Sickness and Simple Times

You might have something like TimeHop or Facebook memories where posts from previous years pop up to remind you of life way back when. ๐Ÿ˜ I love my TimeHop. The photos and videos take me back to those moments, and I smile. ๐Ÿ˜Š I recently had a blog post pop up from February 27, 2020, just a couple of weeks before the world closed.

Here’s part of that post:

“Things started off without any fanfare. It truly felt like a terrible cold. I’ve dealt with hundreds of viruses over the years. I knew how to power through a cold, which would be no different. I did just that for the first 3 days of this ๐Ÿ˜ท illness- sucking it up to get through the days, then crashing hard in the evenings- all while dutifully taking my ๐Ÿ’Š over-the-counter meds. I kept the ๐Ÿ’งfluids going and the tissues close.

By the time I came home from work on Monday, I was going downhill quickly. In the middle of the ๐ŸŒœnight- ๐Ÿ’ฅ BOOM- the flu hit me like a bomb. I’ll spare you all of the ugly details, but I will say that it’s been about 20 years since I’ve been that sick! That should tell you something about my condition. This resulted in a blur of bathroom visits, sneezes, coughs, and coma-ish sleep as my ๐Ÿ› bed became Ground Zero. I assume I had a strain of the flu based on my โ˜ ๏ธ symptoms, but there was no way I could make it to the doctor for official testing. Heck- I couldn’t make it to my ๐Ÿฝ kitchen for 2 days! I don’t even remember Tuesday! When I could finally ๐Ÿ˜ดstay awake long enough to eat, very few things even tasted good.”

Now, I no longer think I had the flu. I believe it was COVID before we really knew what it was. I also think I know where I got it. A student was super sick with a ๐Ÿคง respiratory illness that evaded diagnosis despite many tests. He came to school off and on for several days throughout his weeks-long sickness. His mystery illness probably became my mystery illness, which isn’t such a mystery anymore.

It’s interesting, isn’t it? The post about my illness was a prelude to a time period that no one could have imagined. So many things are different now, not just with COVID. It makes me a little wistful of those simpler times when we didn’t know what we didn’t know.๐Ÿ’–

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