A Bit of Bad News

Well, folks, Life has thrown us a curveball once again, and it includes some pretty bad news, I’m afraid. My husband Mark tested positive for COVID this morning, and I’m still trying to get my head around what all this might mean. 

The good news is:

  1. We’ve both had our shots, which can mean milder cases with less severe symptoms for many people.
  2. They are setting him up to receive the IV medication that can also reduce the severity of symptoms. 
  3. Mark is incredibly healthy for his age (72) and almost never gets sick. (I think it’s been at least ten years since his last common cold.)
  4. He only developed symptoms last night, which we hope means I may not come down with this, too.
  5. He’s now isolated in the master bedroom for 10 to 14 days, depending on what other symptoms, if any, he develops. Again, this may help keep me safe.

The Bad News is:

  1. It’s COVID. Who really knows what will happen now?

I’m letting you know this is going on because I have no idea at all what the next week or two will bring for either of us, and if I disappear for a bit, you’ll know why. I WILL try to keep you updated as to how things are progressing. And all positive thoughts, prayers, healing energy, wizardly magic, and plain ol’ best wishes will be gratefully accepted in the meantime. 

Thanks!! And please, STAY SAFE out there! 🤗 ❤

57 thoughts on “A Bit of Bad News

    • Thanks, Darlene. Still trying to work out the logistics of him living for ten days shut in the master bedroom, while I have the guest room/guest bath. Lots of stuff to relocate. 🙂 Your mother was right, as was Gilda Radnor as Roseanne Roseannadanna, who ended her SNL skits with “Just goes to show, it’s AAAALLLL-ways sumthin’!”

      Ain’t that the truth! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Barb! I’ll take all of those I can get, for sure. And I do believe in the power of love and positive thinking, so I really appreciate it! Will try to keep you posted, if things don’t fall apart completely. 🙂

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    • I had the same reaction, Barb. Can’t “like” it, but will be sending prayers and positive vibes, Marcia, for you and your husband. My stepfather, who is 88, got the IV treatment a few days after he started having symptoms and it knocked it right out. I think the trick is getting it started quickly, as you all are doing.

      But his is now about the 15th breakthrough case I’ve heard of in people either I know or my friends know. I’m back to wearing my mask in public and avoiding restaurants, even though I’m vaccinated. Scary stuff!!

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    • Now that I have my stuff out and his stuff IN, I’m not supposed to go inside any more. I’m supposed to leave his meals outside the door, etc. But yes, I’ve been wearing a mask and staying all the way across the room from him, and if I need to go in there in the future, I’ll sure be doing the same.

      And thanks for the prayers, John. Needless to say, I’m very, very nervous about this, having been warned by my doctor when it all started that it could be fatal for me. I’m hoping that with the shots, if I do come down with it, it will at least be survivable, but I’m sure going to try to avoid testing that theory. 😯 Will keep you posted on how things go. He did just get notification that his appointment for the IV infusion is set for Tuesday morning, so fingers crossed that will really help him avoid the worst of this, too.

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  1. Marcia, Indeed, bad news, but if he is healthy overall, the chances of complications are small. The best thing is to keep both your spirits up. Treat it like a ‘flu bug’. Keep him well watered, with fresh air, plenty of good sleep & moderate ‘in room’ exercise. He’ll be out in no time! ~ All Best, mlh

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    • Thanks, Margaret! We are certainly hopeful that his overall health will help him through this, especially with the vaccinations, and the IV treatment he’ll receive Tuesday. Honestly, he stands a lot better chance of coming through this okay than I do, so I’m working very hard to avoid any further exposure. I appreciate your good wishes very much! 🙂

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    • It sure ruined OUR Saturday, Kim! Not at all what we’d planned. But you don’t make it as many years as Mark and I have lived without learning to roll with the punches, so we will both be doing our best to make it through this without serious complications. And crossed fingers are VERY welcome, to be sure! Thanks so much! 🙂

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    • That’s exactly what we’re hoping, Jeanne. And with this IV treatment he’ll get Tuesday, he’ll have an even better chance of not needing hospitalization to get well again. Thanks so much for your prayers and well wishes, too. VERY appreciated!! 🙂

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  2. Oh gosh, Marcia, I’m so so sorry. This is shocking news but you’re doing everything “right” and he is strong. I’m hoping you both emerge from this without a trace of medical burdens. You are in my prayers, dear friend. I’m sending much love to you both. 💗💕💗

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    • Thank you so much, Gwen! I so appreciate your kind words and your prayers. Mark is doing okay right now, coughing less than this morning, and doesn’t seem to be running a fever. I’m hoping that’s a sign of things to come for him. I will keep you updated as I can, and in the meantime YOU stay safe, as well, my friend! 🙂 ❤

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  3. This is awful news, Marcia. I’m so sorry that Mark’s come down with it and can understand how terrifying it is for both of you. As you say, on the plus side you’ve both been vaccinated and medical staff have a much better idea of paths to take than when this whole thing first started. My brother-in-law had Covid about eight weeks ago, he’s a long-time smoker and we were very worried but he didn’t need anything other than rest and time to get through it. He didn’t need to go to hospital or have any other intervention.
    Look after yourself, distract yourself with writing, reading or watching the TV and keep your reserves of strength up with plenty of healthy food and sleep. I know all of that’s a big ask when you probably just want to pace and scream, but do your best. I’m sending my love and prayers along with everyone else.
    Keep in touch. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you so much, my dear friend, for such an encouraging comment. I appreciate your sharing the experience your brother-in-law had! I’m very hopeful that this is going to be much less severe than so many have experienced, and that I may not even catch it. We’re doing everything we can right now, so the rest is out of our hands, but I’m focusing on the positive side, and trying not to worry myself to pieces over it. And thank you, too, for your love and prayers! Both are gratefully accepted! Will keep you posted as I can. Still have a few more things to set up so I’m good to go in the guest room. And right now, Mark is resting quietly, with no coughing going on at all, so that’s a great sign! Thanks again for such positive words! 🙂 ❤

