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AHAASAKatie, May 1,  2020  10:11am EST

How is everyone dealing with COVID-19

Just checking in to see how you are all dealing with COVID-19 and the quarantine. I have to admit, my age is showing and I woke up this morning humming Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb.

Especially the first phrase:

Hello? Hello? Hello?
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
Is there anyone at home

It took a few minutes and a cup of coffee or two to shake off the feelings of isolation and restlessness though. Now I am reading through the Support Network and listening to music to relax your dog. I did not even know that was a thing, but it's peaceful music and is helping a bit. 

I know this time is difficult for all of us. And while we have lots and lots of AHA resources to share to educate and so forth, sometimes it's ok to admit we are scared, restless, bored, do (or do not) agree with the quarantine and all of the mixed emotions that go with living history- which is what we are doing now. 

If you are struggling, as I am today, please feel free to share your thoughts, good or bad. My only ask is that everyone respects that we all come different perspectives and might not agree with the quarantine. 

Also, if you are interested the AHA is offering a weekly Virtual Faith Community Health lesson program Saturday mornings at 10:30 CT. Register for tomorrow's class and see what it is all about. 

Have a healthy and peaceful Friday morning. Best Katie

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  • IamJenylyn
    IamJenylyn, May 2,  2020  4:10pm EST


    Even long before the quarantining began, I was feeling lonely. I've struggled with the emotional and mental impact of my heart condition for many years alongside what I like to call "the tumor chapters." 

    Now with the outbreak and shelter in place orders, social media has been a double edged sword for me. It's part of my current job, it's how I get my local news, and how I communicate with acquaintances, family, and friends, but the feeling of loneliness and isolation seems to have only grown. 

    I'm currently on my third defibrillator. Device #4 is on the horizon. There have been days where I've felt like a broken remote control. My doctor says my battery depletion is going faster than expected, and I'm being encouraged to maintain stress management and relax more until our state is cleared to resume elective surgeries. I don't know what to think. Friends and acquaintances know about my condition and tell me to think positive all the time...especially with what's going on right now. 

    I apologize if it seems like my post is all over the place. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. 

    Be safe everyone. 






  • AlyAHA
    AlyAHA, May 4,  2020  7:22pm EST

    Jenylyn, I'm sorry for the emotional and physical issues you are currently facing. Social media has a way of depleting us, yet we crave it for interaction, business, news, etc. My favorite advice during this time has been "control the controllables". Wish you all the best!

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