Staying at Home During Pandemic

We’ve been sheltering in place for a month now due to the COVID-19 pandemic and questions whether husband is compromised due to his MS. We are both high risk due to age and weight.

Hubby, God bless him, needs to get outside…before his body goes missing. Just kidding. He’s been cooped up here for more than a month. He is terrified that I will become ill. He’s driving me crazy over that and I’m already crazy. I am taking all the precautions I can. I try to go out only once a week for groceries. I also keep a log of any interactions outside the house.

I did take his Mom 25 miles to the bank so she could cash her monthly check. I cashed mine while we were there. Our biggest risk was inviting her into the house at a safe distance, of course. She had not seen her son in person since January. It’s a parent thing. You need to see that your baby is okay. She had never seen his rollator so we demonstrated how it converts to a transfer chair. He also got out the device that helps him put his socks on. She laughed! She loves gadgets so she may end up getting one for herself.

My youngest sister set up the family on Zoom. We’ve now had two sessions where I can see my family. I haven’t seen any of them in person since July 2018. It’s been longer since I’ve seen my youngest sister. It helps to see my Mom, son and siblings and laugh like we’re in the same room. I did see my niece and both cats.

This pandemic is very stressful. We have about 33 cases in this hamlet and 147 cases in the town with 8 deaths. The county is 86 miles long and most of the new cases are closer to New York City. We have two grocery stores nearby. I go to the one in the next town because it’s larger and therefore less close contact. The problem I have is people are grabbing up toilet paper, paper towels, soap, etc. like they are preparing for armageddon. I’ve never been able to get disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer. I already had wipes in the house and they are getting low. I use antibacterial hand soap and wash my hands until they hurt. When that runs out I’ll use bar soap. I have a disinfectant spray cleaner for surfaces, so we should be good for a while.

I wonder how many people left the City for this rural area just to get away from the concentration of the virus? As long as they behave responsibly, no problem. It’s not yet beach weather so physical distancing should not be a problem. Heck, I’d like to drive to Town Beach and just sit in the car. I usually will go out in the yard if it’s not too cold or raining.

I feel badly for those who can’t have visitors. There’s a new great niece in the family and her grandmother can only see her through glass. My stepdaughter is due in 2 1/2 weeks. She’s in NJ. I pray God’s protection on everybody, family or stranger.

I look forward to being on the other side of this evil virus. I had a nightmare earlier this week where it had taken every single one of my loved ones. My family’s area is probably about 2-3 weeks behind NY. It’s scary. Son goes back to work at least one day next week.

It affects so many things we take for granted. My favorite uncle died March 20th. His girls have to put off having a funeral or celebration of life. It breaks my heart. Babies being born at this time cannot be held by extended family. People are dying alone.

This needs to end soon. No one else should catch it or die from it. God helps us all!

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