Corona Chronicles #11 – It finally got me!

November 8, 2023


CORONA CHRONICLES #11 – It finally got me!

As the title of this post might indicate, Covid finally got me … and the rest of us living in this house!

It’s been just over 12 months since my last Corona Chronicles post and I figured the fact I’ve now had Covid needed to be recorded and therefore warranted a new Corona Chronicles post.

For those new to my Corona Chronicles series, it’s a series I started on 16 April 2020 when Covid first hit our shores in order to keep somewhat of a record of events for the future.  

TIMELINE OF EVENTS in October 2023

This timeline of events shows how quickly Covid spreads and what you might expect should it decide to visit your home.  

In GREEN, will be some little updates of what was going on in the blogging world at the same time, for a bit of parallel fun!

Wednesday 11 October

On this day I made a spur of the moment decision to book an appointment at the local chemist for my 6th Covid shot (a booster – Moderna Covid SPIKEVAX bivalent Original/Omicron BA.4-5). It had been over 6 months since my last shot which was on 1 March 2023 and a booster is recommended if more than 6 months since the last shot. Each new booster is tweaked to cover new strains as they arise. As I look after my mother, this is something I need to keep on top of. I also made an appointment for Mum’s next shot for when I was next over there with her. My appointment was at 11:45am and I was glad to have got that done!

In the blogging world, Denyse Whelan announces today that she is retiring from blogging and her post and linkup next week will be the last. It took me by surprise as I thought her announcement would be the end of the linkup, not the end of her blog, but I totally understood her decision.

Thursday 12 October

I was feeling fine, apart from a sore arm where I’d had the shot. Mid afternoon my son (Twin 1) came home early from work saying he was feeling sick. He went to bed and slept. There had been quite a few people at his workplace off sick but none of them had Covid.

Friday 13 October

I checked on my son (from a distance) who had stayed home from work as he still wasn’t feeling well. That morning I went out to meet up with a local Urban Sketching group who were meeting in my local area to sketch the Wynnum Heritage Ambulance Station. This was way out of my comfort zone but I knew one person going which was helpful. I had a fabulous morning meeting new people, sketching, and going to a cafe after. 

Saturday 14 October

In the morning I was feeling fine and doing the usual Saturday domestic chores. My son didn’t seem too bad –  head cold and tired. I kept my distance as I am always trying to avoid getting sick for a few reasons: 1) I have a compromised immune system 2) when I get sick I generally get really quite sick, and 3) I look after Mum and don’t want to get her sick and I need to be well in order to care for her!  Covid was in the back of my mind but I really didn’t think he would have it because he often gets sick with sinus and allergy related issues and none of his co-workers who’d been off sick were sick with Covid!  

Late afternoon I started to feel tired and then I had a headache.  I took some Panadol and went for a lie down.  No alarm bells were going off for me yet. However, Saturday night things got worse. During the night I woke shivering. Fevers and chills. Panadol was taken every 4 hours through the night. There was not much sleep! My mind had turned to the possibility of having Covid.

Sunday 15 October

This morning I did a RAT test and it was POSITIVE. We then realised that my son most likely had COVID and I got it from him. My first thought was to the sketchers I was with on Friday. To this day, I’ve not heard that any of them are sick and am so glad about that. We were sketching outdoors and the cafe we went to after was open air too which was a good thing! My second thought was that my booster shot would not have had enough time to provide me with its full benefits.

My symptoms got worse today. My temperature was very high and I had full on head cold symptoms. The kind of situation where you’re ploughing through a box of tissues at a rate of knots. My nose was sore from wiping.  It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I needed my ventolin inhaler. I had some nausea and a sore and dry throat.

In the afternoon my other son (Twin 2) started feeling sick. Three down so far!

My daughter and her boyfriend were meant to be coming to dinner tonight. Sadly we had to cancel.

I had to let my sister know that I wouldn’t be able to go to Mum’s next week as planned. Unfortunately she would need to go again in my place. We usually alternate each week. It ended up that she went for three weeks in a row (on Tues, Wed, Thurs) – her shift/my shift/her shift – as I wasn’t well enough and we needed to keep Mum safe from Covid.


