Comic 1714 - Filler: An Unwelcome Visitor

29th Sep 2021, 12:00 AM
Filler:  An Unwelcome Visitor
Average Rating: 5 (11 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 29th Sep 2021, 12:00 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
It started out on the 14th with Mr. Black complaining of a sore throat. By Friday, his throat was so bad that I dragged him to an Urgent Care clinic, where he tested positive for strep throat. That night, my own throat started feeling scratchy, so I went back on Saturday and also got a positive strep throat test. We were both on antibiotics and chugging along reasonably well until the afternoon of Wednesday the 22nd, when two things happened in quick succession: first, a friend of mine whom I'd been in close proximity to the previous week let me know that he tested positive for COVID-19, and second, both Mr. Black and I suddenly lost our senses of smell.

We went to the clinic first thing the next morning to be tested. The provider let us know that anosmia is the biggest red flag to pick out COVID from a regular cold or flu, so while it doesn't happen in all cases of infection, it's a fairly reliable telltale when it does happen. That night, we got a call back from the clinic letting us know that the tests were positive, and we should self-quarantine for 10 days from start of clear COVID symptoms--so from the 22nd, basically.

We are doing fine. Right now, the only symptoms we have are coughs, lingering fatigue, and, in my case, sinus congestion. Mr. Black's already regained his ability to smell, while mine is still AWOL. This is not very fun, because eating is boring as hell, but on the positive, my diet is making more progress since I'm not tempted to eat when everything has no flavor, only texture. 3 more pounds to reach my next goalpost! Woo! (I don't think the COVID Weight Loss Plan is going to become popular, though.)

On the advice of my friend Dianna, who's given us some of the neat Shinedo-crew filler lately, I did pick up a pulse oximeter to keep an eye on our oxygen saturation levels. It was a great comfort to have something small that I had control over to verify that our health was staying on track. Also, Mr. Black kept getting startled the first day when I'd ninja in from nowhere to stick it on his finger once an hour or so, but now he just looks resigned, so that's been entertaining. Thanks, Di!

I'd also like to thank Cent and robnot, who were kind and brave enough to drop some essential supplies (Robitussin, Afrin, and Ensure protein shakes) on our doorstep. Y'all rock.
Centcomm 29th Sep 2021, 6:06 AM edit delete
Yep i went there wearing a N95 mask and stayed 10 feet from the door to make sure they got the stuff. :D

I looked like someone out of a zombie apocalypse's movie with a antiviral face thing we are talking full on head mask,
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DLKmusic 29th Sep 2021, 12:09 AM edit delete reply

Rating for the comic is a solid 5, but Corona-chan gets a fat ZERO... Rose, Mr. Black, Take care of yourselves, both of you!!!
Evervigilant 29th Sep 2021, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
I sincerely hope you both do not end up like a good friend of mine. He also had Covid and lost his sense of taste and smell. that was almost a year ago and while he recovered nicely from Covid without any major complications he still has almost no sense of taste or smell. It seems to be gone forever. On the bright side he can eat the most spicy food known to man and not feel a thing, the not so bride side should be obvious.
Some Ed 29th Sep 2021, 8:28 AM edit delete reply
I think, like many handicaps, the not so bright side is probably not nearly so obvious to someone who has never experienced something similar as you might think. It's easy to take a sense for granted when it's never failed you.

- We use our sense of smell and taste to determine when food's gone bad. Sure, most of us try to use sight, "best by" dates, and keeping track of when we bought it and thus how long we've had it, because rotten food smells and tastes, well, rotten. But it's our last line of defense, and if you're eating out somewhere that decided risking health code violations was better than needing to buy more food, could be the only one that can help.

- {style voice="John Oliver"}Some foods require some GI tract acclimation before you can handle them in quantity. If you don't have smell or taste to convey how much of the thing you're consuming, you can have problems in the end, especially if it is a caustic food. Yes, that end.{/style}

- We use our sense of smell to warn us about the potential for imminent fire alarms, assuming we live somewhere with fire alarms. In many cases, we can smell smoke before there's actual fire to deal with. We can use it to pinpoint the problem and deal with it before anything is more than singed.

- Cat subjects and dog owners depend on their sense of smell to maintain a clean home. Some kinds of messes can be avoided with training, other kinds of messes can't.

