#SoCS: I Met the Enemy

March 1, 2023

The enemy began its assault.

It was met head on, but the dark horseman stood its ground and moved to intercept the army of immunity.

Covid had a job to do and it would not accept defeat without a fight.

An eight day fight.

And so…

My luck ran out.

Almost four years without a cold, the flu or any indication of a virus lurking around the corner, Covid finally caught up with me and threw me to the ground in combat. It took me awhile to get up.

I haven’t been super diligent, I suppose, as I wore a mask only when in places where lots of people gather – the grocery stores, big box stores, large indoor gatherings, etc. But I didn’t wear one all of the time and I suppose it takes only one person who doesn’t know they are contagious to spread the virus.

Lucky me.

Well, as of this writing, I’ve had two negative Covid tests and I feel a lot better than I did a week ago. I continue to feel the effects of fatigue (I seem to need daily naps) and leftover phlegm (annoying), but the army of symptoms that included a gnarly sore throat, cough, nausea and congestion has retreated.

I thank the Covid vaccines and Paxlovid for helping me through without the illness getting worse. With my age and history of a past pneumonia episode and a couple bouts with bronchitis, I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise in the battle.

And I thank all of the friends who checked up on me, brought me foodstuffs and medication, said prayers, and made sure I was on the path to victory. Natasha, who refers to herself as a “sheepdog,” was my angel of mercy. She brought me chicken broth and oyster crackers on the day of nausea and then delivered a pint of non-dairy ice cream and mini cheesecake when she knew I needed some food love.

Over the eight days of seclusion, I developed a love/hate relationship with the couch and confines of the apartment. I love my new couch, but not that much. I love my apartment, but not that much. It’s hard to want to do anything when one feels like crap. On the other hand, though, Gibbs and Hoshi like that their human was available 24/7 for incessant food and petting needs.

I’m anxious to get out for a little bit today for groceries and fresh air. Start on cleaning up the apartment as I have energy. Get back to daily routines and life with other people. I miss my peeps.

So, I will end this by saying please be safe out there, stay healthy and watch out for any lurking invaders. You do not want to engage this enemy.

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35 responses to #SoCS: I Met the Enemy

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I am sorry to hear that you had to fight this battle, Mary. I’m glad you are on the mend. All the best going forward.

  2. Glad you are getting better. I’m still one of those very few wearing a mask in stores. I went out to meet a friend once without a mask and came out of the issue with the flu and was down and out. Hope you get to enjoy some fresh air this weekend and applause to your friends for the support.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Keep wearing the mask, Judy, and stay safe. I will be wearing one a little more often than before because I don’t want to get stick again for a long time. Covid is nothing to mess with.

  3. quiall says:

    You came through the Dark Night and were victorious. It is now a badge of honour. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again.

  4. Maggie says:

    Mary, I am so sorry Covid found you after all this time. It is good to know you are recovering and now testing negative for the virus. Stay well.

  5. Herman says:

    It reminds me a little bit of last December when Covid finally found me too. I was the only person in my environment free from a Covid infection… Glad to see you’re feeling better. Wishing you all the best, Mary!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Herman. On the plus side of this is that I never lost my sense of taste or smell. Appetite was not always there, but I’m glad most of it has returned.

  6. lois says:

    Mary–I am glad you are on the mend, but this makes me nervous. I, too, have been spared from the evil Covid. But I just got home today from spending three days in the hospital with my husband (he is fine). But the germiest place to be–a hospital! If I make it through the next week or so, I will be forever thankful. In the meantime, I hope and pray not to have picked up a bug. I’ve had all my vaccines and boosters, but still…

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I hope you stay healthy, Lois. You probably had to wear a mask in the hospital and that should help, but it really is germ-filled. Take your vitamins and I’ll say a prayer for you.

  7. J-Dub says:

    So sorry to hear but glad you’re feeling better. I’m hearing more people making it through. Thank goodness for Plaxlovid & boosters.

  8. I’m glad to read you’re feeling better, Mary. We had it in September. Hopefully, you’ve paid the covid dues and you’ll be healthy all summer long as you enjoy outside time on your bike! 🤗

  9. murisopsis says:

    Been there done that – and survived to tell the tale! COVID is no fun (understatement) but at least you weren’t traveling on vacation… Take care and be sure to take your vitamins!!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I can’t imagine being sick with covid on vacation. That had to be awful. Yes, will take vitamins and hope I can avoid getting sick again for a long while.

  10. Ally Bean says:

    Well, phooey. I’m sorry to read this but know that you’re doing what you should be doing to get and stay healthy. Sofas are nice company, but not for days on end.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Yeah, Ally, sofas are not that much fun when overused. But I’m on my way back to where I need to be…it’s just taking time.

  11. JoAnna says:

    The Army of Immunity wins! I’m glad you’re feeling better, and hope you feel stronger every day. Thanks for the reminder to be safe. I’ve been lackadaisical about masking.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m back to my old self, JoAnna. And masking in the grocery stores and around large groups of people. Stay safe!

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