Monday 16 October

I was really sick so the Tennis Player organised a Telehealth appointment for me. We wanted to see if I could get some Antiviral medication. It’s always a big concern when I get sick because I have an Immunoglobulin A deficiency and things can turn bad easily – as was the case in 2019 when Twin 1 brought home a bug and I ended up in hospital with Pneumonia. Anyway, it turned out that apparently I wasn’t eligible for Antivirals so that was a waste of time except for the reassurance from the doctor that the booster shot I had was a good thing and would still help me even though it had not had enough time for the antibodies to be at full capacity … and I choose to believe he was right! My booster shot did help me in some ways. I didn’t get the razorblade throat (just a dry throat) and the shocking spicy cough that The Tennis Player got. I think someone up there was looking out for me because without the help of the booster I believe I could’ve got the bad cough and it may well have gone to my chest and put me in hospital like what happened in late 2019.

Today was another day of feeling very sick. I slept on and off all day. I’d started taking Cold & Flu tablets every 4 hours to help with symptoms. I found my Lucas Papaw Ointment that really helped with my sore nose. I dug out my old nebuliser and had ventolin (via nebules) that way which was more effective.

The Tennis Player phoned and cancelled a dental appointment I had for today.

Tuesday 17 October

Twin 1 and Twin 2 were much improved.

The Tennis Player said he was feeling a bit off. He did a RAT test but it was NEGATIVE.

I felt that my temperature wasn’t as high now but still had heavy head cold symptoms, lots of congestion (phlegm) a dry throat and terrible fatigue. The elephant on my chest was easing a little but I still used the nebuliser.

Wednesday 18 October

The Tennis Player tested POSITIVE today. All four of us had COVID now.

Twin 1 and Twin 2 are mostly recovered.

Twin 1 is working from home.

My high fevers & nausea were gone. My head cold symptoms had improved. My dry throat, congestion and fatigue remained. Just used the inhaler today.

Today was Denyse Whelan’s last day blogging and hosting Wednesday Words & Pics. I wanted to link a post up to her last ever linkup so I started working on one. It exhausted me but I got it done and scheduled it to publish the next morning.

Thursday 19 October

The Tennis Player is now the sickest one. 

Twin 1 is working from home.  

I’m up doing a few basic domestic chores. Fatigue, congestion and a dry throat still plague me. 

I linked up a post to Denyse’s Wednesday Words & Pics linkup, a day later than I usually would. I had a restless night last night as there was no longer going to be a weekly linkup for bloggers and that left me feeling a bit lost. An idea had come to me that wouldn’t leave me alone. Maybe I should create and host one to help bridge the gap? I messaged Denyse for her thoughts and she was very supportive of my idea.

Friday 20 October

Twin 1 and Twin 2 are all good now.

The Tennis Player is very sick with a dreadful cough (known as Covid’s ‘spicy cough’) and razor blade throat.

I’m up doing some domestic chores but still the dry throat, congestion and fatigue are an issue. I need lie downs through the day.

I create a draft logo for the new linkup. I messaged some blogging friends for their thoughts on my idea for a new linkup. They were wonderfully supportive and encouraging.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October

Twin 1 and Twin 2 have bounced back and are all good.

The Tennis Player is very sick with the spicy cough and razor blade throat.

I’m up doing some domestic chores but still the dry throat, congestion and fatigue are an issue. I need lie downs through the day.

I did an online Woolworths grocery order to be delivered on Monday since we can’t yet go out in public.

I spent some time over the weekend creating a Wednesday Words & Whimsy page on the blog and I tweaked the logo further.  

The week commencing Monday 23 October

Twin1 and Twin2 both have returned to work.

The Tennis Player still has a dreadful ‘spicy’ cough but his throat has improved. He still tested positive on Tuesday 24 October. He is doing some work from home.

I’m much improved but fatigue and a dry throat continue. I’m still coughing up excess phlegm (worse in the mornings).

The Woolworths online grocery order arrived. Everything good. Very pleased!

On Wednesday 25 October I did a RAT test and tested NEGATIVE!

Monday and Tuesday I worked on a blog post for Wednesday. On Wednesday, along with testing NEGATIVE for Covid, this was also the first day I hosted #WWWhimsy !

The week commencing Monday 30 October 

Everything is nearly back to normal. All testing negative. Everyone back to work. Lingering dry throats and fatigue for The Tennis Player & myself. The Tennis Player also has a lingering cough but it’s a lot better than it was.

