TrackTown, USA: No updates for three days because everything changed Monday morning when Dave tested positive for COVID-19. He woke with a sore throat, and I insisted he test. When he tested positive, I tested as well, and was negative. Somehow I have remained negative the past three days. He had a very slight fever for one day, and just felt lousy. After a phone consult with his doctor, he has started the five-day course of Paxlovid. We now own a finger oxygen meter.
I have been driving around, fetching his prescription and gathering additional rapid tests. Paxlovid leaves a nasty metallic taste in your mouth during the five day course. We have been advised lemonade helps. Gummy worms help. Cinnamon candy. All things procured. Nothing helps.
We have been mostly able to distance ourselves from one another - quite a feat. It is amazing how small a 45-foot motorcoach can become! I spend a lot of time outside and the weather is happily cooperating. The meet is on television, so we haven't missed a thing. But it certainly was a long way to drive to watch a track meet on television, especially one so highly anticipated: the first time the Championships have been held in America.
I'd attempt to appease him with the promise of a trip to Budapest for the 2023 World Championships, but am now fairly sure this damn virus isn't going away. The planet is closing-in on three years of life with COVID, and it now seems inevitable that everyone will eventually catch the virus. Cases are up 45% in Eugene. 45! Being positive, Dave is generally in good health, has medical insurance, Medicare, and Paxlovin is now available. He plans to be in the stands for the final evening of The One True Sport. (We will see about that!)
Anyway, that's all the news from here. Sorry this page isn't filled with photographs of runners, jumpers, and throwers. Yes, I could go to the meet without him, but there is the possibility I will test positive any second, and honestly, few fans in the arena are wearing masks (I was) and the meet seems like a massive super-spreader event. Thousands of people from thousands of places!
I will post again when there is news, and Dave is feeling better today. Until my next update, I remain, your masked correspondent.