Life Update – Travel, Work and Getting COVID

Only a week into 2022 and I’ve already got slapped with some of the worst luck.

That’s right, I got the big C…. Well not that one, the other one.

I know everyone’s been saying we were all bound to get C0VID at some point. But I think after two years of avoiding this, I developed a false sense of security.

Still, it hurt bad. Firstly, I had just made plans to visit one of my best mates in the NT. We were going to Alice Springs first and taking a road trip up to Uluru.

Instead of this lousy update, I thought by now I’d be in a hotel room writing about all my travel adventures in the red centre.

The following week I had a very important surgery that I have been waiting months to get, finally booked in. But it could not go ahead and now I’m afraid it may not happen for even longer due to the code brown situation in Victoria’s hospital system right now.

Devastated and a little scared is how I felt when I returned that first positive result.

If you don’t already know, yes, I am immunocompromised.

My condition means that I have very weak muscles all over my body, which makes fighting off even a common cold or infection incredibly difficult.

My family and I were almost certain that if I got COVID, I would for sure end up in hospital.

Just weeks earlier, we heard the story of a 23-year-old (same age as me), a very healthy, double vaccinated man whole had passed away from this horrible virus.

Of course, I was scared.

That being said, while my timing could not have been worse, my luck was not completely out.

As it turns out, my symptoms have been relatively mild. I was sick for just a week and I have been fully vaccinated with a booster shot to mostly thank for that.

Having been through this, I am even more convinced (if that’s possible) that getting fully vaccinated (including a booster shot) is the most pragmatic thing to do in this current climate.

In other affairs, as you know, I have graduated, and this is the year that I finally enter the workforce – though it’s proving to be a slow process.

It’s not that I’ve been unable to find work – on the contrary, I have.

It’s just that the work I have secured (in theory) is taking a while to get started because of delays to, you guessed it, COVID.

While I won’t share where I’ll be working just yet, I am otherwise very excited and grateful for the opportunities that will be heading my way this year.

Also hoping I can squeeze in that NT trip later on this year.

Claudia Forsberg is a Melbourne based writer and journalist. She is currently working as a Regional Trainee with ABC Ballarat.


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