On Tuesday 31 October I was well enough to go over to care for Mum again. I still have a dry throat and I get fatigued (worse after lunch). Keeping my fingers and toes crossed that both these things soon resolve and go!

I was very happy with how the first #WWWhimsy went. We had 12 linkups and the support and enthusiasm from everyone was wonderful. The second #WWWhimsy went well too. This post will be the third!

The week commencing Monday 6 November

Twin 1 & Twin 2 all good.

The Tennis player back at work but still got a lingering cough.

Dry throat and fatigue are still with me!  On Tuesday 7 November (yesterday) I went for my 3 monthly B12 shot so I’m hoping that will give me back some energy & vigour! It’s not instant but hopefully within 48 hours of the shot I’ll start to feel some benefits.

See my note at the end of this post for details of a slight change with the opening time of the #WWWhimsy linkup.

These are the takeaways I have from this experience:

  • Don’t get too complacent about Covid. It’s still out there! When Twin1 came home sick we should’ve gotten him to do a RAT test that day even though none of his workmates who’d been off work sick had Covid. 
  • Covid spreads through the household very quickly! And everyone in the house can have different symptoms and varying degrees of severity of illness.  
  • If you test negative but your gut tells you otherwise, test again the next day!  
  • Make sure you have some RAT tests at home – you never know when you might need them.
  • Check when you had your last booster. If it’s more than 6 months ago, maybe you should book in for another! There is a spike of covid at the moment across Australia. I first heard that from my cousin who is a nurse but it’s been on the news now too. This has apparently come about because many people have become complacent and are choosing to not get booster shots. See THIS ARTICLE about an expected Covid Christmas as an eighth Covid wave surges.
  • The doctor I spoke to on my Telehealth appt said that the booster shot I had was a good thing and would still help me even though it had not had enough time for the antibodies to be at full capacity. And he was right. My booster shot DID help me. I didn’t get the razorblade throat (just a dry throat) and I didn’t get the shocking spicy cough that the Tennis Player has had. I think someone up there was looking out for me because without the help of the booster I believe I could well have ended up in hospital like what happened in 2019.
  • From our experience, older people get it worse than the young (though this is not always the case). Both sons didn’t get as sick as us and they recovered quicker. I am very glad that my 82 year old mother has now had another booster shot. Thank you to my sister for taking her for that since I had Covid and couldn’t.
  • It’s amazing what you can achieve, despite the odds, if you really want to! And it’s wonderful to see a community rally in order to keep the community together and alive & kicking!

To wrap up, we are very grateful that we got Covid now and not three years ago before vaccinations were available to us!

And thank you to Denyse and my other blogging friends for your support of #WWWhimsy  Hopefully if you’ve read all the way to here you’re here to link up for the 3rd #WWWhimsy linkup! 

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM MIN:  Since many of the Eastern States of Australia are on Daylight Savings time now and are an hour ahead of us here in Queensland, I’ve decided to open up the #WWWhimsy linkup an hour earlier than the previous two linkups, now at 5am Queensland time (instead of 6am) which will be 6am for Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, SA and the ACT. It will still close at 6am on Friday (Queensland time).

Stay well and have a great week!

Ciao for now,

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  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 November 8, 2023 at 5:41 am

    Hi Min, COVID isn’t nice is it and I do think everyone has become complacent. They are treating it now just as if it was having the flu. Fingers crossed and not tempting fate, but I haven’t succumbed yet although Mike woke on Christmas Morning last year and tested positive. It must have been difficult having all the family down with it and of course you couldn’t be near your Mum as she is vulnerable. Take care and ease back into things. Some say they still feel tired weeks after. Thanks for the #WWWhimsy link up. I am off to Europe on Saturday so will join in if and when I can. Look after yourself. xx

    • Reply Min November 8, 2023 at 10:08 am

      Hi Sue, COVID was awful! I had hoped I’d get off more lightly after all the vaccinations I’ve had but it still kept me in bed for several days. I hate to think how it would’ve been before vaccinations! I’m amazed that you didn’t get it from your husband. You must’ve had some good strategies in place! How exciting for you to be off to Europe soon! I’m looking forward to seeing your photos and stories. Safe travels. Have a wonderful time and thank you for linking up with #WWWhimsy again before you go! xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 8, 2023 at 7:58 am

