MY EXPERIENCE BEING SICK
I’ve hesitated to write about this but I’ve told a number of people about it and so why not.
I think I contracted Covid in late-April 2021, but I never tested for it. It was a Thursday afternoon and I felt a bit ‘off’ at work. Covid was certainly in the back of my head but I didn’t panic. I thought I’d monitor myself for a few hours and go from there. Later in the evening I felt totally fine and wrote it off as a mental thing. Most of the day Friday I felt fairly normal but I went on the treadmill after work and that is when things really took a noticeable turn. Ordinarily, I will do between 4 and 5 km whenever I’m doing a run but on this day, I shut the machine down after 3km and felt exhausted. I also wasn’t hungry. So, I laid around and went to sleep a bit earlier than normal.
The next day I woke up and my energy level was less than zero. I also had a headache, felt slightly nauseous, and my overall body feeling was that of a cross between being hungover and hit by a truck. I laid on the couch most of the day and later in the day decided to declare myself ‘sick’ with something. The problem for me has always been the testing process. If I have Covid, I am home until I’m better. Meanwhile, public health digs into my life and gets my close contacts, who are not sick, and they could be sidelined for 14-21 days out of ‘caution’. So I decided to protect those around me by not testing and, simply, reaching out to a few who I interacted with earlier in the week and let them know they should self-monitor just in case. For what it is worth - nobody outside of my house that I was in contact with developed any symptoms after I did.
My symptoms didn’t improve and some of them got worse. I should point out the classic ‘no sense of taste, no sense of smell’ never happened with me but I had just about everything else that’s on the list. I’ve joked, but I’m not exaggerating, that it was tiring to get out of bed just to use the washroom. I had a headache but it wasn’t excruciating. Rather just bad enough to be a hindrance. I had some nausea but not bad enough to puke. Just enough to be off-kilter.
By Tuesday I figured I’d do a load of laundry but by the time I got to the top of the stairs with the basket, I needed to lay down and have a nap. This is the part where, if it was Covid, I would say I can very easily see how an obese person or someone dealing with asthma is going to have a really hard time with this. You summon for a deep breath and it’s just not there.
There was one night where I developed a bronchial chest crackling sound but I found some expired antibiotics and took those. It went away within 24 hours or so. That was the only time I thought that I may need to see a doctor. I had some concern about what if the bronchial symptoms don’t subside? Then I thought no frontline health professional is going to want to treat me after the outspoken year I’ve had on all of this, so I took the outdated pills and hoped for the best. I got lucky.
I have no idea if this was Covid. There was and still is no benefit to test for it aside from ‘knowing’ it’s Covid. What I can say is that this was the most sick I’ve ever been in my adult life. By the end of my bout with it, I dropped 15 pounds. Over six months later I still can’t really do as much in the gym as I could before I was sick. Some call it Long Covid. It could also be I’m 46 years-old. Overall, I’d rate my health at 95%. I got my first vaccine shot less than a month after being sick and exactly 24 hours after getting my first shot every single one of my symptoms from late April returned for another 36 hours. I got my second shot in July and fared much better with that one although I was still a bit off for half a day or so. The weird thing is that I’ve had what I’d consider to be a slight cold ever since my July shot. I chalked it up to being too exposed to my air conditioner at first but I’ve never ever been able to shake it. Vaccine side effect? Nobody is going to be honest with me about it so who knows for sure. I’m just saying it’s how I feel.
This is just my own personal opinion, but I decided many many months ago that I’m going to live my life regardless of government intervention. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to follow the rules but I would say my cooperation on the rules is built around avoiding fines and jail time (Scott Moe calls them secure isolation sites) rather than it being because I feel safer because of their intrusion into my life.
It’s sad there is this virus out there and for some people it has killed them. Having said that, I can only speak for me and I can say with 100% certainty that I would not want society to stop as a means to keep me safe. I have believed from day one that the best way to stay safe is for each of us to decide what we are comfortable with as far as risk level is concerned and live life accordingly.
What if doing that brings the health system to its knees? Well, that’s why we built field hospitals and there are other solutions too but that’s its own article.
A lot of people who have listened to my opinions or read my articles think I’m in the ‘hoax’ camp. I’m not. This is very real. But the solution isn’t quarantining healthy people or closing society. Free countries should never ever do that. They also shouldn’t coerce people to get vaccinated and people shouldn’t be under duress to get their shots.
Unfortunately, we have reached the point where the government can’t even explain the rationale behind their rules. They are too focused on compliance that they haven’t actually stopped to consider the reasoning but that’s a story for another day too as is a story about being self-responsible.
Let’s all try and have a good week and remember you are not owned by the government unless you want to be.