J and I are in a motel in Shelton, Washington because after 3 days of family reunion, I came down with viral laryngitis and J is showing symptoms as well. We are supposed to be with my ailing father right now, but we don't want to infect him. We drove and ferried all the way to Shelton to my dad and realized it was a bad idea. Thankfully he agreed, he's very frail.
If anyone has any experience with viral laryngitis I'd appreciate some information. They told me to take ibuprofen and wait it out. I don't wanna share details cuz it's gross. Also, I cannot eat Cheetos.
We went to 4 pharmacies trying to find me a Covid test because I really need to know, despite vaccination and mask adherence. How could I suddenly become ill? I just worry about my dad and step dad. My mom sprayed her entire body with Lysol today, worried. Suddenly there are no Covid tests available. I have *3* of them at home in Germany, in a drawer; I never dreamed I'd want to test myself due to all the required tests to be allowed to fly.
I wanted to share a few photos and a culture shock.
When I woke up with horrible throat pain I drove directly to a clinic and during my check-in they wanted to know if I was Hispanic or Latino. The question took me by surprise, so I asked why the black receptioninst had asked. She said, "Because I have to." I said, "But why?" She said, "I don't know, it's not my question, I mean, look at me."
Later I asked the nurse who treated me and she came up with this, "They wanted to know if you speak English or need a translator." WTH? Wouldn't the question then be, "Do you speak English?" It really concerned me that they only asked about those nationalities, and no others. Are Hispanics being tracked for certain illnesses? Ugh, I hate not knowing.
So far I've only accidentally spoken German to one American: )