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Covid-19 Strikes Home


Until 2 hours ago I was able to say that I did not personally know anyone with the virus. Then my sister called to say that our dad (in long term care/nursing facility) has now tested positive for the virus. He is asymptomatic and feeling fine. This brings the total of residents with it to 146 and 12 positive employees. 66 of the positive residents are now recovered. They are required by the state to test weekly.

I don’t know much about the asymptomatic cases, but I hope that means he will not get sick himself, he is just a carrier. So far he is fine and a large majority of their cases have been asymptomatic. This makes me wonder just how many people out there are running around spreading the virus because they don’t know they have it. For all I know I may be asymptomatic myself. How many of these loud-mouth know-it-alls who want to reopen the country and stop wearing masks are out there helping the virus to spread? You don’t have to have actual symptoms to be a carrier.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

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Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

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I had a scare! Virus?


A few weeks ago I had to go to the doctor as my coughing had gotten very bad and during these spells of coughing, I had trouble breathing and was wheezing. I have asthma. I also had a slight temperature. I was terrified it was the virus. I called my doctor and it was determined that I needed to come in.

Thank God it was only another case of  Bronchitis although Bronchitis for me is never a simple thing. The last case had me hospitalized for 10 days the end of January.

Now the coughing stopped for a week or so and now I am starting to cough again. This Is not good. Is it another case of Bronchitis which is way too soon or is possibly the virus this time. My nerves are on edge and my anxiety is out of control despite the high dose of anti-anxiety medicine I take.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

Resurgence of Virus Cases and Some Sick For a Second Time


I just heard this on the news. What I am hearing here is that having had the virus once does not protect you from getting it again. How do you battle a threat like this? Will we ever get back to the before virus normal? I predicted when this started that it was going to be a tremendous loss of life and a serious fight to conquer it and since most people still don’t see a need to wear a mask or covering or staying home there is not much chance that we will ever stop it and if it can reinfect those that had it where does that leave us. Obviously, some people, if not all, are not building up antibodies from being sick.

People need to take this seriously and start practicing social distancing if they must go out and staying home if they don’t need to go out. If you go out where a covering of some type on your face. We are losing health care workers. Who is going to take care of the sick when they are all sick.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

NJ now over 81,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 4000 deaths


NJ now over 81,000 cases of Covid-19 and over 4000 deaths

I forgot to make a new post so I just overwrote my last one like an idiot.

Our numbers are still rapidly increasing. I was set to have a televisit with a doctor on Monday. It was my endocrinologist and I had to make a special trip over there so they could download my numbers on my meter and my insulin pump.

Today I get a notice telling me that I will have a regular in-face appointment and that I just have to wear a mask. I have been self-quarantining myself in my apartment and only going out if absolutely necessary.

I will be calling the doctor Monday morning and expressing my feelings that with our numbers still rapidly rising I don’t want to come out of my apartment. Why did they suddenly decide NOW that they will have in-person appointments? Now is not the time to go back to the old normal.

There are some doctors that you have to see in person and I went to my podiatrist because I can’t cut my own toenails with my back issues. I switched pharmacies to a pharmacy that is just a pharmacy and not the local grocery store that is super packed with unmasked people although they are now requiring masks and limiting the number of people at a time.

I am in the group that are at high risk. I have severe asthma and can’t breathe at times already. I am diabetic and that is another group at risk and then my age is 63. I am considered a senior citizen.

They may be wearing masks and so might I but I have to go through my apartment building where most of my neighbors don’t see any reason to wear a mask. My mask is not to protect me but to protect them and they should be wearing one to protect me.

I also think all these states that have decided to go back to the old normal right now and by the end of the month are stupid. They are going to cause a resurgence and we haven’t even hit our peak yet. We are still rapidly increasing in the number of cases and deaths. What is wrong with people?????

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

New Numbers of Virus in NJ


A couple of days ago the numbers had risen to over 62.000 people in NJ with the coronavirus. Part of the problem is the people who aren’t’ taking it seriously. They are out in public in groups. They aren’t wearing masks. When is it going to stop climbing? How many have to die before we take it seriously? I have a father in a nursing home. They had a sick employee. Thank God they caught it before it infected the residents. I can’t even see my father due to this virus or my children either for that matter. I have seen each child once from over 6 ft away and I was masked. I saw my newest grandchild who is now 4 months old from a few feet away briefly. I was again masked. I haven’t seen my other grandchildren at all. Because I live alone we all are practicing social distancing from each other.

I am quarantined in my apartment all alone. I don’t go out unless I have to get food or medicine or in one case I had to go to the doctor since I was showing symptoms of the virus myself. Thank God it was just another case of Bronchitis and it looks like we caught it early enough that I won’t have to go to the hospital this time.

Wednesday I have to go get my refill for my pain medicine since I have to give a urine sample. I am on very little pain medicine now. She has got me off since the incident. I might as well use aspirin for all the good this Tramadol is doing. I get 2 per day of the lowest dose. Big deal.

And then Thursday I have to go to the podiatrist to get my toenails cut and my feet checked since I am diabetic. I can’t phone my urine or my toenails in so out in public I will have to go. My Endocrinologist and my Psychiatrist are doing tele-appointments. Some I simply canceled.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

NJ rises over 50,000 cases of Coronavirus – Animals now getting virus?


