Dry cough, fever… could it be COVID-19?

This has been a long week for Aubrey, who had a swab up her nose - twice

My anxiety about the decisions I had been making for our family were truly tested when our youngest fell ill a few days ago.

The signs of a pending sickness were there — whining, loss of appetite, exhaustion — but I thought it was just signs of summer days well spent. That is until Aubrey popped a fever of 103.7.

I was astounded. The logical part of my brain suspected she had contracted a virus, but where? From who? Aubrey hasn’t been anywhere in a public space since the shutdown in March. Our family has made very limited trips to stores and our exposure is to a small group of people, and really only in outdoor situations. I only worked ONE night.

It seemed very unlikely she had contracted COVID-19, but her symptoms, including a dry cough, vomiting and high fever, started to match one by one.

The COVID-19 test was so uncomfortable for her. We both cried as they swabbed her nose while she was strapped into her car seat. Then she touched the swab when they were pulled it out of her nose and she had to be swabbed again! Long story short, thankfully her test came back negative.

The fear and anxiety of this new pandemic phase are very real. The uncertainties of the decisions and risks we take to exposure are in the forefront of my mind every day. My immediate gut reaction to Aubrey getting sick was that we had to go back into strict quarantine, but I don’t think our mental health can handle it.

Carter has been so angry and shut down since Aubrey got sick. He wants to be back to what little normal he had regained.

The balance is rocky in this uncertain world. It’s still so hard to know if we will ever be the same.

Lauren Martone is a blogger for ParentingNH from southern New Hampshire. You can contact her at lmart0825@gmail.com. Lauren and her family’s story were featured in the July 2015 issue of ParentingNH and in the July 2018 issue.

Categories: Carter’s Corner