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Enjoying the COVID-19 Break; It’s Certainly Better Than a Swift Kick In the Face

I’ve been self-quarantined since Wednesday night. I think my riding buddy has the virus. His wife and son were sick as well. Thursday morning, I woke up with a tightness in my lungs and a very mild dry cough that I couldn’t blame on allergies – no fever, though. 97.1, 97.4, and 97.6 over the course of 24 hours. I texted my boss that I had to stay home and explained everything.

I knew, if I had come down with it (the only way would have been through fist bumps after riding with my buddy), there were people at the office who wouldn’t be as lucky as I am if they got it. So I’ve worked from home out an abundance of caution. I felt “okay” Friday, but the breakthrough was Saturday. The tightness in my lungs left, the cough went with it. Breathing returned to 100%. I felt normal again. Better, I felt good.

Going by recommendations, assuming everything continues, I should be good to go back to work Tuesday – 96 hours after symptoms were gone… if they were even symptoms in the first place (I’m highly doubtful in hindsight – no sick wife, no sick kids).

In the meantime, I’ve got a small pile of money set aside, so I can handle a month, maybe two of this before things get tight… and that’s under a complete shutdown, no working from home.

And so things are relatively easy for now. I’m actually enjoying the down time. I’ve been getting some miles in, watching a lot of movies, and loving spending time with my wife and kids. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing this more often (obviously under MUCH better circumstances). I’m quite grateful for the experience.

Most of all, I’m stoked that in the face of all this, I’m able to be content living life on life’s terms. As recovery goes, that’s as good as it gets.


  1. elisariva says:

    Stay safe and take care. All I have read indicates 14 days quarantined after symptoms are gone. Keeping you in prayers!

  2. JD Blom says:

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. I would rather overreact, if it was one, when the consequences of an under reaction are so dire. Keep pedaling!

  3. glad youre doing better

  4. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Our county is invoking shelter-in-place starting at midnight. When life gives us lemons…

  5. chape says:

    Sure that was scary! so happy you feel better and hope it was just some sort of common cold or something like that.
    Keep us updated 😉

    • bgddyjim says:

      It was Thursday morning when everything started developing. By Friday I knew I would be okay and if I even had it, it was going to be that low grade deal they were talking about. All is well, my friend. I went out for a 35 mile bike ride yesterday that was just marvelous. Might be the trainer today, though. It snowed a couple of inches overnight.

      • chape says:

        Here we have 3 quarantine weeks ahead. You can trust me if I tell you I´d love to go out as you did 😀 Sounds wonderful!!
        Anyway, try to keep social distancing… one never knows who has it, and we had cases of re-infected people. Stay safe, my friend.
        Much love!!

      • bgddyjim says:

        RE-INFECTED? OH $#!+ We’re not required to stay sequestered, but we are anyway. You stay safe too, brother. Good luck.

      • chape says:

        Unfortunately, yes! Not many cases but, some who had been cleared from corona, got it again. I can´t explain why, there is very few info about that, but I know that happened here.
        Also it´s not true that only elder people die bc of corona. Young healthy people with no previous conditions died here too.
        I´m not trying to scare anyone, just sharing some things we learned these past weeks.
        Good luck to you too.

  6. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

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