Noses violated!

Grenada requires negative COVID-19 PCR test results less than 72 hours before flying in. Even after Florida eased many stay-at-home restrictions, Tim and I decided to continue playing it safe and avoided social situations and restaurants completely. We weren’t taking any chances on blowing our escape.

We’ve taken the pandemic seriously all along, and in March and April we were among the very few (usually elderly folk) wearing masks in grocery stores and refusing our friends’ party invitations. We also both worked from home, making it possible to earn an income socially-distanced. We were blessed this way. Nonetheless, we’re pretty sure we both had COVID in June. Tim felt unwell for a few days. For me, it lasted two months. I couldn’t remember what “normal” felt like. Breathlessness, pounding heart, massive fatigue, pounding headaches, brain fog, freaky rashes, hair loss, fingernails detaching, random low-grade fevers… It was scary.

When selling our possessions, we didn’t feel entirely comfortable having buyers of our junk in our homes. We asked everyone who came near to wear masks, in spite of the rampant anti-mask sentiment here. We just told the buyers that we were high-risk and no one complained.

What does it feel like to get a COVID-19 test? Those tiny swabs feel sharp! It feels like you’re being needled in the eye from inside your face. We teared and snotted for 20 minutes after the sinus violation, but no worse for the wear after that. It was worth it.

October 16, 2020

Our COVID-19 PCR test results were negative! We are cleared for travel.

Today is still panic mode anyway, scrambling to tie up the little last-minute details. You never realize how much junk you have until you move or try to get rid of it all. We are exhausted but pushing through. There is a light and an Oyster 435 at the end of the tunnel.

I will feel very relieved when we are in the air tomorrow morning!

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