Fate sometimes throws potholes on your life’s road. Last weekend I started feeling a sore throat ache. At first, I thought I had swallowed a rough Doritos chip or some other rough morsel of food. “It will go away soon enough,” I thought.
It didn’t. On Saturday afternoon I felt without energy, so I went to sleep early hoping that it was a result of the rough workweek. “Some ten hours of quality sleep should do the trick.”
Again, it did not. “Oh, darn I hope I’m not coming down with the flu or worse yet, COVID. Not now of all times…” I did a home antigen test on Sunday, and it came back negative. “Another good night's sleep and rest should clear this, I hope.”
On Monday morning I felt a little better and decided to go to work but would take things easy. No lunchtime workouts. Unfortunately, my condition soon deteriorated again. I felt tired and shortly after the joint aches I’d experienced when I’d taken the COVID vaccine started bothering my ankles, knees and elbows. I decided to head home early, took another COVID antigen test, and sure enough, this time it came back positive.
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“This is a big problem,” I thought. If I’m contagious, I won’t be able to board the flight. I called my doctor and asked if he could prescribe some paxlovid tablets to get me out of the hole as quickly as possible.
“Sorry, but that is only for the elderly or people who are immunocompromised, which isn’t your case. You’ll have to do what everyone does. Isolate for at least five days or until your symptoms go away, whichever is longer.”
I pleaded with him to make an exception. I said I was going on vacation, I had a flight booked for the following Saturday, and that I needed to be fit to paddle my kayak for hours at a time. All to no avail. “For some things, time and rest are best. You’re young, you’re fit, and you got the three shots, so you should be fine. Drink lots of fluids.”
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