This is just the list I've come up with after thinking about the lessons learned from living with someone who never had a sense of smell. I'm sure there are other people whose living situations would encompass many other lessons. There's probably also effects that stem from "the blind who once could see" aspect of it, which I'm not even thinking of.
Visvires 30th Sep 2021, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
This is not wholly distinct from the fire point, but: Mercaptan is added to natural gas so that it can be detected by smell. No sense of smell, no warning about the gas leak.
mjkj 29th Sep 2021, 12:20 AM edit delete reply

Get well, soon, Rose and Mr. Black...

Glad to hear you are not affected badly...
Tsath 29th Sep 2021, 2:43 AM edit delete reply

I got Captain Trumps in March/April of 2020. It was bad, not quite bad enough to put me in the hospital, but pretty awful. Take care of yourself. Do whatever the doctor tells you to. Don't do stupid things like horse dewormer, malaria pills, or huffing hydrogen peroxide. Hope you're back in action soon!
Kamy 29th Sep 2021, 2:45 AM edit delete reply

Yep, survey your oxygen, and don't let it go under 90%... it's what I did, and it didn't ended well.
under 90%, call ER.

best wishes.
HiFranc 29th Sep 2021, 4:51 AM edit delete reply

I second this. “Silent” hypoxia is one thing Covid19 is known for. It’s why there’s a major trial in the UK where they gave a few thousand people oximeters proactively.
Just_IDD 29th Sep 2021, 2:59 AM edit delete reply
Just like in college, no one wants a visit from (Delta Delta Delta! Can we help-yah, help-yah, help-yah?)
Andrew_C 29th Sep 2021, 3:53 AM edit delete reply

Take very good care you two, COVID can be an utter bastard
HiFranc 29th Sep 2021, 4:40 AM edit delete reply

I hope that you both get well soon.

I hope that your immune system’s elite crew are kicking the unwanted visitors without causing collateral damage.
Nico de Boer 29th Sep 2021, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
I hope you get well soon and don't have any after effects. I got it December last year and still unable to work full time due to not enough energy in my body. Falling asleep in the afternoon after half a day "working" (almost doing nothing) is not a good feeling. Luckily my employer is very cooperative and Dutch health insurances are working with me to regain my energy but it is not a nice situation.
megados 29th Sep 2021, 5:11 AM edit delete reply

That's horrible news! :( Please know we are all concerned, and wishing you a speedy and complete recovery!

Many thanks to Centcomm and robnot

The pulse oximeter is a very good idea. Thanks to Dianna
Gilrandir 29th Sep 2021, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Cool picture of the ‘Angel of Breath’; sad tale of coming down with the disease. Best wishes and encouragement to you and yours, @Tokyo Rose.
ForYourHealth 29th Sep 2021, 6:53 AM edit delete reply
Best wishes to get better soon!

This will really help you get over it quickly:
Vitamin D3,
Quercetin (Ivermectin is even better if you can get it)

Centcomm 29th Sep 2021, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
ForYourHealth 29th Sep 2021, 11:23 AM edit delete reply
Who told you that? That's not what the scientific research of 65 studies (45 of them peer-reviewed) from all over the globe has shown.

At least take D3, zinc and quercetin in appropriate doses. It *will* help and is very safe.
megados 29th Sep 2021, 12:06 PM edit delete reply

First and foremost hospitals are getting a lot of patients who are self- medicating with ivermectin, which is NOT approved for use in COVID cases by the FDA. Ivermectin is used in cases of worms and other parasitic infections, and emergency rooms across the country are treating more patients who have taken the drug, after being persuaded by false and misleading information spread on the internet, Citation Ivermectin was discovered in 1975 and is approved for use in humans to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms, head lice and skin conditions such as rosacea.

D3 and zinc supplements may help, or at least not cause harm, and quercitin is currently being studied, with only preliminary results being available. quercitin trial

Did you even follow Centcomm's link? I don't think she or Tokyo Rose want misinformation, or unapproved medical procedure to be spread via the comments section of their comic. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping with their wishes.
Bear 30th Sep 2021, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Nature (where the only study to date that shows Ivermectin as effective was published) says, Oh my god we're sorry, we made a mistake. That study had bogus data - some plagiarized and all manipulated - and should never have been published. In fact when analyzed correctly the data show nothing in favor of ivermectin. Here you go:

And that immediately caused every trustworthy source to shut down promoting Ivermectin, at least until there's a real study that shows it isn't useless.

CDC says they're pretty sure it's useless:

FDA says they think it's probably useless, but they've started some clinical trials (of the same sort that proved hydroxychloroquine was useless) just to check the possibility.

