We were so careful. We did everything they recommended. My mom, my oldest son and myself were fully vaccinated. My husband and my youngest son had their first dose and we waiting to be eligible for their second dose. Yet we still managed to get COVID.
Leading up to Christmas my family went into isolation as best as we could. My husband was on vacation from work and we pulled the kids out of school a week early. My step-father was coming for Christmas and he has COPD. We have been told by his doctors that COVID would kill him.
The entire family tested using rapid antigen tests on the 23rd. My husband went to Ottawa to get my step-father on the 24th and tested him when he got there. Everyone came back negative. Christmas was a go.
On the 26th my husband brought my step-father home. On the 27th my mom and I went to go get our boosters. I made a pit stop at Staples to get a new phone as mine would no longer charge. This was my only time out of my house since we started our isolation to be safe for Christmas.
Our COVID Journey
That evening I started feeling like crap. I figured it was just side effects from the booster. I slept all day on the 28th and woke up on the 29th and felt awful. Body aches, chills, stuffy nose, cough, sore throat. To ease my anxiety I decided to take a rapid test. It backfired. I was staring at a positive rapid test result. I managed to book a PCR test for 845 that morning and isolated to my room as soon as I got home.
On the 30th my youngest son had a fever, no appetite and had slept all day. Totally out of the normal for an ADHD child. I booked him for a PCR test that afternoon. Both our PCR tests came back positive for COVID.
Our house was now in isolation. My mom isolated to her room, my oldest son to his room, me to my bedroom. It was impossible to isolate my youngest to his room. My husband was on duty to take care of. Friends brought us Lysol wipes and my dad picked up our groceries.
It seemed that the rest of our family was going to be ok. We were wrong. On January 2nd my husband started having symptoms and on the 4th my oldest son started his. PCR tests were no longer available in Ontario the average Joe. However, my husband is military so was able to get one through the base. No surprise his PCR test came back positive for COVID. It was safe to assume it go us all.
How are we now?
I sit here typing this blog post on January 11th. The kids have both recovered. All of my husband’s symptoms have improved except for the fatigue, he can not stay awake. I am still battling with shortness of breath still, having Asthma does not help with my recovery from COVID.
This will definitely be a Christmas we won’t forget.