December 6, 2021•453 words
10pm on Saturday Dec 4. I had been feeling crappy all day but not horrible either. My throat hurt, my sinuses were plugged, and I had a bit of a cough. All day I had been thinking "Oh great, another sinus infection". Then it came, a very deep cough which produced a lot of green mucus.
This gave me a moment of pause..."ok, time to test myself" I thought. I grabbed my COVID self test kit and and started a test. 30 minutes later there it was, COVID-19 Positive, FUCK. I checked my temperature and there was no fever and my breathing was ok so far. I am fully vaccinated including a booster so this should stay pretty mild. I popped some Nyquil and went to sleep.
Then I woke up at 2:30am still feeling about the same but somewhat terrified. I grabbed my computer and started researching Monoclonal Antibodies and if I was eligible. I found two options. One was an urgent care and the other was a ER that said they would take walk-in's. Even though it was 4am at this point, I put clothes and and headed out the door, the ER was only 15minutes away.
When I got to the ER there was no one in line, so I walked right up to the admitting desk an told them that I wanted a confirmation COVID test and Monoclonal Antibodies. The admitting person didn't even blink, took my information and started filling out the information. About 10 minutes later a Dr came out to talk to me, he said that the hospital had just changed its policy on Monoclonal Antibodies and since I don't have any other medical issues I don't qualify. I appreciate that the told me this before taking me into the ER. We chatted a bit and he said that this was a recent policy change at the hospital so I could definitely try other places.
Since the urgent care opened at 8am and was only 30mins away I drove up there and waited an hour for them to open. I was first in line and taken almost immediately. Once I got into the exam room a nurse ran my vitals and asked what type of covid test I wanted, we did the rapid test and also confirmed positive. I informed her that I would like Monoclonal Antibodies. She went to talk to the Dr, who then came in and asked me a list of questions. Based on my answers he said I likely qualified and told me that the only appt's they had were for 3pm or 5pm. I opted for 3pm. With that I left and went home to wait for my treatment.