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- Sep 24, 2018
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That's what the NP told me, too. Lots of breakthrough infections from the new strains.Oh nooo! Take care of your Old Self, and take notes. I may need them for my Old Self if I don't hermit successfully. Avoiding people for the rest of my life has a lot of emotional appeal, but unfortunately, it's harder to put into practice than I realized two years ago.
For what's it's worth, that fourth vaccination may or may not have made any difference, depending on what strain you caught. Fun times.
My advice -- which is well worth at least twice what you're paying for it, btw -- is test and treat early. Paxlovid is useless after the first five days. I'm usually the "grrr tough it out" type, but, for once, I had a brain and got with it early. I think it is paying off.
If you test positive, start shopping around for someone who will prescribe the Paxlovid for you. It is anything but universally prescribed, maybe because it is still only "emergency approved" by the FDA. A friend is with Kaiser; they're apparently passing it out like jellybeans. I'm not with Kaiser, so I had to do a lot of "didn't like Mom's answer, try Dad" with the medical system before I found someone willing to prescribe it. My regular doc couldn't see me for a week, one urgent care flat said they weren't prescribing anything for COVID, and another said the same until they asked the NP on duty -- then their tune changed. Explain (or remind them) that you are an xx year old with pre-existing respiratory stuff. Repeat as necessary.
There are side effects with Paxlovid, but none too dire. Let's just say I wasn't planning on getting too far from a toilet anyway ........ The stuff reduces hospitalizations in in the unvaccinated by 85% (!) -- they're still gathering data on the vaccinated, but the NP basically told me, "this stuff's the shizzle."
Hopefully, all this is knowledge none of you will ever need.
Gotta tell ya, I don't think that's going to be a problem.Please don't push yourself to get over it.