COVID-19 Series, Independence

Concentrating on COVID: Moving in the Middle of a Pandemic

So as many of my followers know, I made a life decision last week as the opportunity presented itself foe a new home. For at first I was apprehensive, at the close of a election and in the midst of a global pandemic, you could see the worry written all over my face last week, but in the end I had to realize that I needed to stop having the end-of-the-world feeling and realize that there were pandemics before this one and they’ll likely be ones after, maybe not in our lifetime, but there’s a great world of unknowns out there.

I met with my Eye Doctor last weekend, a very knowledgeable man. You see, I was due for a eye exam around March 18 and I was there a few weeks prior getting glasses and was told my vision plan was a year from the previous date, which was March 18. However, at the order of government on March 17, the country went into a max overload of closures, which in turn resulted in me being seen at this time. Even after the stay-at-home order was lifted, the doctor could give me all the exams he wanted, but I could not get any eyewear until months later as it worked out.

He also told me if you look back at history, the average pandemic lasts two years, and yes, all the precautionary measures, such as universal masking took place, we just didn’t see the media coverage back then because it wasn’t at that point yet. Regardless, we see it more because it is something to talk about and is a pivotal point in the daily living of all people around the globe. So why should I let something like a pandemic hold me up from making a lifelong commitment?

The reason is simple, for the past almost eight months we, the whole country was adapting. At first many had plans to be off work or school for two weeks, then cases here became more, so the stay at order was put into place. As such, in many situations, remote learning and working methods were initiated, thus making telehealth services move evident to all and a covered service. In many instances the method to somewhat normalcy took almost three months from the day many were sent home, many are still working remotely, and others are furloughed or have reduced hours.

The moral of the story is, I had to spend the majority of the time I spent in a confined space more than what would be if I was independent, therefore I thought it would outweigh the risk. As long as I follow the proper protocol, I will be able to keep away. Much thanks to many things that are remote so I now have less stress because of the day program being a hybrid version so that I go in certain days and work on a platform the others. Many of these days, my family has had other commitments so I would be without their company as they were if they were there busy with their commitments anyway.

One thing that COVID has taught me is to be prepared, yet be expectant of changes, because they can occur and at a instant. Now I certainly do not mean that I will be a prisoner of my own home, however I will be able to think and move about as the regulations dictate in a freer fashion. This includes getting exercise, moving more and getting what I need to get in a timely fashion.

With this and politics in the United States, we certainly live in a world of uncertainty here. We must be alert of things to note when we are in isolation and what we can do to improve well being. Work to be accepting of sudden, uncomfortable and abrupt changes and not reacting, rather responding to them in a proper, acceptable, and dignified manner. We must not be doomsday preppers, yet we must keep in the back of our minds that we could expect things to change and through the proper preparation and guidance we will overcome

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