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We finally got it: Dealing with COVID while on the road

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This isn’t good. We are currently traveling cross-country and are having to finally deal with COVID on the road.

We did all the right things: masked up for two years, got our vaccinations and boosters, stayed away from large gatherings and even got up at 5 in the morning for senior hours at the grocery store. We were very careful… at least until Labor Day, when we spent three full days of family gatherings in close proximity. COVID finally got us. So now what?

Covid positive
COVID positive

Local urgent care and hospitals

My husband seemed to feel better in a couple of days. I felt like dying would be a relief. Calling local urgent care facilities and a regional hospital was not much help. They could not prescribe Paxlovid without MY doctor’s order, even if I went into their facilities.

Right now it’s Saturday, and my primary doctor is enjoying time with her family and isn’t in the office. We spent one hour on the phone on hold to our health care system but had no luck. I tried a different number and finally was able to talk to a nurse that agreed to give us the medication, but by law couldn’t prescribe it across state lines. Well, that doesn’t help.

Far, far away from “home”

Finally, her supervisor said to send the order to a local pharmacy in Minnesota and then I could call that pharmacy and have them forward the prescription to a local North Dakota pharmacy. While that idea was good in theory, it turns out they can’t just transfer or fax the prescription. The two pharmacists need to talk. And the pharmacy was closing in two hours.

Crossing state lines

After they talked, things went much more smoothly. We double-masked (hoping to keep our germs to ourselves) and got the medicine. Our nurse thought we would have to have another COVID test to pick it up, but we did not. It certainly made me question having COVID and then going to a public pharmacy in a grocery store with no drive-through!

Quarantine?

The CDC guidelines are to quarantine for five days and after symptoms are gone you can go out but mask up for five more days. Most of our reservations are still no contact and we gas up at truck stops, so we can pretty much isolate.

Lessons learned from dealing with COVID on the road

  • COVID is real and it is still circulating.
  • It’s still too early to let down your guard.
  • It is more than a cold.
  • Having a “home” doctor is important, even for full-timers.
  • Call your/a doctor/nurse earlier rather than later.
  • Stay on top of it, and do not hesitate getting emergency help if symptoms worsen.
  • It is easy to isolate from others in an RV… it just can’t be friendly neighbors.
  • It’s hard to isolate from each other in an RV!
  • Hunker down and get well.
  • Keep your cupboards and fridge well stocked at all times—you never know.

We are on the road to recovery, thank goodness, and I am grateful for that.

We are not among the 1,050,631 people in the U.S. that have died of COVID so far.

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Scott Gitlin
2 months ago

If it was the 1950’s you usually would have had no problem reaching your family doctor. In my case, he seemed to be always available 24/7. Not to mention house calls if you were home.

Gary
2 months ago

The Covid of today is not like the Covid of even a year ago. More contagious but less debilitating. Masking and jabbing will not stop the spread. Everyone will eventually get it.
Wife was never jabbed and I only got the first jabs. We both got it in July. Headache, a little fever, and a bad sore throat. Gone in 5 days. No doctor, no paxlovid, just rest and Aleve.
Stop living in fear.

SLR
2 months ago

Thanks for sharing this. I had no idea how difficult it would be to get a Paxlovid prescription while on the road. Sounds like everyone who is immunocompromised needs to have a serious discussion with their doctor about how to access them after hours if they end up with COVID, whether they are on the road or not. I know my doc’s practice’s phone system merely tells you to call 911 after hours and on weekends.

Neal Davis
2 months ago

Glad that you’re better and nearing wellness. We have been more fortunate, doing much as you did. Nearest neighbors, who we see often, but rarely for more tban a few minutes at a time and always at a distance of a few feet apart, have had it twice, but we have not YET. Hopefully that continues; we’ll see.

Thomas Kneib
2 months ago

We had a similar situation with Colvid two weeks ago. Finally used an on line service called CallonDoc.com. Supplied our basic medical history and drugs that we were taking to this service, as well as the drug store we could use. Using their online app we also had to take a photo of our positive Covid home test. After about a half an hour their doctor faxed a prescription to our preferred drug store for the meds that help fight Covid. The service is not free it was $49.99 for each of us. But worth every penny. Got the necessary meds and made us feel considerably better within a day.

