From the start of this whole thing, I really wanted to avoid it. I didn’t wanna get the bug. From Day One, I did as was recommended by every expert there is… I stayed away from people and I wore my mask. That’s really all they asked for, and I jumped in with both feet, because I, like many others, thought that was the best thing for me and for my community.
I watched the numbers, and I started to do the risk analysis. Once I got my vaxx and my booster? And the cases dropped down to beyond-emergency levels? I figured it was OK to start being around people again. And so I did. Slowly at first… restaurants and such. Then bigger and bigger events. And this past Friday, I attended Eric Church. I didn’t wear a mask, and I’d say 90% of people were with me. It was nice to see faces again!
Except, I think one of those faces gave me COVID. Bummer.
It started off with a sore throat, which I know to be an occasional symptom of COVID. So I tested myself, and it came up negative. Sore throats are very common for me, so I figured it was an allergy thing or an irritation thing. But last night, I tested again, and it was unmistakably positive. So I took another. Positive again. I have COVID-19.
Mostly… I wanted to avoid it. It’s a bummer being sick, but mostly, I didn’t want to be responsible for spreading this thing any further. Many of us tried, but I think we can agree that America did a pretty poor job of containing this thing, for a million reasons, but most notably… we’re Americans and you just can’t tell us what to do. We don’t take well to it, and when they tried, a good chunk of us decided it was too much to ask, and rebelled. It is what it is. It’s America, and rebelliousness is part of our make-up. Whatever. We’re a great country, but we ain’t perfect.
But I did (and still do) want to do my part to protect my neighbors from this bug. And so, I find myself in my shed… hiding from everybody for a few days. Will I feel pretty cooped up? Yes, I damn sure will. But at least I hope I can get through it and say that this particular copy of the virus ain’t gonna see any more hosts.
~Jake from 98.7 The Bull