Day 35 – Checking In


Hope you are all feeling good and all is well with your families and friends. I never believed 5 weeks ago this is where we would be. I thought maybe two weeks or three but never 5 plus. We have had our ups and downs. We have had 6 friends that were diagnosed with Covid 19 as of now. Two have fully recovered and two are on their way to recovery.  The other two are fairly newly diagnosed and still going through the first stages. They are the high school friend of my son and his mom. So, we are thinking of them quite often. As they have all reported the headaches and breathing are the worst they have ever felt in their lives.

My son has been struggling the past few days with the fears that this will never end. We assure him that some day this will all be a time to look back on and see all the things we did and he did but that this will not last forever. He struggles with it seeming too “normal” which I fully understand. He says he feels like we have been inside the house always. He struggles with his thoughts of never going back to school or seeing his friends in real life. He looks forward to Thursdays when they play “Dungeons and Dragons” online together. We have even decided to have him celebrate his birthday in two weeks by  baking cupcakes for his friends and delivering contact free so that they can all meet online and have a party. It is trying to figure out ways to make things be okay for him.

My daughter is struggling through the end of the college semester. All her classes are online but not really online. She has one professor who is really good at communicating and getting the information out to the students but there is at least one teacher she has not even heard from. He put what was due up on line and hasn’t done a lesson or online chat since then. That is not a teacher. So, she is doing her best and we assure her that most teachers will be understanding and those who are not all the students are in the same situation. She is having a virtual graduation on Sunday, April 26th. Hopefully after that things will start to turn for her. She is realizing she probably won’t have a job this summer which she was really looking forward to as they are closing all the summer camps around us. This certainly has hit her hard.

I am thinking of getting my mother and father to try a video chat. This should be funny. My mother is not technologically savvy but she tries. If we can be on the phone to try to walk her through it we may be able to do this. I haven’t seen them since we stopped for 12 hours on our way home from Florida at the beginning of March. I had planned to try a quick trip in May or June but I just don’t know. I would feel horrible if I took something to them and they got sick even though I may feel fine. So, we don’t know when we will see them again. Hopefully before the end of summer.

Like most everyone else our lives are continuing on. Very much the same and very different all at once.  How are you and your family?

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Prayers for your friends who are ill. Scary times for sure. I am so sorry for what your kids are going through. Life is definitely different now. My DDIL uses Google Hangout so she and JP can talk to her parents. Took them awhile but it worked! Love to you all

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks! All are getting better, including us. We have really good days and really bad days. But, we will get through this. Thank you so much!

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  2. Miriam says:

    I feel for the kids who are doing it so hard now. Young kids at school, teenagers finishing their final year and ones like my son and yours starting university. It’s a different world to try to adapt to. But we’re doing the best we can, day by day. And one day, yes it will end. Take care.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks. They will be stronger and I hope more socially and environmentally aware after this is through. It is definitely a different world.

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  3. I hope your two ill friends recover quickly, Marci. The other that have recovered or are close to recovery are doing so well and that is such good news. Nothing lasts forever, but my younger son is also struggling with being at home all the time and not seeing his friends. It is harder for them.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It is so true. I am mostly fine with being home all the time. I am used to it but they are struggling at times. Hoping we are all better and through this soon.

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  4. Pastor Cathy says:

    all is well

    families and friends.

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  5. Pat Grattan says:

    Good Morning — sunny and SUNday. I hope your folks can learn some kind of video chat. As you know, I didn’t have any success with zoom when the family tried it. Tried the following week with Colleen’s help but my old computer wanted me to change my security settings and she said no. Last night we tried the “houseparty” app on my iPhone and it was much easier with just a little on-line coaching from Col. It was like sitting around the kitchen table for three hours and left me so happy. Good luck.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks Pat!

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  6. Such strange time, I’m,glad your all doing well and so sorry about your friends and thankful for recovery.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It is definitely different.

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  7. artandicon says:

    Gee. Your region is really hard hit. I’m so sorry for your people. We here in Arkansas are in a true backwater. Of course, when it finally hits here, it’ll be bad, since our rural health providers aren’t much better than doc in a boxes. Keep up the good work, for if there’s any silver lining, those young people who go through this will be stronger over the long haul. I think of my depression era parents, who rolled with many punches that would take many of us down today. I taught my mom at 82 to use email and internet, so I have faith you can do the same with your mom too. 👍🏻👵🏻💯

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks! We are in a very rural area too. But, we are a Chicago vacation home destination as we are on Lake MI 90 or so miles from Chicago. Our hospital system is pretty good because of that and local industry head quarters that want people to stay for jobs. We are very fortunate.

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      1. artandicon says:

        I live in a national park, so I have resources better than most other rural areas, but our service economy has been hit hard. At least most of us are retirees, so jobs aren’t a problem, but our state is a trailing indicator—last to feel the effects of anything happening nationally and last to revive also, unfortunately. Our governor is making noises about “opening up,” but it’s probably too early. Then they all an “oopsie” and look stupid, instead of going slow and taking the prudent approach. But what are a few deaths to people in power who want to please higher powers? But I’m not in that position, and I can be pure of heart. You’re doing good by your family. Stay strong. If our ancestors could take 43 months of the Great Depression, surely we can do a few months of the great pandemic.

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  8. I hope your friends recover and that you are keeping well! This is a difficult time for everyone and I’m certainly feeling the pressure with exams but cooking helps take my mind off that – a new quarantine hobby to help my dad out (he’s stuck in another city and has absolutely no idea how to cook 🙂 ) It is great that everyone can stay connected though. Hope you’re having a lovely day and stay safe! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you have an amazing day and get through those exams well. My daughter was up until 3 am last night working on a project. One more week for her.

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