It’s a cold 29 degrees in Dallas – Fort Worth this sunny Sunday morning. The cold bites enough for me to my black navy pea coat for the first time this season.
I’m enjoying a tall blonde roast cup of coffee at my local Starbucks. The coffeehouse has a snake of cars and SUVs in the queue for the drive thru. Inside, I had my selection of tables as the building’s interior echoed my steps as I entered the cavernous and empty tomb.
Sunday Morning Routine
Most Sunday’s, I get up, are my morning prescriptions, dress, and drive to the coffeeshop. I have a cup of coffee and bowl of oatmeal. Bible memes are created for the week. I post them on two Facebook groups. One os for my family, the other is a retiree group I manage.
Next on the agenda is waiting Sunday morning church services via live streaming. Since Covid, I have not attended church in person. I also have missed only a couple of Sundays worshiping.
Following the morning service, I drive back to the house. Usually, I talk to my best guy friend during the drive. Back at the house I get on a Zoom conference where I attend my Bible fellowship class.
And thus goes the life of an ordinary guy who rejoices each day for another day of life.
Yes, the writing life is glamorous – ha! I awoke at 6 AM and got out of bed. I put on my house slippers, made a pit-stop at the “necessary room,” put my iPhone on the charger, and headed downstairs.
Once downstairs, I first placed my iWatch on the charger. Next, I collected a bag of trash from the kitchen along with a bag of recyclables. I exit the house via the kitchen door, I walked passed the swimming pool, opened the back gate and places the bags in the alley.
I returned to the back side of the house. Five more bags of recyclables and two more bags of trash awaited me. Carrying two bags at a time, I made four trips to deposit them in the alley. The trash collectors come about 8 AM and the recycle people between 10 and 2 PM. Mission accomplished. I come back into the house and lock the kitchen door.
Next, I put a new trash bag in the trash can and a new recycle bag in the recycle bin.
Then I headed back upstairs, got dressed, pick up my now fully charged iPhone, and made my way back downstairs.
Take My Morning Medications
I refilled the water bottle before going to the restroom to get my seventeen morning pills to take. Once retrieved, I spent the ten minutes taking the pills and glancing at the online version of the Dallas Morning News. My iWatch is now fully charged so I retrieve and put it on.
I tossed my MacBook in its black leather Coach bag along with the charger, noise suppressing headphones, and wireless mouse. I have an extra USB mouse in my computer bag in case I forget the wireless one.
A note I left on the table tells where I am going and what I’m doing. A stop at the mini-refrigerator gets me a Diet-Coke. I grab a new KN-95 face mask, exit via the front door, lock the front door, and put my computer bag in the back seat, get into my Mercedes, open my Diet Coke, turn on SiriusXM to channel 90 – NASCAR.
Drive to Starbucks
I drink half the Diet-Coke during the ten-minute drive to Starbucks. The NASCAR news of the morning updates me on the latest happening. I’m a NASCAR fan following the Joe Gibbs Racing team’s four drivers.
When arriving at Starbucks, the handicap parking space was full so I have to park where I have to cross traffic to get into the building. I get my computer bag, my navy-blue Cardigan, and cane from the back seat and wait until there’s a break in the stream of traffic to cross the parking lot.
Once inside, I claim my table. All twelve tables are empty. I go to the counter where several baristas greet me by name. The manager says, Good morning, Jimmie. After returning their greeting, I pull out my iPhone and open the Starbucks app.
The addion of funds to the app is my first order of business. I push a button and another $25 is on my Starbucks account. I order the Starbucks Eggs & Cheddar Protein Box and a large cup of blonde roast coffee.
While eating breakfast, I’m writing this post. When I finish, it’ll be time to get back to the daily writing as I head for achieving today’s word count on my pen name novel.
Got COVID? I guarantee having Covid isn’t fun. Here’s my currently developing story.
Fully Vaccinated with Two Boosters
I am fully vaccinated with two boosters. I have the Moderna vaccines and boosters. My second booster shot was on April 2, 2022. My medical history/issues makes me an immune compromised person.
Saturday evening I arrived home after an eight day trip. Attending the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference was the trips purpose.
I started have a runny nose and symptoms like a sinus infection. They started on Saturday, June 4th during the afternoon when driving home. I was sure I just had a cold or sinus issues.
To be safe and responsible, and after I had seen a post that a few people who attended the conference had tested positive for Covid, I took the home test on Sunday, June 5th, and was shocked it was positive. My symptoms were a a very bad runny nose, sinus like drainage, a severe scratchy sore throat, and feeling tired. This is considered Day Zero, the day you first test positive.
I immediately went into isolation and contacted family I had visited and stayed with Thursday evening.
My blood oxygen levels have been staying above 95%. I drink a bottle of water almost very hour for staying hydrated.The water intake helps the blood oxygen levels.
My blood pressure has stayed good. My heart rate has been high. The high heart rate can contribute to the night sweats. I have had heart issues for forty years – I’ve had a couple of stroke and three times been in coronary icu – so we keep a close eye on this.
Day One – On Monday, June 6th, I saw my primary care physician and had another Covid test. It was positive.
The doctor prescribed a Azithromycin (Z pack), Paxlovid Antiviral Pills (Paxlovid is an oral antiviral pill that can be taken at home to help keep high-risk patients from getting so sick that they need to be hospitalized) and Prednisone (It’s a steroid used to treat many diseases and conditions associated with inflammation).
My son Jason delivered me the prescriptions Monday evening and we maintained proper isolation/distancing. I started the Z pack and Paxlovid Monday.
My symptoms of a very bad runny nose, sinus like drainage, a severe scratchy sore throat, and feeling tired continued. I also had very bad night sweats where I changed clothing four times during the night from sweating so much. I did not have a fever.
Day Two – Tuesday, June 7th, I started the Prednisone Tuesday morning as it can keep you from sleeping. The Z pack and Paxlovid seemed to cause some mild intestinal distress and bathroom trips.
The symptoms remained about the same though I started feeling slightly better.
Day Three – Wednesday, June 8th. Continuing to follow the doctor’s treatment and taking meds. I can still smell and taste. The steroids are not affecting my sleep. Yes, I have some body aches. Yes, I tire easily.
Where Did I Catch Covid?
Of course there is no way of knowing when or where I caught Covid.
First Reaction to Having Covid
My first thought when I tested positive was to quote Scripture. I selected Psalm 56:3, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” This is scary, even for a fully vaccinated and boosted 68 years old man. I had my Uncle Vernon die from Covid in December 2020. I had a member of my Bible fellowship class die from it in August 2021.
Faith in God and in Modern Medicine
I’ll continue the medical treatment, appreciate prayer, and reflect on Job 14:5 which says “Our time on earth is brief; the number of our days is already decided by you.” I truly believe that the Lord has our days numbered. I know He’s with me and knows what is best for me. Trusting in Him reduces the fear, after all I’m His child and He cares for me.