Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 367 – Confession

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“So, I have something to tell you…”

Ritu Bhathal

Thanks, Spidey, for letting me use your post as a kind of confessional, to my readers.

So, a couple of you already know, but I have been rather unwell the last couple of weeks. I didn’t make a big deal of it on here, because, well, I didn’t want anyone to worry, but now I am on the mend, I thought I’d share with you about my experience of ending up catching that horrible virus, that I have managed to avoid for the last two years.

Yup. Covid got me.

My Covid Diary

Dearest Peeps,

You know I have been complaining of being a little unwell, and, well, that’s one way of describing it.

You see, I finally succumbed to that monster, Covid-19, possibly the Deltacrom mutation, who knows, but it hasn’t been pleasant.

I have been so careful the last two years, yet still, it got me.

Monday 7th March

Oh, I am feeling so tired, and it is only Monday. School hasn’t even started yet!

Tuesday 8th March

Another day of waking up fatigued, even though I slept early.

Wednesday 9th March

Yup, still tired. I’ll do a test. After all, it is Wednesday, one of our Bi-Weekly days for testing in school. Negative. Another early night for me. I do feel a little breathless, though… It’s been building the last few days. Out of breath just walking a few steps, or up a flight of stairs.

Thursday 10th March

Wow, now that is a sore throat to wake up to. Better test. Negative. Dose up on the Paracetamol and make sure I have my throat sweets with me. Just found out one of my school colleagues has tested positive. Poor thing. She was feeling rough yesterday.

Friday 11th March

Ouch, that throat is still bad. A message to say another colleague has tested positive. Let me just test again. Nope. Negative. Only one day until the weekend. I can get through. By lunchtime, my nose is streaming, and I can’t stop sneezing. The pressure around my sinuses is building fast. I leave school as quickly as I can and tell my in-laws I won’t be popping in as I feel unwell but collect the kids to take them home. As I drive, the pressure from my sinuses causes a headache that I cannot deal with, but I must get home. Quicky, do a test. It takes milliseconds to appear. That line that I haven’t had appear before. The second one proves it. Yes, I have a positive test. Funny, 18 years ago, all I wanted was a BFP (Big Fat Positive) when we were trying desperately for a baby. Now, I really didn’t want to see this. But it all makes sense. I message Hubby Dearest to tell him and get the kids to test. Negative, thankfully, but that means nothing. It could hit them at any time. I dose up on more painkillers, make a warm drink to soothe my aching throat, and climb into bed.

Oh, this is not nice. Not nice at all. I speak to NHS Direct, because, let’s be honest, there is no clarity in the Government guidelines about what you can and can’t do, or should and shouldn’t do, that makes sense. They confirm that since I started symptoms the day before, even though the test was negative, that was my Day 0. So, today is my official Day 1, and if I get to Day 5 (Tuesday), and test negative that morning, and the next, I am okay to go to school. (Obviously, if I feel better, that is.) Messaged the school to let them know. Oh, man this is going to be fun… I am losing another member of staff, a couple of weeks early, too, so how will this pan out? Oh, and been pinged about another colleague testing positive… That’s four…

Saturday 12th March

Day 2 – Yup, I am definitely ill. I have used a box of tissues so far with the way my nose is streaming. Cough, cough. That hurts. I even need the inhaler as I feel that weight of breathlessness crushing my chest. But, no temperature and I can still taste and smell. Small mercies. A day in bed, watching mindless TV, reading, and snoozing. It is strange having to walk through my own house wearing a mask, and when I must, and spraying disinfectant everywhere. Thank goodness the kids are teens and love to be holed up in their rooms, instead of mixing with us! Get them tested again. Still Negative.

Sunday 13th March

Day 3 – I wake with a slightly less runny nose, but the cough… and the pressure on my chest… not going anywhere. I can feel a little pressure on the sinuses, and a niggle of a headache but nothing like Friday. The test is still a very strong Positive. I know. It’s not Day 5, yet, but I was hoping for it to become feint, or at least a little feinter… Another ‘take it easy’ day. It’s a good thing I like my room, isn’t it? Kids are still negative, though, so that is a relief. Get a message from school. I have a supply teacher to cover my class, thank goodness. But now we are up to eight members of staff positive. Thankfully not in my team, but still, that is a lot of adults down… Think positive, test negative, Ritu!

