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 ~ January

Be Gone the Old and Begin the New

COVID-19 cases continue to grow here in the United States. This is over-shadowed by 50% of the country that continues to protest our election results. More and more voices of integrity call on the Trump to stop feeding the Stop the Steal machine. All of his efforts to overturn the election results failed and tension has been building up to the day that Congress meets to certify the electoral votes. Trump continues to organize his followers around that date and calls for a massive protest outside the Capital Building.

A sense of dread was building up in me as January 6th drew closer. The president’s rhetoric clearly was a call to his followers to ‘take back their country’ and to stop congress from taking the final step to making President-Elect Biden the 46th president of the US. When the morning arrived, it was clear that the huge crowd that gathered were determined to ‘stop the steal’.

It was also clear that most of the massive crowd weren’t wearing masks or social distancing. As the 45th president ended his speech, the mob – acting as one – stormed the capitol where congress was in progress. The assault on the Capitol left the nation stunned yet many of us were not surprised.

Meanwhile, we were getting increasingly urgent warnings that the next three months were going to be the worst in the pandemic. It was predicted that the death toll in the US by the end of March would be 500,000. We were encouraged to stay home and return to the level of precautions that we had back in the beginning of the pandemic.

Worldometer.com January 30, 2021

Our local Health Department opened up phase 1a and 1b for the first vaccination and I completed the survey for 75 and over. I was one of the 5,000 given an appointment for the pilot program through the local University Medical Center. The process ran smoothly and my second vaccine is scheduled for February 12th. I soon learned that I got in just before the vaccine shortage was announced and many are now forced to wait maybe months.

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Pat and I continue to be a daily comfort and support to each other. He’s set to have his first vaccine at his long-term-care facility next week. It’s hard to believe we’ve been living this pandemic life for almost a year now. We’ve been able to be together three times since it began and every day I feel hugged and loved when we talk on the phone.

Since the new administration has taken over there’s been intelligent and thorough briefings of where we are when it comes to this pandemic. President Biden’s first actions have been directed at the people of America who are truly suffering from loss of jobs, housing and basic needs. There’s a feeling that he gets it!

Martin Luther King Day was January 18th. This year it had even more meaning considering the unfolding of Black Lives Matter Protests along with the impact that COVID-19 has had on the African American communities. I read a few of his sermons and his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. This man was a prophet filled with truth and wisdom and continues to lead us.

Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King Jr.
(1929 – 1968)

2013 – Then Vice-President Biden and my son at the Memorial for the Granite Mountain Hotshots 9 Firefighters who perished in the Arizona fires.