Last edited 2 months ago by Thomas Kneib
Neal Davis
2 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Kneib

That’s about what my co-pay is, so you may have done even better than you think. Glad you got better so fast.

DW/ND
2 months ago

Wow! How many “doctors” do we have in this community? I am no Dr. but here’s my two cents! The so called vaccines are not vaccines as we have grown up with them! This one is basically administered to lessen the chances of hospitalization and dying. It is not a preventative!

We attended a memorial with a large family gathering in Winnipeg last weekend. I was concerned. Only saw three people in 3 days wearing masks – none at our event. So we’ve been watching carefully – but so far, fortunately nothing has come home with us. (PS: If you’re going to Canada – check first 4 days in advance!!!)

Sorry for your misfortune Nanci in contracting COVID. Hope recovery is speedy and free of side effects. I note you are in ND – Welcome! Don’t speed thru – enjoy what we have.

J J
2 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

Actually, this is where the medical community 100% blew it with the COVID vaccines by not running an education campaign. ALL vaccines have always been intended to prime the immune system for a faster response time; that’s it. All. The only vaccines that last for decades are ones for pathogens that never mutate and those pathogens are few and far between. When I got my Hepatitis B vaccine in the 80’s we were told it was maybe 50% effective and intended to reduce serious symptoms. When I got my first shingles vaccine in my 50’s, after having shingles, I was told the same thing; it’s to reduce the severity of the symptoms. But people remember their mumps and measles vaccines and extrapolated those to “I had a vaccine and I never got sick” to being how all vaccines work. Nope, not by a long shot. Never have.

KellyR
2 months ago

I just read all the comments below. The internet has put a tremendous amount of information at our fingertips … and evidently all of it is wrong. .

Diane Mc
2 months ago

Sorry to hear. Hope you are better soon. We were in Florida Feb/Mar of 2020 attending an event w/110K people. Since then traveled 30K miles. Attended 2 more Daytona 500’s in Fl in 21 w/35K and 22 back to 110K. Also INDY500 in 21 with 135K people. We got home from Fl end of March & both tested positive. Fortunately, daughter had got us Ivermectin before we left for FL. Symptoms like yours. First day pretty bad. Took 1st of 5 day regimen of Ivermectin. Day 2 90% better. We were stunned & thrilled. Symptoms gone by day 3 except for fatigue for about 2 weeks. We purchased another regimen of Ivermectin from the Osteopathic doctor just in case. We are not vaccinated.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Diane, there is a site you can go to for Ivermectin. When you enter the info in your browser an article will come up, it will show you how to obtain Ivermectin through their site. If you wish to learn more email me @ raptor.tools@yahoo.com. You can obtain 100 – 20 Mg. Tablets for approx. $75.00. When we first got covid (have had it twice) we went through a Dr. and had to pay $240.00 for 36 10 Mg. Tablets. But taking 6 tablets a day, by day 3 I was 100% better. It really does work. We also obtained 100 Hydroxychloroquine tablets there. So we are prepared. My 87 Yr. old Father-In-Law also had it and recovered like we did.

John S
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

We obtained multiple doses of Ivermectin from overseas a couple of years ago. We’re not vaccinated but neither of us are immunocompromised. Everyone will eventually get some degree of this latest flu, just like the seasonal flu. How well you’ve maintained your health and how readily you’ve stockpiled appropriate medications will translate into how well you weather the bug.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  John S

That is the exact reason I posted what I posted. We did not get the Jab either. I refuse to ever call it a vaccine because there are no properties in it that remotely resemble a vaccine!

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Us either. We’ve got Ivermectin along with us just in case. So far, every time the hospital where I’m getting a stem cell transplant asks for a ‘test’, I’m negative. One of the ‘cooler’ nurses I met advised me “If you don’t want to get COVID, don’t get tested and don’t watch the news”. So far, the best advice I’ve gotten . . .

