The Covid19 virus is impacting us all in ways we would not have imagined just 30 days ago. A dear friend of mine stopped in at the farmhouse yesterday; I had asked her to come by any time months ago. Her visit would be have been welcome at any time, but now as it turns out. We have been self-isolating for over a week and my husband has a pre-existing condition. She had not been keeping up with the developments and was perplexed when she was not greeted with a hug and an invitation to come into the house for a cup of tea.

When she left I felt sad; we hadn’t connected in a long while and this opportunity to share time was lost as I stood firm in keeping our social distancing. It was too much to explain that social distancing is a social responsibility as our hospitals do not have enough respirators and care to take care of all citizens if we unnecessarily get sick at this time. I wanted to tell her that I knew we would all get this virus eventually, but right now was not a good time to be exposed. My heart ached and I had been an ungracious host. This is our new reality, and she was not quite ready to see it; we are each waking up to it at our own pace.

My fascination with pandemics began many years ago; I was practicing at a major teaching-research hospital here in North Carolina and my patient coming in for migraines was the MD heading of the infectious disease department at the facility. I mentioned to him during one treatment session that I was a bit of a pandemic nerd and asked him if I was being unrealistic; his answer was an unapologetic, “not if but when” kind of retort with a grim face; I was beginning to understand the underlying stress causing his head pain.

In one respect my brain has been adapting to this scenario of events for years; but in reality, I could have never comprehended the reality that has descended upon us all. Be careful out there! And I would love to hear your shared experiences in the comment box!

2 thoughts on “Covid 19 Coronavirus Shocking Reality

  1. I really appreciate your honesty in this post. None of us have dealt with this in our lifetimes, and so this really unfamiliar territory for us all. Watching the news the other day (trying to limit my intake), the segment was dedicated to talking about the psychological impact of the pandemic. The featured psychologist discussed how now could be a real opportunity for people to reconnect with themselves, nature, and their families. I wholeheartedly agree. I pray the pandemic passes quickly, but also as we enter this uncharted territory that whatever positive changes that need to happen, we become open to them.

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