Here, by the way, is a site that tracks clinical trials in progress. Specifically searched for ivermectin and COVID. So you can see that they're not ignoring it. They're testing it. So far there aren't any trials that indicate it's effective (except the one that was retracted for having bogus data).

Most of the people promoting Ivermectin were also quick to promote Hydrochloroquine. Before any studies were published, that was irresponsible. It happened mostly because it was promoted by Donald Trump, right after he had one of the biggest shareholders of the company that manufactures it bending his ear in his office, with no evidence whatsoever. A bit self-serving from someone who made several million dollars on it.

But the widespread belief meant it was at least worth studying. So study it they did. And once studied, that turned out to be absolutely useless. Here:

This is relevant because you can use this as a yardstick to figure out who you can trust for information about drugs. Promoting it before anything showed it effective was irresponsible, but promoting it after the information became available is dishonest, and potentially criminal. NOBODY you should trust for information about drugs would continue promoting it after that came out.

And those are the same people now promoting Ivermectin. Like, ALL OF THEM. The EXACT same people who have demonstrated that they can't be trusted.

A scientist sees evidence to the contrary of something they've believed, and says 'Well damn. I was wrong!' At least, if he has the strength of character to first believe, and then admit, that he is capable of being wrong. That's the hard part about being a seeker of truth. You have to train yourself to do that, it's not easy.

knuut 2nd Oct 2021, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
.... 'Well damn. I was wrong!'

more likely, ... 'Hot Damn! Finally, something new to publish papers about!'
Tokyo Rose 30th Sep 2021, 2:35 AM edit delete reply

We both already take D3 because we're night owls. We did pick up zinc and a general multivitamin, along with supplemental iron, mostly because we knew that with strep throat, swallowing was going to become a chore and we wouldn't be eating much. We were, as it turns out, correct.
robot 29th Sep 2021, 7:03 AM edit delete reply
yes yes get well soon..
and if they wanted,, we would still go an game..
tho the neighbors might freak-out ,, us showing up in full hazmat..
Cent: biohazard suit with ,. .
me : full military M.O.P.P. SUIT...
wright1 29th Sep 2021, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
You and yours come first. Get better and stay that way. Wishing a full return of gustatory temptation soon!
KarToon12 29th Sep 2021, 8:02 AM edit delete reply

I pray that both of you get better soon and, more importantly, that your full senses come back. There's no need to apologize for lack of a page. Your health takes full priority. <3
Draginbeard 29th Sep 2021, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Ugh! Just take it easy and get well soon!
Phoebe 29th Sep 2021, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
Hope your smell/taste comes back soon!

I don't know if such things are a consolation to you, but at least you don't have a nasty taste - one of my students was telling me yesterday that while she was sick this summer, stuff smelled/tasted like rotten meat! She still hasn't gotten the senses back, but at least she lost the "rotten meat" part, from what I understand!

Hope you recover fully in no time!
chk 29th Sep 2021, 1:44 PM edit delete reply

Well, fuck. Take it easily and get well.
Ryu Santos 29th Sep 2021, 3:12 PM edit delete reply

I hope you both feel better soon.
Rashala 29th Sep 2021, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

If only rose and black had medical nanos....oh well rest vitamin c and chicken soup will have to do til technology gets a. Ove on
Gilrandir 30th Sep 2021, 8:18 AM edit delete reply
They do have medical nanos: leukocytes, T-cells, platelets, etc. Just not as advanced as we hope to see in the far future.
megados 30th Sep 2021, 4:23 PM edit delete reply

They actually work pretty well, for primitive organic devices. It's probably gonna be a while before they can create something that's small enough to flow around in the.bloodstream, let alone do something better than the organic ones do.
Boren 30th Sep 2021, 5:05 AM edit delete reply

Been there, done that. You have my sympathy. I got nailed with this nonsense back in Feb of 2020 before the world blew up it was the suck. Wishing you both a quick and complete recovery.
Kiddeagle 30th Sep 2021, 5:46 PM edit delete reply
Been there, done that, DON'T want to return.

Although I never lost my sense of taste and temp never broke 101. I thought was a head cold or such. was taking my friend to the ER and thought I might as well take the test. got a call the next day that I was positive. good thing I work from home.

Hope you feel better soon. Don't want to call you Tokyo Nose. LoL!
megados 3rd Oct 2021, 6:53 PM edit delete reply

I can't understand why DC has slipped into the 60s on TWC. Vote!

Luna Star is currently leading DataChasers by two.
Tooniator 4th Oct 2021, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
One of those rare cases when, if something smells like shit, you are happy.
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