I’m recovering slowly but surely from COVID-19.
On Sunday, the persistent headache reached its peak. With the painkillers doing pretty much nothing and the pain closing in on unbearable1 (1 Have you played Cyberpunk 2077? Because I bet this is exactly what “Relic Malfunction” feels like. ), I ended up in the emergency room. By the time I was at the ER though, the headache had dissipated, and a few hours later went back home with the instruction to take an even stronger cocktail of painkillers. That took care of it. Whew.
On Monday, I used doktor.de to get an online video call with a doctor so I wouldn’t have to physically be in a doctor’s office — not a great idea when you’re COVID-positive. It took hours to get the video call, and then only got three days of sick leave (the maximum they’re allowed to give). Not great.
On Friday, I finally no longer tested positive.
For the past few days, I’ve had a putrid smell in my nose, rotten meat and rotten eggs, a smell sometimes so nauseating that I gag and feeling like throwing up. The primary trigger appears to be cold air, which makes going outside rather tricky, though wearing a mask alleviates the problem. Still, I cannot wait for this problem to go away.
I took the time to clean out expired medications. Oof, 75% of my medicine cabinet is expired stuff.
I can feel myself inching closer and closer to burnout. I’m in danger territory. My area of responsibility got taken over unannounced, and weeks worth of work got rejected. I want to do a good job, but far too often it feels like doing so is really, really difficult.
I got bored of Cities Skylines 2.
I picked up Halo 3 again — I know, I’m way late to the party — and I find it so dull. Gameplay is repetitive, and the story, which could’ve been exciting, is just tedious and uninteresting. I’ll probably drop it again.
Much better: I bought Alan Wake II and ooh I am very excited about this one. Moody horror, with jump scares that are just right for me.
I signed up for Mubi, because they have a €60/year flash sale.
On Mubi I watched Victoria, a German film that is a single 140-minute take. It’s undoubtedly impressive, though the story itself is rather implausible and that made it fall flat for me.
Bored Ape collectors experience searing eye pain after “ApeFest” party: I believe I am experiencing Schadenfreude. Not that I like that people got eye damage, but it’s about the irony of the fugly ape pics causing eye pain.
The Red Queen Fallacy (Brian Klaas)