Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Who doesn't love a happy goat?
I read a community feed this a.m. from someone who had lost their grandmother and uncle just within 2 days. The uncle was cancer, not known g.mother. I feel so sad for this individual. Dealing with the sorrow of 2 loved ones dying in these days is difficult, at the very least. I watch my fellow nurses going to work and dealing with all this death and sickness and my heart breaks. It was always hard when one patient dies but multiples compounds everything. Many of the support systems are no longer in place. The value of a good old fashioned hug can never be minimized. The emotional distress from this is starting to take a big toll on people.
I miss my younger son's hugs, but social distancing is preventing it. These are terrible times for sure.
Hunker down! As a nurse, retired but once a nurse always a nurse, I worked with multiple epidemics and in a hospital here in Chicago specifically designed with a pandemic in mind. The planning started back in 2001, way ahead of Covid-19. Medical professionals understand these things and are telling everyone to isolate to stop the spread. Minimally keeping 6 feet distance between individuals. It's hard I know. My 2 sons and I live in about 1000 square feet but are playing by the rules. Please stay home when possible. Please wash your hands with a vengeance. Please stay 6 feet away from others.
Last night I said to my son, "I wonder what the world will look like once this virus is done having its way. I have hopes that people will learn to be kinder, more tolerant and that we come out generally a better humanity. It's hard to carry on right now, but we will get through this. Don't let these times interfere with who you are and what you need to get done.