Many people have suggested I compile my journey through COVID19 infection and long-haul. The best way for me to do this efficiently was to collect the posts from my FB page in which I captured my thoughts and experiences in real-time. This may or may not be of any actual interest to bassoonists. At the very least it's compelling to see how long this virus has hampered my playing. I'm almost a year out and play a few hours a week and not at all during my 5-week summer break.
Some article links came through, some did not. Keep in mind that personal commentary reflected research and data as it was developing.
October 12, 2020
Looking for all your favorite home remedies for body aches (beyond Tylenol) because these are wicked and have been for several days.
Yes, I have COVID19. Yes, I got it from close family members with whom I was unmasked, indoors for several hours. #regrets Yes, I have been tested and confirmed positive. Yes, I have multiple "underlying conditions." Yes, I have been consistent with my mask wearing with the one exception that caused me to be infected. I cannot smell or taste anything. Other symptoms align with a severe head cold + mild flu.
The BODY ACHES are slaying me. Send remedies.
Post edit: THANK YOU for the outpouring of wonderful remedies and thoughts and prayers!!!!! 😊💓 I have a curbside pickup set with every single item suggested from you all!
October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
I didn't take enough photos! Today is officially the BEST day of 2021 because I got to perform with and enjoy my favorite people: double reed players! My last public solo performance was February 2020 less than a week before a pacemaker had to be placed in my chest. Then COVID shut downs, transition to online teaching and then my own long battle with COVID19. I shared my performance last year and tonight with my dear friend/collaborator Allison Michelle (ugh, no pic) performing peices by Roma Cafolla. Tonight was technically the world premier of a piece she composed for me and Allison, "Call Out My Name." I know so many have lifted my name up in prayers, thoughts, and well wishes in the past year. I HAVE FELT all that love! Thanks to everyone, especially my students, for making tonight so wonderful and joyful!