Life in the Time of Covid | Isolating at Home

As this post goes live this morning, The Brainy One and The Boy are on Day 5 of isolating at home.

The Brainy One and The Boy managed to bring back an unwanted guest from Jersey. After more than two years of avoiding the virus, both tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. 😦 I had a negative test (and a second negative test on Monday evening).

So how have we managed things?

  • The Brainy One and The Boy have spent their waking hours in our loft office. They have slept in their own beds, with the doors shut and the windows open (grateful that it’s not winter). I have slept in the spare room. They have worn masks to move between the loft and the bedrooms.
  • Their meals have been delivered on a tray by me and left outside the door. I have a healthy step count just from the amount of time I spend going up and down three flights of stairs.
  • I have delivered two flasks of coffee each morning – decaf for The Boy and full strength for The Brainy One.
  • Both have had mild symptoms. The Brainy One has had mild cold-like symptoms. The Boy was initially asymptomatic but has since developed a slight cough.
  • The Brainy One has spent his time doing a little work, reading, listening to Radio 4 and watching TV in the evenings.
  • The Boy has spent his time reading and killing off thousands of brain cells by watching hours of dross on YouTube. 😦
  • We will all test again this evening. If they are negative, then normal life will resume. If not, then they’ll be isolating for a few more days.

If you or anyone you live with has had Covid, how did you manage things at home?

10 thoughts on “Life in the Time of Covid | Isolating at Home

  1. This is exactly how we were in the New Year! Except I stayed in our bed and Paul decamped to the spare bedroom. He spent most of the day in the study upstairs, happily listening to music, reading and drawing. I spent most of the day downstairs, doing all the dog walks, all the shopping, all the cooking …
    He did come downstairs to eat dinner, but we ate at opposite ends of the table and he did spend a few hours watching tv with me in the lounge in the evening but sitting as far apart as possible! It did however take 8 days for him to test negative 😦 I wonder if that is because he was asymptomatic when he tested positive, it was picked up in the very early stages which may have added a couple of days onto the ‘5 days and you can be released back into the wild’!
    Fingers crossed for an early release for your two, and of course, fingers crossed that you manage to avoid catching it from them!

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    1. With the two of them being positive, it’s been easier to banish them to the loft. As our bedroom is en suite, it’s been easier to leave TBO in there and me to move to the spare room (which I am quite enjoying, but don’t tell anyone!!) 🙂

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  2. Hope they are both released from captivity very soon! Fingers crossed that you escaped the dreaded Covid.
    We have both managed to dodge the Covid infection. But, I haven’t really been mixing with people too much.

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  3. Ruth, WOW you are managing extremely well under the circumstances. Isn’t it wonderful that you have the loft for the men folk to decamp to during the day – at least they get a change of scene & yes thankfully during pleasant weather so windows open can help with circulation & fresh air. I do hope you remain COVID free, but wouldn’t it be interesting to see how, should the roles reverse, the TBO & TB handle the care taking … let’s not dwell on that! The closest we got to needing to isolate/care take is when I had The Great Sickness in December of 2019. Thank goodness for kettles, (tea), toasters & pre-cooked soups & meals in the freezer, it was all I could mange for the 2 weeks, so at least Mr Man did not succumb to starvation…

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    1. I think that we can safely assume that the level of care I would receive from them would be nowhere near as comparable to the level of care I am giving them! 🙂

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  4. Similar experience in my part of western australia. Our state borders were closed through the whole covid experience from the start, our former PM was very miffed with us, the population got vaxxed asap (mostly, plenty of anti vaxxers, deniers and trolls here as are anywhere). We’d been living in a protective bubble throughout. As soon as the borders opened in early March, our cases shot up. My lot finally copped covid when the youngest 24 got it from his acting group preparing for a show. It is winter here now and instead of all the windows and doors being open and the home being aired, now we are outside less and sealed up indoors. I think that makes a difference. The house is a decent size and everyone has their own room except hub and me. It was still inevitable we’d topple like dominoes all the same. The critical thing was to have the painkillers and cold meds and plenty of food supplies in place as we’ve no family here. As the first victim recovered, the last succumbed. It is a houseful of male adults – reliance on Mum to carry it all is not tolerated, they know where the kitchen is and the mop, if necessary. A nurse friend advised me to try to get antivirals molnupiravir prescription from the GP. I feel it made a difference to my recovery though if someone told me they were placebos, they worked! I’d been coughing up blood in the early stages of covid and my asthma is still wildly bad two weeks later. One son has Down Syndrome and I’d unconsciously been holding on to fear of him getting it in case he needed hospitalisation and I might not be allowed to be with him. He barely tolerated being tested and fortunately only got a snuffly nose. It’s been a ride. What we learnt quickly, was that we pull together well in a crisis and make a great team.

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    1. Hi there,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a detailed comment. I’ve been glad that my guys caught the virus while the weather is good – a whole other ballgame if they were positive during a UK winter. 😦

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