Care in the Era of COVID-19

i’m taking it seriously, but not panicking*…

Coming back from Turkey in February, i watched Heathrow airport go from “Busy, multi-national transportation hub” to “Refugee camp” within minutes of the flight cancellations due to weather. The news from Wuhan, China was coming out, and some people standing in the lines were wearing masks, but the vast majority weren’t. Things could go from ‘normal’ to ‘extra-crunchy’ very quickly.

When i got home, Studley and i started adding a few extras to the weekly shopping cart, thinking about what we’d need to manage being stuck at home while battling the flu for a couple of weeks. We made soups, and filled our freezers. Not panicked – prepared.

On Thursday this week, our Governor announced dramatic closures across the state as a pre-emptive method of limiting the spread. Schools closed for at least 3 weeks, no public gatherings greater than 100 people. Major sports leagues canceled seasons.

More people paid attention, and then the run on the grocery stores started.

i looked for places to volunteer. One major concern nationally is that so many of our children rely on school lunches for their main meals of the day.**Β  With prolonged closures, the state, school districts, and community volunteers rallied to come up with a means to get food to those in need.

Going to the page for volunteers, i started to put in my info as a delivery driver. i was stopped cold by “Must be under 50 years old”…

That was the first time it occurred to me that at 57, with a somewhat compromised immune system, i’m….. uh…. i’m a little more at risk than others.

Later that day, i got a text from a young friend – Oktay and his wife are originally from Turkey. i met them at a local gathering of Turkish immigrants. We’ve stayed connected – they coach me on my Turkish, and i bring them treats when i visit!

Oktay’s text: I hope you are doing well. Please let me know if you need anything. I will be more than happy to help you. Don’t go outside unless necessary. Again, if you need anything I will go outside for you and drop it to your house. Just text me or call me!”

(sigh)

i had been preparing to call a few of my neighbors, who are in their 70’s and 80’s with the same offer…

it me

Maybe i’m going to have to sit this one out….or come up with other ways to support the community.

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*On the bright side? We’re all learning how to spell new words, like “panicked” and “quarrantine”…

**Don’t get me started on this national disgrace. Food insecurity is rampant in the US. Don’t let our obesity fool you, healthy food isn’t available to all. Processed, filled, corn-based, shit food is cheap, and has to do for many families…

22 thoughts on “Care in the Era of COVID-19

  1. I’m going to be 73 in less than two months and I’ve decided to “socially distance” myself as well. I’m a widow now and live alone. I’m lucky enough to have family nearby who can help me in a pinch, but I think it’s best to avoid all contact with them right now. And no Zumba class, darn it. I’m pretty much a hermit otherwise anyway, so I’m content being by myself with my pets. As long as I can take my little dog to the park (while staying away from people) I’m good with it. This morning I ordered some more pet food online that will be delivered to my home from Walmart. I have enough food/supplies for now but may use Walmart’s free grocery pickup or delivery service later—provided they will still have enough employees able to do that.

    On Facebook I saw this funny bit: “We live in crazy times. I used to cough to cover a fart. Now I fart to cover a cough.”

    Stay well, my friend!

    • Likewise, we are hiking every day – less than a week ago we were ‘training’ for a walk across England. Now? Just hiking to get fresh air and stay active. This week (in the US) is an important one to sit out. People who are asymptomatic will either have symptoms, or recover without knowing they really had it. The people they infect this week? Will be lining up for treatment in about 20 days or so… One big trip rescheduled to the fall, another probably in the shitter, and the third is still TBD. But this is in the noise – there are more important things than my freakin’ vacations!

      We will likely keep grocery shopping – as long as the hoardes are not filling the grocery, we will manage ‘surface contact’ and avoid people.

      And yes, i would absolutely fart to cover a cough! Brilliant! πŸ™‚

      “Netflix and Social Distancing” is the new gig for all of us! Stay safe!

  2. We’re with Capt. Chaos and his krewe, so he’s our designated shopper. Stretch, a teacher, has already set-up the schedule for Big Boy Chaos, so the MITM and I since we’re both 70 (jeusmaryandjoseph, I can hardly believe we’re that fucking old) *sigh* are staying in and using the backyard as our “exercise yard”!) The rest of our people are hunkered down and we’re all using Facetime. Stay safe, sugarpie! We will get through this. xoxox

    • Glad you are tucked in with the krewe! How did we become ‘old’? Seriously, do not feel like i’m in the demographic! i’m feeling the distance with my kids very deeply right now – facetime, skype are boosting my mood considerably. As you say, we’ll get through this! xoxoxo

  3. Sigh.
    We have one confirmed case in my city.
    The panick buying is in overdrive. There is no toilet paper, tissues, tampons, rice, pasta, beans, potatoes, cat food.
    Our dignity drive has just started, where we are asked to purchase sanitary items so that women don’t need to make a choice between dignity and food. Sadly judging by the shelves disadvantaged women will have to do without both. Stockpiling is very, very difficult for those without a roof over their heads.

      • Crisis line work is likely to be a very important contribution as anxiety and social isolation grows! You are doing perhaps the most important volunteer work possible! Xoxo

    • i’m hoping the wave of hoarding passes quickly. no idea why it was toilet paper, but hey, people felt helpless and unable to protect themselves, so buying in bulk felt good, i guess. Hoping that your hoarders settle down soon…

  4. At 75 and with three of the diseases of old age (all kept in check by pills made in China) I am a good candidate for a bad outcome. I am increasing my walking time – suburban streets are surprisingly deserted and reducing my crowd times. I worry that some online friends may disappear.

