Oh COVID, why haven’t you left us yet?
“COVID-19, are you going to be naughty or nice to me?”― Steven Magee
I had a visit with my physician yesterday. Just a routine follow-up.
I cope better with facts and research. Then I bounce my findings off people who are smarter than I. My physician confirmed:
- We are currently on the fourth mutation of the Coronavirus
- This mutation is more contagious, but less deadly than the initial strain
- Treatment is progressing, we know more about the disease and effective treatments than we did in the first wave.
- If you’ve had the rona before, you can get it again (eg. fourth mutation).
He went on to say that he has had 21 patients test positive in the last two weeks – one is in hospital and on a ventilator – 20 are managing at home. Note: No HIPAA violations.
“You can blindly follow the advice of government, or you can do your own research to understand what is true and what is not. The latter may save your life.”― Steven Magee
What I do know is that healthcare professionals are deeply fatigued.
The monster is on the rise again.
Combined with flu season, it may be a long winter.
Hospitals in areas I deal with are filling up again with coronavirus cases.
Many are short-staffed.
“Disregard the coronavirus as you would a cannibal kissing your face.”― Kevin Ansbro
This is not good news
but troubling times are a fact of life.
Everyone is tired of the non-stop news
Covid fatigue is real
The ability to be positive is at a premium
“Be positive and stop negative thinking and the key to stop negative thoughts in this hour of crisis of COVID-19, is to spread your love and positive energy in every direction for the well-being of the whole humanity.”
― Amit Ray
The bottom line is that everyone is grieving
the loss of ‘normal life before covid”
perhaps hitting harder now than earlier in the year.
Wondering if this pandemic will ever let up, go away.
“If you are blessed with your health in these times, then embrace the feelings that you are faced with, try to deal with them for there is a blessing in every tragedy and we must find it in order to endure.”― Aysha Taryam
Same rules apply:
Practice gratitude daily – it is amazing!
Look for good things every day
Cry when you need to
Scream when you want to
Take life one day at a time
One minute at a time
One second at a time if that is all you can manage at the moment.
Consciously stay in each moment
Turn off the news
Perform an act of kindness for another human
Do whatever you can to maintain peace of mind: Pray, Listen to music, Meditate. Talk to friends and family
Stay connected: Use ZOOM, Houseparty, Messenger Video, FaceTime, anything to see faces and interact.
Recognize that this too, will pass.
Change is hard.
The possible inability to gather at holidays is hard.
Different is hard.
Finding new ways to do family traditions is hard.
Not seeing loved ones, especially grandchildren, is extra hard.
Milestones witnessed via non-traditional means are bittersweet.
“These so-called bleak times are necessary to go through in order to get to a much, much better place.”― David Lynch
If we stay centered,
we will come out of this pandemic stronger and better people.
XO Lisa ❤️ living a gratitude filled life!