“Asking the question ‘are we doing enough’ regularly and repeatedly is critical.”- Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead, World Health Organization, infectious disease epidemiologist.
Lately, we have been bombarded with the news about the COVID-19 virus. My husband’s son visited today and let us know that he and his wife are working from home, and their children are out of school. He counseled me not to go to the library and to check again about whether I can do my counseling and doctor’s appointments remotely.
So, for now, our lives will be spent at home, doing our best to avoid contact with anyone who might be carrying the dreaded virus.
What I Intended to Do
What I Did
I think the day went reasonably well. My mood today was better than it was yesterday, probably better than it has been all month.
Here is how many minutes I have spent this month so far on my five projects:
This is probably not much to brag about. However, I am still plodding along, logging my time.
A Pandemic of the COVID-19 Virus
My mind has been overloaded lately with, “How do we get through this pandemic?” I am reasonably healthy and would most likely survive if I get the COVID-19 virus. However, my husband is 76 years old and has a lung condition. He is less likely to make it. Neither my husband nor I want to go through that misery. My husband’s primary care provider is not even providing care for COVID-19 virus cases. The government seems most interested in slowing down the number of new cases not to overload the medical system. Schools are closing, so children do not contract the virus at school and take it home to their more vulnerable parents and grandparents.
Last time I shopped, I was not able to find toilet paper. Lightheartedly, I shared my experience on Facebook. My cousin quipped, “This is crazy.” People are hoarding toilet paper. I later found a limited amount of the commodity at Walgreen’s.
Fortunately, I recently bought an extra bottle of Melaleuca’s Renew lotion. That may help keep my hands from chapping from my frequent hand washing. Preventing eczema from reoccurring is an ongoing challenge.
Face Masks to Block Transmission of the Virus
Neither of us has face masks yet. I am looking at some options online. Most of them are very expensive, and the question is: what works? The news reported that there are criminals on the Web seeking to profit by selling supplies at jacked-up prices.
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, who co-founded Alibaba, is donating one million masks and half a million test kits to the United States. I wonder what type of face masks those are and how you can get them. They will probably be used immediately. A doctor on CBSN Los Angeles reported that face masks are only needed for medical personnel and those already infected. I hope he is right.
I do not travel much, so my lifestyle has not changed very much. People around me are canceling trips. My 80-year-old mother had planned a cruise to Norway this summer with family members and even invited me along. That will not be happening now. My husband’s nurse practitioner had planned a trip to Israel but canceled it, not wanting to endure the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Those who are traveling right now are in a living nightmare.
I am looking at safe ways to get food delivery. CNET describes some considerations. One concern is signing for Costco on an electronic device that may not be sanitized. I may have to contact Instacart about that and learn how they are minimizing the risk. I have already updated my Instacart instructions for delivery personnel to leave my groceries by the door instead of bringing them into the condo. Then, I need to get in the habit of sanitizing the table before serving food on it, washing my hands after bringing in the food, and not touching my face.
Thermometer to Check for Fever
I have a mild case of the sniffles but no sign of fever. They are most likely not the Coronavirus.
I am looking for a thermometer. Walgreens and Walmart had great online thermometers. They are just “out of stock.” I found another at Staples, but it cannot be delivered for a month. Since my step-son agreed to get stuff for us, I asked if he could find one. He said he would. Hopefully, he can procure one in less than a month. In the meantime, my husband and I can gauge each other’s temperatures by touch. So far, I do not have a fever.
I found a baby fever thermometer at macrobaby.com that can be delivered in five business days, coming from Orlando, Florida, in the United States. My husband suggested waiting until his son finds something, so I did not order. This ad does not say “out of stock,” but who knows for sure?
Panic About the COVID-19 Virus
Even though p–a–n-d-e-m-i–c contains all the letters in the right order for panic, panic is to be avoided. I admit to having gotten a bit nervous. I plan to order groceries tomorrow. It may not go as smoothly as it usually does. I can just hope for the best or at least something adequate with no transmission of disease. If I keep six feet of space between me and others, that will improve my safety. When my step-son was here, we knuckled hands and hugged in the air. I miss the physical touch, but safety is paramount now, and the sooner I get in practice, the better. How long all of this will go on, nobody knows. The challenge I have right now is not to touch my face. I keep scratching it.
What challenges are you facing right now? I hope it is not the COVID-19 virus itself. If it is, take heart, you are most likely to survive it. In fact, most cases are mild and do not require hospitalization. If you do get it, remember it is not your fault. Do not accept a burden of guilt along with the illness. Work on your mental health. Mental health is what we work on all the time here at Joyful Vibrance. Join our journey to get through this with your mood and energy intact.
I will now pray.
Prayer About the COVID-19 Virus
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