Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Covid Got My Whole Family Like...SURPRISE!

For months since the pandemic broke, I've been fortunate enough to say that I do not personally know anyone who has gotten ill with COVID-19 or has died from COVID-19.  That is, until now. Much to my surprise, I never would have imagined it would hit so close to home. So close in fact, SARS-CoV-2 has infected my entire family of four and I suspect the dog too (more on why I think my dog has COVID later in this post).   

The purpose of this blog post is to simply document my experience and assure you all that we will SURVIVE!  We got this!  

One thing is certain, SARS-CoV-2 does not discriminate.  I am 90% certain that my husband and I contracted the virus directly from one or both of our daughters who most likely got it from a social event they both attended. We are unsure of the order, or who passed it to who, but we have all been infected at or about the same time. What I can tell you is CV-19 has affected each one of my family members differently, and similarly too.  For the most part, my husband and I have had the same symptoms (we are in our young 50's), but both of my daughters, ages 22 and 24, have experienced slightly different symptoms. We are all relatively healthy.  We eat healthy, we exercise regularly, and we are all very fortunate to have no underlying health conditions or concerns.  Given those factors, we are confident that the virus will not linger for long.... or at least we hope so.

It is day 5 for my husband and I and day10 for both of my daughters.  We were all officially tested at the same time, with the exception of my husband (I am certain that based on my diagnosis, and his symptoms, that he too must have CV-19).

My husband and I both started with the same exact symptoms, 1 day apart - - headache, body aches, chills, and a slightly elevated fever.  I started with a sore throat and a cough on day 3.  My daughters have experienced body aches, headaches, tiredness, and most recently, loss of taste and smell.  Drug of choice = Advil and AdvilPM.  My doc prescribed me an inhaler and a cough suppressant, but I haven't felt the need to take either.  We have also been taking our zinc regularly.  This known supplement has been proven to bolster the immune system.  According to webmd, having zinc in your blood could lower your odds of dying from COVID-19. In addition to taking zinc and a pain reliever, we have been drinking lots of fluids, eating chicken noodle soup (homemade - thanks mama!), and resting. 


In short, all of our symptoms have been very similar to having the flu, only not nearly as bad as the flu.  At no time have any of us experienced shortness of breath or trouble breathing (thank goodness), which was once a common concern with this virus.  Based on my research, I have found that our symptoms are much like what other infected people with no underlying health conditions seem to be experiencing today.  I am no scientist, but it is my belief based on my personal experience, that CV-19 has weakened, largely in part due to herd immunity and therefore, the effect it is having on people is not as severe as it once was.  

As this thing winds down and turns the corner, our symptoms are less severe with each passing day.  I am tired - very tired, and I have loss of appetite.  Fortunately, I am able to work from home on my laptop, so my daily routine exists of work, nap, work, nap, repeat. My husband and 22 year old daughter can also work from home.  My older daughter will have to file for unemployment until she can return to her place of employment.  We are in this thing together as a family and while I don't think we are completely out of the woods just yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  

I mentioned earlier that I think we could have possibly passed the virus onto our dog. While Coop is a senior dog (a very stubborn senior, I might add), he is on a strict daily diet.  Due to his age, his appetite is inconsistent.  Some days he eats and other days he will skip a meal, but all in all his poop has always been well... solid. Today however, we witnessed that Cooper has a bad case of diarrhea.  Studies have shown that humans can pass the virus onto their dog or cat, so we are thinking that maybe Cooper has CV-19 as well.  Hopefully, Sir Louie (pictured below) will not get sick, because as you can see, he likes to think he is my assistant, but has served as nothing more than a furry paperweight.



Take it from us..... it sucks getting sick, it brings you down, and it's a bump in the road...BUT YOU can survive COVID-19 - it's not as bad as the flu.  You don't have to fear it, and most importantly, it is not cool to treat those who have had CV-19 (or have it) like a leper.  

As our trusty pres has told us, "Don't be afraid of COVID and don't let it dominate your life"~ Trump

Takeaways:
  • You can survive COVID-19
  • COVID-19 can spread like wildfire and is easily transmitted to others
  • Mask or no mask, COVID-19 does not discriminate
  • Wash your hands 
Be safe, remain informed, and stay healthy!  
 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Corona Diaries - Random Sunday Thoughts


Cooper wears his mask like a scarf

Coop loves the fresh air and 'Merica too!
 My daughter found the mother of all hand sanitizers


I cannot wait to go to the office tomorrow and wear my mask, said NO ONE EVER!

