I live in NJ, a small state that is densely populated. We are now over 54,000 reported cases of the coronavirus. In my compromised state, this scares me intensely.
I have severe Asthma, Diabetes (insulin-dependent), I am a senior citizen with High Blood Pressure. I just had a scare. I started coughing violently, causing wheezing and a slight temperature. I called the doctor and went in to see him. I was masked as were they. Now luckily it wasn’t the virus. It was another case of Bronchitis. At the end of January, I spent 10 days in the hospital on oxygen for a severe case of Bronchitis. I am prone to Bronchitis. I pray that this case does not get that bad. Being in the hospital at this time is not a good thing. The doctor gave me antibiotics and Prednisone to try and halt its progress. My temperature is gone, but the coughing is still bad. I am very careful to make sure I take my breathing treatments by nebulizer twice a day. More often for the Albuterol. I am self-quarantined except for the rare times I need food or medicine or to visit the doctor that must be done in person. I am doing my best to avoid neighbors as well, which is hard living in a tightly knit senior high-rise building. I am masked when I leave my apartment and a lot of the others living here also are wearing them. As seniors, we are most at risk. No one is allowed to visit. Any visits must be done outside the building and with social distancing. Weird talking to my son and then my daughter and son-in-law from over 6 feet away. They had to bring me something. Even though they are family we don’t live together so must practice social distancing.
My 88-year-old father is in a nursing home. I fear for him. They have had one employee test positive so far. None of the residents are sick at this point. There have been no visitors for over 2 months so far.
They are now finding the virus in the animals in the zoo. Cats, bats, and primates are being separated as they have been seen as being in danger. One large cat is definitely positive so far. It makes for worries for pet owners. Can their pet catch it? They don’t know yet. None have been tested positive so far.
One of my children is a nurse who works with dialysis patients. They cannot survive without that treatment so she is an essential person and I worry about her constantly as they are in close contact with the patients to insert the needles.
My writing group, which had stopped meeting and ended their plans for a poetry reading night with the public, is now meeting via Zoom which means I can now attend again. I had to cut my driving down after my serious hospital stay, but with social distancing my kids are no longer driving me so I must drive for essential trips. That wasn’t considered one of them.
God bless you all!
Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian
Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/
Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.