    Thanks for sharing your experiences Min and I’m pleased you are all feeling better now. The timeline you added in relation to blogging was very interesting – considering what was going on you did exceptionally well! Thanks for the linkup. Take care Min x

    • Reply Min November 8, 2023 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Deb. It’s all part of a bit of a time capsule really. Details can be forgotten so quickly! I enjoyed doing what I did in the blogging world during that time as I was so sick of being sick and in bed. Those times at the computer were uplifting for me even though I needed lots of rests. Have a great week! xo

  • Reply Cathy November 8, 2023 at 8:53 am

    lol After steering clear of the virus for a long long time it finally caught up with us just before Christmas last year. A quiet time was had by all!
    As Debbie mentioned you did well with organising the new link up considering how things were at home. Coping with ‘looking after yourself’, wanting to just curl up in a ball and let the world look after itself is bad enough, without three others to consider. So it’s good to hear you are now recovering.
    It’s also good to hear you had a backup to care for your mother – hugs all round for your sister next time you see her.

    I’ve linked an old/fairly recent post today. . I’m not feeling the best and am having a blog break but couldn’t let today go by without sharing something. Not sure about next week- we’ll see how I feel.
    Take care

    • Reply Min November 8, 2023 at 10:12 am

      Hi Cathy, oh my goodness – what a horrible time of year to have had Covid! I hope this Christmas is a better one for you! My sister will be chuffed to get some hugs from you. I’ll be sure to let her know! I’m looking forward to reading your post. Doesn’t matter if it’s old or new. Thanks for linking one up – especially as you’re not feeling well. I hope you’re feeling better soon! xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 8, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Ugh … I’ve had it twice now and have been grateful for the boosters that have meant I wasn’t nearly as sick or as asthmatic as I’d feared. The brain fog and the fatigue are the worst! Glad you’re eon the mend.

    • Reply Min November 8, 2023 at 10:15 am

      Hi Jo – OMG – you’ve had it twice? Ugh! It was awful. Considering all the vaccinations I’ve had it felt pretty bad but thankfully the worst of it was over after 3 days. The fatigue and dry throat still linger with me many weeks later though! The brain fog is interesting – I put my phone in the fridge and went to put the milk on my phone charger!! Yes, I know!! Thanks for linking up again. Can’t wait to read your cooking class in Hanoi post! Have a great week Jo xo

  • Reply Natalie November 8, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Hi Min, I’m glad to hear you’re recovering. I hope you continue feeling better. It’s impressive that you started the weekly link-up when you were not 100% well. Thank you for hosting. Have a great week!

    • Reply Min November 8, 2023 at 10:17 am

      Hi Natalie, thank you! I enjoyed the distraction of getting prepared for the new linky. I was so sick of being sick and so sick of being in bed so those times at the computer being creative (between rests) were uplifting for me! Thanks for linking up and have a wonderful week! xo

  • Reply sherry November 8, 2023 at 11:00 am

    yes you are so right about being complacent! Mm cough cough, moi! Hubby has had his fifth but i’ve only had 4! So off to the chemist we go soon. Hope you’re feeling well. thanks for hosting.

    • Reply Min November 8, 2023 at 2:37 pm

      Definitely go and get that booster Sherry! You don’t want Covid – it’s not fun! Thanks for linking up your fabulous recipe today! xo

      • Reply sherry November 8, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        yep will do!

        • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 7:41 am


  • Reply Lydia C. Lee November 8, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    It took me a good month (like 5 weeks) to get better, It was the worst. I had to keep leaving things or saying no to stuff. Hated it soooooo much. Terrified of getting it again. I miss out on too much fun. I hope your B12 shot works,.

    • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 7:40 am

      Hi Lydia, yes I’d believe it takes a good 5 weeks or so to get better. The fatigue and dry throat seem to be hanging around for me! It certainly makes you appreciate good health! I think I can feel the B12 shot making a difference already which is so great!

