For the past few weeks, I have been mostly in isolation. I drove to get tested twice, Mr. Mickey and my sister have left food at my door. Many have asked me questions about being in isolation for so long. Today, I’ll share some of the ways I’ve coped.
Dresses are easy and comfortable. I have worn a dress with a flat pair of sandals almost daily. Here is a similar one. Here are similar sandals.
I haven’t been up to the task of putting on makeup very often, but I have gotten dressed in street clothes most days. Soaking in a daily hot bath with Epsom Salts (here) offered relief from the body aches. I do not tolerate medications well, so I did not take any over the counter pain relievers. When we’ve had sunny days, I sat outside on the deck for a few minutes.
Since childhood, books have been my dear friends. I am thankful that I have stacks of them throughout my house to enjoy. My passions are gardens, classical architecture, interior design, and travel, so I have collected a variety of beautiful books. These are a few of my favorites.
Mr. Mickey has brought chicken soup, watermelon slices, chicken sandwiches, and vegetarian dishes to my door many times. He is my hero!
I still had a few frozen vegetables on hand, and my sister and her husband left Georgia peaches for me. My parents sent fresh vegetables from their garden several times.
I wasn’t able to finish my vegetarian dinner from the night before, so I warmed up the leftovers for breakfast and added some herbed potatoes. I cut fresh from the garden potatoes into similar sized cubes and cover them with water to simmer until they are tender, but not too soft. When I can insert a toothpick into a piece, I remove them from the heat and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Drain, cover, and refrigerate the extra for later. I reheat them on low heat with a little butter and olive oil. Before serving them, I stir in a tablespoon of fresh herbs, and a sprinkle of garlic salt and fresh ground pepper. Terragon is my favorite herb.
Each time I have shopped for groceries for the past few months, I have picked up a couple of cans of beans and canned or frozen wild fish. I also keep plenty of unsalted butter, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, as well as many dried herbs and seasonings on hand.
One of my favorite desserts is a piece of dark chocolate with a few raw unsalted nuts. I always have a stack of these chocolate bars in my pantry. Look for 80% cacao and higher for the health benefits. Pecans, walnuts, and brazil nuts are always in my refrigerator.
On Saturday, I put on some makeup and gave myself a pedicure. It was a tremendous emotional boost.
None of the clothing shown is new. The jeweled sandals are here. A similar shirt is here. Similar pants are here.
My second test result has also come back as negative for SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19). My doctor’s office continues to monitor me closely to ensure that I haven’t developed pneumonia. With two negative nasal swab tests, I will now schedule an in-person visit to get a full lab workup performed and a COVID-19 antibody test. False-negative tests are not uncommon.
July 14, 2020 update: I have pneumonia now. That is another symptom of the virus. The Health Department here doesn’t have or administer the antibody test. My doctor continues to monitor me as a COVID-19 patient.
This article about a newer variant of COVID-19 discusses how the virus is mutating. If you are sick, isolate yourself. Call your doctor to discuss your illness and follow their instructions.
Here is another eye-opening account of the many unknowns surrounding this virus.
If my recent posts have inspired even one of you to be more cautious, it was worth it to publish my story without knowing for sure what I have. I continue to be grateful to all of you for your good wishes and prayers. Please take care of yourself.
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