Living in quarantine with someone presumed to have COVID-19

Well, it finally happened. Somoene in my household has caught the coronavirus. Well, no that isn’t true. Someoe in my household is “presumed” to have caught the coronavirus (more on that later). Due to that my household is on a two week quarantine. Since I am an individual with a possibly weakened immune system, I thought I would do a post about how I am coping with this situation.

First, let’s talk about this “presumed” case

This all began almost a week ago when my wife started to get symptoms of the coronavirus. I believe it was last Friday (today is Wednesday). Specifically, she was running a fever and was having problems breathing. Since she has a heart condition and lives with someone that has a weakened immune system, she called her doctor’s office. After going back and forth on the phone, the nurse told my wife she was not going to bring her in for testing. Instead, she should keep her appointment, which was already scheduled for Monday. That appointment was for her heart medication, and the doctor would diagnose her then. But if her symptoms got worse, my wife was told to go to the ER.

On Monday, my wife went to the clinic. She was given a mask to wear and had to carry a piece of paper around. The appointment went mostly as usual for her. Since she was there for her heart condition, the doctor once again adjusted her meds to help keep her vitals in control. During that appointment, the doctor also said he is unable to test for the coronavirus because she can’t say she has come in contact with someone tested positive and has not traveled recently. Therefore she is a “presumed” case. He ordered her to do a two-week self-quarantine.

I’m pissed off

The actual quarantine part isn’t going bad. All of us have gone into our routines and mostly keep away from each other. The only bad part of this quarantine is the fact I am pissed off at the clinic. I don’t understand how my wife, who is high-risk due to her heart condition, is not someone who would be tested for COVID-19. To make matters worse, she lives with someone that has a weakened immune system (that’s me) and another person with an unknown muscle disorder (youngest song).

I certainly can understand not testing everyone. There are only so many resources available to the hospital system. It’s not just the tests themselves. But each test taken requires a lab technician to process those results. I would imagine if everyone gets tested, the whole system will become overwhelmed very quickly. So yes, I can understand not testing someone with symptoms if they are otherwise healthy. Those people don’t have other underlying issues that could be a considerable complication dealing with the coronavirus. But I do not understand refraining from testing high-risk individuals.

To make matters worse, we have the Governor’s office in South Dakota touting how few confirmed cases we have. Well, no shit! If you don’t test anyone, then you won’t have failed tests! According to the SD COVID-19 website, as of right now, there are no cases of the coronavirus in my county (Edmunds) and only three cases in the county where our office and the hospital is (Brown). These numbers are absolutely worthless if they don’t include “presumed” cases.

Quarantined within a quarantine

Since my wife is quarantined as a presumed case of COVID-19, we are keeping away from each other. For the most part, I spend the day downstairs at my desk. The wife spends her day working upstairs on her laptop. Unfortunately, we do not see each other as often as I would like. I love my wife and wish I could be around her more while she is going through fevers and breathing issues. But, I’m doing the smart thing and staying away from her. We really don’t need both of us to get this damn virus. All I can do is be on standby in case she needs to be brought to the ER.

I’ll just keep on keeping on

For the two-week quarantine, I will just keep doing what I’m doing. Working remotely for the tax office, I still have a lot of work coming at me. My wife’s symptoms, while annoying her, don’t seem to be getting any worse. All I can do now is continue on with life and deal with things as they come up. The only break in my daily routine is when I remember my wife is a “presumed” case, and I get pissed off again for a few minutes…

Song of the day: Keep on Keeping On

Today’s song comes from Curtis Mayfield, and I felt it was appropriate for this post. Even though I have moments of being pissed off at the word “presumed,” I really am trying to stay positive and look forward instead of back.

Bonus Song: Allman Brothers Band

I can’t play a song about keeping on keeping on without playing a song from one of the greatest southern rock bands of all time!