  • Reply Leanne | November 8, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Min – so glad you’re feeling better and didn’t end up back in hospital. I don’t think either of us have had covid yet. We both had a full on cold for a few weeks last month, but didn’t bother testing and didn’t have any of the major symptoms that come with covid. We’re on a different trajectory and are just seeing how things go, we haven’t been getting the last few boosters. We may regret it, but it seems that our whole family and 90% of our friends are just taking it as it comes these days and haven’t copped a dose in the last 12 months. Maybe WA has less of the virus around? Glad the link up is going well and good on you for pushing through to get it going. x

    • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 7:45 am

      Hi Leanne, I’m so glad I didn’t end up in hospital again either! I’ve done everything possible leading up to getting Covid to look after my health and I think it paid off. I have no idea how prevalent Covid is in WA and you don’t live in the city but I hope you don’t regret not getting the boosters! I have no choice here particularly with three in the household going into the city every day to work. That is ultimately how I ended up getting it as Twin1 brought it home. Hope you’re having a great week and stay well! xo

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid November 8, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    I still can’t believe I haven’t (knowingly) had it! That said, it’s really doing the rounds here so I feel it’s inevitable. Luckily we just had a booster and since lockdown, I’ve always made sure to keep a stash of tests and panadols just in case! So pleased you’ve come out the other side and hope you’re all feeling fighting fit. Thanks for hosting the link up – I know how much work it can be and I want you know I appreciate it. Even though I don’t post or link up every Wednesday, I love catching up with everyone when I do!

    • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 7:51 am

      Hi Sammie – you’re lucky to not have had it yet. I was so pleased with myself because I too hadn’t had it but that can change and it did for me eventually! I can tell you that it was NOT just like a head cold as some people say, at least it wasn’t for any of us in this house. Twin2 had the mildest form and was still in bed for a couple of days. The Tennis Player and myself were really sick with the first 3 days being the worst, and then the symptoms linger for many weeks after. So, best to stay vigilant for anyone wanting to avoid getting it! Good on you for being prepared and keeping up with boosters etc. It’s my pleasure to host this linkup. The blogosphere and all the people in it are a huge part of my life and I’d be lost if all that disappeared! I love catching up each week with what people have been up to etc, including you! So glad that even though you’ve moved back to the UK we can still keep up with what you’re up to! xo

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 8, 2023 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Min, sorry to hear you have been stricken with covid. Touch wood, I haven’t had it yet, even though most people I work with have had it. I do wear a mask at work, one of the few who are still doing it. I’ve had 6 vaccinations and definitely am not complacent about it. It sounds like there is another wave coming so we should continue with our vigilance. I hope you’re feeling well now.

    • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 7:57 am

      Hi Jen – I hadn’t had Covid either and was so pleased with myself about that. So bummed I got it! Good to hear you’re being vigilant! I think I still would not have had Covid except for the fact that the other three that live in this house go to work in the city each day. Twin1 ultimately brought it home to us all. So kind of him! I’m much better now. Still get tired and still got a dry throat but I’m much better!

  • Reply Joanne November 9, 2023 at 4:48 am

    So sorry to hear you have all been so sick but glad to know you are all on the mend!

    • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Joanne!

  • Reply Christie Hawkes November 9, 2023 at 7:20 am

    I’m sorry to hear your family has been sick, Min. I’m glad you are on the mend. My husband and I recently had our COVID boosters and are doing are best to stay healthy. As you said, we can’t afford to get complacent. I’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks, so missed the launch of Wednesday’s Words & Whimsy. What a pleasant surprise! Thank you for taking this on.

    • Reply Min November 9, 2023 at 8:04 am

      Hi Christie, so good to see you here! We had a pretty horrible couple of weeks but we’re on the better side of it all now thank goodness! So good to see you’ve recently had your booster shot. I had mine on the Wednesday and Twin2 brought home Covid on the Thursday – what terrible timing! Oh well, I’ve been super vigilant for years and it’s kept me healthy and well until this. I hope you had a wonderful vacation! Hopefully I’ll be reading all about it and seeing your photos soon! I’m so glad you’ve found #WWWhimsy xo

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan November 14, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Hope you are well on the way back to complete health again. My husband, PC, had Covid in September after flying to visit his mom. I don’t know how in the world I escaped but I did. We are hesitant to have another booster after hearing so many scary stories about the whole Covid immunization program. I usually get a flu shot but I am even afraid to do that this year.

    Glad you have created the Wednesday words and whimsy series. Your button or logo is very pretty. Hope to join up with you in the near future.

    • Reply Min November 15, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Leslie, that was very lucky you didn’t get Covid from your husband. I think we all have our own beliefs about vaccinations but I’m totally for getting every booster I can! Glad you like the #WWWhimsy logo button thingy. I look forward to when you link up a post with us! xo

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