GOING VIRAL

Just When You Think You’re Home Free, Covid Moves In

Now, what?

Sherry McGuinn
4 min readMay 21, 2022

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In the two-plus years that we’ve been living amidst a pandemic, I’ve felt very fortunate that no one close to me, i. e. family members, in particular, has tested positive for the Covid virus.

Until now. Yesterday, my husband told me that he, indeed, tested positive. I knew something was amiss as he had an appointment with his cardiologist that “turned into” a phone consultation.

I couldn’t fathom that. How does one have a phone convo with a heart doctor?

It turns out that, the day before, my husband went to an immediate care facility to check on a recent shoulder injury. He’d had a “cold” for several days so they pulled out the swabs and tested him.

He waited a day until telling me. I was totally blindsided by this news. Immediately, my heart started thumping in my chest and I felt as if I was going to pass out.

Oddly, two weeks ago, before undergoing a colonoscopy, he tested negative, so I don’t know what transpired between then and now as he doesn’t go out all that much.

The “good news” is that the nurse he spoke with told him that, since his symptoms were abating, he was over the hump, for whatever that’s worth.

As for me, other than my anxiety being on high alert, I have no symptoms, other than being a bit fatigued as a result of being under constant stress. That said, I’m going to take an at-home test but was told to wait a couple of days to see if I become symptomatic.

Of course, we’re supposed to follow the protocol. Keep our distance, sanitize the hell out of everything, and just, cool our heels.

Frankly, I think the time for all that has passed. I’ve been exposed and that isn’t going to change. So now, all I can do is hope that when I take the test, it turns out to be negative.

Who knows? Perhaps my husband caught Covid from me and I’m asymptomatic. In spite of having had breast cancer seven years ago, I believe my immune system is decent, in that I exercise regularly, try to maintain a healthy diet, and pop a variety of supplements like Vitamin D (very important, folks), fish oil, etc.

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Sherry McGuinn

Long-time writer and big-time dreamer. Screenwriter. Cat mama. Red lip aficionado. sherrymcguinn@gmail.com