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Side Trip to the ICU

Shortly after finishing the Erie Canal, I came down with Covid. Thankfully it was a mild case, and, while I'm grateful to have had a remedy, the Paxlovid antiviral was worse than the disease. By the end of the week, I had apparently drunk so much water trying to stay hydrated that my "electric lights" (aka electrolytes, as our babysitter used to say), had dropped dangerously low, resulting in a condition known as hyponatremia, a trip to the ICU, and two nights' stay at St. Joseph Hospital in Syracuse.


I was terribly depressed about having to spend the night in a strange hospital where we knew absolutely no one and Charles could not stay with me, but the ICU team could not have been nicer. The hospital was still under major Covid restrictions, but nurses kept me apprised of my rising sodium numbers and chatted with me throughout my stay. I felt I was among friends, if one can have friends in the ICU. The Great Loop was apparently entered on my chart, because each new medical professional I met asked about the journey, which was quite amusing. "So you're the one living on the boat," they would often say, and the conversation would begin. Who said New Yorkers aren't friendly!


After a night in the luxurious (by comparison) ICU, I was moved to the step-down unit on the floor for monitoring before discharge. The step-down unit's protocol for those who have had Covid in the last 10 days was to totally isolate them from all outside contact. My Covid status garnered a private room, which was nice, but also required everyone who entered my room to don hazmat suits, including Charles. We both got a laugh from that one. I could not leave the room but had to be content listening to books on tape and watching lots of TV. I kept thinking of all those who were hospitalized with Covid and unable to see their loved ones and how sad that must have been.


Discharge came on Day 2, and a follow-up four days later showed numbers back to normal, thankfully. We look forward to continuing our journey toward Canada but are taking it easy, one day at a time, and will stay in USA waters as long as possible before crossing Lake Ontario.

ICU Nurse and Kay




Charles in Covid Gown and Gear

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Guest
Jul 04, 2022

We are catching up on your escapades from covid to present and are so thankfulyou have recovered well! Ben has another boat tale for you, Charles. Safe journey!

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Guest
Jun 24, 2022

I‘m so enjoying following your adventures! I just hate that you were ill. i hope you are feeling lots better and enjoy the lakes!

Carol L.

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Guest
Jun 22, 2022

Oh no, poor Kay! What an experience you had. mark came down with Covid the last day of our cruise and was told he would have to quarantine 5 days in a NYC hotel. None of the staff on the cruise were bothered by it(there were 9 others on the ship with it). They said it was so mild they weren’t even bothered by this strain. we rented a car and drove the 2 days home. He asked his dr about the antiviral medicine and he said he doesn’t even bother to treat patients anymore. Said the antiviral meds were for high risk only. His case was very mild too. So, I guess I’m glad he didn’t take what yo…

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Kay
Kay
Jun 22, 2022
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I’m feeling much better, thank you so much!

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Guest
Jun 21, 2022

‘So glad to have the photos, but oh my, so sad you had to endure this! Sending hugs.🤗MW

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Kay
Kay
Jun 22, 2022
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Thank you Marita!

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Guest
Jun 21, 2022

Oh, Kay! So sorry you had such a time! You are the resilient one! Glad you’re ok! BP

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Kay
Kay
Jun 21, 2022
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Thank you Betty! Glad that shore excursion is behind us.

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