Ugh, when is this going to end!!!!!!!! 😷😷😷

Stay informed, be safe, and above all stay healthy my friends!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Corona Diaries | Beach Dreamin'

Gonna put the world away for a minute;
Pretend I don't live in it;
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away...

I don't know about you all, but I'm so ready for a vacation!  What makes it worse is knowing you can't really go anywhere even if you wanted to.  I mean realistically you could go on a road trip, but everything is closed. What's the point in vacationing if the restaurants are closed.  That to me is one of the highlights of vacationing. Anyhow, I'm sure I'm not the only one dreaming of a getaway following this quarantine we're all following willingly.  I'm a beach girl so that would be my destination of choice.  I suppose for now, I will dream of being:

Knee deep in the water somewhere;
Got the blue sky breeze blowin' wind through my hair;
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair.....
- Zac Brown

Where will your destination of choice be when the Stay at Home orders are lifted?

St. Lucia

Daytona, Florida


Outer Banks, NC

Cape May, NJ

Ocean City, Maryland



Stay informed, be safe and above all, stay healthy, my friends!


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Corona Diaries - Jesus, Bald Eagles and My Immune System


Psssst.  Do you know what Hanover PA’s best kept secret is?? Well, according to my geeky National Geographic self, THE HANOVER BALD EAGLE CAM!!! That’s right folks, there is an Eagle Cam right here in my little home town and the best part is you can view the nest and the bald eagles, Liberty and Freedom up close and personal LIVE in HD right from your living room couch. 

In 2015, I was glued to the LIVE streaming and witnessed the eaglets hatching.  It was so exciting!!

I just started watching the nest again and apparently, I missed the April hatchlings. I learned that sadly, the eggs did not survive.  Liberty is the female bald eagle (the larger of the pair). If you care to tune in, the eagles are not always in their nest.  I have found that they frequent the nest in the early morning hours and sometimes at dusk.  What a thrill it is to see that!  

I absolutely love the names of the Hanover, PA eagle pair – LIBERTY AND FREEDOM.  How appropriate and symbolic for the troubling times we are facing as a Nation.  With all the government crackdowns and over-policing of people and businesses due to the pandemic, I believe we all need a reminder of where our liberties and freedoms come from.  It is my belief that our RIGHTS come from our Creator.

I am being as respectful as I can by following the recommendations and guidelines to keep me, my family and others from contracting the COVID-19, but c'mon people enough is enough with the ridiculousness!  How many more restrictions will be enforced upon us??  Enough is enough.

Like my bestie always reminds me, I have Jesus ya'll, and an immune system!  I will not fear!

Now, excuse me while I get back to my nest watching addiction.  Trust me, it's far better than watching the news.

Stay informed, be safe, and above all stay healthy!


Monday, April 13, 2020

Corona Diaries - 5 Good Reasons To Take In A Sunset

I remember as a young child riding in the car with my Great Gram.  We were probably out for ice cream or a Sunday drive through the country, but I distinctly remember the sky.  The sky was a beautiful canvas of orange, reds, blues and pinks.  My Gram and I were just amazed at God's beautiful artwork as we stared out the back passenger window together, and I remember gram saying to me, "it looks like the sky is on fire".  It was so vivid and vibrant, the image will be forever ingrained in my mind and so will Grams words that described it.  Thus began my love for sunsets. 😍

Have you taken time for a sunset lately?  There really is no better time with all of this sickness going on in the world.  Besides, a sunset gives us hope - a promise of a new dawn. A good sunset may be just what the doctor ordered.

5 Good Reasons to Take In A Sunset:

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1.  A sunset will allow you to decompress and relax from a stressful day.
2.  A sunset will get you outside for fresh air.
3.  A sunset will inspire you.
4.  A sunset will make you appreciate God's glory.
5.  A sunset does not cost a thing!

This quick cell phone pic was taken this evening near my home.  I actually wish I had my DSLR 📷 with me, but it was a spur of the moment decision to drive past the dam on my way home.  After today's crazy weather of storms and high winds, it's hard to believe the day ended so peacefully. God gives us this free gift every single day of our lives.  Get out there and accept His beautiful, awe inspiring present, and know that through Him, there is hope for better days ahead.

