Saturday, July 04, 2020

Coronavirus may have hit home (with updates)

My dad, who is 79, has come down with a fever of 101, feels bad, and has lost his sense of taste. His heart doctor has recommended he head to an emergency room to be checked.

My parents self-quarantined really strictly during the first part of the panic, but-- like everyone else-- they "got over it". I tried to continue to keep my distance from them, but they just stopped going along several weeks ago.

Their church just started having in-house services again a couple of weeks ago, and then yesterday it was reported that the preacher's wife tested positive for Covid-19. So they were going back to online services again, but it may have been too late.

I don't try to control anyone else. I will give my advice and suggestions, but I don't force my ideas on anyone (sometimes this is really hard).

As I've said from the beginning, I'm not panicked over the virus, but I take it seriously. (And, I'm opposed to mandates.)

It may not be coronavirus. With his age and condition, it's a risk no matter what it turns out to be.

Update: I wasn't told the whole story. It may be his heart rather than any virus. (Update 1.1: It wasn't his heart. That seems fine.)

Update 2: 7-9-2020-- As I said in the comments, he did test positive for "The Corona". He's not doing too bad. At least his lungs seem OK; his oxygen level is good. He still has a fever which stays at around 100. And he's napping a lot more than normal and has little energy when he's awake. He did come to the door (we were separated by the length of the garage) yesterday and we talked for a few minutes.
Today his fever went away for a while (without medicine) but came back later.
My mom is still feeling healthy, as is everyone else in the family. Everyone was thoroughly exposed last Friday when my sister and her husband come to town to visit and we all spent the whole day at my parents' house. I'm still feeling fine, too.
We shall see how this plays out.

Update 3: 7-10-2020-- As of today, my mother has symptoms, as does my brother-in-law. That's 2 out of the 8 who were exposed to my dad. I'm expecting this means my sister will probably be getting it, too-- if not from my dad, then from her husband.

Update 4: 7-12-2020-- My dad seems to be doing better. He has more energy and his fever has gone down. My mom still feels the same-- drained after even a little activity. She hasn't been as affected as my dad was, though. My brother-in-law is similar to my mom. Everyone else still seems healthy.

Update 5: 7-13-2020-- My dad is definitely on the mend. Just in time. My mom is worse and is staying in bed. I delivered an oximeter to them at the end of last week, so they are watching their oxygen levels. My dad's is improving; my mom's has stayed good. No news on the b-i-l.

Update 6: 7-17-2020-- My brother-in-law got a Covid test and it came back negative. He got coincidentally sick with something else-- or it was a false negative. My dad's fever has gone away and he's feeling good. My mom is still down, but feeling better. I'm still healthy.

Update 7: 7-20-2020-- Both of my parents have now recovered from Covid-19 and are feeling good. No one else in the family has developed any symptoms.

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  1. Very sorry to hear that your dad is feeling poorly. I hope his general health is sufficient that his specific "condition" doesn't place him at too great a risk.

    As one who can only see "70" through a rear-view mirror, I understand your parents' impatience with isolation and distance. My wife and I intentionally relaxed our "guard" in order to interact with our daughters' family, our new grandson, and our neighbors. We are comfortable with our decision(s).

    With sincere hope that your father recovers and regains good health,

    ... in the NC woods

  2. I echo Hans' good wishes for your Dad.

    Will you tell us about that "positive test" for Mrs. Rev.? If I have it right, anyone who has been infected by a virus, even if it's so mild she's not aware of it, will have a trace of it in the blood. Is that the basis of the test? - if so, it means nothing. Virtually all of us have by now been infected.

  3. They did chest X-rays and tests of various kinds, then a Covid test (he won't know the results until Tuesday or Wednesday) and sent him home. He was feeling better by then.

    I've heard that the tests have a 50% false positive rate, so who knows.

    He's pretty active for his age and weight (he is seriously overweight) but had a heart attack 25 or so years ago-- which he seems to have fully recovered from. So I would say his health isn't great, but it could be worse.

  4. His test came back positive for Covid-19. There are a lot of false positives, but he is obviously sick with something. The hospital told him to take Tylenol and come back if he gets worse.
    This means I have been exposed-- I spent hours at their house Friday. Fun fun.

  5. Dang! From what I've read, it would be good to take large amounts of vitamin D and vitamin C, along with a moderate amount zinc (too much is bad). Either HCQ or over-the-counter quercetin would help the zinc do its magic. Here's hoping your dad comes out OK.

    1. That's actually what I've been doing for myself (along with daily walks for exercise), and I have repeatedly recommended others in the family do the same. But they'd rather listen to their doctors than me and their doctors didn't suggest any of that.