I LOVE, LOVE. LOVE all the funny memes and sarcastic comments that this virus is inspiring. I seriously do – every time I see a funny one I send it in a group chat to my family. I really love them.
But what I am really getting tired of is “come take my husband”, “I cant handle 14/27/ 30 days with my family”, “my husband needs to go” …
People are making these comments and although funny, there is some truth behind them, people are posting pictures and sharing stories about how annoyed they are …
Honestly I actually hadn’t put much more than a passing thought into them until I saw a friend post something today. A nurse friend posted that she wished she could have a 14 day quarantine with her husband. Instinctively, without thinking, I posted “me too”. I hadn’t really thought about it. It’s been over two years and I’m moving forward and really enjoying my life, but that simple statement made me realize how incredibly selfish and annoying some people are being . There are so many worse things than being quarantined with your healthy husband for 2 weeks, believe me I know. What I would give for another two weeks with my husband – fishing and camping. What I would give for another two weeks with my ALS battling husband, what I would give for two more weeks of being a wife and caregiver.
I know that being quarantined brings up a slew of new emotions for people. It’s an adjustment and it’s not easy. Everyone is scared and uncertain about the future. I get it. I truly do.
I know what it’s like to worry about the future, about where the money will come from and if you will have a job when this is all “over”. I know how hard it is to be isolated at home, to lose your social interactions and time with your friends. I know what it’s like to be constantly washing your hands and worried if you will be able to get supplies when you need them and to worry about possibly having to the hospital and be exposed to additional, more aggressive, dangerous germs. I get it. I truly do.
I know what it’s like to fight with your family, go stir crazy and be bored. I know how it feels to be trapped in your home, with slow internet and no “new shows” to watch. I get it. I truly do.
I know what it’s like to be utterly helpless, to have no control over what’s going on. I know how it feels like to not have any answers, no time line, no real projected outcome and no “cure”. I get it. I truly do.
We have been told that Covid-19 has a fatality rate of 3%. ALS has a 100% fatality rate. So believe me when I say I get it. I truly do.
So can we all please take a deep breath, love on our families, enjoy game nights, wine drinking and cozy movie nights. Please take a breath (without a N95 mask on – hahahahah) and wash your hands.
– xoxo Victoria
P.S. Tomorrow I will share some tips to help you get through this time of social distancing.