Pandemic ~ I Don’t Know What to Write

Looks like we’re going into Fall with a new surge of COVID-19 Delta Variant. Most likely through the Winter too. My pandemic hair is growing longer and whiter. Other than that I’m settling in, using common sense and using self-care and respect for others along the way. Be Safe, Mask UP and Please Get Vaccinated!

I’m not sure if the white hair is caused by the year-and-a-half long pandemic or if my hair stylist did a fantastic job applying low lights over the years. It’s just that I was ‘shocked’ when I snapped a selfie while sitting outside in the patio. My inside hair doesn’t look this white. I’m growing comfortable with the natural look as I approach 80 years old.

What I’m not comfortable with is the uncertainty of where we’re heading in this United States of America. The EU has set travel restrictions for unvaccinated Americans. We’ve been taken off the safe list. Schools have already begun quarantining students who’ve tested positive even though the new year has just begun. Teachers are going to be teaching both in-person and on-line instruction. Most discouraging of all, our hospitals and health care workers are, once again, collapsing under this new surge.

So, I don’t know what to write this time. We’re all tired and anxious. Especially those who have families and responsibilities that have been disrupted. Being retired, the surges haven’t been as disruptive to my life while navigating through my day. The set backs in life that others are experiencing are life changing! And then there are so many deaths.

Top Five ~ Worldometer ~ August 31st

Today is my Sixth Anniversary with WordPress! Time well spent! I literally pour out my heart and soul into this blog/website. It has been an important part of my recovery and healing from various medical issues over the last six years. I’m hoping to revive my blogging and get past this brain fog that’s crept in due to COVID-19. Each day I am grateful to be in this world. The one thing we can control is how we respond to what this life places on our path. And this is what I write about!

Pandemic 2020-21 ~ June

Looks Like We Made It

I know Barry Manilow didn’t have COVID-19 or the Pandemic in mind when he wrote this song. It’s the first song that came to mind when I thought about writing my June post. All the social distancing and not being able to hug the ones we love. All the hand washing and mask wearing that will probably be a good idea to continue for some of us. Have we really made it?!!

And some of us didn’t make it! Some 600,000 plus deaths in the United States! So for some of us the Pandemic took its toll, in more ways than one. The losses are great and it looks like it will be a long recovery.

Then there’s the flurry of reports of the Delta variant, sounding ominously similarly to the surges of COVID-19 in the past. We continue to be on alert. It’s not over. Europe is having second thoughts about lifting lockdown restrictions as these more contagious variants are steadily increasing. This seems deja vu for how things progressed a year ago.

Who knows what the future holds? We each live our lives under the shadow of death no matter what age we are. This pandemic has shown us that. All the more reason to reflect on how we want to use our time in this post-pandemic re-entry. I wish that my beautiful, loving friend, Pat, was here to see us get to this point. Hope carried us through up to the point of both of us being fully vaccinated. And then death entered through the back door and took him away from me. I wish we were able to take that ride through the Shenandoah National Park along the Skyline Drive again.

“Life will end—indeed. And that realization should affect the decisions I make each day. But rather than causing me to throw in the towel and give up on life, this shadow of death will spark hope and resolve and passion to spend each remaining day of my life making the most of it.” Joshua Becker ~ Becoming Minimalist

I miss you Pat

Pandemic 2020-21 ~ May

The Finish Line???

“Today is a great day for America, ………“Get vaccinated — or wear a mask until you do.”

“We’ve gotten this far — please protect yourself until you get to the finish line.”

~President Biden~

The numbers; the cases, the deaths and the hospitalizations have suddenly plunged here in the United States. And in what seemed to be an about face, the CDC declared no more masks for those who are fully vaccinated. Forty Percent of the nation has been vaccinated. And the rest, for various reasons, remain unvaccinated and continue to be at risk of infection. Along with the announcement came confusion.

On May 13th, 2021, there were 39,825 new cases here in America and 791 new deaths (Worldometer.com):

~Thinking of India ~

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So, as the confusion settles, it comes down to continuing to do what you need to do to feel safe. I’ll be wearing a mask in situations where I’m coming in contact with others. This is my season of rest. My time to slow down. So ‘back to normal’ for me is what it has been even through this pandemic. I’m easing up of my expectations for myself. A season of rest which is nice at this stage of my life.

