SUBTITLE: People Who Work in Health Care
I am – as per usual for me – not living the what is now the “new-normal” life most of my family, social-media friends, and my IRL friends. Most of them are home, quarantined, home-schooling their children, and maybe working from home as well. They are living my dream – BEING “STUCK” AT HOME!! 🙂
Me and my husband: We still get up each morning, get ready, and head into work. We both work in health care. He works at the VA hospital, and as a clerk in the mental health department, he is essential. Funny – some of the lowest paid workers are suddenly the most important – the janitors, the clerks, and nutrition care/food preparers. [Not to neglect mentioning physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.!!] I work for a medical supply store, and we work mostly with an orthopedic hospital, so thankfully we are not with those exposed to illness (and GOD BLESS the healthcare workers who are!!), and of course, we are open to the public for medical equipment needs that don’t end with a quarantine.
One of my co-workers has taken leave of absence due to high anxiety about exposure to the virus and some personal reasons. Two other co-workers are home because they are over 65 and in a high risk health demographic. That leaves me and a one other man to work the retail and billing that must go on … with some back-up from our boss.
Believe me, we are following all protocol to keep our facility sanitary. Hand washing IS essential. We have air purifiers, medical grade cleansers, and even are using disposable pens for any customers that may come in and have to sign paper work. They can keep their pen or throw it away. I am being as “safe” as I possibly can.
But it is surreal. As I leave work in the late afternoon, I usually stop by one retail place because with 3 kids at home on their own, food seems to be disappearing at an alarming rate!! Thankfully, so far, in our area, I can find eggs, milk, bread, fruits/vegetables, and the “essentials” that are used up so quickly.
After which, I do what I usually do: cook dinner, clean up, putter around, check on the elementary student’s work for the day for school, and chill out with something on Netflix or such like. That next day, I get up and do it all over again.
In that sense, my routine is almost exactly the same as it was BEFORE this whole COVID-19 thing began. Yes, there is one confirmed case in our area so far … a patient is being treated at the regional hospital that I have used several times, hopefully he is recovering!
I haven’t missed any of the retailers who have shut down, at least not yet. I grabbed a tube of my favorite CC creme at Ulta yesterday as they are shutting down today. I got a hair cut on Tuesday with my hair dresser in her extremely sterilized salon chair with us both washing our hands before contact and after. Our church didn’t shut down last Sunday; however, we are a congregation of about 35 – 40 on a good day…and surprisingly, most of the people showed up! Going forward, we will probably cancel services to protect our elderly and medically fragile members and to comply to the recommended guidelines for gatherings.
So, anyway … all that to say, I really don’t yet feel effected by this whole virus thing. It seems almost surreal to me as of yet. Perhaps if it goes on much longer, I will begin to feel like some of the rest of you that my life has been put on hold. Again, I’m not being complacent, it is just like everyone else is living in a world that I am not in … and I’m not sure which of us is in the Twilight Zone – me or you! 😉