Hi friends! First and foremost, I just want to say that I hope you are all staying safe and healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic. These are uncertain times for all of us as we try to navigate our new reality. We’re all feeling impact of the virus in different ways. My husband is an essential hospital employee, and is at a higher risk to be exposed to the coronavirus. While he takes every precaution at work to keep himself safe, there’s no guarantee he won’t get it and bring it home. He’s seen many of his colleagues get sick and a staggering number of patients die within a few days of contracting the virus. The measures all the hospital employees go to care for their patients and provide support has been heroic. The stark reality of this pandemic is it will forever change how we live in the future and the adjustments that will need to be made for everyone to feel safe.
Since mid-March, I’ve been working full-time from home and homeschooling our three children. There are days that I want to run away and just hide, I feel defeated at times and worry if I spend enough time focusing on my children. The mom guilt is at an all-time high. When it comes to school work we don’t have a set schedule because quite frankly it didn’t work for us, we have a general guideline for the day that we follow to the best we can and I work around that. I realize that I’m fortune to be able to work from home and I do not take it for granted. Each week my company has a virtual town-hall with updates on furloughs and the financial health of the company, does it cross my mind that my job could be impacted? of course it does and I would be naïve to think otherwise. I’ve learned that I can’t control certain things and focusing on the negative is simply not something I wish to do. Staying put and following quarantine guidelines is what I do have control over.
So, when I see certain politicians and their supporters complaining and even protesting about the infringement on their “freedom” and wanting to lift quarantine orders it makes me angry, because my husband is putting his life on the line along with all the essential personnel to care for the sickened people so we collectively have a fighting chance to survive against this deadly virus. Living in Massachusetts which is considered to have the third largest outbreak in the country, we have over 50,000 reported cases and over 2500+ deaths. We’re not even past the surge of this virus yet we’re seeing people protesting to lift the quarantine order. Do they not realize that re-opening too early is simply reckless and will have long-term impacts on our country and future generations? I don’t want to get too political that’s a whole different post, but it scares me when I see the news of disregard that’s being shown towards the recommendations of infectious disease experts. Using our constitution to justify their actions is a new low. We all collectively wish to get back to somewhat of a “normal” life, however we have a responsibility to protect those most vulnerable by staying home and that’s doing our part during this pandemic.
For now, let’s try to be more empathetic towards each other and check in with those who may be struggling and need support. We can help our small businesses by buying gift cards for future services or ordering from local restaurants and shops. There will be a time when all the stores, salons, restaurants and sporting arenas will re-open and celebrations will resume, just not quite yet.
Please feel free to comment and share your experiences, thank you for reading and allowing me to share with you.