Current cold status:
Meds+5 hours=This is fine, I think I'm mostly over this
Meds+5 hours+5 minutes=Nose running like a faucet, achey
(Seriously. I don't have enough Philly-specific content to maintain a presence on jawns.club but I'd like to have its local feed as a column in my client here. And I pop in to my forwarded account on tabletop.social now and then just to see what doesn't make it to dice.camp. Why should I have to do this?)
Managed to go all night (almost nine hours!) without getting up for meds, though this morning that meant realizing just how many muscles are sore that the ibuprofen was masking. Good news is, I'm not coughing much at all anymore, though I still need to blow my nose now and then and whoof those muscles are just worn out.
I cooked dinner last night (boiled some pasta, heated up jarred spaghetti sauce and frozen notmeat balls) with the agreement kid would do the dishes. That has not happened.
Also: decided to go six hours between ibuprofen and Sudafed because while it's "take every 4-6 hours" it's also "no more than 4x per day" and yeah, NOT ready for that yet. Gonna swap in some acetaminophen in the morning (it gives me weird dreams) so my liver doesn't hate me but yyyeah, glad I got the family-size Sudafed. *koffkoff*
The "more contagious than chicken pox" thing is... really dated.
(Just remember: most of us olds got chicken pox before we were even old enough for school, because it tore through playgroups like wildfire. If you were exposed at all, you got it, it wasn't even a question.)
(Hmm, I should make an appointment for a shingles vaccine. I think they give them to under-60's these days.)
Insert obligatory joke about it looking like a pregnancy test.
Update: sending Carl over to pick up a home test kit, because I'm impatient, and also because I don't want to have a coughing jag on the way over and drive into a tree.
Taking pseudoephedrine every four hours yesterday seems to have knocked out most of the cough, but every now and then I get a little phlegm to which my body COMPLETELY overreacts. I mean, sure, for a split-second my airway is completely blocked, but it does not require *that* much violence to clear it. Ow.
stilllll hasn't rained (though there have been fun storms, including a tornado, north of us)
Thinking of scheduling a covid test tomorrow, just for peace of mind.
Hasn't rained yet but I am 99.9% sure I caught something. 😒
We were masked with everybody but family, but also one side of the family brought home a non-covid something from camp a few weeks ago so maybe that was it? So far, not serious but I am extremely happy I picked up an albuterol inhaler for the trip (because of the smoke). Didn't use it the whole trip but definitely using it now.
Currently playing the game "is this cough just 'welcome back to NJ air quality alerts' or breakthrough covid?"
(98% sure it's the former. Shoulda kept my mask on every minute I was outside yesterday.)
Oh right that's why I stopped using Firefox's bookmarks: while testing out a Pinterest-to-bookmarks thing I accidentally added a contact's Pinterest board. Four times.
She was a journalist, so of course the board was "Drinky."
brb off deleting hundreds of cocktails
So hopefully we minimized our risks; we have a big fat nothing on our calendar for the next couple weeks so it'll be a sort of informal post-travel quarantine. I've been masking up locally already because of the air quality, so that won't change.
Wichita does not mask up nearly as much as their lower vax numbers mean they should. We masked up to make a grocery run and MIL informed us that the grocery no longer required it; I responded with "but *we* require it." We didn't run into any pushback from strangers, even at the Redneck Walmart.
We didn't leave the airport in either St. Louis or Denver, despite extended layovers. Masking was reasonably well adhered to in the airports. Saw no pax misbehavior either.
So although we didn't make a big fuss about it before/during (house was sitting empty and we haven't gotten the video surveillance thingies set back up), we went back to Kansas for a belated Christmas visit. TBH if Carl's mom wasn't ending every email with "X days left!" I would have postponed because ugh. Family cooked, or we picked up to-go meals for everyone, which was nice because turns out a lot of the stress in visiting is dealing with a large family group in a restaurant.
So it turns out Fort Mifflin still has a Corps of Engineers presence (I thought it was just a museum) and that is the McFarland, a dredger: https://www.dredgingtoday.com/2020/04/24/photo-mcfarland-ready-for-delaware-river-dredging/
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