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How brush with COVID gave me a glimpse of the future

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How brush with COVID gave me a glimpse of the future

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Ashley: how my experience with COVID provided me with a glimpse of the future

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Firstly, I want to start with a disclaimer: I am about to make light of a serious situation and mean no disrespect to people who have suffered pain and loss.

I am talking about COVID, which I have written about many times.

In my last column about it, I wondered whether Coopers Sparkling Ale may have stopped me from catching it.

But alas, I was wrong.

A couple of Tuesdays ago, I started with a persistent cough, then sneezing, then a runny nose, then Dr. Google to check symptoms.


I was urged by workmates to do a RAT, which came up negative.

That night, aching limbs and coughing.

Another RAT, also negative.

The next morning, feeling like I had a bad hangover, I did another RAT, which was also negative.

By this time I was positive the RAT couldn’t find its way up my nose, so I went and got a PCR.

The next morning I got the text that I was positive and would be enrolled in the virtual ward and phoned on a daily basis.

To be honest, I was sick for about two days in total and on the third day, which I slept for nearly half of, I woke up feeling okay.


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Alex Surf Club general manager Ashley Robinson has mostly recovered from COVID.

No cough, no runny nose and no aching body, but still sleepy.

Two weeks later, I still feel like having a lie down around lunchtime.

The virtual ward and nurse were awesome and I have no complaints, but for the next four days I did get a look in the window of what my retirement might look like.

I have to say, I really didn’t like what I saw.

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The fact that old mate has been in retirement for over a decade means one thing: get out of her way.


Get out of the kitchen, laundry and anywhere else that may impede her daily routine.

I did learn how to dust and clean shutters, kill cobwebs, clean skirting boards and clean ‘my’ shower.

I had to manage all this as well as a death stare from George on why he wasn’t getting walked and why I spent most of my time hiding in the garage.

So COVID one, Ashley nil.

But as I looked into that retirement window, I knew I was adapting a saying from a mate of mine who is retired: “All I know is I am going somewhere on a daily basis and sometimes I don’t even know where until I get to the corner. I just know I have somewhere to be?”

Ashley Robinson is a columnist with Sunshine Coast News and My Weekly Preview. His views are his own.