Thank God I've tested negative for COVID the last nine times but, here we go again. My seven-year-old grandson Bradley was the leadoff hitter. Most likely picking up the infection in school. That's when I got the call to pick up both Bradley and my 5-year-old granddaughter Winter and drive them immediately to their pediatrician for a PCR test.

Two days later, BANG! Bradley tested positive after coming down with a slight fever and fatigue. Bradley then passed COVID on to his dad, but Winnie tested negative! So now we've got a problem.

Since Mindy and I tested negative, guess who's coming to live with Mimi and Papa? If you said Winnie, you're correct. Her daddy packed her pink suitcase with two blankets she calls 'Keekies' and two Barbie dolls, her Yoga matt, and her pink jammies. Winnie was going on an adventure!

My Granddaughter, Winter...
My Granddaughter, Winter...
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Like most 5-year-olds, Winnie talks non-stop all day up until bedtime, and when she's not talking, she's singing and talking to herself. Winnie must be engaged in some activity throughout the day, and that's when Mindy, her grandmother, who she calls Mimi, stepped up to the plate and entertained her the five days she lived with us.

Mimi and Winnie
Mimi and Winnie
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The reality is I've been in contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19. Both my friend and I have been fully vaccinated, but I still feel it's my responsibility to be tested once again to ensure I keep my family and my grandkids safe. If you frequently spend time with your grandkids or other loved ones, you might want to think about being tested on a semi-regular basis to be safe. In many cases, you may never know if someone you've been in contact with is asymptomatic. The only issue now is trying to get a testing appointment. I would recommend DOCS Urgent Care in Danbury or New Milford.

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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