A Covid Tale

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September 18, 2021
A Covid Tale by tmulcahy
Featured by Barosus
Suggested by xlntwtch
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A pandemic


hand washing

sanitized surfaces

six foot spaces.

A year and ½ later


Not wearing a mask

in stores, restaurants



But, not really –

on Friday the 13th

after two days

of illness

and illness

with suspicious

Covid-19 symptoms –

I got tested.

I couldn’t enter the clinic

Rapid test first

It came back positive

Well, “Shit” I said.

and “What do I do?”

“You can’t came in here”

Go to urgent care

or an emergency room.

The urgent care people said

"You can't be seen here."

not with Covid-19.

Emergency rooms take everyone.

I checked in

“Do you have a living will?”

“Someone to make those decisions?”

Well, no, not yet.

Paperwork done, I’m checked in.

I have to wait, so I go pee.

I wash the hell out of my hands.

They come for me quickly.

Vital signs taken

Described my symptoms


partial loss of taste

sore throat

fever (101°)

intense coughing


and fogginess

I had been out of it

day one was a blur

day two started out bad

but my fever broke

back to normal

I felt better

no headache

less coughing

throat not sore

I was relieved.

Fortunately I had

been immunized

two shots

Moderna Moderna.

The health professionals

said the vaccine would help

– and it did!

I’ve had flus much worse,

and they always last at least

ten to fourteen days.

I get Covid-19

and I feel great after

only two days.

There are times when

you have to trust Science

and healthcare workers


this was one of them.

Thank you all.

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DelightfulDolphin's avatar

Congrats on the well-deserved DD! :clap:

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LadyLincoln's avatar

This is my life on the daily as an ER nurse, so I felt this. :heart: (Haven't had COVID myself, but I lost two friends to it and witnessed several other poor friends and patients fighting it, so it always hits close to home).

JustAnotherInkling's avatar

Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you’re feeling better. This pandemic certainly isn’t over. I‘m glad I got the Modena as well.

tmulcahy's avatar

Yes, thank you. Having experienced the mild effects of Covid after being immunized, I really have no fear of it anymore. I can't decide if I should get the booster shot. If I'd only had the two Moderna shots, I'd want the booster, as the antibodies peak somewhere around 4 to 6 months. But after having had the Covid itself, those antibodies peak around 10 months or so. I'm thinking I'll wait on the booster until next year sometime.

Pajunen's avatar

Congrats on the DD!

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LindArtz's avatar

Congrats on your DD!!! :clap: :)

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MoonyMina's avatar

really beautiful :)

I'm going to have my 2nd Moderna shot next week, and I've decided to get vaccinated exactly for what you say in this lovely poem: I could be very, very ill if I got the worst forms of this virus... I know the vaccine won't prevent catching or transmitting it, but it will help me and Hubby recovering if we get it...

I really love the rhythm of this, very natural and complex at the same time, with tension and relief, it's great!

xlntwtch's avatar

This tale has everything - rising action, tension, climax and denouement. A wonderful testament to science and the Moderna vaccines, which I also got and wrote about. Lovely work, Terry. Very glad you recovered! :love:

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