WHOSE BRIGHT IDEA WAS IT to make resolutions? And at the tail end of holiday excesses? Those 20 pounds are still hanging on, and my Apple watch thinks I am fast becoming a couch potato.
So how was Week One for you? I am facing a potential bust because a friend’s son tested positive for COVID. I am biting my nails while waiting for her test results.
The good news is this - you and I have all year to make positive changes in our lives. Pace yourself. We have all year. Join a class today. Be kind to yourself and your friends - and to strangers, servers, and maintenance people. Just be kind.
Update. Finally got the test results – negative. But this could all have been avoided. I had two days of stress, anger, and worry. If someone has symptoms of a cold or flu, just assume it is COVID until proven wrong with a negative test.
Read what Villages’ member ‘J’ says about testing positive after opening her home to a young relative.
I am one of you, but now I am different. Why? Because I innocently said ‘yes’ to a meeting and two days later was told that the person tested positive for Covid 19. They had been vaccinated but no booster and was exposed before they met with me. I spent the next six days trying to get an at-home test kit, a PCR test, or a same-day rapid test. Finally, I got an appointment at Urgent Care. The PCR result was positive. I thought I was safe — double vaccinated with Moderna with the booster as well. But no, that irresponsible young relative set my life upside down.
First, I had to postpone or cancel appointments on my calendar so I didn’t infect anyone. Then I had to quarantine and make do with what was already in the house. I felt victimized and angry and then poor me. Every time I was asked to do something - like go to lunch, attend a meeting, etc. - I had to say no and explain myself. The reaction was ‘oh no’ and then they stayed away. I even saw an email I was copied on that said ‘she has Covid.’ I felt picked on.
Why am I telling you this? Because it should not have happened. Notify everyone and anyone if you have been exposed. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 2 days before the person has any symptoms or tests positive. People who have COVID-19 don't always have obvious symptoms. The New Mexico DOH reported 5,547 new cases as of January 13th. Let’s be responsible.
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