24hrs: Negative

Negative. Nasal swab results for Covid-19 are negative. Still have that sore throat, but now I can be confident that it’s allergies. Not contagious. Free to help with the kids and get snuggles from everyone in the household, including my puggies.

Right about 24hrs for results. I recognize my privilege to have been able to pay out of pocket to make this process faster. If I didn’t have the money, I could have used public health which is doing their best but in LA County you can schedule a test for the next day, then the average wait is 3 days for results. 3 days of precautionary isolation that would have added a lot of stress on my husband and the kids, but totally manageable.

We can do better for everyone. 24hrs is not bad, but let’s advocate for the logistics and technology to make it faster and widely available while not compromising reliability.

“Anyone who needs a test can get a test.” But Who Needs One?

So, I’m pretty sure it’s allergies. Weird, itchy rash pops up on my neck Monday mid-morning. Scratchy sore throat, sneezing, headaches. Then I get hit with a huge wave of fatigue Tuesday afternoon. Took a nap Tuesday, and slept a lot Wednesday morning. Have my usual sporadic heart racing. My normal temperature stays in the low to mid 97s. I started to feel like my temp was going up after my Tuesday nap. It was, but not a fever. I stayed in the high 98s for about 24hrs. Not a fever, just elevated temp for my normal.

Take the Covid-19 screener to allay my concerns. This is just allergies. Screener says I should get tested. Call my doctor saying I have Covid-19 concerns but think it’s just allergies. Can’t get an appointment until the next day. See that a local urgent care has VirtualCare and Covid-19 testing. Go through VirtualCare, my HMO medical group is not contracted with this urgent care, so try to find testing that is covered by insurance. Go through insurance website to have Teladoc appointment. Doc says, you’re sick with something Covid or not, you need to isolate. If you want to get tested, go through insurance covered place or public health. Local hospital doing testing and covered. Call to ask what I need to do to get tested. Must have staff doctor’s order for test. Call my doctor back to say I think I need to get tested, but need orders. Any way to get earlier appointment? No. Note on the hospital website that they are only testing with doctor’s orders and not testing mild symptoms. Call insurance company for clarification on test payment policy. Told they cover any testing even out of network. Cool. Call back the urgent care. Actually, no not covered because you have an HMO group that we are not contracted with. Great.

I still think it’s allergies. However, I’ve been staying away from family since Tuesday night just in case. Have errands to run, a family adventure planned for Friday. Obviously planning to be masked. But the screening said I should get tested. The teladoc said I should get tested. The VirtualCare receptionist said I should get tested. I feel like I should get tested, but really just want someone to say, you’re being neurotic, it’s just allergies. Not sure I’d actually be comforted by that though. I need to get tested, quickly. If I am not contagious with something, I wouldn’t have to isolate. I could help with the kids. We could go to the botanic garden at our scheduled time on Friday. If I get tested quickly, I will know if this is actually necessary. Decide to pay out of pocket for urgent care test. Results in 24-48 hours. Still need to isolate. Expecting test to come back negative. I’ll let you know.

Listen. The guidance is to isolate if you have symptoms until you are 10 days from onset of symptoms and 72hours fever-free. Sore throat and headache are symptoms. Those are symptoms of a a bunch of other things too, some contagious, some not. So testing is needed. Doctors haven’t seen Covid-19 enough to give you a once over and say, “nah, this isn’t it” with confidence. Gotta have a test. Why are people saying that we need testing? Because we can’t isolate for 24-48hrs every time we have symptoms. RELIABLE RAPID TESTING. That’s the only way forward until there are drug therapies and/or a vaccine.

Would someone less neurotic than I go about her day with a mask and sanitizer and just assume asymptomatic since the symptoms are mild? Probably. Is that good enough? Maybe. Would someone like me beat herself up if she ended up being positive and she had gone about her day? Would she be recounting every place she sneezed? Would she forgive herself if her kids or husband got sick? Would she forgive herself if she started a chain of spread to strangers and one of those strangers has long-lasting effects or succumbs to the virus?

