I have been doing one of her yin videos every morning while I am recovering. Click on the “videos” section of her FB page (yes, I hate FB, but I created an account with no friends, just so I could do the videos!): https://www.facebook.com/MoonlightYoga

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