Truthfully, I had nowhere to go, and no event warranting gas and travel time. The late hour of 6:30 PM made it unsuitable for undertaking a cycling run; there was insufficient energy to muster up a round of pilates either.
Unsure of the order format, I took to one of the Combos for simplicity sake. The Chung Chun Combo comprised of Sweet Potato, Ramen Chips, Squid Ink Cheese, Gamsung, while the Cheese Bomb consisted of Whole Mozzarella, Double Cheese, Marble Cheese, and Cheddar Cheese. Mixing and matching between the combos was not permitted, thus I sought the former on the basis of variety.
Entering the space again, I was surprised to see a queue spanning at least six people. My order number was called out at this time, and sauces were offered to me for drizzling atop the dogs. Expressing hesitation at the addition, the girl behind the counter offered to place my selections on the side, to which I happily agreed. To prevent sogginess, two containers of each condiment were fitted between the bottoms of the skewers.
Ramen Chips was an amusing pick with phenomenal texture but an otherwise gummy interior. The rice flour batter was dense and hardly appetizing; the wiener sausage, while packed with less sodium than the Squid Ink, was nothing formidable either.
Gamsung, the supposed classic of the franchise, emerged as the least popular option. The potato bits were extremely satiating, especially when consumed along with the gummy rice flour batter. Only one quarter of the dog saw depletion. Its remnants were tossed to the side, sausage removed.
Sweet Potato was declared the winner of the quad for its delightful sweet-yet-addicting exterior, a comparatively less tacky rice flour batter, and comparatively less salty sausage. Munching on the coating was akin to enjoying a side of sweet potato fries.
Although having tasted all four specimens, we failed to comprehend the novelty of the rice hot dog trend. Beyond the various toppings and specialty inclusion of squid ink, neither the rice flour batter nor sausages were compelling enough for a second visit. Cheesiness was also found extremely lacking.
To confirm my suspicions, I reached for the rapid tests. The result emerged negative.
As the spinach had come raw, I took it upon myself to cook for later consumption. Feebly transferring the withered leaves to a pot, my hands came into contact with grit. Frayed stems hadn't been removed, and neither had holey leaves. Furthermore, a beige being with beady black eyes gazed back up at me. So much for washing.
It wasn't until I had put the pot away that a second bag of spinach was discovered. The first round of cooking had been tiring enough, let alone a second.
- Fever and headache
- Cough with phlegm continues; sore throat emerges
- Fatigue; slept for 3.5h during middle of the day
- Dehydration: minimal need to visit bathroom as fluids are absorbed into body without perspiration. 3 cups of Pocari Sweat were consumed along with water
- Fever suppressed by Tylenol
- Able to function for majority of day beyond pounding headache in the morning
- Body was warm, no chills (possibly because A/C was malfunctioning?)
- Less coughing, but phlegm and sore throat still present
- Finished Pocari sweat and drank water; more regular bathroom visits
- Throat begins to swell from constant coughing
- Tough to swallow
- Tough to swallow; mouth dry. Kept water nearby for hydration
- No fever after taking Tylenol (97.7 F, 97.8 F), but feeling loopy and confused. Difficult to structure words.
- Persistent headache. Struggled with concentration; most miserable day thus far.
- Fatigue returns; rested for 1.3h after late breakfast
- Tenderness in body remains
- Three days' worth of constipation relieved with solid food from previous night's dinner
- Feeling slightly cold again, but not to the extent of chills
- Frequent need to blow nose; body feels dehydrated overall
- COVID rapid test not taken
- Lowest level of concentration; most miserable day thus far
- Did not wake throughout the night, but had difficulty falling asleep due to stuffy nose; woke to sweat around neck
- Lowest starting temperature; no fever
- Can move quickly
- A bit loopy upon waking up but ability to concentrate is much better; things appearing very saturated, as if downed espresso shots too early
- Dry cough but no phlegm; very dry mouth
- Can feel appetite returning
- Headache persists, but concentrated on top of right side of head rather than across temples
- Skin appeared dull; eyes slightly red and lifeless, even with the assistance of complexion enhancers
Anxiously venturing downstairs in seach of Tylenol, I would suffer a mild panic/confusion attack before the acetaminophen actuated in my system. That said, a reverberating headache persisted. From dagger-like tremors at one temple, the pains would travel to the other temple, then the back of the head, and lastly the front before subsiding slightly at bedtime.
- Headache persists and mild panic/confusion attack occurred
- Tylenol has little to no effect on dagger-like feelings at temples
- Light dizziness; world seems to spin at times
- Coughing reduced and phlegm nearly gone except for at nighttime
- Headache hovering
- Bending down and looking down can cause dizziness
- Test results show severe positivity
Takeout of I Love Pho was requested: the 214 Lightly Fat Well-Done Beef & Beef Tendon w/ Rice Noodle Soup stimulated the appetite and eased cravings for warm, soupy broth.
With the occasional need to lie down, I had requested additional days of absence from work. By this time, the Thai ahgase, who had also fallen victim to the same viral exposure, had been cleared of her positive test result for several days. Unlike me though, her symptoms had persisted. She took to more rest, while I, being unable to stay still, continued to attempt activities about the house.
Undeniably crunchy were the spring rolls, albeit ridiculously satiating. We were shocked to discover the staggering difference in protein portions. Although the Grilled Pork Banh Mi rang in at a more economic $6.50, the sandwich was meatier and juicier than the $7.25 variation with chicken. Compared to my first visit, I found the cilantro less aromatic and the baguette less toasty - though, the latter observation was more to my preference, for I prefer breadiness with mild flakiness.
Perhaps the same circumstances would not extend to every member of society, for I tend to be reminded of my high-functioning characteristics from time to time. Others who had also succumbed to COVID expressed that they had spent majority of their time resting in bed, utterly out of service. The difference in energy levels also led me to wonder whether uninterrupted rest would have quickened the recovery process. Mild pinches on my right temple and occasional dry coughs/runny noses persevere, but, in the very least, I am able to perform up to 90% of my standard working/exercising/writing/critical thinking routines.