Journal of the day to day firsthand experiences of DAVID T, a 31-year-old American male nurse with COVID-19. He caught coronavirus late Feb, noticed first symptoms and started daily journal from March 3rd. DAVID T had no preexisting conditions, no health problems, good cardio, not overweight, no asthma etc. As of today, DAVID T is still in quarantine hospital.
“What I’ve observed in the past is when my brain is depleted of certain resources, it gets tetchy at things sensory, scatty at things psychological. At best it’s malaise. Not anxious or black depressive. Just nothing. Stasis.”
Lying around listening to podcasts, casually browsing the web and flicking through Twitter. It is vaguely engaging. It’s pleasantly numb. Is this what it feels to have a terminal illness of the mind?
Burning the candle at both ends doesn’t just shorten the candle’s life, it mutates the candle slowly into something grotesque; the more so because it’s still the same wax that once was so young and beautiful.
Extracts from the first weeks of a detox journal kept throughout the summer of 2016.
Extract from the novella BLOWING BUBBLES EVERYWHERE Part of a chapter set in Kreuzberg, Berlin with a flashback to Gare du Nord in Paris, flipped third person for shits and giggles. Enjoy!