I’ve reached the tail end of the Covid viral infection. Nearly all of my symptoms are gone. My nose stopped bleeding. I’ve regained my sense of balance. I went through nearly 3 cases of water due to dehydration. I couldn’t help but munch on sweet chocolate-covered pecan roca treats that I got from the Potter Country Store in Schulenburg. https://www.pottercountrystore.com/
Thankfully, my roommates didn’t get sick. I’ve been disinfecting all surfaces after my encounter with them, and all of us have been wearing masks indoors while quarantined.
I’ve been sleeping an additional 5 hours each night to my regular 7/8. I’m taking a Vitamin D3 5000 IU capsule daily. Nightmares have subsided. Dreams are more pleasant. Despite all the rest, I’m still feeling exhausted.
I’ve heard of the “Long Tail of Covid” during the convalescent phase. It’s my next area of concern. I’m looking forward to playing tennis, hiking, jogging in the park next week after I test again at the pharmacy, but I imagine my endurance will not be the same.
My headaches have went away, though brain fog persists. I seem to expend more energy trying to recapture my thoughts. I’ve requested an extended leave of absence from school. I’m worried about my performance, but my health and wellbeing comes first as the administrators like to remind me.
My self-imposed quarantine has prompted me to dive into the fantasy genre more than usual. I dove into my copy of Robert Jordan’s “The Eye of the World” (EotW), Book 1 of “The Wheel of Time” Series. I’ve been more patient with all the minute details that Jordan shares about this world. I’m more appreciative of how it whisks my mind to a new space.
The scope of EotW reminds me of Tolkien’s world in Lord of the Rings (LotR). I haven’t had the chance to read Tolkien’s books before, but I have watched the movies. I’m reminded of a funny scene from “The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug – That’s My Wee Lad Gimli”. The irony is Legolas, the elf, becomes great friends with Gimli later on in the series. It’s a friendship that makes me smile.
Every time I think of the word “wee”, I can’t help but think of Europeans who use this word. I fondly think of the characters in Harry Potter for instance: Hagrid, Peeves, Horace Slughorn. I’ve been playing on Hogwarts Mystery app where you play as a wizard. Aside from a few minor complaints, I’ve been imagining new storylines.
There’s a character named Wee Willykins in a sanitized, saccharine version of the offshoot series, The Tales of the Beedle of the Bard.“Then the little golden pot danced with delight- hoppitty hoppitty hop! – on its tiny rosy toes! Wee Willykins had cured all the dollies of their poorly tum-tums, and the little pot was so happy it filled up with sweeties for Wee Willykins and the dollies!”
— An extract of Beatrix Bloxam’s version of The Wizard and the Hopping Pot in The Toadstool Tales
Moreover, the Scots have utterly charmed me. Rayla, the kind Moonshadow elf assassin in the Dragon Prince, cracks me up. I’ve been following WeeScottishLass on YouTube. Just hearing about her reaction to gas, taxes, and Uber drivers has been fascinating to me!