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Dickey: I never felt completely alone

By Robert Dickey

You never expect to get a call after you get tested for Covid-19, especially when you wake up feeling perfectly fine on the day of your test. You expect to get a nice email confirming what you think you already know: that you are negative for the most terrifying disease on the planet right now.

I guess things don’t always go as planned.

Getting the call saying that I had tested positive for Covid-19 was one of the more surprising things I have ever experienced. As a classic over thinker, my mind instantly went into a whirlwind, but I didn’t have much time to think about what was next before the action started.

My phone started blowing up, with random numbers calling me every minute. I was quickly transferred out of my room and into the graduate annex housing, where I would spend the rest of my quarantine.

The bed where Dickey resided during isolation.

It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. Total solidarity. I was used to being quarantined, as I hadn’t left my house from March to May earlier this year, but at least I had family around. Now I was just alone, with everything swirling around me.

Yet this experience wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. For starters, I remained primarily asymptomatic from the day that I began quarantine to the day I ended it.

The housing was fantastic, a multi-story apartment style area that I was able to make my own. Cheney delivered food for the day every morning, and I was never hungry. I was occupied by schoolwork and watching the office for the eighth time. It honestly wasn’t a horrible experience.

The worst part was the mental toll that it took on me. Feeling voiceless while the noise on campus got louder and louder. My door was closed all week, but my name kept coming into my living room through others’ mouths. It was not fun to say the least.

As the week went on, I started to settle in. I got in a nice rhythm every day. Wake up, get my classes over with, do my homework, watch some Netflix and then finish my day watching whatever the best sporting event was at night. Not too different from the life I lived between March and May.

What made it even easier was the amazing support that I got from the entirety of the Springfield College community. The nurses and workers that checked in on me every day always had the best for me in mind, and for that I can’t thank them enough.
My friends were there for me for whatever I needed, whether it was just being there to support me or bringing food to my front door that I could not get myself.

Throughout the entirety of my stay in quarantine, I never felt completely alone, despite how physically isolated from society I was.

For anyone else that may one day enter quarantine due to contracting Covid-19, I can only offer you encouragement.

It is scary at first, but it gets better as the days go by. Springfield will support you throughout the entire process and provide you and the rest of the community with the safest possible protocols that will make life as stress free for everyone as possible.

Most importantly though, make sure your Netflix subscription is ready to go, you’ll need it.

Photos Courtesy of Rob Dickey

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