Acceptance of the New Normal

2020-04-14 Acceptance of the New Normal

Photo by Matt Sclarandis on Unsplash

Day 32 of our confinement to our home.  The days have now turned into a predictable rhythm of remote learning assignments from the elementary school, juggling work and a toddler, endless dishes and laundry, and time in our backyard if the weather cooperates.  We do telehealth appointments with doctors when needed, FaceTime with family, and Zoom meetings for church.  I text constantly to stay connected, but it isn’t the same.  I miss playdates, going to the museum or zoo, Starbucks, and dinners with my friends. Continue reading

In the Face of a Growing Pandemic

2020-03-13 Growing Pandemic

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

Somehow, this week went from “growing concern” to “everything hit the fan” in the past 48 hours.

We have been following the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) since the outbreak in Wuhan, China.  I remember the spread of bird flu (H7N9) and swine flu (H1N1) years ago.  H1N1 in particular was spreading in 2009 when my son was an infant.  I remember being nervous, though I do not really remember taking many precautions.  It likely never reached the community where I lived at the time, so it was less threatening. Continue reading