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What 5 Things Can You Learn from this Crisis?

Hi friends!

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,

Stay safe,

Jess xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 13:08h, 05 May Reply

    OMG, Jess, that phrase “New Normal” is driving me bonkers, too. And they have been using it from so early on which makes all the conspiracy theories pop into my head! I am so sorry that you are struggling with your pain management. It is terrible that you are not permitted to get the treatment you need. Sending you lots of healing thoughts, my friend.


  • Lily Rose
    Posted at 12:06h, 02 May Reply

    I am thankful for my dogs, especially in times like this. When I feel down and anxious, I just look at them, kid and pets, and hold them and for even a short moment, things are ok. Hang in there, there is light at the end of all of this! Sending you much love

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:42h, 02 May Reply

      Hi Lily
      I feel the same! I have 2 shih tzus who are my world and I love them to bits! I bet you do too. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

  • Melody Jacobs
    Posted at 08:51h, 02 May Reply

    You are right besides it great that we all keep in contact with our loved ones staying far away.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:27h, 02 May Reply

      Yes, I am grateful we can all call my mom daily and see her via the computer. 🙂

  • elizabeth0109w
    Posted at 05:19h, 02 May Reply

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  • Lisa
    Posted at 23:08h, 01 May Reply

    It has not been that much different for me but more of an inconvenience. We do not do that much. We have not had any money coming in since November. Most of the things that we do are outside away from a lot of people but I do miss visiting the mall every now and again.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:58h, 02 May Reply

      I understand . We work from home, but that hasn’t changed, but socializing and enjoying things are very different. I hope things look up soon!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 19:35h, 01 May Reply

    I’m with you about the term new normal. It just doesn’t sit right with me. I realize there are going to be so many changes, and it’s been so hard.
    I feel for you that it’s affected how you deal with your pain too, Jess. That’s just not fair.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:26h, 02 May Reply

      Thank you Jodie. I am hoping to get treatment this month. It makes a huge difference.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 02 May Reply

      Thank you ! Yes, it has been difficult. I hope to get treatment this month.

  • Sugar Lane
    Posted at 18:59h, 01 May Reply

    what an inspiring post, I love that you stay positive!
    have a great weekend!

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 13:10h, 01 May Reply

    I also very much dislike the term “new normal”. I hope they can open up treatments for you. We’ve been seeing how hospital staffs have been being laid off b/c of lack of routine procedures. Our economy is opening up (gradually) starting today, FLs on Mon., I know a couple of others are, too. I don’t mind being a “test state” to give other states encouragement to open. My opinion is we are creative and clever people and can figure out how to be as safe as possible interacting with others. Hugs!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:25h, 02 May Reply

      Hi Kim, thank you! I should be getting treatment soon as my therapist emailed me , and I am so ready! You wouldnt think people get excited for needling! I am interested in seeing what Florida does as we are starting to open parks.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:51h, 02 May Reply

      Thank you Kim! I may be getting treatment in May, which will help significantly. I look forward to seeing how different states open up.

  • NatGutmor
    Posted at 11:46h, 01 May Reply

    Dear Jess, I hope your pain diminishes soon. I love your post for how honest it is, these times are very challenging for all of us.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:49h, 01 May Reply

      Thank you! I should be able to get some treatment in May, which should help. I appreciate your comment! take care.

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 08:47h, 01 May Reply

    It’s definitely been an adjustment for so many and I feel for my poor mom who is alone. I hope to see her next week, we are slowly getting back to normal here in FL!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:17h, 01 May Reply

      I know. Yes, both are moms are alone and I do think that is so hard. That would be good!

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 04:10h, 01 May Reply

    I agree with you about the term “new normal.” While I am a bit skeptical that we can quickly return to the way things were, I think we will learn new ways of coping besides pure isolation. When we get our testing capacity up to where it needs to be so that we can test everyone that sneezes, then we can quarantine only the sick people, the way other countries have been doing. This will allow the well and recovered more freedom.

    I’m so sorry you’re having to do without your dry-needling appointments. That has to be especially tough.

    As to what I’ve learned…. I’m a scenario runner by nature. I’ve long had the compulsion to plan for all future possibilities in order to be prepared. Of the many scenarios I’ve run, none of them included a pandemic. Those are stories written by Stephen King. Hmmmph! Consequently, I am doing better at living in the moment.

    I’ve also learned what an introvert I am, as I am not too bothered by being confined to home.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:23h, 01 May Reply

      I agree Michelle! Testing is so important! I hope they can test more Thank you . So right! I never thought we would be going through this. Right now, living in the moment is the only thing that is helping me currently. Otherwise, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I have heard this by other introverted people, saying that it doesn’t bother them as much.
      take care!

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