One Week Down

If you are wise, you are self-quarantining, sheltering at home, social distancing…let’s face it, Covid-19 has given us a whole new pandemic related vocabulary. It boils down to limiting your contact with other people and for those of us who can afford to do it, it seems a rational way to help reduce the risk for those who cannot.

Who cannot?

Your medical professionals, pharmacists, grocery store clerks, are just a few who are on the front lines and behind them is an army of people cleaning up and supporting their efforts. Our younger daughter is a nurse and she will work shifts in the pediatric ICU. Our older daughter is a lawyer and a prosecutor and there are some legal proceedings that just can’t happen virtually by law. She will go in and do her job.

Will they take every precaution? Of course, but this is a very sneaky bug that stays on surfaces and is spread by the most casual of contact. It would be easy to give in to fear and paranoia, but we can’t afford to do that either.

My husband is working remotely and thankful to be in an industry that lends itself to that. I am a volunteer, and although there are many things I can do remotely, mentoring a 2nd-grade girl is not one of them. That level of mentoring requires the face to face, the hand to hand, and the hug to hug. We will have to go without and it is not looking good that I will be able to do the closure at the end of this school year that I normally would do. I am sad and my prayer is that she does not perceive this as a permanent goodbye or another abandonment in a young life that has seen too many already. I trust Seedling Mentoring to come up with little ways we can stay in touch and say goodbye, but I am also cognizant that it won’t be the same.

What the world will be like when we turn the corner on this disease?

  • Will we stay more virtual, using that type of communication more frequently and for more things? Will there be a lessening in our carbon footprint on the world as a result?
  • Will the horrific gaps that have been exposed in our social safety net be closed with a whole new way of delivering health care?
  • Will the self-serving politicians who have been exposed as such be replaced by other, more public service-oriented people? Will we finally initiate and enforce term limits in public service that may keep people from creating and consolidating fiefdoms of power in our democratic republic?
  • Will we reinstate those scientists who predicted such possibilities and made recommendations on what to do about them? Will we be better prepared the next time this happens? The odds are good that it will.

One can only hope and hope to be alive to see it done.

As we enter the second week at home in Austin, Texas, I am grateful for the ability to walk outside alone. I am grateful for the family and friends we have been able to visit over our computer. I am grateful for the people who have stepped up to help those who are older, frailer, or simply more vulnerable to the virus. I am grateful for the scientists, the responsible journalists, the truth-tellers at the CDC and WHO which remain my source of factual information. I am grateful to the people at the grocery stores and the pharmacies and other critical sources of supplies for being there and supporting everyone else.

I am simply grateful.

Stay safe; stay at home if you possibly can; and as our wise young daughter, the nurse says, “Don’t go to the hospital unless you really need to. You will know.”

Additional Resources (let me know your recommendations in the comments!):

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map 

 

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