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Diane, I attempted to give you some info where you could get it at a super reduced price but my comment is ‘”waiting for approval”. If you wish to contact me to find out more you can do so at: raptor.tools @yahoo.com.

Diane Mc
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Ed, thanks for the info. We are good. We only had 10mg tablets. 1 per day for 5 days for husband, 1 per day for 4 days for me as it it based on weight. We were willing to try it because the dose was low as was length of time needed to take it and others we know had similar luck with it. The dosage also matched the data with Frontline doctors Covid protocol. Thanks again.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

You are most welcome Diane. Glad you guys are doing well.

MattD
2 months ago

Wishing you a complete and rapid recovery Nanci…BTW I enjoy your articles here on RVTravel…

Joe Goomba
2 months ago

Nanci, hope your smell & taste aren’t affected. That’s a real disappointment… camping but not being able to smell (campfires, fresh air, pine trees, oceans, etc) can be depressing.

Last edited 2 months ago by Joe Goomba
Sue
2 months ago

hubby and I both came down with COVID two weeks into our five week trip. Luckily we had just crossed back into the States from Canada. During our week in Maine, we hunkered down. We debated going home to SC, but we didn’t feel too horrible and figured we could spend most of our time outside in a beautiful area of the country. We’re still on the road and feeling a lot better. My biggest worry was what would happen if my husband got too sick to drive. I’ve never pulled our fifth wheel!

Joe Goomba
2 months ago

I had COVID-19 back in March 2020 (the worst covid). No one knew much about it yet. I had 4.5 weeks of absolutely hell. Burning skin, oxygen level down to 87 multiple times, no smell, hurt everywhere. Now, two years later, i still have no sense of smell, have “covid brain fog”, get fatigued easily. With all the suffering i went through and the lingering symptoms, you idiots that post garbage pooh-poohing COVID and being amateur Doctors or quoting garbage you “saw on Facebook/YouTube” or from some idiot political hack…

…well, the name I’d like to call you would get me banned from here, so we’ll just settle for “idiots”. Nanci, hope your COVID is *nothing* like mine. Good luck.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Goomba

Hey Joe, if you had taken Ivermectin, you might not have suffered as much. Although, I am sorry to hear all you went through, I am also sorry to see you call people “idiots” for having a different perspective than you do. I would not say that covid was not a real thing. But I will say that we have had it twice, both took Ivermectin and both were feeling 100% better by the third morning. This is a FACT, not garbage Joe. Even my 87 Yr. old Father-In-Law, who took the Jab, got covid and was better by day 3 with Ivermectin. Hope you get back to 100%!

Diane Mc
2 months ago
Reply to  Joe Goomba

I’m sorry this has happened to you. I totally believe Covid is real. Just because some of us choose different approaches to dealing with it, doesn’t mean we don’t think it’s real and can’t be serious. My brother got it July 2020 He was really sick for weeks. Took months to feel close to normal. He suffered from Long Covid. Relapses and brain fog. He found a doctor that treats long covid. Did lots of blood work. Not cheap. But my brother is only 55 and shouldn’t be feeling like he was. No other medical issues. Doctor prescribed a number of medications…some a few days, others a couple of weeks. He also told him to have another doctor who he referred him to, look over the tests and drug protocol. Said he was more of an expert with Long Covid. That doctor dropped one medication and changed dosage on another. My brother is finally back to normal. If you want info I would be happy to find out who he contacted. You shouldn’t have to suffer. God bless you.

Diane Mc
2 months ago
Reply to  Diane Mc

Should have added. We were truly blessed. You must have had Delta which was far worse than what we ended up with, most like Omicron. Again, more than happy to get you info for long covid.

Bob p
2 months ago

I guess DW and I use of vitamin C and daily vitamins has paid off, DW has been tested negative 3 times since it all started and neither of us has had it yet. Every time she goes to the Dr with her allergies they do the COVID test I guess because the government is paying for it. I haven’t been tested one time. When I got to the Dr I’m usually about a day away from dying or at least it seems that way. My family Dr for 20 years once told me if he had many patients like me his 6 kids would starve to death. Lol

Donald N Wright
2 months ago

I am concerned about the RV’s that were purchased as a recovery center for covid patients, them sold to new RV owners. “Only used once”, “Brand New”, “Option loaded”
Loaded alright Germs !

