“I don’t feel so great,” I tell Marnell. “My sore throat is back.” I’m not super worried, since I woke up with one on Sunday which then disappeared without turning into anything more. Marnell is leaving for work soon, although he will be working mostly from home in the coming two weeks of Indiana’s “stay-at-home” order.
I take my temperature, just to be sure: 97 degrees. Totally normal. I have no reason to believe I’ve been around anyone with COVID 19, or I would be more worried.
I’m on my way to work. I get a message from my brother, the accountant.
Really odd how this crisis has changed for me/us. I spent the first 10 days in agony over the economic bloodbath I saw coming. Not panic, just realistic gloom. Then as the lockdowns started actually happening, my impossible schedule suddenly began to clear out. Almost like a miracle. I haven’t felt this free in months. I was planning to be traveling yesterday through tomorrow, then again next Monday night/Tuesday. I was behind on client work. This morning I’m at home with my family drinking coffee. Our travel/gas bills are plummeting. Maybe I’m a lone voice in this crisis but I really wonder if this isn’t God’s way of bringing the country’s families together. Even just economically, the impact of that may ultimately offset the short term losses. Cheers everyone!
Also, Scott has written a great article for business leaders which you should be able to see here.
Then my sister added a thought.
I have been remembering too one of our neighbors lamenting how everyone is so busy now, no one has time for each other, or something like that. And I’ve been thinking how with the world quieter and slower now, maybe people (myself included) will hear God’s voice better and slow down for each other.
– Kelsie Troyer
Arrive at client’s house. Say hello to her mother and prepare medications.
I feel a dry cough coming on and turn away. I go find a mask and put it on. The cough worries me. Maybe I made the wrong decision in leaving the house. (Yes, everyone feel free to say, “For crying out loud Katrina, you’re a nurse! Why didn’t you just stay home?” Well, yes. But I’m nurse. Nurses always go to work. Sigh…)
Patient’s mom asks me if I’m sick. I explain that I hadn’t noticed the cough until arriving at work, although I had noticed the sore throat. We discuss. Neither of us think I actually have the COVID 19 virus, but who’s to say? Better to be on the safe side. I pack my bags, disinfect my area, and leave.
Oddly, I just can’t quite get up the energy to do much of anything, even to read. I listen to audiobook instead, Epidemic by Reid Wilson about the ebola crisis in 2014. It’s striking that there were conspiracy theories and political fighting then too. Apparently it’s part of the virus package.
I still don’t think I have the virus, and I have no reason to think I’ve been around anyone who has had it. I don’t feel great, but it’s likely from a common cold. I’ve checked my temperature twice more, and it continues to be normal. However, considering everything, I feel right about staying at home. My supervisor at work has advised that I don’t need to get tested for the virus unless my symptoms change.
What’s happening where you are? Shoot me another description of your situation in the comments. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from everyone last week, and I would love an update or a brand new entry. Just keep in mind, political opinions or conspiracy theories are not relevant on this post. I’m sure we all hear enough of that anyway.
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