“ Take one day at a time. Today after all is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
. It is March 11th and while I sit here and write this I think about how it rained all day today. It is like the earth is crying tears. We are in a battle now. We all are the same soldier fighting the same enemy.
My husband took his 85 year old Italian mother to the base today to get her medication. They were given the choice of if they wanted to be misted or not. and they both said yes. My husband asked what the mixture was made of,. He was told it was a combination of alcohol and bleach. They scanned their heads for temps and did a tongue swab. The test was not for Coronavirus but it was a test to see if they were fighting an infection I guess. My husband and mother-in-law both came out fine. They were given a bottle of some sort of disinfectant for free to take home…because our president is a germaphobe. Let me tell you something about germaphobes, you want one on your team during times of a pandemic. Us germaphobes see all opportunities that these little monsters get into us and invade our worlds. My son and I drive my husband and daughter nuts with how we point out all ways germs get in and we both have been doing this for years.
I don’t know if any of you guys are worrying about this red monster (my nickname for it) but I am. Not to scare anyone but just being honest. I will try not to make this about politics. I am going to try to be as safe with this subject as possible. It is so disgusting to me how there are some people that are trying to turn this into a political opportunity in their favor, just so gross.
Every time I leave the house there is a scary red monster out there in the city playing a sick game of tag that no one really wants to play.
This is how my family here at Our Little Red House is watching this unfold, and what our guts are telling us. I have been reading some of your post out there and I am picking up a similar theme with some of you out there and that is that for awhile now some of us are feeling moments of sadness. Some of us are dealing with family/friends and even strangers turning against us for political hate that we don’t want to be a part of. It is like one side is being bullied and the other side is just trying to live as happy a life as they can. We are all about to fight a battle.We all have a storm to weather together. I fear for this country because we are not united and we need that desperately in times like now.
I will continue praying and sharing fun posts and advice (the good the bad and all the ugly that comes with honesty) as long as I can. With a monster like this on the loose, none of us know what one day leads to the other. I hope the ones that come out of this start appreciating the beautiful side to things, and start understanding that it is always the little things that mean the most. I don’t have to worry about visitors here at Our Little Red House. All my visitors are always so kind.Stay that way, we are all in this together, what ever country you are from, we have many things in common but the most common thing is this…this virus is our enemy. We all need to fight it together.
Thought I share some things we are doing differently in our home to keep our chances as low as possible in catching this highly contagious virus that seems to not effect children so much but acts like pneumonia in older people. It uses children as incubators to pass onto their families and others…the perfect weapon. This is my gut and opinion speaking. There are centers you can contact online for information daily, one center is for the whole world to follow, and I will leave out what my gut is telling me about that institute.
Every month we get through not catching this, is another month the experts have to figure out how to fight it. This is all I am trying to do for now, is get through every month. I know there is a very high chance it won’t be that bad if we catch it but the stories I am hearing from Italy are frightening to me and point in another direction to what is being reported in some places. I am just treating this as something my family and I just can’t get. One more tip for all the young and healthy ones out there, viruses mutate, sometimes in favor of us, sometimes not.
I was around 13/14 years old when the Aids epidemic started. I watched as people started to blame, to hate, to point fingers. Then things started changing and everyone got it. Children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and all nationalities died from Aids back in the early stages. Some of us thought we were safe, but we weren’t. So to the ones who are not really being effected like the older generation and the weaker ones out there, please, please think of them and follow all guidelines when it comes to this monster because we really don’t know how this will end.
Okay, now onto some of our changes here we started since late Dec/early January. I am a fanatic when it comes to watching signs around the world. We have been experiencing shortages here in our country for awhile now, but only at stores that get most of their supplies from China. I even turned to my husband in late October and asked him why so many shortages, he said he was noticing it too.
“What’s going on in China?” I asked and started to worry. This is what happens when we, all of us, put too many eggs in one basket. This is what happens when we look the other way. This was eventually in my opinion going to happen. How can a world sustain itself when we keep hurting it, it’s animals, it people, it’s everything.
