Covid19 Virus or the Flu?

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It was the day after my visit to Wreck Beach when it started.  Holly my dog, and I were lying on the bed when I suddenly felt a ‘cold shiver.’  It was about 6:00 pm, and I usually go to bed at that time to watch television for a couple of hours.

I glanced at the bedroom window and noticed it was open, so I quickly got up and closed it.  But by the time I got back in bed and covered myself up, I began to shake and was feeling very cold.

I got up and quickly put on my pajamas (the ones with the little snowmen) I wear during the winter months.  Then I closed my bedroom door and turned the heat up to 80 degrees.  I also grabbed two heavy blankets from the closet and folded them on top of me.

I was freezing!

I stuck a thermometer under my tongue but I was shaking so much, I had to hold it to keep it from falling out of my mouth.  My temperature was 97.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  I know that normal is 98.6, but I wasn’t smart enough to understand what a lower than normal body temperature meant.

My icy hands and arms were tucked under the blanket. I had to lay on top of my hands to keep them warm.

Holly was lying against my side and started to whimper.  I know that she probably wanted me to put her on the floor, but I didn’t want to get uncovered.  After thirty minutes or so, I began to get warmer.

About ten minutes later, I was getting hot.  I threw the blankets aside and then put the thermometer under my tongue.  After it began to beep, I checked to see that my temperature was now at 101.4 degrees.

And that’s when the fear started, and my mind began screaming in silent terror:  what if it’s Covid19?

My mind continued to race.  What about the story about Wreck Beach?  I was supposed to add the videos to the story once I got them downloaded.  And what about the club walk on Thursday that I wanted to attend?  It’s crazy how the mind works when under stress – we think about the silliest of things.

After another ten minutes, I was getting hotter and had to throw all of the sheets off of me.  I checked my temperature, and it was now 102 degrees!  Now the concern was starting to escalate.

I thought about calling 911 and getting an ambulance to take me to the hospital.  But that would mean being away from everyone, including my Holly because I believe that visitors aren’t allowed during the pandemic period.

So, I decided to wait until my temperature hit 103 degrees.  I took a long deep breath and did a mental exercise I learned some time ago.  It’s kind of like meditating – it brings me peace when I’m troubled.

In a few minutes, I’m not sure how long – I fell sound asleep.

I awoke at midnight, and my pajamas were completely soaked.  I either peed the bed or had an erotic dream.

But it was from the sweat – the fever had broken!  I quickly got changed and put on a fresh pair of pajamas.  I felt weak and somewhat lethargic, but otherwise okay.

I stayed in the house all day Wednesday and rested.  I felt perfectly fine.  I wondered what had caused me to feel so sick the night before?

On Thursday morning, I got up at 4:00 am (my usual time is between 4-5:00 am) and felt great.  I made a cup of coffee and fed Holly.

But for the next hour, my mind was telling me that I should get checked by the health officials to see if I have Covid19.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

I checked the internet for the Province of BC – Covid19 Website and followed the teleprompt instructions:

If you have had any of the symptoms, dial 604.539.4923 and press 2 to make an appointment.  Another recorded message then prompts you to leave a message with your name, phone number, make of vehicle, and license plate number. 

It also gave the address for the test site.  The message ended with an instruction to wait in the car until I get a call.

So after a shower and shave and a quick hug to Holly, I drove to the test site in downtown Langley.  I didn’t write the address down, but I assumed it was at the LifeLab facility I usually go to for bloodwork, Xrays, etc.

The parking there is minimal, and I had to park a few blocks away.   I turned the engine off and began to wait for the phone call.  I looked at my watch and made a note of the time – it was Noon.

I decided that I would go for a walk around Douglas Park and had my cellphone with me.

After walking around for thirty minutes, I began to wonder why I hadn’t gotten a callback.  So I walked to LifeLabs and climbed the stairs to the second floor.

There was a lineup of patients in the hall.  I searched the line for a friendly face and noticed a guy giving me a friendly nod.

“Is this the lineup for Covid19 testing?” I asked.

“I dunno,” he replied.

I looked down the line of people, but everyone avoided eye contact with me.

So I went to the front of the line, and the sign on the door indicated that only seven people could be in the reception area at a time and to remain in the hall until called.

I turned around and asked no one in particular: “Did you all get a phone call?”

I glanced at each for a reply, and all shook their heads to indicate they hadn’t.

Someone near the end of the line shouted out that I needed to make an appointment.  But I decided to walk into the reception area and speak to the clerk on duty.

Excuse me, but is this where I come to get a Covid19 test?

Did you talk to your doctor?

