It’s been approximately seven months since Covid arrived in the United States, some days it feels like seven years.  We don’t even know how long it will be around.  It depends on many factors; human behavior, a vaccine, immunity…let’s just say we are not going to be back to “normal” anytime in the immediate future.

And I know we are weary of the Covid routine. Masks, hand sanitizer, washing our hands, staying at home, quarantining, isolating and for those of us caring for Covid folks, showering and changing our clothes, shoes, face shields, protective eyewear and the lovely nonbreathable gowns.  It is exhausting.

We make a choice each day.  We remember our loved ones.  We consider the impact our behavior has on our family, our friends, our community.  We decide how we will contribute to this pandemic. It’s still out there.  Just this past week in the United States we had 300,000 new cases.  Our US total is over 7 million.

On days that I work, I update Covid patients’ family members about their loved one’s condition and review their medical plan and offer support the best I can.  Rarely in person, a majority of the time over the phone; can you imagine waiting for that call each day, your spouse on the ventilator for one week, two weeks, three weeks now, and hoping for good news today.  Waiting to hear a turn in the right direction.  I feel for you.

I’d like to challenge us all to heed the recommendations we continue to hear over and over; masks, hand washing, hand sanitizer, social distancing, testing and tracing.  Please let’s not relax our standards because it’s getting old and it’s an inconvenience.  I can so relate to that.  One of my favorite things to do is go out for breakfast over the weekend once in a while.  I sure do miss that.  And Friday night at the movie theater.  And traveling without worry.  And visiting my Mom in her independent apartment in the senior community without worry of being an asymptomatic carrier.  And gathering with my friends and family and sharing big old hugs, getting as close as I want.  We’ll have time for that later.  We must stay the course, committed to each other to stay as safe as we can.

For now, I care about you.  I am committed to following guidelines; washing my hands, maintaining social distance, avoiding touching my face, covering my nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, staying home.  I am committed to having patience with myself and others as we get through this together.  I am committed to placing myself in the others’ shoes and feel for you, for us.  We’ll get through one day at a time, one step at a time.

“When you say “I” and “my” too much, you lose the capacity to understand the “we” and “our”.”  – Steve Maraboli

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