Ways to accept and lean into a season of rest:

https://ericalayne.co/7-ways-to-accept-and-lean-into-a-season-of-rest/?fbclid=IwAR2oueExGi4ZuibTX3nbvFA7-gtfMPsmTECE2OzgRKiEXcueSBjZEDGPynM

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~Allow~ 

There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt,
Containing a tornado.
Dam a stream and it will create a new channel.

Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry you to a higher ground.
The only safety lies in letting it all in –
The wild and the weak: fear, fantasies, failures and success.

When loss rips off the doors of the heart, or sadness veils your vision with despair,
Practice becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your known way of being,
The whole world is revealed to your new eyes.

By: Danna Faulds

Pandemic 2020-21 ~ April

~Good Friday through Easter Sunday~

Early Easter Sunday morning my loving friend, Pat, passed away. 💕 And I will miss him so much! He is the kindest, sweetest, loving man I’ve known. 💔 I’m so thankful for the beauty and goodness he brought into my life.

There are so many beautiful memories.

This last year of COVID-19 isolation was difficult for those of us above the age of 75. While he was in a long-term care facility and I was in my own apartment, we made a commitment to talk with each other on the phone every day and give each other the support and encouragement we needed to make it through. Our daily conversations helped both of us through the uncertainty of this pandemic and we grew closer. I was able to visit him over the course of the year and we were relieved to have finally gotten vaccinated. Spring was coming! Soon we’d be able to get outdoors in the sun and make more plans to be together.

The year before the pandemic hit was filled with good memories. I’d known him for quite awhile, from a distance, and finally we were brought together while in physical therapy. I was drawn to his sweet and kind ways. Our relationship grew and I believe we found each other at the right moment in time.

COVID-19 didn’t win in this case. Our worst nightmare was that one of us would wind up on a ventilator isolated from family. That didn’t happen. A stroke and pneumonia worsened in the hospital and he died peacefully with loved ones by his side. I was able to be with him and tell him how much he meant to me.

I was given this gift of having him love me and being able to love him. Because of that my heart has broken wide open with love. It hurts to have him gone and I’ll miss him yet it’s a different kind of broken heartedness. Knowing him has raised me up.

It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up —that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross~

(Now, more than ever, I’m realizing this. Now, today, I woke up to another beautiful day, realizing that, once again, you’re not in it.}

Pandemic 2020-21 ~ March

One-Year Anniversary

On March 10, 2020 I was sitting in the waiting room of Airport Auto, working on a Sudoku puzzle. People around me were coughing and sneezing. 🙁😲🙄

The White House briefings had just begun to alert us to the corona virus that was spreading from country to country. WHO (World Health Organization) declared COVID-19 a Pandemic on March 11, 2020 and the world temporarily closed. Food deliveries and tele-health calls became the new way of getting needs met. Healthcare professionals became our examples of thinking and acting under the rapidly increasing hospitalizations and dealing with a totally unknown and highly contagious killer.

Looking back over this year I can see the resilience that brought so many of us through. We’ve faced the possibility of becoming infected with this virus and met that possibility with common sense and resolve. Now that I’m fully vaccinated I’m still using that common sense and resolve to proceed carefully as I go about my day. I’m taking the attitude of pacing myself when it comes to rushing out and getting back to ‘normal’. That goes for shopping, hair cuts, travel etc.

And, of course, this happened!!

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The year has brought many changes into my life. Changes that also include my hair! I had a great hair stylist before the pandemic began and she did a great job with the cut and the lowlights. When COVID-19 entered our lives, I made the decision to let my hair grow. Over the year my hairstyle took many twists and turns!! I’ve found out that most of my hair is still a reddish-brown except for the top bangs which are white/grey (depending on the light). My hairstylist was beautifully covering up the white/grey with a low-lite. Now that the lowlights have grown all out of my hair, I’m faced with the question of whether to return for a new style and lowlights again. Or to just let it grow! Growing old gracefully hasn’t been easy while navigating a pandemic!!

“This will end! I promise you!” ~ Dr. Fauci

Quote of the Day: “Viruses don’t respect borders.”