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Staying COVID Positive | S.D. Henke

We did everything we were supposed to do. We followed the recommendations. We didn’t let the Covid fatigue get us down. We stuck with the protocols to prevent any of us from getting sick and stayed vigilant. We even signed our kids up for virtual schooling for the entire year. I moved my teaching position of 22 years to a virtual position with the district. My husband brought the office home. We went above and beyond, and a week ago I was proud of our efforts by managing to keep Covid out. Despite doing the best we possibly could, we are now ground zero for the virus.

Fortunately, since we were practicing social distancing measures the virus got off on its last stop here, but in the time it took for my youngest son to show his first symptoms, our household was already in the throes of infection that rapidly spread to each one of us in turn. Until we all had the confirmation that we each tested positive, we were even isolated from one another. Make no bones about it, this virus gets around, and it had a successful mission at the Henke household. Three days and three positive tests later, my head still spinning in the after-flurry of needing to take care of my ailing family since I was the last one standing.

Once I got over the shock of the unimaginable ‘really’ happening in our home, and accepting it, even after trying everything in our power to outrun it (with every spray of sanitizer and attempt at hand-washing) I’m actually left with a weird sense of relief this morning while I await my own test results today, Thanksgiving Day. While I write this post and wait out my ‘presumed positive’ fate post brain poke, I anticipate what the results will be, but by then I’ll know what I’m most thankful for. I’m thankful for the many positives that have come out of this. My boys who’ve been apart and in quarantine in their bedrooms can now be together. Soon, we’ll all be able to hug our family members who we’ve been isolated from for so long, and we’ll know that this virus died at our doorstep. We’ll know how lucky we are to have each other, and we’ll be able to hold the fort to protect those who we love who are most vulnerable.

We have flexible jobs that allow us to work from home. We’ve made difficult sacrifices to protect the ones we love, and our kids haven’t missed a day of school during the shutdowns. Despite this outcome, we know we did the right thing. Now with Thanksgiving here, ready, or not, there is one thing we can be certain of, we have a ton to be grateful for. We can finally see the positive in the positives.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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