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How My Life Has Been During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hello Divas and Gents,

I am sharing my personal account on how the recent novel coronavirus pandemic has shifted things in my world and made me realize something in regards to my living situation. Get comfortable, it’s a long(er) one.

I am in the middle of my fourth work week working from home. During this time, my status of telecommuting was voluntary, now it is semi-mandatory. If I do not have to work from the office, I am strongly advised not to do so. If I must go in, I have to notify the correct person so they can request to add me to the list of those given permission to go do some work or retrieve files. It is a thing, and I get it.

The cases in my city have steadily increased and the local and state governments have pulled in the reigns on shelter in place orders. According to the local news, they have extended the dates. We are only encouraged to leave our homes to enter public crowds put of necessity. If you must do so, as I’m sure we’ve all been told, use precaution. I will have to do so as I have to pick up my meds from the pharmacy. Ironically, the same medication that is all over the news as the “miracle drug” for COVID-19, hydroxychloroquine or Plaquenil. I take it for, you guessed it, lupus. The automated machine told me it was ready, I will see if that is true as I have seen, heard, and read of many accounts of doctors calling in the medicine for themselves and their friends and families and it being siphoned off for the treatment of those who have been hospitalized. I want people to be well, both lupus and COVID-19 patients, but I don’t think hoarding a drug not yet proven to work is practicing good judgment.

As far as my daily routine, I try to keep it the same. There have been a few changes. I can now rise, shower, and cook and eat a quick breakfast before logging in to work for the day. I am cooking WAY more than I normally did. I cook myself lunch most days now.  The struggle is real. Constantly doing dishes is the downside because I don’t own paper dinnerware or flatware. Luckily, I am just washing my dishes since I’m a single gal. We’re going to have to reconcile this weight though. I know I have put on a few pounds. The struggle is real. There have been a few moments’ where I simply walked a few feet to take a nap during lunch and that was divine! Doing so at the office would have been an ordeal as I would spend half that time trekking to my car. Parking is horrid!

I looked forward to going to get groceries in the beginning after being cooped in the house for days. However, as the rules got tighter, I stockpiled as much as I could and resolved that I just have to get over it and get used to my top floor studio apartment with no outdoor space. That is something I now will always be sure to have in my future homes; an outdoor space. It is a must.

I have been keeping up with the news and first-hand accounts from patients and healthcare providers as much as my sanity allows. I would like to take this moment to say THANK YOU to those risking their own lives to ensure patients are getting care and the public is getting their essential items. You’re our nation’s lifeline at the moment and that is not lost on me. I’ve read tweets and see Instagram stories about people not seeing their families for weeks because they have to quarantine when they get home from work. Even f they’re in the same house. I cannot imagine. I hope we don’t let their sacrifices go in vain.

Keep safe, stay home, and send strength to the patients and those working during this time. We will get through this, but we have to ensure we do everything we can to ensure as many people make it to the other side with us.

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