Monday 14th March

Day 4 – Wake early. Feel a bit better. It’s just the cough, sore throat and the breathlessness left, I think. Tested. Still very dark positive. Meh! I manage to do a little work, not because I am expected to, but because I want to. It makes me feel useful, at least. Kids aren’t in school as they have an inset. They still test negative. By lunchtime, I am flagging. The pressure on my sinuses is building, and I can feel a dull headache coming. I sleep. Then wake again. I feel exhausted. Losing hope that tomorrow will give me a negative, but you never know. Another staff member unwell, but no Covid… yet. Got a Dr calling me on Wednesday. Will be talking about the breathlessness. It is worrying me.

Tuesday 15th March

Day 5 – I hope, beyond hope, that I get the first of those two negatives, so I can be in school tomorrow. I’ve been up since 4 am, as my body clock is doing silly things. I hate being off, away from my class and team, and despite being thankful for a supply teacher, I really don’t like leaving my kids with one… No such luck. It’s positive again. Still got that breathlessness and every time I eat, I feel nauseous after. Test the kids as it is back to school for them, negative, thankfully. However, as I get a little work done, in the morning, a message comes from Lil Princess. She’s feeling sick. Then, she’s been sick. I have no choice but to mask up and tear down the road, windows open, to pick her and her brother up. It is a bit of a trek, from where we live now, to school, so when someone is not well, it isn’t that simple. Plus, I don’t want to ask the in-laws as they are still vulnerable, and I will not risk them getting ill because of us. By 12 pm we are back home. I am exhausted again. Hubby Dearest comes back from work a little earlier to finish his day at home, but he was too far to go and pick them up, so we just have to work with things as they are. I rest up again. By the evening, I start to feel warm. For the first time, I have a slight temperature. That was one of the ‘main symptoms I hadn’t experienced, yet. Sore throat, yes, but so far, my smell and taste is intact. Hopefully, an early night will help me out, and that negative… Fingers crossed for tomorrow…

Wednesday, 16th March

Day 6 – I woke, I tested. I got a negative! Still not feeling bright though. Checked on kids and one is still not right, so spoke to the school about absence, and whether it was okay for Lil Man to work from home, as he only had one lesson. Done. Then walked past my test, which now said Positive! Now, I know not to read them after 30 mins, but it had been a bit dark when I did it. So did another. This time a feint line, within the 30 mins. Obviously, the viral load has gone down, hence the feint line, but it is still there. Today I had calls with doctors, and a Zoom course to attend. Nothing too taxing, and something I could do from my bed. However, just talking to someone for more than a few moments still causes me to get breathless. Me, not able to talk is not a good Ritu to be. Also, any food makes me nauseous, half an hour after eating. And the tiredness. Morning is fine, then lunch comes, and I need a proper nap! Contacted a couple of my other positive gang and they all have varying lingering symptoms, still positive, but better in many ways. Everyone has the tiredness, though. Meh. Off to bed, again.

Thursday 17th March

Day 7 – the feintest of positives, but still there. Oh, well, that’s me off school until Monday. I feel much better in most ways, but the breathlessness and heaviness on my chest is still playing havoc. A couple of minutes of chat on the phone causes me to lose my puff. Kids are still negative, which is a weight off my mind. Work during the morning. At least I have been able to be practical with the time I have off and have done a lot of admin that will just sit there, otherwise. Afternoon rest, then today, I had to go, masked up with windows down to pick up the kids as Hubby Dearest is in London, and I still don’t want them going over to the in-laws, yet. Back home, I rest up, again. Try to arrange an appointment with my new best friend, the receptionist in the doctor’s surgery, as I am a little worried about the whole chest situation. Hope I get to speak to someone tomorrow, but tentatively booked in for a phone consultation on Monday, anyway. The team have been messaging me all evening with lovely supportive messages. As have certain members of my management team, too. It means a lot that they care. I am blessed to work where I do. It is stressful, as a job, but we are in it all, together, and that’s what counts. Right. Off to try and get another decent night’s sleep!

Friday 18th March

Day 8 – Guess what? My first negative test! Finally! I feel a lot better, compared to last week, but I know I am not right, yet. I manage to speak to the doctor’s surgery, and they have told me to continue with my inhaler for now, as this particular symptom of Covid, the breathlessness, and tightening of the chest when I cough, could be with me for a few months. Oh, joy! She didn’t want to keep me on my phone for long because she was aware that too much talking would cause more breathlessness… A little more work done, and rested, again. Still get tired. I don’t know how I will cope without afternoon catnaps next week! Still, I am grateful that I have the rest of my health and that my family are healthy, too. Managed to eat without feeling nauseous, too. In a way, I wanted that to stick for a while… It might have helped me shift a few lbs! Never mind. Off to watch Comic Relief.

