Okay, quick recap: I'm sick. I'm sick with what I initially thought was a UTI, but the addition of coughing and sneezing made the overall symptoms a good fit for COVID-19.
So I tested myself at home: no COVID. Those tests aren't a hundred percent accurate, and they're a little more accurate at proving a person who has the virus does have it than proving that a person who doesn't have it, indeed does not. (There are four possible results, so it's tricky to understand the odds.)
Therefore, I went and got a professional test, both the quick one and PCR. Still no COVID.
This process spanned a weekend and I was miserable the whole time. Temperature up and down, no energy, shortness of breath with exertion (and sometimes while just laying down) and so on.
Wednesday, yesterday, I checked with the quick clinic -- no appointment needed -- and drove up there. The sign on the door said to call in for screening before going in. Okay, that's been SOP for over a year. I called.
I still have the symptoms listed above. I reported them honestly.
Intake nurse: "I'm sorry, we can't see you here."
Bobbi: "But I had the vaccine months ago and I tested negative yesterday. At this clinic. PCR."
Nurse: "It doesn't make any difference. With those symptoms, we can't see you here."
Bobbi: "But it's probably a UTI." (At my age, they require tests for that. This requires you to, surprise, actually go inside the doctor's office.) "Where can I go?"
"I don't know."
I started to get annoyed and immediately reconsidered that reaction. You can't blame them. This is triage 101 and it works that way for good reason. I was laughing in frustration as I said goodbye. Still, it sure would have been nice to have known that before I went up there. (In hindsight, it probably should have been obvious. We all want to be the exception -- and none of us are.)
My insurance provides access to a telemedicine service and they have been helpful in the past. I called them when I returned home, had a quick appointment that included a short lecture about the current best practices for diagnosing UTIs in old women (it's a pretty recent change) and ended with, lo, a prescription that may actually help.
Still running a low fever but I have hopes for improvement.
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