MevetS
2 months ago

Perhaps the biggest problem is that you thought you did everything right. Getting vaccinated, booster shots, and wearing your masks may have been the CDC guidelines. However, those may not have been the correct measures to take.

People need to use more (un)common sense and just because someone says that you need to jump off a bridge doesn’t mean you have to do it. There is some evidence that those guidelines may have caused more incidence of the COVID virus, among those who adhered to them, then among those who did not.

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Andy Zipser(@andy-zipser)
2 months ago
Reply to  MevetS

There is some evidence that those guidelines may have caused more incidence of the COVID virus: That’s an interesting if provocative statement. Can you let us know what that evidence is?

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy Zipser

Nanci is part of the “evidence”! She is all jabbed up and still contracted covid. I am not saying that she caught it because of getting the jabs but I am saying that the jabs are a waste of time and there are no ingredients in them that you, or anyone else can point to, that actually would constitute a vaccine. My wife and I contracted covid and took Ivermectin. On the third morning we were as good as new! Maybe people should look more into what actually works if you contract it, than getting experimental jabs that may have adverse effects for the rest of your life! So now myself and my wife have natural immunity. Way better than any experimental jab.

Alan
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

My fear now is that those who think they are immune because of following CDC guidelines and taking the pseudo vaccine and boosters are actually the real culprits in it continuing to be spread.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Alan

I agree Alan!

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Andy Zipser(@andy-zipser)
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Nanci is evidence only of the fact that taking all the recommended precautions is not an automatic get-out-of-jail-free card—that even vaccinated people can contract Covid. But that doesn’t support the claim that the guidelines cause more incidence of Covid, which is the claim MevetS made.
Separately, I want to observe that there is a tendency in this debate to make generalized statements based on personal experience, which is both irrational and potentially dangerous. My mother was a heavy smoker all her life but lived to 89 without contracting lung cancer, but it would be folly to hold her up as a reason to claim that therefore it’s obvious that smoking doesn’t cause cancer. As with so many things in life, your results may vary. . . .

Last edited 2 months ago by Andy Zipser
Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Andy Zipser

Again, you can point to nothing in the Jabs that would do anything to prevent covid. By the way, my 87 Yr. old Father-In-Law (who had gotten the Jab) also came down with covid and recovered using the same method as we did.

Susan Bently
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Did you read the part where they spent 3 days in close contact with others?

mimi
2 months ago
Reply to  MevetS

Really? You are going to go that route? C’mon.

Nanci—-best wishes for a speedy recovery. Don’t stop doing what you’ve been doing. You are right—it isn’t over yet.

Bob p
2 months ago
Reply to  mimi

No IT’S OVER JOE SAID ITS OVER!

Rosalie Magistro
2 months ago
Reply to  MevetS

I agree 100 % .
I haven’t had the shots or boosters,I took vitamin D,zinc and c.
Got covid, but I have had worse colds in my 65 years..

CeeCee
2 months ago

We’ve been following the vitamin protocols also. We got finally C last June. It felt like a bad cold. My husband bounced back in 5 days. It took me 2 weeks to feel like myself again. If people give the jabs credit for “not getting as sick as we could have”, why not give the supplements credit also. Unlike the jabs, they have a track record of safety.

Rock & Tina
2 months ago

Yes, It’s more than a cold. It’s like the flu and the flu debilitates or kills people every year and has been doing so for thousands of years and yet the media doesn’t dwell on it every day. Your article would read exactly the same if you replaced the word COVID with the phrase, “the flu.”

mimi
2 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

As a healthcare worker who has spent many, many hours caring for Covid patients—NO, it is not the same as a flu. Anyone who hasn’t worked in its face and seen it first hand, killing people, needs to, respectfully, say nothing.

Pat
2 months ago
Reply to  mimi

<Hands clapping> No one knows more what Covid is like than the frontline caregivers. Thank you! <3

Alan
2 months ago
Reply to  mimi

Yet it was like the flu or even a cold to many of us who did not die from getting it.