Saturday 19th March

Day 9 – Negative, again, yay! And even though I am still in need of the inhaler, things are looking up for me. I pottered, enjoyed the beautiful spring weather, too, and hoovered a little (but needed a proper rest after!) then tonight, for the first time in over a week, I cooked. I am still thankful that I haven’t lost my taste or smell, but it’s also good to have the appetite back a bit more. And, just to add to things, this turn of good weather has also decided to activate the year’s hay fever! Wonderful!

Sunday 20th March

Day 10 – officially, after today, I should not be contagious in any way, but I’ll still be taking it carefully. It will be a day of getting things ready for school, for tomorrow, and ensuring I have medications packed in my bag, for anything untoward. Covid has not been fun, at all. I wasn’t so severely affected that I needed hospitalisation, but I didn’t get off mildly either. A solid week of feeling rough, a lingering little cough and fatigue, and this breathlessness which is promising to be a close friend of mine for a while yet. But I am thankful I am okay, and that the rest of the family stayed negative all that time.

Wish me luck for school, tomorrow!

So, have you stayed safe, or have you succumbed to Covid at all?

namaste

Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

79 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cecilyswritings
    Mar 23, 2022 @ 07:05:57

    Oh dear Ritu, pleased to hear you’re on the mend. It obviously affects everyone differently. My son, his wife and my grandson all tested positive one after the other. Thankfully they did not have severe symptoms as you had. Do hope you feel yourself soon. 🌷

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  2. Jennie
    Mar 23, 2022 @ 02:23:47

    Please, please take it slowly and carefully. You were so tired for a while, and that’s when you were vulnerable to Covid. Thank goodness you are on the mend.

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  3. Leanne
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 22:30:30

    So sorry you got COVID and it was terrible. COVID is tough, but I know you’re tougher. Good luck!

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  4. thereluctantpoet
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 14:39:24

    Oh, My Dear! I’m so sorry to hear and read about your ordeal!!! Thrilled to know you are on the mend and moving back to normal!!! Life always has surprises and changes for us, doesn’t it?? Be well, Sweet Lady!!
    Chuck 😊😘💕🌹

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  5. thereluctantpoet
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 14:36:59

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:

    Come Read Ritu’s journey!!!

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  6. Hugh W. Roberts
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 11:16:51

    I’m so sorry to hear that Covid got you, Ritu. Sounds like a horrendous experience. One of my neighbours has just gone through the same symptoms you have, yet his wife never caught it. He thinks he picked up the virus from a choir practice he attended – the first one for two years.

    I hope you’re feeling better soon. Take good care.

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  7. niasunset
    Mar 21, 2022 @ 08:59:56

    Oh dear Ritu, you were almost going well, but I can see at the end you and your team all been infected. Seems that it was inevitable, it is same in here too, especially when all measures had been off… Dear Ritu, I am so happy to hear that you are fine now, you dealed with it, even in the home. You know some others are being in the hospitals. Don’t give up to keep yourself in safe, some of my friends got second time virus… Mask is the best for now and sure vaccine too. I am older one up to 60s and I have several problems about my health so I really worry about being covid, my Love and I really try to keep ourselves in safe… but you know wherever it will hit us we don’t know. Don’t forget to rutine doctor check, after covid, take a strong food and vitamines. Blessing to you ALL, Thank you for sharing with us, much Love and Hugs, nia

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    • Ritu
      Mar 21, 2022 @ 16:57:28

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, Nia. It was horrible. Im still not right, but we kept all our restrictions going at school… And it still got me! Stay safe xx

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  8. Darlene
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 22:38:32

    I’m so sorry to hear it got you, after all this time. But pleased you are feeling better. It took my aunt 3 months to get over it. Take it easy though as it takes a lot out of you.

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  9. floridaborne
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 21:36:29

    Glad to hear you got through it okay. 🙂 From what I’ve read, it’s airborne, which means you can be walking along and if someone sneezed a block away, the wind could carry it to you.

    I had the symptoms of COVID-19 in April 2019 — 6 months before it escaped the Wuhan lab. I lost my sense of smell and taste, and when it came back 3 months later it was never the same.

    In late October, I had sinusitis. By November 2021, it was sinusitis and bronchitis. I didn’t get over it until mid January 2022 — and it wasn’t even COVID, it was worse than COVID.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 21:53:53

      You know, being in school and pretty exposed throughout the pandemic, I could have sworn I must have had it at some point, but we have been testing for a good while, regularly, and they were all negative. This particular strain, whatever it was that I picked up, manifested like a really bad cold, but the lingering effects of this on my lungs and chest are not great. I am just sitting here typing up a couple of things, and the strain, going up the stairs to my office has made me a little breathless… Can’t wait to recover fully from this. Not going to be fun trying to teach 4-5 year olds without much puff!

