It was a busy end of year for me.
Had a whirlwind Fall, flying back and forth between coasts for work. First for a 14hr visit to Vancouver. Then came home, only to fly back out Vegas, where I spoke at the Support Driven conference for customer support and customer service folks.
My talk was (thankfully) well received and I got to meet a lot of great people.
I brought along two people from my department who had never been to a customer service/support related conference. So it was great to give them that exposure and they seemed to really enjoy learning there.
Unfortunately, the old adage of “What Happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas“ apparently no longer applies. A few hours after returning home on my red-eye flight, I proactively tested myself with a COVID test and it was very faintly positive.
I have made it almost 3 years without catching COVID, but apparently, my time was up…
Thankfully we’re lucky enough to have the space in our home that I could self-isolate in my basement office for the 9 days I was in quarantine. It was tough not hanging out with and playing with my daughter during that time, but we didn’t want to risk anyone else getting sick. Thankfully the plan worked as neither my wife, nor daughter caught COVID from me.
As for the COVID, I was surprised how quickly I went downhill. From scratchy throat to feeling horrible only took half a day. I felt horrible for the better part of three days. Then another three days of feeling like I had a typical Flu. It then tapered off to a dry cough (which persisted for three weeks) and some head congestion that stuck around for two weeks.
Something I wasn’t expecting though was having ZERO energy. Long after I was testing negative and had no other symptoms, I had no energy. Some days it was a struggle just to make it to lunchtime, even though I hadn’t done anything. For someone who doesn’t normally drink caffeine, it quickly became my friend.
I knew it was inevitable that at some point I would catch COVID. I am however, thankful that I was able to last as long as I did – as I wouldn’t have wanted to sample the earlier/stronger variants of COVID.