How excessive we have become in trying to keep up with each other, when all we need to really do is simplify and love life, and each other, living it the best we can by being kind to all the living things we share it with.
I really hope that doesn’t trigger people what I just wrote above but I have been worrying about this for awhile, it is why I try to promote a simpler lifestyle here on my blog site. I am not suggesting we go back to no electricity times but we need to pull things back a bit.
I write this because the bees are suffering, the animals are suffering and the people. Now you throw in a pandemic, which we will get through and maybe it will be really mild, maybe we will be able to keep things at a even pace so we can stay ahead of it and keep our hospitals organized. Anyway, this is just a rant. It is my way to relieve stress I guess.
I do not want to think about any living person suffering…nope, just don’t want to go there. I rather be helpful. The list below may seem a little extreme for some and that is okay, I have been judged all my life for being a germaphobe. I am now on your team, use that that to your advantage. I want you all to get through this.
So this is what we started doing from January to now:
- We use a small spray bottle filled with 90% alcohol for knobs, light switches, and any packages that come into our home. To save money we bought a couple of small peroxided spray bottles from the dollar store and filled those with alcohol. They work great and it is very convenient to spray each other down when we come home from outside in the city. It is easier to spray down things and also packages that come in.
2.We take our shoes off as soon as we step into our homes. We spray those with alcohol and leave them in a big plastic bin by the door.
- We no longer share food with each other. I used to give all my pizza bones to my husband but now the chickens get those bones. My husband and daughter used to have no problem sharing food and drinks with others. My daughter used to tell me she would share drink sips with friends at High School, she got a “What, even after I told you never to do that, you do know there is mono and that lip herpes you can pick up” I reminded her. She laughed at my over the top fears of germs and my son standing near me just shook his head in agreement with me. I feel for both my husband and daughter, this new world with the Coronavirus is a hard one to understand.
- We shop early to avoid crowds.It is getting kind of spooky out there with how empty everything is.
- We stopped eating out. We are now very strict about preparing our own food.
- We keep our distance from others.
- We avoid public restrooms as much as possible. My kids take their own toilet paper to college with them as well.I know, sounds extreme but way back at the end of December when we first heard about this virus that started out of China, I told my kids I fear this virus sticks around like the Norovirus but attacks the lungs the most. And we all know how contagious the Norovirus is and how easy it is to pass, so bathrooms are extreme hotspots.
- We wash our hands a lot within our own homes. I am treating this exactly how I treat the norovirus when it hits my home. When that 24 hour flu hits, the person infected stays in their room, they get one bathroom and only they can use it. There is always ways for outside items to come into contact with us, deliveries, mail, neighbors sharing trash bins (we do this) touching garbage pails together…even when you think you may not need to wash your hands in your own home, still do it.
- We all have our own cups to drink from.
- We are cutting back our food intake so we don’t have to go out and shop so much. Smaller portions, even skipping a meal now and then.
- We only buy fresh produce that we can wash well like carrots, tomatoes, apples and oranges. Try to stay away from lettuce, herbs, and things that are harder to soak and wash. Also green veggies like green beans and broccoli are veggies you can boil, so I figure that’s good.. If you do buy lettuce buy from prepackaged bags and hopefully whoever packaged it wasn’t sick. I have heard the virus can live on most surfaces up to 9 days, but that could be a rumor. Think about that Norovirus, it lives on services a long time too.
- We have a small garden here. Remember it is never too late to start one now and try to get your fresh produce from that. Remember Parsley is a nice green to add to veggies, careful not to eat too much. I heard it helps with constipation. If you are not eating a lot of veggies and fruit this may mess up your natural digestion.