      Sorry you were so unwell, though. It is awful. Being ill full stop is awful xx

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  10. willowdot21
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 20:14:01

    What a nightmare Sis, I wish you well for tomorrow, and I hope you can go to school but beware you will be exhausted 💜💜💜💜

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  11. syl65
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 17:30:42

    What an ordeal, Sister. I’m glad you didn’t have to be hospitalized and I’m very glad you’re on the mend and feeling better 🙏🏽💜🙏🏽💜

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  12. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 16:49:36

    What a dairy, just ready for writing a book about, Sis! I am so sorry, that you’d to went through this. Good to hear you are feeling better, now. Keep staying safe, if possible. Best wishes, Michael

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  13. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 16:45:10

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  14. Maggie
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 15:32:12

    I am so sorry you had to wrestle through this. We, too, have been so careful, but still family members have tested positive. Take good care. This thing loves to hang on.

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  15. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 14:34:06

    OH, Sis. I’m so glad you are doing better. This Covid is some nasty stuff. Get well soon. ❤

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  16. beth
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 12:11:55

    i’m so sorry you had to contend with that and glad you are on your way back. i feel lucky that i haven’t yet had it, but it is not gone yet –

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  17. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 11:19:14

    Peace be with you, Sis! ❤

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  18. joylennick
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 10:51:16

    Poor you, Ritu! So sorry you eventually succumbed. Here’s wishing you 100% better soonest. We’ve been lucky, so far…Take care. Hugs xx

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    • Ritu
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 11:13:34

      Thank you, Joy. Im nearly there, but I fear this last stretch of recovery will be longer, with the breathlessness. Still, thankful it wasn’t worse! 💜🙏🏼
      Glad you’ve stayed safe. 🙂

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  19. CJ
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 10:03:18

    That sounds scary, I am glad that you are over the worst of it. I hope the breathlessness goes away soon for you and that your energy levels are back to full strength – I feel you need them to be for your job! Not surprising that it has spread so rapidly round a school, it must be very hard to contain it there. I do hope you are all better very soon. CJ xx

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  20. Carol anne
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 09:37:30

    I empathise! I am just getting over my bout with the nastiness that is covid. Going to do an antegin test this morning, and hope I am clear! Really want to resume my life. Xx

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  21. TanGental
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 09:27:46

    How gruesome. Glad you’ve come through it. At least it’s off your bucket list now.

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  22. April Munday
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 09:19:29

    What a time you’ve had of it. I’m glad you’re getting better and hope that this continues. I’ve managed to avoid it so far, as have most of my friends. We’ve all been very careful, though, as most of us have, or have had, extremely vulnerable people in our households.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 09:47:24

      Thanks, April.
      I’m surprised it took so long for me to get it, to be honest, what with being out there all the time, in school. Been very careful throughout, too. But I guess if it is going to happen, we can’t stop it xx

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  23. Sadje
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 07:02:48

    So sorry my friend that you had Covid. It’s great that the tests are negative now. Do take care of yourself and have plenty of rest.

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  24. arbind kumar
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 05:34:18

    Thanks !

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2022, 10:31 But I Smile Anyway…, wrote:

    Ritu posted: ” “So, I have something to tell you…”Ritu Bhathal Thanks, > Spidey, for letting me use your post as a kind of confessional, to my > readers. So, a couple of you already know, but I have been rather unwell > the last couple of weeks. I didn’t make a big” >

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  25. Lauren
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 05:20:28

    Glad you are on the mend. It is not something I’ve had yet. I hope the coughing goes away soon.

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  26. petespringerauthor
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 05:18:27

    I’ve read in some circles that we’ll all eventually get it. As far I know, my wife and I haven’t got it yet. Our son had a fairly mild case, but my next-door neighbor died. He was only in his early 50s. So glad you’re feeling better, Ritu.

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    • Ritu
      Mar 20, 2022 @ 07:10:23

      Thank you Pete. 🤗
      I’m surprised I didn’t get it sooner, seeing as I’ve been out there throughout the whole 2 years, in school. Maybe I’ve had it asymptotically in the past, but so mild that the tests weren’t able to pick it up, I don’t know. Colleagues have had it and mostly it’s been mild. We’ve lost family members to it, too. But this time, for me, was pretty bad in comparison to how others inknkw had felt. And others contested positive in school at the same time were all pretty rough, too.
      I’m sure it will hit us all, if it hasn’t, already, but it’s not nice, whatever!

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  27. Bridgette
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 05:11:07

    What a journey! Both my teenagers have gotten it, but I’ve luckily been spared so far. Glad you are on the mend.

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