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Starting to think I have a case of Hypochondria and not potential COVID-19; this is the uneventful day two diary of a pending diagnosis.

 

South Africa (24 June 2020) – After the chaos and stress of yesterday, day two feels uneventful. As mentioned yesterday (you can catch the post below if you missed it), there has been a COVID-19 scare in our home.

Coming down from the panic has left me feeling doubtful.

I am doubting if I had any symptoms at all. I still have chills but is that because it is winter and chilly when not in the sun? I still have a headache, but is it as bad as I thought? Do I just need water? Is my body sore, or was I just very active over the weekend? Self-doubt has been my friend today. But I am glad I got tested because its better to be safe than sorry.

Sadly the area where my domestic lives is in a constant fight for electricity, so I have not been able to reach her today. I have no idea if she is safe, if she got the medical treatment needed or if she needs help with anything? I am worried she has been shunned or pushed out by her neighbours. As I mentioned yesterday, COVID-19 is intensely stigmatised, in all areas of South Africa.

When she first came back to work at the start of level three, we spoke in length about how COVID-19 is viewed in her community. She expressed a deep fear for the virus and concern for her children. Thankfully, she has extended her home and is able to separate herself from her children now. A comfort I know she will be grateful of. I am feeling unsettled and anxious, hoping they restore her power soon so we can talk.

My doctor didn’t call today, but I didn’t really expect her to anyway, it was just a small hope that our tests would have been processed in the 24-hour range. Hopefully, we get the news tomorrow.

Stay tuned for more tomorrow.

If we get our test results, I will let you know how we felt and what our plans are if they come back positive.

Hold thumbs for a good outcome!

If you would like more information, the South African COVID-19 website is a wealth of knowledge and zero-rated so you don’t use data accessing the information.


If you missed the previous diary entries, you can find them below.

Day 1Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 & 5 |


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