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    • Aw, thanks so much for that, Teagan! I really appreciate it. Mark is all tucked into bed, still feeling lousy, but not TOO much congestion at this point. I’m worn out from the stress of this whole day, and am going to bed now, too. I hope he’s still doing this well in the morning, and that I avoid getting sick at all. Will let you know how it’s going. Thanks again for your kind words! 🙂 ❤

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  4. Oh no! I did “like” this post, mainly so you know I saw it, but I am so sorry that this is happening. I’m hoping for the Best of the Best for your husband, for you, and for your whole family. Please do keep us apprised.

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    • Thank you so much, Sue, and I understand about clicking the Like button just so the blogger knows the post has been read. I do it, too. Thanks for your well wishes, and I appreciate your taking a moment to comment, too. I’ll post an update later today. 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, Saji! I am trying to stay positive, because I do think faith (of many kinds) and a positive attitude can work miracles. You’ve hit the nail on the head–the right spirit and approach can be everything, so that’s what I’m aiming for. I greatly appreciate your prayers and blessing, too. 🙂

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  5. I’m so sorry to hear this, Marcia. I’ve been reading about others who have been fully vaccinated yet got COVID and that is scary. Now that this has happened to my blogger friend’s husband, I’m even more concerned – for you both and for everyone. I am saying a prayer for you both. Stay strong.

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    • It is a scary thing that means folks really shouldn’t get careless with their safety, vaccines or no. But again, I’ve read that typically the severity is much less for those who’ve received the vaccine, so that’s what we’re hoping for. Thanks very much for the prayers, too. I appreciate it. Will do my best to stay strong (and CALM) throughout this ordeal. And I’ll update later today. 🙂

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    • It is lurking, indeed, Janet. Mark was still working, but in a building that’s been mostly empty since this started, so not around a lot of folks. But he still got sick. I think that should be an object lesson for all of us. And yes, trying to figure out an easy way to do this quarantine thing is tricky. I have a special window unit a/c in our bedroom so I can keep it cold at night without cooling the entire house. I don’t have that option in the guest room, and let me tell you, even with the whole house cranked down real low, I was miserably hot and only slept about 4 hours. I actually think Mark slept better than I because his congestion has eased a good bit and he’s not coughing right now. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

      Thank you for your good wishes, and I’ll pass them along to Mark. 🙂

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  6. Our world gets more terrifying every day… I was shocked to hear your news this morning, just shows how close to danger we all are, and that we must not ease off with the safety measures!
    Sending healing thoughts for both of you and pray it will go as quickly as it came, Marcia…

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    • Yay and thank you for both of those things, Yvette! I very much appreciate them, and please take care, yourself. You just never know what’s going to happen with this miserable virus, so STAY SAFE! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Ouch! Sorry to hear your news, I’m sending ‘get well’ vibes from this side of the Atlantic.
    The good news is, I know several double-jabbed people in their seventies who have now had it and it didn’t give them any more trouble than a heavy cold. Fingers crossed this holds true for Mark.
    Stay strong – I know you will, even though the logistics are going to be a nightmare.

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    • I’m feeling hopeful Mark will come through this fine, and without any severe complications. He feels better today than yesterday, so maybe that will be the case. And I’m hoping I do not get it, as have triple the risk factors he has. So far, so good.

      Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts, Debby. I’ll update as I can. And yes, the logistics are a mess, but if that’s the worst of it, I’ll count us lucky. Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to give me some positive info. 😀 ❤

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  8. Oh no, Marcia! I’m hearing more and more about folks who have received the vaccine but still getting sick. Here’s hoping he has a very mild case and that it leaves you alone! Sending up prayers for your household!

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    • Thank you so much, Jan! I appreciate that. So far, he’s feeling better than he did yesterday and not coughing nearly as much. I hope that’s a good sign. And as of right now, I still feel fine, too. Fingers crossed this is how it continues! Will keep you posted. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Joan. I’ll sure take ’em! The good news is, Mark is feeling better than yesterday. I’m hoping it continues that way, and that it leaves me the heck alone. 🙂

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    • Thanks for stopping by, and you’re right. His overall great health will stand him in good stead through this, and looks to be working already. He just woke up this morning, and says he feels a bit better than yesterday, which was better than Saturday. He’s heading the right direction, yay! 🙂

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    • We have had a surge due to so many tourists/visitors in recent weeks. (Bringing tourist dollars helps the state. Bringing the Delta variant doesn’t. 😦 ) Thanks so much for thinking of us, Sue, and for sending prayers, too. They are gratefully accepted!

      And the good news is, Mark says he feels a bit better today than yesterday, and yesterday was better than Saturday. At least he’s heading in the right direction, and hopefully will not take a downturn. No coughing or fever, still. AND, so far, I’m still fine, except for a very bad backache from sleeping on the bed in our guest room. (No wonder we don’t get a lot of company!!! Might as well have been lying on a pile of bricks. 😀 )

      Guess I should do an update post for all shortly. Thanks again for stopping by, Sue. I appreciate it very much! 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Poorvi! I really appreciate the kind words and prayers, and yep, we’re both feeling positive. Mark is doing a little bit better each day, so far, though it’s early yet. But I think we have good reason to be optimistic about this. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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