Going Back to Work
I started having COVID symptoms on Feb 16 and was diagnosed with COVID on Feb 17.
I am vaxxed to the max (5 shots all together, last booster was in November 2022), and I know that is no guarantee you won’t get COVID, but I was disappointed that it finally caught me. I had so many friends get it and had been exposed but never got it so I was feeling confident (cocky?) I would never get it.
I am 64 and in good health, teach an exercise class and eat a fairly healthy diet.
I guess I’m considered high risk by age, so my doc got me right on Paxlovid that evening that I was diagnosed. I was hopeful I would have a minor case and go right back to work in 5 days. That was 10 days ago.
While most symptoms have improved (cough is almost gone, no more high fever, small spurts of energy) I have a few persistent symptoms that are keeping me home from work. I still have a stuffy nose, fatigue, and can’t seem to go 24 hours without a low-grade fever (a requirement for me to return to work).
I feel very unproductive and frustrated. I love my job and want to return to work, but I fear this lingering fever could keep me home a lot longer.
I followed advice given to me by HR and (reluctantly) filed for protection under FMLA. Now I’m glad I did because I never expected to be out of work for more than a week.
I can do some work from home, but I work in a public facility and need to be there to fully do my job.
Any others finding it challenging to return to work?
So glad to have found this group!