- Take walks outside more to get some natural Vitamin D in you. If you can’t walk for physical reasons then find a comfy chair and sit outside a bit while working on a craft or reading a good book. You can also buy supplements for Vitamin D. There are reports out there that Vitamin D helps fight respiratory illnesses but you have to start taking them daily, not a large dose when you get sick that can be toxic to your system. Too much of some vitamins can be bad for us. Talk to your doctors. Getting your vitamin D levels up now and every month from now on will give your body an extra soldier to help you fight this virus if it gets in you. Some food high in Vitamin D are…oranges, fish, milk and diary items like cheese.
- When our children come home from the university and college they attend they take a shower and discard their clothes to be washed. Then we wash our hands when handling these items until they are clean, all while making sure to not touch our faces.As of now my son’s college has decided to close down for an extra week. My daughter sadly still has her public school she works at that is still open.
15.We try to remember to sneeze into tissues, then throw away. If no tissue available we sneeze and cough into our elbows. It is allergy season here in Arizona at the moment, we are all sneezing but you never know.
- When out in public, when there are free food samples we no longer sample them. People touching the area all the time and putting food into their months make it a really hotzone of all kinds of germs. Until they get a handle on what they are dealing with, they should stop this in all supermarkets. And while we are at it, have all fast food workers and chefs get tested for the virus since they are the ones preparing and delivering foods to others. I told you I was a germaphobe.
- No hand shakes and no hugs when greeting. In Italy we give and get two hugs and two kisses. We are all animals, and as animals we have to listen to our instinct, if you feel spooked about something listen to that, if you are close to someone and you feel unsafe, listen to that feeling and step back.
- Our grown children each got a container of Clorox wipes. They wipe down their eye glasses, phones, computers etc…My daughter gets stares from some of the mean girls at her university. Even in a Christian university there are those sneering popular judgey types, sad, but true. My daughter will wipe her area she sits at and some will say “Good idea, wish I thought of that.” there are others that will give her a look like she has a problem or something. Told my daughter to be the leader, set the examples and show others it is okay to do the right thing and cleaning up a desk area before you sit at it is not a bad thing, it’s the right thing. Pandemics and Narcissism together are like fuel to a fire.
- We don’t go to large gatherings. Every year I always go to a giant rummage sale here in our city. I didn’t attend this years in February.
- We wash and disinfect our vehicles. When we are out and shopping we park our cars. We don’t stay with them. People park next to vehicles all the time, they sneeze, and cough on them, you know. It all may seem extreme but these tiny little invisible bugs are pretty relentless.
We used to take this at a month to month situation and now I am telling my kids to take this as a day by day situation. This starts out small and then goes BIG. Look at Italy, that is frightening.
All people, all nationalities need to beat this thing together and the only way to do that is to love your neighbors. Be honest with everything, not try to point fingers to blame…remember how that one turned out with the AIDs epidemic. We all share this planet. We need to remember that and share information not hide it for our own egos. Be truthful, and don’t turn this into a political thing to split us even further apart.
I believe Taiwan did an excellent job at stopping this virus from getting out of control and we should all follow that example as much as possible. Check out how they are doing that. Also Israel seems to have a great system down too, some super smart people in there. Every country has someone that is their star scientist…we need to make sure to protect them. They have a fight on their hands. Please pray for the world. Please, extra prayers for Italy, they are really suffering right now. I have been praying this virus mutates to something really weak and we are able to learn all ways possible to take this out. Thank you so much to all the doctors, nurses and health care workers out there, may God send angels to guard you and protect you as you help heal the sick and weak.
And one last thing, everyone I have come into contact with through information from Italy, England, and here in the USA, have not reported getting sick. No stories of anyone in my circle or their circle that have this virus. I am going to take that as a good sign and thank God for answering that prayer everyday for me and all my followers here are on that list.
Sorry so emotional and strong with this post but what I have watched happen to Italy just hurt my heart. Please, lets make sure that doesn’t happen anywhere else like that, lets get a handle on things before that happens. At least we can be thankful that Italy was and still is being completely honest with us. Please stay safe out there you guys. God bless you all from all of us at Our Little Red House.