Stay informed, be safe and above all, stay healthy my friends!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Corona Diaries - Easter Like No Other

There's no doubt, Easter will be like no other this year due to the Stay at Home Orders across the U.S. Any normal year, Christians would dress up in their pretty pastels and along with their families, head out of their homes to do what most Christians do on Easter Sunday - - attend a church worship service, followed by that egg hunt and big family brunch.  Just because we will not be able to gather together as a whole church on Easter does not mean we won't be celebrating today. In fact, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every.single.day.  Amen? 🙌🙌

Many of us won't be worshiping together at a physical church today, but we have to remember, we ARE the Church whether we're together physically, or together spiritually.  The beauty of living in today's world is the fact that technology will bring us together on another platform. Most churches will be streaming live and/or pre-recorded church services today.  I hope you are able to find one to worship with.  Let us not focus on the fact that we are unable to gather together today physically, but instead focus on the real reason for the season and His glorious promise for eternal life for all who believe in Him.  For by His grace we are saved through faith!

Have a blessed Easter and celebration Corona-style!

If there was ZOOM in Biblical times:





Saturday, April 11, 2020

Corona Diaries - Hold On For Better Days

Oh man.... love me some Luke Combs.  I think it's cool how during this quarantine time alot of musicians are playing music from their homes in the raw.  I absolutely LOVE it.  It's so real and heartwarming.  You will love this Luke Combs unreleased tune, What Do You Do When It's Raining.  Luke said it was just before this whole Coronavirus mess that he wrote this song while he was at the beach and it was raining.  His fiancee' Nicole asked, "What do you do when it's raining?"  And Luke said the lyrics just came to him.  It's funny how the lyrics apply to the storm we're riding out now.  He couldn't have said it any better:

"Enjoy the break, and hold on for better days til the sunshine shines again".


Stay informed, be safe, and above all stay healthy my friends!



Friday, April 10, 2020

Corona Diaries - T.G.I.F.

T.G.I.F. - Thank GOD I'm forgiven!

For when He was on the cross, I was on His mind. 

Thank you Jesus for your unfailing love!

Little words are needed today, friends.

May the peace of the Lord be with you in these troubling times.  

Trust in Him.  


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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Corona Diaries - Hey all you cool cats and kittens!

Welp, he did it.  Our governor announced today that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic school year due to the CV.  My heart breaks for the kiddos.  This is not a vacation for them at all.  Sure, the first week was all fun and games but then reality sunk in and just like that online learning is the new norm. *sigh* I can tell you that I'm kinda very happy that my kids are grown and out of school.  This is a tough time right now for families with school age children.

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I am most grateful that I have an "essential" job to go to every day.  Gets me up and out of the house, and as soon as I arrive at my office, my mind is focused on work.  Speaking of offices, I had a big cat visitor today.  Not the Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin kind of visitor, but a Google 3d visitor: Check out my video below:  😂😂😂🐆🐆


You can become your very own Tiger King with Google 3d!  (Yes, I too binge-watched Tiger King with the rest of America)

Joe Exotic from Tiger King

From lions and tigers, to bears, alligators and sharks, you can bring these animals to life in your very own homes. Google 3d is so addicting and the perfect quarantine activity using your smart phone.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you need to!

Meet Penny the Panda getting Zenny in my Zen Den at home:


Gotta keep it light folks!!

Stay informed friends, be safe and above all stay healthy!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Corona Diaries - Stats

As of today's date, I'm sad to report that there are still a number of growing Coronavirus cases, deaths and recoveries and we have yet to "flatten the curve".  Keep the faith people and together we can CRUSH that curve! 💪🙏

I found Worldometers to be a very resourceful and credible website.  They report various statistics and is updated daily. Current Coronavirus stats are broken down by country.  Here are the totals Worldwide as of today, April 8th:
I started to not pay so much attention to the media.  It has helped my anxiety level greatly.  I do check in from time to time and read the headlines, but anymore it's hard to believe any of the media outlets so I just go about my normal daily routine, maintain my social distancing, wash my hands, and wait.....  Wait for the daggum stores to open back up!  This girl is having shopping withdrawal! Of course my husband loves that we are actually saving money and his social calendar is just the way he likes it!

Stay informed friends, be safe and above all, stay healthy!


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