Corona Finally Came for Me

by | Dec 15, 2021 | COVID-19, Johannesburg | 25 comments

I finally caught the corona.

Heather with corona
My “Oops, I caught covid after all” selfie, featuring my newly knitted pussy hat.

This news is no longer particularly interesting. It seems like everyone in Johannesburg, and their mother, has had the ‘rona at least once at this point. But this is my first time so it still feels somewhat momentous to me. And I felt compelled to publicly deliver the news, since last week I practically bragged about not catching covid from Thorsten (my partner) and acted like I was some kind of immunity superhero.

Here’s a quick summary of how it happened. Thorsten developed symptoms — a sore throat, followed by congestion and mild body aches — the weekend before last. He tested positive for covid last Monday and we went into isolation together. I didn’t have symptoms but went for a test anyway on Wednesday; that test was negative. I thought I had outrun covid yet again but continued to isolate just in case.

Last Friday, nearly a week after Thorsten’s first symptoms, I woke up in the middle of the night with a scratchy throat. I knew my time was up. I tested again on Monday and I was positive.

covid screenshot
I saved this screenshot of my iPhone’s lock screen as a souvenir. (Tip for South Africans: I received doctor’s referrals for both tests so they were covered by my medical insurance. Discovery allows two free PCR tests per year. Don’t forget to investigate this option before forking the R500 from your own pocket.)

I still wonder why it took me so long to get sick, as Thorsten and I have been together more or less 24/7 lately and wherever he got exposed, I was probably with him. But I’ll answer my own question with my favorite 2021 refrain: Who the fuck knows?

So I’m at home with what is essentially a mild cold, isolating until early next week. I’m not very sick, just feeling a little bit crappy and tired, and self-medicating with over-the-counter cold meds. Thorsten is healthy again and his isolation period ended today. He went back to work, which his doctor said is fine as long as he showers and then doesn’t touch me again before leaving the house (sniff). Thorsten and I are both vaccinated, in case you’re wondering — me with Pfizer and Thorsten with J&J.

This all kind of sucks, especially because Thorsten’s birthday is this Sunday and we’ll have to celebrate alone at home. But it’s also kind of a relief to get the Omicron variant over with. It seems like most of us will get it eventually anyway.

It’s a strange feeling, getting covid after almost two years of thinking about it and writing about it and endlessly discussing it with every person I meet. Sunday was the day I felt sickest. I spent a good part of the day lying in bed, imagining this microscopic virus — which, in my imagination, looks exactly like the little green covid-19 emoji — swimming around in my bloodstream. You’re finally here, I imagined myself saying to the little emoji…eh, whatevs. I guess you might as well enjoy yourself.

I don’t have much else to add, except for one quick tip: If you’re also isolating at home in Joburg (I know there are lots of you) and need a pick-me-up, I recommend a decadent food and wine order from Voisin Bread and Wine. This tiny shop in 44 Stanley sells freshly made sourdough (one of the best in town, if not THE best), quirky boutique wines, and a few other specialty food products. Voisin’s prices are very reasonable and they deliver. I received a Voisin order yesterday and it was the highlight of my day.

Order from Voisin Bread and Wine
Delicious bread, cheese, wine, and pickles from Voisin. The pickles, made by Pickled Boys, are amazing, especially the spicy Durban version.

I’m grateful I caught a covid variant that didn’t take my sense of taste away. (Although I am waiting to feel totally healthy again before I drink this lovely wine. Covid and alcohol don’t mix well.)

If you have any questions about my experience with the ‘rona, please don’t hesitate to ask. I have time for you.

25 Comments

  1. David+Bristow

    Same-same yesterday. It does feel kind of a relief to be struck now, Like man flu, but oh, the boredom …..

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    • 2summers

      Yes. The boredom is the worst part!

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  2. dizzylexa

    Hearing everyone’s stories has certainly put me at ease. Happy that the symptoms are mild and no respiratory problems reported. Get better soon.

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    • 2summers

      Yeah. I know the WHO doesn’t want us to get complacent but I really don’t think this variant is worth freaking out over. But I guess we’ll see how things develop.

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  3. Ruth

    Welcome to the ever-growing club Heather! Just one thing: after 4 days of the symptoms you describe, on 5th day I felt MUCH better and did all kinds of semi-energetic things (around the house)…. The next 2.5 days were NOT enjoyable at all. I had a revolting taste in my mouth (stopped eating and only could drink fizzy water and sucked some sweets) and my leg, hip and shoulder bones were aching like from the iinside! It was weird and horrible and even kept me from sleeping. Now I am OK – just tiredness remains. (Yes I was vaccinated Pfizer x 2.) Get better soon!

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    • 2summers

      Hi Ruth, oh dear! Thanks the heads-up…I’m on Day 5 now so I guess we’ll see what happens.

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  4. Erin

    Thinking of you, Heather…have my own test scheduled later today. Happy birthday to Thorsten! xo from the states

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    • 2summers

      Ahhhhhh, good luck! Thanks.

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  5. Nancy McDaniel

    Sorry you got it (or it got you), Heather, but glad it seems to be a mild case. Hope it stays that way. You can always properly celebrate Thorsten’s birthday in a couple of weeks. Just take care of yourself – and each other!

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  6. Andy Meldrum

    Best wishes for a full recovery Heather. I hope you can enjoy the wine soon!

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    • 2summers

      Thanks so much Andy!

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  7. Peggy Laws

    Interesting to read of your Omicron journey and hope you both recover really soon. So many people I know have tested positive and all been previously vaccinated. Get well soon – and enjoy that wine!

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    • 2summers

      Thanks Peggy! I hope you keep avoiding it.

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  8. Alexandra

    Get well soon! Gute Besserung!

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  9. Eva Melusine Thieme

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! Boredom isn’t the worst that can happen:). It’s encouraging to hear you have no loss of smell/taste, and I also just read that hospitalizations took a plunge in SA even as Omicron is peaking. Maybe this is finally the beginning of the end for Covid. This variant being so contagious but maybe less deadly might crowd out the other ones. Too early to say but I’m hoping that is true.

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    • 2summers

      I am really, really hoping that too!

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  10. Lani

    I’m glad you have T, and a happy safe home with plenty of light, kitty cuddles, and entertainment. Yes, I’ve heard (over and over again) that eventually we’ll all get CV, and it will become an endemic. Can’t come soon enough, eh? Take good care, H. xoxo from Thailand.

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    • 2summers

      Yep, I’m really hoping this will eventually just become another cold (which is exactly what this feels like). I wish you the same experience, if you have to get it eventually!

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      • Lani

        Thanks, glad you are okay 🙂 We’ll get through all of this madness together, sending hugs and kisses.

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  11. Kal

    Hope you get well soon <3 also stop imagining the virus in ur bloodstream!!

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    • 2summers

      Hahaha, luckily I have stopped doing that now 😂

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  12. Carol brown

    Just seen this. Hope you are better now.

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    • 2summers

      Thanks Carol! I’m finally better 😅

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