Good morning. Please forgive me for not sending out a tip the past two days but if you read my Sunday newsletter, you know that we were all sick. It started with my daughter on Thursday, my son Friday, my wife Saturday and then me. I had a fever on Sunday and Monday (high was 101.5) and just felt terrible. I decided not to even open my laptop, that’s how awful I felt.
My wife was feeling a bit better Sunday afternoon so she went to our local urgent care to get tested for Covid-19. I didn’t think it was Covid since our daughter was sick first and she really wasn’t anywhere she could have gotten it but it’s better to know for sure. BTW: We think the culprit was when she put her mouth on the handle bar of a slide at Legoland.
I went and got tested yesterday and I’m waiting for the PCR results (I don’t think it hurts at all getting a PCR test. In fact, it’s not even all that uncomfortable. But my wife would disagree as she said she almost slapped the technician as a reflex ?). FYI: Her test was negative.
I’m happy to report that Exer Urgent Care is very good. They have a virtual queue and they don’t make you wait too long for anything. I mean, I rarely go to my doctor anymore because I can’t ever get an appointment at the last minute, which is when you pretty much always need one. A virtual appointment with him was a five-day wait. In the old days, I used to text him but now UCLA requires that all patients go through their portal. Times are changing and not necessarily for the better.
My doctor is still the best when I can get a hold of him but this PA at the urgent care seemed to know what she was doing. She listened to my lungs and said that since I have a history of asthma, my age, and the fact that I was wheezing, I needed to get ahead of it. She prescribed a shot of steroids, and wants me to start taking them orally for the next five days. She had me do a nebulizer treatment, which I haven’t done since I was in college, and start a Z-pack if my phlegm turns brown, since it’s a sign of blood.
I told her we have a pulse oximeter (buy on Amazon here) at home, which she was happy to hear but it’s a little scary because she said that if my reading is below 95, that’s not good. Below 92 and trouble breathing I need to go to the emergency room. 92 should be an A- not an F, don’t you think?
Part of me wants it to be Covid so I know that the kids did well and I won’t have to worry so much but then the other (smarter half) hopes it’s not since we don’t know the long-term affects. But if it’s not Covid, it makes me even more scared because this virus we have definitely hit us pretty hard and I’m fully vaccinated for Covid and the flu. UPDATED: My test just came back NEGATIVE!
Related: These Italian cough drops that you can buy on Amazon really helped soothe my throat.
To pass the time, I did something I rarely do – watch a lot of TV. I ended up binge watching season 6 of Below Deck Mediterranean on Bravo since it’s set in Europe and is about an aspect of travel I don’t know much about – chartered yachts. The show sucked me in with all of the drama but it was interesting. Still not anywhere near as good as Ted Lasso but it’s entertaining, especially when you’re sick. ICYMI: Here’s the secret recipe to Ted Lasso’s shortbread biscuits.
Strep throat is also going around with similar symptoms.