Rock & Tina
2 months ago
Reply to  mimi

This is not really the venue for this discussion but my wife is a respiratory therapist who was front and center in the ER and ICU throughout COVID so my opinion is not invalid as you imply.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  mimi

Hello Mimi. My sister is an RN and my neighbor is an RN. They both have seen covid patients throughout the last 2 years. One thing that has been killing patients that go into hospitals even more than covid itself is when the patients are put on Oxygen and given “remdesivir” as a treatment protocol. It attacks vital organs in the body. If you are truly an RN then you should know this. So to treat one thing, they are creating an even bigger problem by giving them this drug. I firmly agree with Rock and Tina’s assessment.

John
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

You hit the nail on the head!

CeeCee
2 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

My daughter is an RN. Just being a doctor or medical worker does not guarantee knowledge or objectivity. She began the pandemic on board with the CDC “guidelines”, assuming those who spoke were trustworthy. Over time, as she observed all that was gong on, she began thinking for herself rather than just trusting what those in authority say. Since then, we have learned we must do our own research and draw our own conclusions. Keep an open mind and follow the money. We MUST separate healthcare from politics.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Agree totally and very well put!

Rosalie Magistro
2 months ago
Reply to  mimi

I have a few friends in the health field, ones a surgeon and he says just the opposite of what you are saying.

Bob p
2 months ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

Actually the flu kills more people each year than COVID!

Warren G
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

The flu typically kills 20-50,000 people a year. The US lost a million to COVID in 2 years. Actually that’s a much bigger number.

CeeCee
2 months ago
Reply to  Warren G

Unfortunately, that number is suspect, as it included people who died with C, not from it, plus assuming unrelated cases were C without confirmation of it. Remember the empty hospital ship and tents in Central Park. All unused because the hospitals weren’t overwhelmed. All of this information can be researched now, if people simply care enough to open their minds and see it.

Warren G
2 months ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Given that the number of deaths in excess of normal years was considerably more than the number of reported COVID deaths, it’s highly likely that COVID deaths are under reported. There are numerous reports of hospitals having to turn away patients because of no room. I realize I won’t convince you, but maybe ask your family doctor what he or she thinks about the seriousness of COVID.

Rosalie Magistro
2 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Bingo…
Also no mention of the flu the last 2 yrs .
Most deaths we recorded as covid if the tested positive, even if it was a car accident, motorcycle ie.

John
2 months ago

Correct! Hospitals got money from our government for “covid” deaths. If you had “covid” and lived they received less. Anytime you attach money to something fraud becomes rampant. Prime example is the problem employers are having filling jobs. Government is still giving $300 a month per child to people. Why? I quarantee if people weren’t getting this and other government handouts they would be working.

Last edited 2 months ago by John
Rosalie Magistro
2 months ago
Reply to  John

You are 100% correct John.

Bill Forbes
2 months ago
Reply to  John

Hospitals only get a small increase to cover the cost of isolating Covid patients and protective equipment for their staffs. There is no bonus for dead patients, they get paid for taking care of living patients. Another urban myth that has been thoroughly debunked.

Ed D.
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill Forbes

Debunked by who Bill? Please give us the sources and the facts to go with that claim?

Irene D.
2 months ago

I tested positive for Covid on the last day of my family reunion at Myrtle Beach – my sister & her new husband were to head back to New England with me. I called the hotel where my 5 siblings and their husbands were at and told my sis she needed to fly back to NV with the rest of the family & I wouldn’t be seeing them off. They dropped their leftover groceries off for me, and everyone headed for the airport while I headed for home. Alone. With Covid.
The first day I only made it as far as NC. Many stops to rest … and use the bathroom. I was SO grateful for the bed and bathroom that were so convenient! I’d drive for an hour or two, stop at a rest stop, use the bathroom, and sleep. The next day, I drove 11 hours, with fewer naps, pushing myself to get home. I was sick and tired, but chose to keep going. If it was going to get worse, I wanted to be local with my DH and kids.
Having the RV made all the difference! Not bad for a 73 year old lady!

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