Social distancing isn’t new to me. It’s something I’ve been doing for many years now, even before I became disabled. I enjoy my alone time. I like the peace and quiet. I like being alone with my own thoughts, most of the time. Right now, I’m not happy being alone with my thoughts. My anxiety is high. I can’t sit still. I’ve not been able to write. My thoughts are so scrambled! I know I’m not alone. I may be having a hard time at the moment but I’m not in panic mode….at least not yet.
So many people are concerned about running out of toilet paper, bread, milk, and other things that they’re panic buying. They aren’t thinking (or just don’t care) about others who also have those very same needs. Thankfully, Dad and I always have our freezers and cupboards stocked, but eventually, we will run out and I will have to venture out. We have been in self-isolation now for 14 days but I think we have enough food to last another 3 -4 weeks!
If you know anything about me, then you’ll know that my 83-year-old Dad is my biggest concern. I worry that when I have to go out I could bring the virus home to him. I worry that he will want to go out, too. If Dad contracts COVID-19 and ends up in the hospital, he will be there all alone with no family beside him. If he doesn’t pull through, he will die alone. Let that sink in.
If a loved one is hospitalized with this virus, they will be alone, with only doctors and nurses. That includes your children. YOUR BABIES. Can you imagine the fear and anxiety they would experience if you are not there for them? You won’t be allowed. Simple as that. If YOU contract the virus, who will take care of your babies?
Stay home for your loved ones! If you still have to go to work, then take precautions! Do what you have to do so that you don’t expose your children and other loved ones to COVID-19. Wash your hands, a LOT. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. Wash your clothing and shower before you give your children hugs! Disinfect your shoes! Coronavirus can live on your shoes for 5 days! Disinfect surfaces, a LOT! Protect the people you care about and protect the people the rest of us care about, too. Please.
We all need to do our part and listen to the scientists and doctors! We have to get through this together, not divided!
Take care of yourselves, everyone!
A special and heartfelt thanks to doctors and nurses, other health care workers, truck drivers, store clerks and cashiers, gas station attendants, police, fire and rescue, and everyone else who is working diligently to protect us, serve us, and help us during this stressful time.