I have covid for the Second time.
A little background. I caught Covid January 2020 New Years before it was announced that it was out there. I was sick for 7 weeks, my husband 4. I am a healthy person and I have had no lasting issues. One of the lucky ones. My husband is an ICU Charge nurse in a well regarded hospital. He is in the thick of this and let me tell you…TV does not even come close to reality. It is much worse than you think.
Because of state notary guidelines and from his experience, I wear a mask and gloves to EVERY signing, regardless of what the client says. I have had many…many client tell me I do not have to wear a mask for a variety of reason, “They are fully vaccinated, It’s not a thing, to God is protecting me.” I politely explain that my husband is an ICU nurse and insist on my protecting you and me. The ICU thing usually ends that part of the conversation quickly. Also, even though it is not mandated, I wear a mask everywhere with the only exception the gym. I wipe down every machine and social distance. I do not go into crowded areas.
Here is where I made my mistake… As you know, wearing a mask protects other people from your germs, not you from theirs. When clients have asked me if I would like for them to wear a mask, I consistently have told them, “I am fully vaccinated and I have also had Covid. It is up to you if you would like to wear a mask.” Some of my clients wear a mask, most do not. I thought I was safe but on 10/12 I started to develop a lil cough. Nothing big, I didn’t think anything of it. The next night I went to bed a lil dizzy. No biggie, I get that if I have a sinus infection so I took sinus meds. On 10/14, I still had a little cough. It reminded me of the cough I had the first time but it wasn’t even close to the way I felt. I decided to get a covid test, only because of what my husband does, and I would be remiss if I didn’t take things seriously, especially with new variants.
I went to Urgent care and took the rapid test. I had signings that evening. Yep, I was positive! Mind you, my symptoms are VERY mild, but I am under quarantine for 10 days. I lost $500 in scheduled appts and probably another $500 in potential signing because I protected my clients but DID NOT PROTECT ME. Many don’t know they have this. They only reason why I checked is because I had it before. Any other time in my history, I would have ignored the symptom and went on about my business.
You cannot force a client to wear a mask, but if they ask, take them up on it. Protect yourselves People. A few nights ago my husband told me 6 people died in one night, to include a 39 year old who’s 2 teenage sons were at her bedside.
I am fine. A little persisting sore throat, but I have 2 more days of imprisonment😂 I cannot go near my 90 year old father. My husband has been tested and my trainer. They are negative. Covid does not just effect you, but your family, your family’s income, not to mention those you come into contact with. If my trainer had contracted it, all he comes into contact with, their families and friends, on and on, could have been infected…and it started with me.
Please be safe out there. You are special to someone!