Well, the test is still pending, but Friday I started getting cold like symptoms. Cough, runny nose, sneezing, fatigue. After working all night Thursday/Friday, I slept through my scheduled Friday test, and had to reschedule for Saturday. Slept some more. With the help of cold meds, I was able to fight off the worst symptoms.
Talked to my Boss, and we agreed that since I work in a isolated part of the building, and there's plenty of space to keep distant when I do have to interact with others, until my test results come back, I'll keep working. Cause ya know, we're way behind due to the labor refusal to work.
At work... I had a blueberry muffin, which tasted great, had my morning pop (not a coffee guy), and off I went. Hopped up on cold meds and scarfing down cough drops. Few hours in, I get a bad lozenge. And another. And a third. I realize I can no longer taste the lemony menthol goodness. Nor the less good cherry ones. My next muffin only tastes..... fluffy. No flavor... just fluff. really made me ponder existence... is fluff a flavor?
I yell over at a coworker that I suddenly can't taste anything. He throws a Sour Apple Jolly rancher at me. The type that turns your face inside out for the first few moments you suck on it. Nothing. I can tell it's supposed to be sweet, I think, but that's it.
Soooo...we decided to call it a night cause this clearly isn't just a cold. I grab the bottle of bleach and start spraying things down. But it's not wiping the way Clorox should. It feels wrong between the fingers. I sniff the bottle. Nada. I yell for my coworker to come over and tell me whats the in the stupidly unlabeled industrial spray bottle. Oh yay, it's mineral spirits. Oh... that explains why the outside of my nose is starting to tingle... wait... no, it burns now. Must have brushed some on my nose accidentally, Yay!
So I find The bleach and spray everything down, fire off a text to the boss, and head home. I have been now sampling all the food I can to see what it doesn't taste like. I'm sitting here having an mild existential crisis contemplating the meaning of 'food'. Should write down my findings and call it research.
And yes I'm fine. I'm going to finally get to quarantine, see what all you guys have been going on about for so long. Aside from the taste loss, it's no worse than a bad cold for me so far. And being an ex paramedic, when I have to crawl to the door, then I might consider getting medical attention. I'm A) too stubborn to do otherwise and b) not willing to add to an already overloaded system.
I Have the Hitachi 2.5 hp one. I think they're called Metabo now. Recently picked up a cordless Ryobi (I have a huge slew of their tools, and don't knock the brand, They went toe to toe in the pro woodshop I worked in for a couple years with zero issues). Now I'm on the lookout for one for my Father. I want to find one that has the abilities of the bigguns, but he really doesn't need that much power. The Mikita 1.5 hp 'palm' plunge router is my leading candidate so far. I just need to figure out if I can mount it to a router table, with our without modifications.