How I Could Relate To Christ Cuomo’s Coronavirus Experience; Vintage Photo of Two Handsome Young Male Lifeguards; Ryan Field Books

How I Could Relate To Chris Cuomo’s Coronavirus Experience

I think one of the most frustrating things about having what is considered a “mild” case of the coronavirus is the fact that you can’t find much information out there about mild cases. The details aren’t there. Tony and I were exposed to the virus at the same time. I can actually trace this back to March 6th when we had a routine doctor’s appointment in Center City Philadelphia. And we started to feel the first symptoms of the virus about a week later. Tony started first and I followed behind him about a day or two. And even then, we didn’t have the exact same symptoms.

Our symptoms varied from sinus congestion (without a running nose,) to complete exhaustion. In between there were slight fevers and chills. I had some nausea and dizziness but Tony didn’t. And this odd feeling in our lungs that I can’t even explain very well. It was like taking a deep breath and feeling our lungs completely. But the scariest part of all was the fact that we never thought the symptoms would end…worrying the entire time that they might get worse. And we were being followed by our doctor through teleconferencing and even he didn’t know how to explain all the symptoms.

So when I read about Chris Cuomo’s experience with the virus and how long it’s been taking him to recover, I felt a little more validated. So far this is the first time I’m hearing this from someone else.

“It frustrates me because I can’t get out of this basement,” he said. “I still have this low-grade fever. I can’t shake it. And I know everybody tells me it’s gradual, it takes time, it’s anywhere between 2 to 3 1/2 weeks, but it is maddening to have this little, stupid fever …”

That’s exactly what both Tony and I had. It’s this low grade fever that lingers for what feels like forever. And we had exhaustion, too. After about 3 weeks, the turning point for us was this dramatic case of night sweats. Tony had it a day or two before I did. But I remember waking up in the middle of the night totally saturated from a night sweat. I was terrified at first. I didn’t know what to expect. But the next morning I actually felt better. After that, I gradually began to improve.

You can read more about Cuomo, here. I think there’s going to be a lot more to learn about this virus as the months go by, especially with regard to the “mild” cases. 

Of course Tony and I are still self-quarantined. And we don’t actually feel 100% perfect yet. 

Vintage Postcard of Two Handsome Young Male Lifeguards

This story reminds me of the friendship between Jack Kennedy and Lem Billings. They met in boarding school when they were very young teenagers and remained close for the rest of their lives. Lem Billings was rarely ever without Jack Kennedy. Lem was also considered a closeted “homosexual” back in those days and no one ever mentioned this aloud. Many thought Lem was in love with Jack Kennedy because he devoted his entire life to him, but no one ever dared say that aloud either. Like the photo of the two male lifeguards in this story I’m linking to now, we’ll never completely know the truth about men like Lem Billings and Jack Kennedy. It was too protected and guarded. There was too much at stake. 

In any event, there’s been speculation about a vintage photo that surfaced on Reddit with two young male lifeguards. This is what it says. 

“To Buzz, I’ll always remember the times we spent together. All my love, Your Tommy,” it reads.

You can check out the rest here. 

Here’s more about Kennedy and Billings.  They were a nice looking couple. 

“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”

Uncertainty by [Field, Ryan]

What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”

Altered Parts by [Field, Ryan]

While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.

Kendle's Fire by Ryan Field

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