Going Pains

Well, I’ve been out every day since my last post. My hopes of cutting back on errand-running and appointments have been dashed. This introvert isn’t happy, but I’m not stressing about it. On Friday, I had a sad time standing in line in the rain at the DMV. On Saturday, I had another lousy experience standing in another line twice, only to receive exactly what I didn’t want. On Sunday, we were still under the ten-people-or-less state order for worship, so we, as a family, sang in a couple of church members’ yards. (We asked them if we could come by beforehand.) No hugs, no touching, just singing from afar, and a little time to ask if they had what they needed and were doing okay. It was so good to see my church family, so I didn’t mind going out for that. It was, in fact, the highlight of my week.

I utilized the pickup option for my groceries Monday.  While I’m concerned about coming in contact with people, I’m beginning to wonder if sanitizing the groceries we bring in really matters. It takes forever to put food away now, and are the sprays and sanitizing wipes, used to wipe down the products, actually worse for our health? Regardless, I’m glad I didn’t have to go into the store for the stuff.

Tuesday, I drove across town to find an open oil change shop that I trust. Realm’s vehicle was overdue for one, and the regular shop hasn’t opened. I must have looked wary when I was handed a form to fill out because the mechanic assured me things were sanitized at 8AM, noon, and 4PM. I wasn’t reassured, but it was a drive-up service. I sanitized my hands as I rolled up to the service station and sanitized them again as I rolled away.

On Wednesday, I had an appointment at the doctor’s office. I was only there to get blood taken and a form filled out. That hand-sanitizer was at the ready many times, and my hands felt dry for most of the day after that. (Does hand sanitizer really work?)

Realm is blessed to be back to doing his job. He showers immediately when he gets home. Like Mr. Rogers, he has his “around the house” clothes. I keep a separate basket for washing his work clothes. I’d like to buy us all house slippers to slip on at the door, but that’s only because I watch Asian dramas and I’ve been wanting to do that for years. I don’t think it would have any effect on a virus spreading or not spreading because everybody kicks off their shoes when they come home anyway.

Realm is also part of the prep team to help worship and Bible classes start up again. He’s reading articles about viruses in the air, coming from noses, from mouths, from ventilation systems. He’s considering room dimensions; he’s reading up on aerosolized respiratory droplets. We’ve discussed some of the “what-ifs” one might calculate to come to some assuring-but-purely-theoretical safety proceedings.

It is my hope that I’ll be going out tomorrow. By “going out” I mean, going to my backyard to get some fresh air. It’s weird; every time I leave the house and return, I want to hole up in my room. It’s like I’m making up for the outing by trying to be a hermit for the rest of the day. A friend is vacationing in Panama City Beach and that sounds lovely and horrifying at the same time. So, basically, I have COVID-19 paranoia. And, yes, we all know that’s a thing, but I think I’m going overboard.

 

 

 

Author: Rilla Z

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4 thoughts on “Going Pains”

  1. Realm is also part of the prep team to help worship and Bible classes start up again. He’s reading articles about viruses in the air, coming from noses, from mouths, from ventilation systems. He’s considering room dimensions; he’s reading up on aerosolized respiratory droplets. We’ve discussed some of the “what-ifs” one might calculate to come to some assuring-but-purely-theoretical safety proceedings.

    I think I know at least one of the articles you’re talking about. “The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them”? It is quite the eye-opener.

    The long and short of it is that you can’t really COVID-proof a church-type setting. If you’re in an indoor space, breathing the same recirculated air for more than an hour, deep inhaling and powerfully exhaling because– oh, I don’t know– you are singing, then social distancing is pretty much irrelevant– everyone there will end up “bearing one another’s [viral load] burdens.” Church is considerably more dangerous than a meal at sit-down restaurant or an unmasked visit to Wal-Mart.

    (And in other news, we here at your former church are resuming more-or-less regular Sunday morning service starting this Sunday. I am more than a bit nervous about it– not for myself, but that it could potentially be bad for older people or those with chronic health issues. It is my hope and literal prayer that we do not end up in the news for infecting hundreds of people. There will be social distancing, but I do not think that will be enough of a precaution if anyone shows up who actually has the virus.)

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    1. “I am more than a bit nervous about it– not for myself, but that it could potentially be bad for older people or those with chronic health issues.” Yes! It’s a dilemma. The older members’ responses to this have spanned the spectrum, from absolutely don’t care to absolutely won’t get out of the house. I’m pretty sure I’ll be in the latter group in a few years. We humans are a funny lot.

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      1. Yes, people are strange. There does not seem to be much of a middle ground between the barricade-yourself-in-the-bathroom-and-wash-your hands-every-fifteen-minutes crowd and the it’s-all-a-big-conspiracy-by-the-vaccine-illuminati crowd. People think there’s either extreme danger or no risk whatsoever. But the middle ground, at least in this case, happens to be where the truth is (so far as we are able to determine). COVID is worse than the worst flu season we’ve had in living memory, but not THAT much worse, and certainly not world-ending. Sensible precautions are needed, but not total lockdown.

        There are certain things that can be done with minimal risk, such as most any outdoor activity where strict social distancing is observed. The parking lot singing I heard y’all are planning sounds like a great idea. On the other hand, there are other activities that are very, very risky, such as traditional indoor church services.

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        1. I don’t know if I agree that indoor worship is very, very risky. There’s not enough evidence—and that’s coming from the hermit with over-sanitized hands. People are congregating in circulating air environments that, I believe, prove there is breathing room. Until the research is compiled and interpreted, it may boil down to a matter of conscience.

          This conversation turns my mind to what will happen next. What will we do to bring in more fresh air to face the next contagion? We’re an awfully indoor society.

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