Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Hey DOC - How You Doing?

Hey DOC  - 
Sorry for the radio silence on the bloggo. 
Like all of you,  I’ve had a lot on my plate and much to take in with what’s going on re: the Coronavirus pandemic. 
Prepping re: supplies - as in food and filling RXs, trying to rearrange work gigs, working from home is not business as usual because life isn't business as usual.  
Focus is hard to come by as of late - FOR EVERYONE.  
I live by myself - it's been hard dealing with what's been going on alone.  
I know I’m not the only one who is struggling with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
I’m worrying. A lot. 
I worry about me, my family, my friends who are family - including my you dearest DOC. 
Worries galore and in all dimensions: Work, income, diabetes, my country-everyone else around the globe dealing with this pandemic. 

Sleep has been crappy, lack of human interactions from less than 6 to 10 feet a part has been rough - but I’m doing it - And I’m staying home as much as I can! 

Every day the news overwhelms us all more than the previous day. 
Seriously guys, this episode of Black Mirror sucks!

And yes, I’m angry and grieving because it didn't have to get to this point.
But it did. We are here.
Not that I've stated all of the above to you  - I feel better!

Now we need to fight - some of us from our homes/home offices, others from the front lines. 
And every single one of us needs to vote in November - make sure you are registered and continue to triple check your status. 

And WE MUST stay connected and practice self-care. 

Our diabetes online community has always been leading the pack when it comes to connecting in the digital world! It’s almost like we invented it - we didn’t, but you know what I mean! 
Keep connecting! 

Tweet, write, Skype, Zoom, text, phone a friend and use all your digital lifelines on a daily basis. Pick up the phone when a loved one rings - you both will feel better!

Connecting allows us to… well, CONNECT. 
Sharing prevents us from holding it all inside. 
Being able to say things out loud to our selves and others lets us know we are being heard and that makes it easier to focus, feel much-needed normalcy 
I’ve started dividing tasks into increments of time (THANKS Team egg timer and iPhone timer,) and rewarding myself when tasks get moved to the “Completed,” pile.

I'm willing to hunker down for as long as possible and as long as I am able to work from home to stop the spread 

And I am so incredibly grateful to the healthcare workers, cashiers, restaurant workers providing takeout for the masses, grocery store and pharmacy workers, cashiers, postal employees, police, fire, and EMTs - every single person running towards the flames because it's their job. I pray for their safety every night. 

I pray for all of us to stay safe. 
When this all over, I'm hugging every single loved one, friend, and coworker tightly - I’m going to drag my friends out in the sun for drinks and good food. 

And I can't wait. 
Until then, stay safe, stay in touch and let’s stay connected! 
Xo, Kelly


Richard's Rambling Review said...

That is really telling it like it is, Kelly, but
How do we know when it's 'over'?
It ain't over until it's over.
You are a very good blogger.
Keep on blogging, and staying on top of the political front.

Cathy DeVreeze said...

I had to get groceries on Monday. I thanked each cashier that checked me out. That was a very high anxiety being in the stores. I am thankful that I don't live alone. My 3 housemates and I have been getting out for walks daily, which helps my BG's. I keep praying and keep busy. We can do this Kelly. The doc rocks

Unknown said...

Thank you for this article! I have Type 2 Diabetes and I am really scared about this pandemic. But I am hopeful that it will be over soon and I try this and now I am feeling better than ever. I hope we can all survive this coronavirus. God bless you and take care!

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