    • It’s a little weird – we are starting to see the impact on traffic as the US shuts down. Was driving yesterday afternoon, and traffic in a shopping district was perhaps 20% of normal for Sunday… We are doing a lot of hiking. Trees, streams, birds, critters – and the bugs are just starting to return for spring.

      i share your worry. doing the math, it’s virtually inevitable that i will know someone who gets critically ill. And there’s a good possibility that i will know someone who dies due to this. Bonus – even though Studley and i are focused on maintaining a clean isolation cell, there’s a reasonable possibility that we could get pretty sick in the next couple of months.

      hang in there, Archie – we need you now! xoxoxo

  5. At times i can see the worry on Nick Disaster’s face, at the ripe old age of 49 and in what my doc called, and i quote, “excellent physical condition”, i’m not too worried about myself but i’m also not one of those idiots running around thinking shits gonna be fine, i’m not hoarding and the only time i leave to go anywhere other than a supply run is to the pool (while it’s still open), i question that decision when i leave but in order to maintain my “excellent physical condition” i still do it. That said on the bright side i’m listening to a ton of records and getting a lot of reading done… and since i’m well stocked on herb and shrooms i believe i’m due for another communing with the universe to see where it all shakes out. Mainly i’m trying to be kind, to smile gently, and to help when needed. All you Daisy readers and you too Ms. Daisy, take care of yourselves, we gotta keep as many of the good peeps around as possible. Kono out.

    • This is perhaps the best management strategy i’ve read! Balance of practical and safely recreational! Thinking about the pool – they will likely close it. Seeing more YMCA facilities going on hiatus here (ohio governor is being aggressive). CDC recommendation yesterday – cancel gatherings >50 people for the next 8 weeks – will have an impact. As the weather warms up, walks, basketball outside, bicycles… these will have to fill in the gaps!

      i’m a little short on herb – and this could be a problem! my bar is fully stocked, however. not hoarding, or doing panic buying, it’s just always fully stocked!

      still trying to figure out how to help – likely to be doing food delivery with my old ‘tornado relief’ crew. they are gearing back up, and as long as i can do porch drops, i think that’s a safe contribution.

      we will get on the other side of this, and we are going to learn just what we really can live without. Xoxoxo

  6. 60 an d 65 here, kicker is, I’m the younger but more at risk with the shitty lungs I have which means Mr. is also stuck in since he doesn’t want to bring it home. I will happily knit, I do anyway but now I’ll have a jump start on my charity knitting for the year. Be safe everyone, and leave some TP for someone else will ya?

    • What is with the TP? We usually do grocery store shopping on weekday mornings – waiting til Tuesday this week to make the usual trip. i don’t need TP thankfully, but will at some point. Hoping that the collective mind shifts to a ‘marathon’ not a panicky ‘sprint’.

      Take care of yourself, Cat – keep knitting! i’m going to step up my language classes (an app), work on learning to bake a proper loaf of bread, and keep hiking daily… Xoxoxo

  7. Fortunatey a former client with a good head on his shoulders gave me a headsup weeks before our dear president did a damn thing, so we bought all the things and are good for a month or so of indoor “fun.” (she says, living with a moody gal on the spectrum not always lending itself to that particular category…) Stay safe my friend! See you on the other side!

    • Glad you’re prepped and ready. Things are pretty strange – and are going to continue to get weirder with each passing day. i’m struck by the lack of traffic. While there still seems to be a very slight bit of ‘rush hour’, there’s very little traffic when Studley and i drive to the parks for our hikes. i’ve also noticed people are bein nicer – even at a distance. Maybe once we get through this, there will be a shift in our collective behavior… we can hope. Stay safe, good luck with the moody gal! ❀

  8. I live just north of Seattle and fly to the Bay Area for work…..but not for several months now. So weird. I keep thinking of all the positive things that could come from this world wide event, I’m making a list and so grateful to remain employed.

    • You’re close to one of the first hot spots in the US, and i cannot imagine how that’s been. Being able to see the positives, and find the sunlight, in the midst of this is going to get us all through. i need to start thinking more about that list. Each day moves further into the surreal, and i have no doubt it’s only the beginning. Stay safe, and keep making that list! ❀

  9. At least 2, possibly all 3 of us in our house are in a high-risk category. Maggie has a heart condition and Meg has potential health issues associated with her Down’s Syndrome.
    Although my CFS/ME doesn’t appear to be on the official lists, the ME society assumes we’re in a higher risk group.
    The upshot of this is we’re basically having to self-isolate until they find a vaccine – which is currently assumed to be at least a year – because if we get the virus, and the hospitals are beyond capacity, then the odds are not good all of us would survive.
    However, with no photography customers for many months (or years) to come, my blog has suddenly become more active as I’ve written 3 posts in the past 4 days, compared with the 15 I wrote in the whole of 2019!

    • glad that you are actively in self-isolation, and hoping that you have access to all the resources you need for the duration. agree that this is a marathon, not a sprint, and that we are all going to be living a new lifestyle for at least a year. i’ve been using the time to work on some self-improvement projects, and getting my affairs in order (something i’d started well before the global pandemic, but clearly it is worth my time now). I’ll be getting back out and about in the blogosphere – and hope to catch up with your recent posts.

      Oh, our trip to the UK is postponed indefinitely. We may attempt it in August/September, and if so, absolutely understand your need to self-isolate. We’ll get that pint and photo shoot some day in the future! πŸ™‚

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