Who NEEDS a test? Everyone, any time they have symptoms, for now.

Our creative neighbors invited us for a friendly game of cross-the-street Pictionary. We took our lunch outside and enjoyed responsible social distancing :)

Minivan-phase over. Goodbye Ohdycus, we appreciated your sliding doors and your safety features. Hello Gandalf, we appreciate your smaller size, safety features, and optional 3rd row. #kiasorentoex #cleverlilfamily

Had hoped February would be a healthy month for us after at least one person being sick in our home for the past 2 months! #clevercolette down for the count again :(

0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9!!! Happy Birthday my smart, silly, stylish, and beautiful #clevercolette!

On 1/28/11 at 3:02am ET, this tiny little bundle arrived and changed my life for the better. Here I sit at 2:45am PT, 9 years later wondering how the time passed so quickly. We are halfway to 18, and I’m in no hurry to finish the other half. I’m full of love and gratitude today as we celebrate our #clevercolette

The days are long, but the years are short. I miss my babies, and I love my kids! #cleverkiddos #clevercolette #wjlacour

2010/2019 Life changes a lot in 10years! #cleverfamily #clevercolette

#clevercolette was so excited to be out that she had to show up at the neighbor’s NYE celebration. She returned home within 10minutes and now are we cuddling counting down to East Coast New Year.

Happy New Ye…ER. Hanging out with #clevercolette who has had tummy trouble for a month and then took a hard fall onto her bike handlebars yesterday. After laying low yesterday, sleeping uncomfortably, and vomiting this morning, we are here for a CT scan to rule out any bleeding or pancreatitis.

When the cake crumbles coming out of the pan, you improvise. Happy Birthday JC! 2020 +- 6yrs of your Light 🕯

#wjlacour insisted that I take this picture and send it to @cleverdevil because ““Not many people can bend their arms that way. It’s like a little gift from God. That and I can see in the dark. It’s like I have a little light shining inside me.” Yes Buddy, you do have a little light shining inside you and it melts my heart 😍

Snuggle piles are the best 😍 #cleverfamily #clevercolette #wjlacour #elizapugilton

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I have donated to @projectk9hero and K9 Hero Haven. #invinciblenelson and #elizapugilton are proud of their cousins who serve and have served. Please look up these organizations and share about the work they do for our human and dog veterans. **photos from organizations’ websites

When your puggy puppy climbs in your lap and makes herself comfortable 😍💞#elizapugilton

Too many people were planning to be The Queen of Mean for neighborhood trick or treating, so Colette had to whip together a “sleepy zombie” costume. She chose some old clothes to cut up, asked Daddy to char them, and then did her makeup. My #clevercolette is quite clever and eerily independent. My #wjlaclur stuck with Captain Toad all night, and he was the sweetest candy man telling everyone “Happy Halloween,” as he took his post on our driveway.

I sent The Queen of Mean and Captain Toad Treasure Tracker to school this morning :) #clevercolette #wjlacour

This “Snugglebie” turns 6 tomorrow! He’s “like a zombie but instead of brains, he needs SNNNUUUUGGGGLLLLES.” I hope #wjlacour remains a snugglebie for the rest of his life. I will happily be his victim 😍

That thing when the universe prevents you from leaving the house by hiding your key under your car. Homeschool at home today, I suppose!

After making a mess, #elizapugilton took #mynelsonboy’s advice, so she is snoozing and snoring away!

#elizapugilton couldn’t believe that #mynelson boy rolled over on his back for her. He continued to play that way with her for another 5minutes!

My Nelson Boy has been teaching Eliza the finer points of chilling out and relaxing. Today she reminded him how fun it can be to play, and my 13yr old pug got on the floor and played with her for 10min!! #elizapugilton #mynelsonboy

Weekend hot dogs 🌭 🐶 😜