‘May I find freedom in limitation – to fully give myself to what I can do rather than worry about what I cannot’. Justin McRoberts.
It occurs to me to share my own experience during our global challenge. I know I read other stories avidly, looking for insight, understanding the issues facing others, and perhaps me.
Yes, I’m committed to self-isolation. What a harsh term. For me, it means giving up a lot that I cherish, which is poignant in this Lenten season. I ushered at church this past Sunday, continued my involvement with our Lenten soup suppers (OK, set-up,clean-up, and an awsome meal!) on Wednesday, and will be joining my church friends going forward via the YouTube live stream of my church’s services.
Well, maybe with visits to the 7 a.m. daily Lent service. The attendance is sparse, mostly folks retired as I am, and it’s lead by fellow parishoners. Will see…
Preparation: I bought a couple dozen N95 masks, two sizes, 4 weeks ago in anticipation of my son and grandson going to Utah for skiing in February, and then to England this week. My grandson’s soccer team was scheduled for a week of matches in Nottingham, his age group. Sadly, the latter is a no-go. Preston’s school would require a 14-day self-quarantine on his return, and the entire travel situation is too precarious. Yes, I’m relieved they are staying home.
More, a couple weeks ago I stocked up on household paper goods, meds, and non-perishable food. Sanitizer, hand soap, and so on. And yesterday, filled my gas tank and got cash from the bank.
Why all this? I have an immune disorder that impacts my skin, heart, and lungs, and in June 2019, I was diagnosed with an NTM lung infection: non-tubercular mycobacterial infection. While this bacteria is everywhere in the soil and water, and most people tolerate it with no issue, I succumbed, and have ground-glass nodules in my lungs, some 1/2″ in diameter. My lower lungs are functioning at 36% of normal, and on and on. Reason enough, with my age of 72, for caution.
Not to be a voice of gloom and doom, I’m just sharing my daily life and experience. My mind is more centered on others, than it is on myself. Prayers as well. Coco