So…after going days uninspired by any prompts or questions or even posts here in bloglandia, I’m just going to go brainstorming for this post.
My first weekend off – since my week of unusual business at work combined with a sinus (not infection) head cold and my cat of 16 years (amazingly healthy and happy though) suddenly needed to be euthenized – and I pretty much sat on my ass. I was disappointed in myself and I even told myself that but that didn’t change the outcome. I am not sure why: miserably cold outside, lingering fatigue from the week in conjunction with my idleness of late. At least that’s what I told myself. In addition, I knew I’d be with my granddaughter all day Monday so I guess I thought I’d just conserve my energy. I did get four loads of laundry done, and some very light house-cleaning.
Monday was a great day with my favorite kid.
Monday night I’m preparing for my work week and I’m thinking of the virus that’s spreading and some (my sister for one and her husband ,I’m sure, for two) think that it’s all hooey and the media is blowing it out of proportion and others are already hoarding paper good, masks, hand sanitizer, prepared foods, etc. so the shelves are depleted, if not empty, of supplies.
For me… I am facing it my usual pragmatic way. I work in a hospital so I’ll likely be in contact with patients who have acquired the virus and I may or may not acquire it myself. I may or may not develop COVID-19 and I may or may not die from it (I’m 57 so I’m in that ‘range’ of older victims but….I’m ‘healthy’ (no co-morbidities) and I’m female so, that’s my advantage). While I’m reflecting on the possibility of dying in the next few weeks, I’m trying to (in my mind, because I went to bed thinking about it) think of the immediate things I need to do; things I need to tell my children and also things I think might keep my from succumbing to this virus. No big AHA! stuff…just little ideas. And then, of course, I start thinking, “why the hell didn’t you think of this earlier? You could have spent the weekend preparing!”
Now I’m back at work where I do all my thinking about what I need to do or want to do on my next days off and making my list. The Intranet (work-net) is full of virus information and a ‘team’ meeting via Zoom took place for an hour over lunch with the powers-that-be in the big house (DHMC). So much information that I can’t even remember most of it. Here’s the take-away in my words: be aware of all the things you do with your hands, things you touch – especially in public places – and then wash them and avoid touching your face. Be aware of how close you stand or are near people and for how long – especially if they are coughing or sneezing or talking with you – keep your distance (six feet minimum). The CDC is trying to keep people from using masks in public (mostly because it’s not necessary and also because masks are in short supply and NEED to be used for infected people AND healthcare workers who NEED the masks to take care of sick people). Just using some common sense (as I write that I am reminded that there is a shortage of that also) is the best that any of us can do.
Am I worried? No. It’s just another thing in life to deal with – if it’s not this, it’s something else and, eventually, we all die anyway. I know, I know…Susie-Sunshine. Well, it’s true. No point getting all paranoid and skittish about it. Am I taking more than my usual precautions? Yes. I am more aware of who has a fever and (dry) cough, and short of breath and I use a mask (which I typically do anyway as my wheelhouse is dealing with people ill with respiratory infections). But – mostly – I am much more conscious of my hands, washing and avoiding touching my face.
In other KC news: I finished Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking To Strangers. Wow! That was a good audio (the audio version of the book includes real interviews and commentary as originally recorded) and it isn’t a book I’d have picked up without the incentive from my local community. A monthly Open Discussion Project is a new initiative by a handful of joined bookstores that encourages more real dialogue between groups of liberals and conservatives with moderators by professional facilitators to ensure respect. Malcolm Gladwell is the author of other best selling books such as The Tipping Point, David and Goliath, Blink, and Outliers. If you haven’t felt compelled to read/listen to Talking to Strangers, give it a try.