For us, Covid-19 is like a tornado that you watch from afar and wonder if it's coming straight towards you or if it will veer off in another direction. We began following the Coronavirus outbreak of Wuhan, China in January. It was unbelievable how fast the virus was spreading. The communist government ordered a lock … Continue reading Balancing Risks and Rights
Written on 3/30: The Tuesday that Harvard announced they were sending students home, when suddenly things seemed very serious, my husband got a cough. We thought it was unlikely that it was COVID, but started quarantining in our house, and him within our house. We are lucky that we have an extra room. As the … Continue reading Things are okay in the moment.
My friends and family are scattered all around the world. Our realities are usually very different — there is little to no overlap in our day-to-day events, weather, political news, even holidays. Today, however, we are all in the same boat. It has been bewildering and bizarre to observe the lives of my friends and … Continue reading United by Staying Away
I’m okay staying home if it means reducing the spread of this illness to other people. I’m okay about working from home. I’m okay with my children having to be home from school if it means that we as a family are contributing to the common good. I’m also okay with wearing a mask to … Continue reading Choose compassion, not fear.
I'm a Marine Corps veteran. I faithfully served this country from 2001-2006 as a communications technician and I cherish the time I served. One thing that not many people know about me is that I struggled with addiction before and after my service. In fact, one of the reasons I joined was because it provided … Continue reading an essential job and life on hold
I had a fever last week, cough and deep pain in my lungs. Shortness of breath. My husband has it now too. We called our primary doctors. My regular doctor said I should go to my primary care clinic and get tested, but did not put in an official order. I didn't find out I … Continue reading No tests available.
March in the mid-Atlantic states is glorious. Dissatisfied with the quality of C’s preschool and the annoyances of weekly commitments, the COVID school cancellations were a bit of a relief. Sure, museums and other places were closed, but as long as we can go outdoors and explore, it would feel mostly like summer vacation without … Continue reading Protecting my family from COVID-19.
My daughter was sick. For three days her little body fought temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Caring for my daughter when she is sick is emotionally and physically exhausting. Her body is the one going through hell so, why does it drain me so much? A three day fever meant four days of … Continue reading family, science, and community
Eleven years ago I gave birth. The doctor announced, "it's a girl," as she took this new life out of my body. Relieved, I released my breath and my body melted down into the bed. A girl. I have a daughter. I got my first glimpse of her and then, as the doctors and nurses … Continue reading 11.
This is the last post in a series about family. As a preamble to this post, I want to make it clear that I look at all of my posts as a mere snapshot in time. The words I write today are a reflection of the things I think, feel, believe, and understand today. I … Continue reading Christian family.