Hello, this is Simon.
Last month I talked about suffering back pain, caused by a hernia. After being diagnosed with this condition, I booked another appointment for the following week to have follow up treatment. Unfortunately, I never made it to that appoint, because I came down with Covid a couple of days later.
The very next morning, I woke up with a frog in my throat. My voice was a little raspy and my throat hurt a little. That continued worsen throughout the day, and by the evening my voice was sounding fairly hoarse. Although, this often happens on winter, so I wasn’t too concerned.
The morning after, I woke up with a solid lump in my throat, and it hurt a little to swallow. Again, it wasn’t so unusual for that time of year so no major worries. It continued to worsen throughout the day, but I was feeling quite tired and lethargic when I got home, so I decided to check my temperature and found it was 39.5 degrees. It was at that point I started to worry your little. I took an antigen test, but it came up negative.
The following morning I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Covid. I was both shocked and relieved. The timing was the reason I was relieved, as it was the second to last week of work. If it had been in the last week of work we would’ve had to cancel a lot of Christmas lessons, and I may not have been able to travel back to New Zealand with my family.
Fortunately, all’s well that ends well. I took that week off to recover, isolated in my room and was able to return to work for the final week. And luckily, none of my family members caught it, so we were all able to return to New Zealand to meet the family, and have a wonderful holiday. As I said, “All’s well that ends well.”
Getting Covid reminded me of a few expressions that may be useful for English learning students, so thought I’d introduce them.
“I came down with Covid”
The expression to “come down” with an illness means to become sick with it.
(e.g. I came down with the flu last week.)
It is usually used for common contagious illnesses like colds or the flu.
“a frog in my throat”
To have a “frog in your throat” means to have some trouble speaking because you throat is dry.
The adjective “raspy” is used to describe your voice when it sounds rough
(e.g. His voice is unpolished and raspy, which seems to be one of the reasons he is such a popular singer.)
The adjective “hoarse” also is used to describe your voice when it sounds rough.
(e.g. He shouted until he went hoarse.)
It is often due to a sore throat or cold
“Lump in my throat”
To have a “lump in your throat” is a feeling of having a lump actually inside your throat. It is often caused by swelling. It can also mean to well up with emotion about something.
(e.g. I always feel a lump in my throat in the final scene of this movie. I often shed a tear also.)
“it came up negative”
The phrase to “come up” in this case means to indicate a certain result .
(e.g. If the test comes up positive, I was told to take 7 days off work.)
“All‘s well that ends well“
The expression “all’s well that ends well” is an expression we use when a bad situation has a good ending. It kind of means that you can forget about the bad situation because the ending was good.
Please stay safe and take care!
See you next month!
Hello! My name is Simon.
I am from New Zealand, and have been living and teaching English in Japan since 1999.
My hobbies include movies, playing the guitar, gardening and hiking.