No, am I supposed to call him?

Yes, you need to see a doctor.

Okay, thanks!

I returned to the hall and sheepishly wished everyone in line to have a great day.  They smiled at me as I walked by.

When I got to my car, I called the doctor’s office.  The receptionist told me I had to drive to the test site, which was at a different location.  She gave me the address – and it was at unit #101.

But when I parked and went to Unit #101 – it was a medical center but there were signs posted that there weren’t Covid19 Tests done there.

A lady was waiting in a designated waiting line outside, so I asked her if this is where the Covid19 testing was done?

She said that it was around the side of the building.

I walked there and noticed the tests were being done outside, in the parking lot.  There were a couple of uniformed security guards and three or four healthcare workers present.

I walked up to one of the workers.

Hi, I’m here to get tested for Covid19.

Sorry, but you have to phone to make an appointment, sir.

But I did make an appointment at Noon but was at the wrong place and…

Suddenly, a supervisor appeared and asked me if I had symptoms and I told her I didn’t anymore but that I had had shakes and fever two nights ago.  I also explained that I had called for an appointment but hadn’t heard back from anyone.

The supervisor was very pleasant and patient as she explained that there is sometimes a two-hour wait before a callback can be received.  She told me to go home and wait for the callback.

At approximately 2:10 pm, I received a callback and got a 4:45 pm appointment.

It was taking almost the entire day to get tested, and I was getting impatient.

At my appointment time, I was parked at the site in a reserved parking spot.

One of the healthcare workers asked me to identify myself by providing name and birthdate and then asked me why I was there.

On Tuesday night, I had both the shakes and a high temperature of 102.  It lasted for about four or five hours and then I was okay.

Well, are you running a temperature now?  Are you feeling sick now?

No, I’ve been feeling fine, since.

Then, you don’t need to be tested.  We can only test you if you’re currently having the symptoms.  Otherwise, we will get a false negative.  If you have the symptoms and we test you as being positive, we ask that you quarantine yourself for ten days.  

A massive sigh of relief came over me.

So, I don’t need to quarantine myself?

No, sir.  You are okay.  If you get sick again, then give us a call.  But at least you now know the protocol.

Thanks, buddy, you made my day!

I wanted to get out of my vehicle to hug him but decided to leave the area quietly.  I never thought that I had the virus but wanted to be sure.

*******

In one of the updates of my A Nude Wreck on Wreck Beach story, I explained that I was ill and had the shakes and then a fever of 102 degrees.  I wanted anyone who I’d been near in the past couple of weeks to know that I had been ill.

But a few hours later, when I felt better, I decided to remove the passage from the story.

So if you’re one of the readers who learned of my illness – I’m feeling great!

If you know a healthcare worker – give them a huge virtual hug and tell them how much they are loved!

Chona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My gal pal Chona is a frontline healthcare worker and I know how busy her workdays are.

Also, thanks Norm and Gina, for the stunning sunset photo that they sent me.  It’s what they see from their home in Fairhaven, Washington.

I plan to go to a club walk in Vancouver on Saturday morning.  I wonder if any of my friends will ask about my recent nude sunbathing adventure at Wreck Beach?

Dedicated to gal pal Chona 

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Today’s tunes from Danny’s library (purchased):

When You Believe – lyrics

Many nights we prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hope for a song
We barely understood

Now we are not afraid
Although we know there’s much to fear
We were moving mountains
Long before we knew we could, whoa, yes

There can be miracles
When you believe
Though hope is frail
Its hard to kill

Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe

Mmmn, yeah
In this time of fear
When prayer so often proves in vain

Hope seems like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away
Yet now I’m standing here
My hearts so full, I can’t explain

Seeking faith and speakin’ words
I never thought I’d say
There can be miracles
When you believe (when you believe)
Though hope is frail
Its hard to kill (mmm)

Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (You can achieve)
When you believe somehow you will
You will when you believe

They don’t always happen when you ask
And it’s easy to give in to your fears
But when you’re blinded by your pain
Can’t see your way clear through the rain
A small but still, resilient voice
Says hope is very near, oh (oh)

There can be miracles (miracles)
When you believe (boy, when you believe, yeah) (though hope is frail)
Though hope is frail (it’s hard)
Its hard to kill (hard to kill, oh, yeah)

Who knows what miracles
You can achieve (you can achieve, oh)
When you believe somehow you will (somehow, somehow, somehow)
Now you will (now I, now I, know)
You will when you believe (when you)
(Oh oh)
You will when you believe

Songwriters: Stephen Schwartz
When You Believe lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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By Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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