Here we are near the end of March 2020 and dealing with something that is an unknown for most of us here in the US. The COVID-19 pandemic has left the two of us pretty frazzled. Our kids and grandkids are in some of the hot zones--Washington state and southern California, so we do worry a lot about them. We have chosen to isolate ourselves because we are in a group considered most vulnerable and because we both know how fast this can spread if people are careless, but after a couple of weeks you just have to get on with life the best you can. I haven't touched my blog in about three weeks because I have been so wrapped up in what is going on, but now it's time to get some balance back in life.
These are scary times and the constant bombardment of news, good and bad, doesn't help. I tend to have anxiety problems anyway, so I keep my consumption of news to a minimum. In particular, I don't go to social media for my news. Politics and news are blocked or eradicated on my social media feeds. Anxiety is the last thing I need more of right now. This post is about how we are coping and is not intended as any kind of medical or legal advice. Feel perfectly free to ignore it all.
In the case of the coronavirus, I use very little of our many news outlets. There are those out there that specialize in fear mongering or focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive. For example, I learned in yesterday's WHO brief that 70% of the people infected in China have already recovered. Did you see that anywhere in the news?
One thing that was drummed into me as a graduate student was to always go to the original source. Given that, I have hunted down the sources that I think are most trusted for COVID-19 information. I usually only check them once a day in late afternoon or evening because I really just want to get on with life and not sit here wringing my hands all day.
My husband and I are both 65, and have some chronic though not debilitating health problems, like asthma, so we have chosen to be cautious. We have also made a few preparations in case we find ourselves needing to stay home for several days.
We have chosen to start developing these habits and making these preparations now so if COVID-19 does occur locally, we are prepared. March is spring break month and we often see a lot of tourists in this area, which increases the chances of an outbreak here. The most important thing is to educate yourself on recommended procedures, don't panic, and cooperate if your local authorities implement any kind of quarantine because it is for the good of you, your family and neighbors. We will get through this.
There are lots of things I like about being fairly tall. I am 5'8", which means I can reach most of the shelves in the grocery store and the top shelves in my kitchen without standing on something. However, I get a little fed up with pants that are too short. When I can buy long sizes, I do. But that isn't always possible. Or I buy something, like sweats or jammies, that are long enough at first but after a couple of washing and drying events, turn into peddle pushers. I buy long jammies for winter to keep me warm because we keep out thermostat at 68. It irks me to no end when my jammies get too short.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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