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!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

Senior Hi-Rise Almost Shut Down


The USA is now the highest in the number of coronavirus cases. NJ is really up there with over 8000 cases alone and a lot of deaths. New York is the epicenter and that state borders NJ which isn’t helping. There is talk of closing our borders as the New Yorkers are running from their state. Yes, I live in NJ,

My son was living in NC for over a year and he just came back to NJ before they do decide to close down the borders. He wanted to be with family so he left a state with not a lot of cases and came to a very highly contagious state. I got to see him today for a couple of hours from over 6 feet away. He is family, but we haven’t been living together so he was highly conscious to stay over 6 feet away from me. I happen to be one of the more compromised cases with my severe asthma and diabetes, plus my age.

I no sooner said goodbye to him that I learned upon re-entering the building that we are no longer allowed visitors. Someone can deliver food and medications but then must leave immediately. No interactions between residents in the common areas and they are now closing the laundry room for most of the day. Only open for about 4-5 hours per day. 100 apartments already using 4 washers and 4 dryers. How are we supposed to do laundry? If you need essential repairs in your apartment you are expected to stay on the other side of the room away from the man repairing whatever is broken.

We can still leave the building for food and meds but otherwise expected to self-quarantine.

This is scary times. Curfews and everything except for gas, food stores, and pharmacies are closed. My hair is getting way too long, but a haircut is out of the question.

My father is in a nursing home and they are at high risk. He is 88 and so far no one there is sick, but of course, they are not allowing visitors. Just staff, but one staff member could wipe them all out.

I bought as much food and water as I could afford for the month so on payday I am going to have to get my meds and food again. There is no way to tell how long this will last. Who would have thought that our “great” country would be worse off than a third world country? We need thousands and I mean many thousands of ventilators to keep people from dying, but the numbers are rising quickly both in new cases and people dying. Our healthcare workers are getting sick despite protection.

My daughter is a nurse in dialysis. She is essential and must work because those people can’t live without it. I worry non-stop about her and she is the one with the new baby.

I now have a medical alert button in case of emergencies. My kids insisted since I am having so many problems especially concerning my breathing and falling.

God bless us all!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

 

Fibromyalgia Pain From Clothing and the Coronavirus


Fibromyalgia Pain From Clothing

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I quit wearing a bra and I am large chested, but it is just too uncomfortable and I rarely go out in public and if I do, tough bananas!

I only dress for the outside on the few occasions I leave my house and that is even less now that the coronavirus is all around me. People in my building are sick. We’re only allowed in the lobby if we are leaving, getting our mail or going to the laundry room. They closed our community room and stopped all our activities. No standing or stopping in the community areas. I am surprised they still let us get on the elevators together. Someone in management was overheard saying that will all that is going on here that they should shut the building down. Well, the law says you aren’t allowed to evict anyone from their living spaces in the time of this virus. At least around here. They can’t cut off your utilities either for non-payment and so many people are out of work right now. We have an 8 PM curfew. If you are on the roads after that you had better have a really good reason. The number of cases in my state is rising rapidly. I don’t know for sure how many people in my building are sick, but I am aware of 2. It is like a ghost town around here. Supplies are hard to get. I managed to stock up on food and water at least. As long as they don’t shut down the electric. They can’t cut us off for non-payment but if the grid goes down there’s nothing we can do and then I have a problem. I do have a good bit of water though.

Oh, and the doctors offices are either shutting down, using the phone and video chats, making you call inside to be told when you can enter the building so you are waiting in your car not the waiting room and in one I had my temperature taken before I was allowed to enter and all non-essential appointments are canceled.  There is no furniture in the waiting room so they don’t have to keep wiping it down. Weird experiences for sure.

My pain doctor is giving me less and less pain medication and I can barely stand it. And she isn’t seeing patients so I couldn’t even plead my case. I am furious with her.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS


Problems Showering With Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS

I can’t shower by myself due to the chance of falling. I am applying for Medicaid which would provide a home health aide to help me shower and dress among other things. My pain makes it hard to clean the back side of my body as well.

My pain doctor is not seeing patients due to the coronavirus. The most I can do is get a refill as long as I am not sick and they are putting off as many people as possible. I don’t know if I would run out so I have to go tomorrow and I am not sick. The problem is I wanted to talk to the doctor about a different pain medicine, but all I can do is get a refill of what I am taking. Which is better than nothing.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.

A couple of weeks until NANOWRIMO camp writing session.


I have been trying to remember my childhood as that is the portion of my memoir I plan on working on at this session.

I am not doing much right now as I am in serious pain and pain doctor will not give me the strong medicine I need due to my accidental almost overdose. It was a freak accident and nothing else is working so I don’t do much, but sit around or lie around or cry. Lots of crying going on here.

My life really sucks right now. I thought it was bad before, but this is the worst imaginable pain and nothing I can do about it. I can’t imagine living another 20 years or so with this pain and it is only going to get worse. Whoever heard of Degenerative Disk Disease that reverses and goes away. No one I know of. The arthritis won’t go away and neither will the Fibromyalgia and now because of a stupid freak accident, I can’t have pain medicine.

And now we have this coronavirus nonsense going on and they are shutting everything down where people can get together in groups more than 10. They shut our day room down so no more activities till something changes. The grocery stores have nothing in them. I can’t even get my medicines that have to be ordered at this point. I am in NJ (USA), not Italy or China so I can’t imagine what it is like there.

God Help Us All!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

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.