What’s Your Worst COVID Scare? (Part 2)

On Tuesday, I shared that I was in the midst of my closest brush with COVID: A prolonged exposure on Saturday to someone who would start to show symptoms the next day. When I learned about this on Monday, I began quarantining at home in my office.

I have to say, it’s been an odd couple of days. I’ve spent most of my time in my office, either working or sleeping. Whenever I step outside of the office, I wear a mask. It isn’t a foolproof system, but in case I had incubating COVID, I wanted to protect Megan as much as possible (she didn’t have the same exposure).

Tuesday was the hardest day, but most likely for reasons entirely unrelated to COVID. I had a stomachache and felt really nauseous in the evening. I was really out of it, and I essentially went to bed at 7:30, eventually waking up and feeling much better 4 hours later (then going right back to bed).

I felt the exact same type of sickness a few years ago when I had food poisoning, so perhaps it was that, or perhaps it was the lack of sleep I had the night before (Biddy slept with me, and he was a very anxious kitty, constantly jumping on and off the air mattress).

A part of me thought maybe that was COVID, but I still tested negative on Wednesday. So it was either actual food poisoning or a lack of sleep…or maybe it was the vaccination doing its thing. I don’t know.

Last night I finally figured out how to get Biddy to calm down (I essentially locked both of us in the room), and I got a really good night’s sleep. I still don’t have any symptoms, but having reached the end of the typical 5-day incubation period, I tested again, and I’m still negative. So as far as I know, I’m COVID free!

I’ll still be cautious and self-isolate (with less of a quarantine at home) over the next few days, but it’s looking like my closest brush with COVID will be okay. I really wonder if me getting my second booster shot just a few months ago helped keep it at bay.

I hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

6 thoughts on “What’s Your Worst COVID Scare? (Part 2)”

  1. It’s great that you are doing well, Jamey. My spouse and I are at high risk for Covid complications. We are fully vaccinated, still mask almost all the time with N-95 masks, and don’t go out for anything but work and essential errands. I am not sure we have evaded Covid, but we have at least evaded getting really sick. We both had some Covid symptoms at various times during the winter and early spring, but we couldn’t be sure it wasn’t other health conditions or even maybe a cold or flu. Rapid tests weren’t readily available then in my area of Canad, and PCR testing was only available for people who were really sick. So, I guess we won’t know.

    I have been worried after several brushes with people who seemed sick (e.g. a lab waiting room with someone who was coughing), but those never turned into anything. I think last year I would have blamed myself more if I had gotten sick, but the newer variants are so contagious. We take the precautions we can, and then there is just an element of chance.

    • Thank you for sharing, Cindy, and I’m glad you’ve avoided it so far (as much as you can tell based on testing availability).

  2. Jamey! I’m delighted to hear that you are well and Covid-free. I’m sure it was an anxious time, not only for your own health, but also the worry of spreading it to Megan and your loved ones. Stay healthy and safe. Take care!

  3. Jamey,

    I was just checking back to see if you were OK and had remained negative.

    Good to see that this is the case.

    Our worst COVID scare is, unfortunately, the reality of our day-t0-day at the moment as teachers. The wife and I are meticulously careful to avoid it; however, our students (and, if I’m honest, many of our colleagues) are the exact opposite.

    It seems inevitable that we will eventually contract it, but we’re just taking it a day at a time and are bearing the scorn of continuing to wear masks.

    My sister thinks that I “need to live my life”, but as an overweight asthmatic rounding 50, I just want to be as careful as I can be.

    It’s been a bit hair-raising having kids you worked with closely out with COVID the next day — but at least our numbers seem to be declining, and we’ve still dodged it.


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