My coworker today was back after fighting off the COVID. I didn't even know she had it, I thought she went away for a few days of fun. Turns out she did. And she got COVID.
Bummer of a vacation.
But she's back and seemed none the worse for wear. She said she had a fever, terrible headaches and body aches, and lost her sense of smell and taste. No coughing or breathing troubles. Weird thing that COVID.
This makes her the second person in our department, that I know of, to come down with it. I've lost count of the number of times I've been tested (all negative). My nostrils and inner bowels of my skull hardly care anymore.
In more uplifting news, those wildfires? They're pretty much squelched. I mean, they're still burning, but well contained. We got another good dumping of snow earlier this week, and the reports are "minimal fire activity and smoldering". So there's that. I've really been feeling like getting away for some nature time lately. It's starting to get cold and sloppy in the boonies, but I won't complain.
One of the residents at work today told me she'd just had a bath. She hadn't had one in several years, only quick showers. She explained that her incontinence makes baths impractical, but I think we've got a new bath system now that allows constant fresh water. What a treat for her!
Honestly, I don't remember the last time I had a bath, but at least I know I have the option. This particular woman has lived in our facility since she broke her neck years ago. I didn't know until today how she'd ended up in her condition. We don't ask, but sometimes the residents will offer information. Her mind is sharp, and she is an articulate woman, but her body - not so much.
She has special forks and spoons that we shove into her claw-like hands, and she is then able to feed herself. It used to make me uncomfortable to bring her food and do the fork/spoon shoving bit, but I've realized that I now look forward to talking with her.
And today, we celebrate a bath.