NewPacer73
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NewPacer73, May 11,  2020  9:20am EST

Feeling Isolated, the new "Normal"

This sure is a different world today. Vulnerable older cardiac patients are being asked to stay at home and hope this virus doesn't get us, even though apparently the most medically monitored in the White House, are now infected. It's a whole new ballgame now. Masks, gloves, disinfectants, etc. That's our new normal. I sure missed a fun Mother's Day without actual celebratory meals outside and interacting with other people. I'm okay though. I figure if I survived years of cardiac challenges, I can make it through a pandemic. I'll do the traditional celebrations of special days later. I am now focused as much as possible to surviving this. Used to be surviving cardiac challenges. Now it's a hidden virus where no one knows who is infected and contagious. Please wear masks. It keeps you from spreading it to others. I wear one to protect you. I need for you to wear one to protect me. It's returning to a kindness mutual caring place that makes this viral outbreak tolerable. We need to join together to care about each other. And most worrisome is the new news that it may be attacking kids now. Keep the ***** and please let's join together to help each other through this. Let's leave this world in a better place for those who follow and remember to care about others. That's what life is really about for me. 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, May 11,  2020  9:52am EST

    Hi NewPacer73, Thank you for this post. I really struggled with Mother's day yesterday as well. My mom is not well and on 24/7 care in a facility that has been on lockdown since March. I was able to bring a Chai Latte and a Mother's Day card for her. But it had to be left at the front desk for her caregiver to retrieve and bring up to her. 

    I am thinking you were having to care for your son who might have been infected? Is he feeling better? 

    Please know, you are not the only one who thinks its a strange world we live in.  When I do run out, I wear a mask and usually go to my local store, early before it's crowded. I hate the automated recordings that are playing in the parking lots through loudspeakers. Sometimes my imagination runs away with me and I feel like we are all little people getting shepherded around in a corral. Or that it's some bizarre twist on the Hunger Games ( my ***** were teens when that series came out, so I have seen it many, many times). 

    "It's returning to a kindness mutual caring place that makes this viral outbreak tolerable. We need to join together to care about each other. And most worrisome is the new news that it may be attacking kids now. Keep the ***** and please let's join together to help each other through this. Let's leave this world in a better place for those who follow and remember to care about others. That's what life is really about for me,"

    I love your message of peace and hope this morning. It was needed for me and I am sure for others as well. 

    Best Katie

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, May 12,  2020  7:02pm EST

    Hi Newpacer73,

    It is a strange, new world we're living but it won't be permanent. Have you been able to connect with any family and friends via zoom or some other medium? I have had a few zoom meetings with my family members. My son and his family also drove by a couple of weeks ago and parked in front of my house while we chatted from a distance. I have gotten into the habit of taking frequent walks to get some exercise and fresh air. People I see also walking have gotten into the habit of social distancing as they walk by. I have taken some occasional long drives without getting out of the car. And I have also had frequent text messaging sessions with my family. These are some of the ways I have been trying to get through the isolation. 

    It's long but I hope you can continue to keep up the positivity. Wishing you well!

    Jim

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, May 12,  2020  7:14pm EST

    Katie and Jim,

    Thanks for the responses. It's kind of special to know we are not alone in this "new normal". I do keep in touch with family a lot. I do miss hugs from them. I do a lot of good mental and physical health things everyday. But mostly, I try to do one kind thing a day for someone else. This blog provides one of those avenues, particularly to people who are new to this cardiac adventure. I am so at peace now. My son did test negative. We have allergies going on, but no big deal. I feel like I am in a really great place today. And I really do love my doctor in my chest = pacemaker that keeps me going with confidence each day. It does help to have really great doctors and to actually feel really okay. I can get through this isolation of sheltering in place even if it is for a longer time. And I love walks and drives too! Gearing up now for the second wave. Have supplies in place. I'm still pretty concerned about the kids though. Seems so unfair to me. With cyber hugs, elbow taps and true love and concern, I wish you both well too!

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