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  • #1109505 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    Ugh, offices have too, and it gets passed around. I’m sorry, I hope you don’t all get it and Joanie makes a full recovery.

    #1109507 Reply
    LisforLeslie
    Guest

    Oh @Wendy – that suuucks. Better health to all of you.

    My niece got it again (she got it in March/ April of 2020 and infected her entire family and they were pretty sick). This time she missed her high school graduation and prom. So that sucks. On the upside – everyone is vaccinated and boosted so no one is as sick as when they had Alpha.

    #1109509 Reply
    Avatar photohfantods
    Participant

    I’m sorry Wendy. Hope you and your family get through this. Also hope your niece and fam do ok L4L

    I saw the NYT article Wendy posted on her IG stories on reinfection. It’s disheartening. I just don’t know how to proceed with life socially anymore. Do normal things and when you have a big event coming up be more cautious? Yes I am thinking of our upcoming wedding haha.

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    #1109514 Reply
    Avatar photoDear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Thanks, guys. Sucks about your niece’s missed prom and graduation!!

    The way we’ve been doing it is to live life pretty normally when transmission is low or moderate – but still wearing masks in stores, on public transport, etc. We’ll often opt to dine outdoors instead of inside but occasionally do dune indoors. I’ll wear masks at the hair salon and stuff like that. But with friends and family, I’m back to normal. And then when we have an event or vacation or seeing someone at high risk, we limit activities in the week leading up to it – do as little in public as reasonably possible. The big thing I can’t control is the school exposure. Drew works from home, so we’ve not had work exposure to deal with (I actually started a part-time job, totally unrelated to writing or blogging, but I don’t interact with many people so exposure risk is low). Some families, of course, have work exposure and school exposure and then it’s just nearly impossible to avoid infection. It shouldn’t have to be that way but it is.

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    #1109517 Reply
    Avatar photohfantods
    Participant

    We’ve been about the same. Still wear masks in public. I still wear a mask around the office though I’ve noticed fewer people doing that. Granted they got covid earlier so maybe that’s why. Feeling more normal around family indoors but there’s still an underlying unknown.

    #1109519 Reply
    Avatar photoCopa
    Participant

    Oh man, @Wendy. That sucks. I hope the rest of you stay well and that Joanie’s symptoms stay minor/that she makes a full, swift recovery. I hope you won’t have to cancel with your sister.

    We went to Indiana over the weekend to visit my cousin, her husband, and their twin toddlers. We had to pop into a grocery store quickly to buy burgers for grilling and NOBODY was masked except us.

    #1109555 Reply
    Rangerchic
    Participant

    I finally feel better and I did take another COVID test (PCR), it was neg. No matter what I had, I haven’t been that sick for that long in a really long time.

    My sister now has Covid, from her son who probably got it at school. She’s pretty sick. They live in a different state and when I visited for a funeral – no masks worn anywhere (except a few by mostly elderly).

    And here in Colorado – hardly any masks worn anywhere either. Because I have vacation coming up and I’m just getting over something, I’m masking up even at work for the next three weeks. It’s like no one cares anymore.

    #1109562 Reply
    ktfran
    Participant

    @LadyE, I hope you’re still on the mend and feeling better. I hope your fam is going ok too, @Wendy! Also glad you’re feeling better @rangerchic.

    The husband tested positive on an at-home rapid today. He’s tired and a sore throat. UGH! All plans this weekend are canceled.

    #1109573 Reply
    Avatar photoTheLadyE
    Guest

    UGH! Wendy & KTFran, I’m so sorry to hear. I really hope Joanie is feeling better, Wendy. And KTFran, I hope your husband comes out of it as easily as possible. Expect him to sleep a lot, that’s what I did.

    My cough is still lingering, but my lungs were not great from the jump so I’m not super surprised. It is actually serving as proof I was so sick because it sounds bloody awful and if I have to talk in meetings I inevitably start coughing. I feel fine otherwise, though, if even kind of excited to start having a little more energy. I’m going to take another at-home test today to be sure I’m done with it. I have (ahem, expensive) tickets to see John Mulaney perform here on Sunday evening and unless I’m still testing positive, I’m going with my best friend and that is that, harumph.

    Does anyone else feel like they cannot drag themselves out of just an unrelenting depressive, “lower” state? I swear, for me it’s getting worse and worse, and I really think my mental health is affecting the physical. I’ve started not even caring if I don’t shower for days. I can go days without going outside. I miss my friends but like, eh, it would be work to make plans and get ready and see them. I haven’t performed comedy in months because of Reasons (Covid, weather, sickness, then I got Covid, etc). I feel like a shell of myself, like the vibrant life I created for myself back in 2019 is long gone, never to return. I had so much more energy and just…vibrancy. I know that being sedentary has not only put on weight but has also affected my fitness, my body’s stamina, and my brain’s abilities. I feel like I have no passion for anything anymore. Other than petting my little dogs or watching certain TV shows, it’s like…what’s the point? It just all feels pretty pointless.

    Bah.

    #1109576 Reply
    LisforLeslie
    Guest

    @TheLadyE – those are pretty standard signs of depression. I think in our post-COVID world they’ve reframed it as Languishing. If you’re feeling out of sorts I highly recommend seeing a therapist.

    #1109578 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    You’re definitely not alone, but yes, that is serious depression. It’s telling you you can’t do the things you need to do to get out of it, like see a therapist, try meds, take walks, practice good sleep hygiene, and eat reasonable portions of nourishing food. I think you can beat this because you have felt good before. You really should take the next step and find a therapist. Maybe your mom or sister could help with that if you tell your insurance provider they can talk to them.

    #1109579 Reply
    Avatar photoTheLadyE
    Guest

    Ironically, I have been in therapy for 5 years and have continued all throughout Covid. I really like my therapist and he has been super helpful in a lot of ways.

    So what’s also happened is my very close nuclear family has fallen to pieces in the last 8 months. In October, my mom discovered that my dad has been having an affair for the past 4 years. Cue: oh my goodness, back and forth and back and forth, him leaving, him coming back, her screaming, crying, throwing his stuff downstairs, him moving downstairs, her coming here, her going to visit my sister, him coming here, him going to visit my sister, a week at the beach at Christmas with Mom crying constantly, therapy for them that my mom loves and Dad doesn’t see a need for, my dad continually contacting the *other woman* even though Mom continues to ask him not to, Mom telling him to get out, him finding a trailer (classy) but then hating it, begging Mom to let him come back, then saying he’s unhappy, watching my mom sob and sob and shake and just lose it. I know it’s not my responsibility to be her therapist or anything; I know. It is just miserable.

    Between that, which has affected both me and my sister, Covid, my breakup last year which I’m still mourning, my health being extremely poor, and not having any of my usual outlets…it has been really hard. Languishing is definitely the appropriate word.

    I’ve also been on Zoloft for a few years and have no desire to increase it. But the pool opens up in my subdivision this weekend, and getting out to swim always really helps.

    Anyway. Thanks for reading all that. Hopefully, here comes the sun, right?

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