What Did I Get for Christmas? COVID-19!

Bleugh, bleugh, and thrice bleugh

Matt Mason

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Though we always thought we’d get it at some point, we thought we’d escaped catching COVID in 2020, 2021, and 2022. But it wasn’t to be. In early December 2022, my partner and I went away for our anniversary mini break in Devon. About four days after we got back, she went to the salon to get her hair dyed.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

It was one of these events that would eventually lead to us both getting COVID. As she succumbed first (to both symptoms and a positive test) we’re going to assume it was at the salon.

That meant our remaining Christmas plans went out of the window — plans which included a concert in Truro cathedral, and a festive night garden walk at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. And so, from the 14th (when I succumbed) through to Boxing Day (by which time we were both clear) we stayed in as a civic duty.

Pleased to meet you…. have a fever and some brain fog

The first couple of days came with all the symptoms we’ve all been repeatedly warned about — fever, lethargy, weakness, aching all over the body, and that cough.

I also lost my tastebuds for most things for a few days — something I covered in a previous article.

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Matt Mason

A demisexual childfree nerd who uses Medium for exploring curiosities, for venting, and for the frivolous.