Today is day 5 since Kara tested positive for COVID-19. The kids and I tested negative the same day, but a few days later I tested positive. Kara still has minor flu-like systems, but felt a little better Friday, and she’s been really tired, and I have slept a little more than usual too.
We’ve been taking our temperatures regularly and only once did have a low grade fever, 99.6. The rest of the time normal. I had a slight tickle cough. Kara has had a low grade fever more often, has a cough and a little congestion. We both have our sense of taste and smell.
We have some friends dealing with a similar situation in West Hartford but the kids got it first, followed by the father then mom. Mom has lost taste and smell and says it is a bizarre feeling.
Kara and I have been isolating from the kids in the house, staying in separate rooms. We’ve been sanitizing everything frequently and wearing masks. The kids have been remote learning and communicating with friends and dealing with this as best they can. It is really tough to not be able to hug your kids and cuddle on the couch in front of a movie or eat together. I went outside to get some fresh air but Kara hasn’t been up for that yet.
The House family has been blown away by the many kind words and offers of help. We are deeply grateful for the compassion and concern from across Connecticut and beyond.
Our Friday plans were changed up a bit. It was my birthday, and we celebrated with the kids over FaceTime. They and Kara sang me happy birthday and delivered a pint of my favorite ice cream to our bedroom door with a candle. It was preceded by a delivery of a family taco pack from Bartaco in West Hartford. Helena set up a mini-buffet, the kids ate first, then us. They even threw in a ski hat for my birthday!
Earlier we ordered lunch from our friends at the Latif Family’s Tangiers in Hartford. We certainly haven’t gone hungry or lost our appetites. Our friend Mary Cashman dropped off soup and veggies from the Crown Market and a few days later our neighbor Rachel Lutker sent a similar care package with challah bread. We are so thankful.
We hope to update you soon via a video as soon as Kara is up for it, but for the time being we are resting and hoping the kids don’t get it. So many of you asked how we got it. We don’t really know, although I’m pretty sure I know I got it from Kara!