Wow. May 1st. Hard to believe.
Some days are better than others.
We need something to pick us up. I mentioned to you about Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper report as she reflects on the current events and offers reassuring, and hopeful views of the world today. And I am sharing 5 things that I have learned from this Crisis.
I just don’t like the phrase- “New Normal.” I think it connotates finality. This IS the way it will be ….
I am trying for positivity and watch stories of strength and family support, each opening my eyes to caring and good-natured people.
It is hard some days though, to get out of the “Groundhog day” hole or mentality..wishing for something new to come along and happen, not just more of the same.
And I know how hard it is not to have medical treatment for a condition, as I have been struggling with higher pain levels since they’ve stopped due to Covid.
Back in early March, when we began to Shelter in Place, I did not think about my medical treatment being put on hold. It really never crossed my mind. I was thinking- medical, it’s essential. However, my dry needling sessions are one on one, and it is impossible to remain 6 feet apart! If it was, she would be some type of magician with a Migyvered like device dry needling from a distance! Ah, in my daydreams!
I have also gone down on pain patches at this time, taking 50% less than I started with. The pain is even, hadn’t changed until I stopped getting treatment. It shows you how much you need those tools and treatments when you don’t have them. So where I would normally hover around a 3/4 pain level daily with dry needling, without I am on certain days an 8/9.
I look at the continued uncertainty, and that is what I think brings me and others anxiety. I also looked though, and thought how important it is to live day today, in the moment. That is one thing Coronavirus is teaching me, “Live for the Moment.” Feel each day. Enjoy nature.
Second, It is hard to go without seeing the plight of others and also wanting to help. Whether it is getting a neighbor groceries, making a mask, offering up toilet paper to a neighbor… whatever you can do, is important. I have learned that his is a virus where the community has to come together as a whole. People helping others.
I’ve learned gratitude. Being at home 24/7 may end up causing you to argue like these two corgies here, with your spouse, but beyond that you think of the importance of family. Supporting each other, in whatever way possible, being there, and loving each other is something to be grateful for.
I think of my mom and how she is alone in another state. She has all 4 of us siblings calling her daily to talk. She joked about having less things to talk about beyond cleaning and what she made for dinner, but it eases her mind to have family contact.
Third, pets are just wonderful. ( as if you didn’t know that!) I have been a dog lover for a long time, and they have always been my “Saving Grace” . They want love, and in return are giving affection, love, comfort. It is no wonder a time like this people are emptying the shelters and wanting pets near them. They are a great source of companionship, and make you laugh. Which is what we all need!
I have an appreciation for others and what they do. I sit an ask myself, would I have been on the front lines, as a doctor? or nurse? Many of them come from other states to help sick patients in NYC, risking their safety and possibly the families. Yet, they feel a calling. I am amazed by these people.
Last, it makes me think of how strong I am as a person. Not physically, but emotionally. I am sure you have had this thought as well. It takes strength to endure times like these. I have been through the last 12 years with EDS, my chronic pain condition, and have gotten to a point where I is more manageable. Now, here we all are in this day of Coronavirus, and it takes strength to continue to do our part. It is not easy by any means, but it is a choice we make.
Now, to make you laugh, watch this Adam Sandler and Pete Davidson video from SNL. a”Quarantine Song”
Id love to hear the things that you have learned from this time? Let me know in the comments.
Have a great weekend,