I consider myself a diligent mask-wearer.

And yet, on the morning of my flight back from Ireland, I tested positive for covid.

-Did I get it on the night in the bar in Dingle when I kept my mask off to sing and enjoy a grand craic?

-Was it when I shook my tour guide’s hand?

-Was it from sitting too close to folks on the boat to the Skelligs?

I don’t know.

But I have been reminded of a few things that I imagine might be helpful for you to hear.

I’m dedicating today’s post to sharing these thoughts with you because 1) I hope they’ll help you in some way, and 2) It gives me energy to process my thoughts this way (otherwise, yes, I’d take the week off.)

One. It’s hard to do something that most people are no longer doing.

With many guilty feelings and much deliberation, my sister (who’s also sick) and I decided to fly home. Changing flights and finding hotels for an indeterminate amount of time was not something we could afford. And so we chose between two shitty options.

We wore our masks (of course), sanitized our hands constantly (of course), and did everything we could not to get others sick.

And yet, I was astounded by the fact that most people in the airports and airplanes were not wearing masks. I wondered if they would have acted differently if they knew we had covid.

And, I wonder how many people I got sick that day (and the days when I may have already been covid-positive but didn’t know it, and how many others will get sick as a result). It weighs on my heart.

Long story very short:

Please wear your mask, even if it feels awkward or uncool.

We must keep doing our best to keep each other and ourselves well.

Two: Covid can seem like a dry throat or allergies at first.

It did on the first day for me and my sister.

Even if you think it’s nothing, please test yourself and stay away from people as much as possible. Then, rest.

Three: Rest, even if your brain tells you not to.

For me, covid has been a whopper of a cold.

On Day One, I felt tired, and my throat was dry, though I didn’t suspect covid. I wanted to power through and enjoy my last day in Ireland, but I rested instead.

On Day Two (the plane ride home), I couldn’t stop coughing (even though I consumed 3 packs of cough drops in 8 hours to try to stop coughing on people).

On Day Three (yesterday), I spent most of the day in bed with the shades drawn.

Now, on day 4, I’m starting to feel on the upswing. My temperature is back to normal, I can breathe almost normally, and I have ample energy to sit in bed and write this to you.

I think rest is making a huge difference.

My sister hasn’t rested as much. At first, she thought she had allergies. Today, she’s struggling to breathe and coughing up green stuff (she also has asthma, and I do not).

She’s promised she’ll finally rest, even though it’s hard. (Shared with consent.)

Please, if you don’t feel good, rest.

Even when your brain tells you there are a million things to do and it’s only a little cold.

Four: In addition to rest, I believe three allies have helped.

I don’t get sick often. When I get colds, I usually expect them to go away on their own and don’t treat them with anything. Then, they linger.

Gratefully, this virus seems like it may be shorter-lived than those in the past, and I believe that’s because I’ve been downing the herbs.

On all the days leading up to getting covid, I took Sweet Birch Herbals’ Anti-Viral Formula and a drop of oregano oil. Since I’ve been sick, I’ve taken both many more times, and I think they’re helping a lot.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve also been neti-potting nearly every hour. That’s helping too.

I highly recommend getting yourself all the allies for when you need them.

I hope that some part of this helps!

Here’s to good health for you and your loved ones.

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