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Had a great job for three weeks then had to self-quarantine

Saturday, April 18, 2020

I’ve been self-quarantined for almost five weeks and am grateful I am healthy. After three weeks of working in a nursing home (!) as a part time activity assistant, playing piano and leading activities, loving the job, the Coronavirus came along and my eye doctor told me it was too risky for me to continue working. If I were to contract any virus, I would not be allowed to continue my monthly eye shots for macular degeneration. I have had 86 of those shots and twice the doctor tried extending time between shots from every four weeks to five weeks with poor response and worsening of my condition. So when I found out I might not be able to receive my regular shots for God only knows for however long, I freaked out and immediately quit the job that was so happy to have and feeling like I was “making a difference” to recovering patients and seniors who lived in the nursing home. I finally quit freaking out after I got my most recent eye shot and got past the two week mark with no symptoms of the virus. I am being extra careful when I go on walks but didn’t go on walks until I got some face masks and figured out the time when the fewest people might be encountered.

I had to get out of my apartment for fresh air and activity not only for my physical wellbeing but also mental health. Yesterday I walked almost 3 miles in the morning in an area where few people are encountered because is a street lined with warehouses so on that whole walk saw only a few people who socially distanced appropriately.

I miss going to the gym and my favorite activity there is swimming. I hope I’ll be able to get back to that soon but social distancing in the pool would mean a 6 lane pool could only accommodate 3 people at a time so I don’t expect I’ll be able to do much swimming for quite awhile.

I have been practicing the piano and about a week ago got a great piano music book with 100 rock and roll and pop songs that I plan to learn well enough to share with others.

I have been getting groceries delivered and prescriptions mailed to me.

I am grateful for FaceTime and my daughter. We have been visiting daily since I have been stuck at home and I don’t feel quite so worried about how the two of us are doing.

I’m also in touch with other people by phone who are stuck at home and find that is good for them and me so we don’t get too lonesome.

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    Thanks for everyone’s comments. I am trying to get more active in every way, including on SparkPeople! I have been tested twice for COVID and was negative both times. I think it has just been my asthma and allergies acting up but am relieved to have the negative tests.
    181 days ago
    289 days ago
    Desperate times call for desperate measures. I bet you'll be able to get that job back once this crisis is finally over. I certainly hope so! Stay well!
    428 days ago
    Sad to hear you had to leave your job. You were wise, though, to put your health first. That's most important. Good luck to you. Stay well, stay safe.
    429 days ago
    to bad you had to quit your job, I loved helping out at a nursing home, i used to work with on the dementia wing helping them play bingo do puzzle and just talking and reading to them so miss it, My eye site is much worse. I have to be right on top of my computer to see, tv is blurry . i can read if i can get the book right close to my nose and in good light, i love my walks though walk the same path daily and walk for about a half hour. I go slow because things are blurry bring my cell phone. Hugs well get through this
    429 days ago
    Too bad you had to quit that job but you do have to think of your own health. When this is all “back to normal” I hope you can return to that job
    429 days ago
    Hang in there.
    429 days ago
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