Writers and Illness

Last week, I tested positive for Covid and have been living a sequestered life and resting a lot. I picked it up from my husband before his symptoms appeared. The moment he started feeling unwell at work, he masked up, left work, and segregated himself from my son and me once he came home. He ate and slept in a separate room. Used a different bathroom, but it was already too late. My son, who put on his mask the moment his dad got home, tested positive a couple of days later, and my turn came the next day.

My symptoms were nothing more than a head cold, accompanied by a low-grade fever on day one and a headache. Low energy was the only persistent symptom, but I’m a hundred percent better and count myself lucky. As it happened, I’d had my fourth vaccine two weeks earlier, which could be why my symptoms were so mild.

Because I wasn’t bed-ridden and had no problem concentrating, I continued on with some of my writing tasks, as I usually do when mildly ill. Of course, the editing process was slower, but the psychological benefit of creativity was so good that I believe it helped me heal physically.

Balancing work and rest with illnesses and other disruptions is a reality that writers face all the time. It’s also something they frequently need to refine with age. It’s perfectly okay to slow down, as I’ve been doing, but at this time in my life, it’s not okay to throw in the towel and sit in front of a TV all day. In fact, I hope that never happens.

The real downside to illness is that I haven’t see my grandkids for a while and miss them terribly. But that will soon change! Stay safe and healthy, everyone. It’s going to be a bumpy winter.


Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

12 thoughts on “Writers and Illness”

    1. Sorry to hear that you went through it too, Cindy. Hopefully, it wasn’t too severe. One of my friends caught it on the way home from a trip to Portgual and was bed-ridden with many harsh symptoms for 5 days.

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  1. Oh, Debra, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve contracted COVID, but glad that you haven’t been too badly affected. It’s definitely going around and I think you’re right that it’s going to be a bumpy winter. Some people I know have had it recently and not had many (or any) symptoms but others have been laid flat, and all have had all their shots. Take care of yourself!

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  2. I’m glad your symptoms were benign! I think Mark and I are one of the few people who haven’t had Covid yet (as far as we know). It’s so great that the writing profession can be practiced at home and – usually – at our own pace. Yet, like you mention, distractions are omnipresent! I hope you get to see your grandkids again soon, Debra.

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  3. Glad you are feeling better and were able to still do some writing. Some have trouble concentrating and it leaves them incredibly tired. Hang in there. You will see those grandbabies soon. xo

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