Another Christmas in California, another Christmas ruined by COVID-19…
A Very COVID Christmas (Again)
When we left off, I had just spent a lovely day with my kids in Orange County, California. Our plan was for a large family gathering at my parent’s house on Christmas Day, with 16 family members and friends converging together for a meal and fellowship.
But the day before, I received a text from my mother: she and my father had just tested positive for COVID-19.
What a shame, as I now have not celebrated Christmas with my parents since 2018. In 2019, we were in Germany. I was sick with COVID-19 myself in 2020. In 2021, we were in Germany. Next year we’ll be in Germany too. Maybe in 2024 we can finally have Christmas dinner together?
Heidi got home from work, not feeling well. She tested too. Positive.
My Uncle called. He was positive too.
My parents and uncle are vaccinated and all are experiencing moderate symptoms including headache, fatigue, runny nose, and cough.
My wife, who recently received her second booster, also has cold-like symptoms.
I have a hunch my son or daughter picked it up at school and spread it. They’ve had runny noses all week, but seemed otherwise fine.
This leaves me as the last domino standing…and yet I have to imagine that I will soon be testing positive and can only hope my symptoms are also light.
We considered still meeting, but since I was still negative and had no symptoms, we decided against it. Hopefully, we can “redo” Christmas at the end of the week when we are all feeling better. Sadly, that will probably be when I test positive…
In the UK and Germany, mandatory isolation periods are no longer required for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Even so, we’re hanging back for now and will rest up ahead of our trip to Germany, which thankfully is not until next week.
Even with the disappointing test, we still had a lovely Christmas Eve together.
We ended up spending Christmas afternoon and evening doing yard work. It was over 80ºF in LA…
I had COVID-19 in late 2020, we all got omicron in 2022, and now my family has it again. I figure I’m a day away from it myself unless I am so asymptotic I already had it. Up to this point, we have just done at-home tests. My wife, who is supposed to work tonight, is now having a PCR test done at her hospital to see if she is still positive.
What a world…I hope your Christmas was better than mine!