Hi, here I am again!
The last three weeks were terrible for me. As you know I got sick and then felt better. Unfortunately, in the middle of last week I fell even sicker and had to stay in bed. But instead of improving, I then also developed a bad stomach flu. Thank you so much, Coronavirus! By now I have had most symtoms – except for a loss of smell/taste, bigger lung problems, kidney issues. But I am finally on the road to recovery.
This was the most sick I have ever been in my life – and I have only had “mild symptoms”. At one point I only lay around in bed doing nothing. Everything hurt. There still isn’t any medication against Covid. I only took Tylenol to keep my fever down and help a little with all my pain. Besides fever I also had the worst headache ever (right behind my eyes), a cough, pressure on my lungs, body aches, exhaustion, the worst stomach cramps ever, diarrhea. All at the same time.
I am lucky to not live alone. Canavar kept me company all the time by sleeping on my feet and being very calm and quiet. Rich did all the housework, took care of me, and worked at the hospital. I have to admit that it feels quite reassuring to live with a doctor. Still, on Monday even he set up a virtual appointment with my PCP for me. I just didn’t seem to get any better and it was officially the first day of school after spring break – only that I couldn’t even sit up, let alone teach. That virtual appointment turned out to be great because my PCP looked at and listened to me. He then prescribed antibiotics against my stomach flu and gave me a sick note for the whole week.
And it really took the whole week for me to improve enough to now sit on the sofa and write this post. It will take longer for me to be back at %100, but I am on my way. And for once online teaching is a great advantage because I finally feel well enough to start working again from tomorrow on. I am sure that I would not be able to work if I had to go physically to school. But teaching from home means I can take more breaks, do only as much as I can, but still work again.
How have you all been these last few weeks? I hope with all my heart that you have not fallen sick!
|Watched| Onward, High School Musical 1 – 3, Babylon Berlin, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Das Traumschiff: Marokko, Bibi & Tina 1 – 4, GNTM, Making the Cut, Mystery City
|Read| Witch Confidential*, Lifespan: Why we age – and why we don’t have to*, Der nasse Fisch*, Nocturna – Die Nacht der gestohlenen Schatten*, Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude*, The Secret Commonwealth*, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm*, The New York Times, Time Magazine*
|Listened to| A Drink with James
|Done| spent most of the time sick in bed
|Eaten| waffles, white beans with bacon, chili, mashed potatoes
|Drunk| water, coffee, coke, tea
|Thought| other people make plans how to conquer the world in quarantine – I fall sick and do nothing for weeks
|Been happy| when I slowly felt better and that I had the two best nurses ever (Rich and Canavar)
|Laughed| not so much because it hurt
|Desired| to be well and able to walk outside
|Bought| I ordered plants and shelves to redecorate our bathroom, two Gereon Rath novels as e-books (because they were originally written in German and I just can’t bring myself to read a translation), a few pretty things from the Sephora spring sale
|Clicked| my skin needs a lot of help now: How to do an At-Home Facial!,
I think it is great to not always be busy (but the culture I live in sees this differently): Why I Stopped Glorifying Being Busy,
I can’t wait to stand in the kitchen again and make this cake (I bought several cans and jars of fruit at the start of the crisis): Mandarinen-Käsekuchen – super einfaches Rezept für Käsekuchenfans,
this strawberry cobbler also looks and sounds delish: Skillet Strawberry Bourbon Cobbler with Layered Cream Cheese Biscuits,
being at home all the time makes me want to get way more plants (and this reminds me of the wonderful plants I had when I had great balconies in Istanbul): Make Your Indoor Garden Sweeter With a Mini Citrus Tree