So, how has my routine changed since Covid-19?
Not a whole lot, actually. I don’t get out as often, because there’s really nowhere to go. Mary and I would go to Starbucks several times a week, maybe to lunch at one of the local places, such as O’Charley’s or Jim ‘n Nick’s before we have coffee. Starbucks has reopened, in a way, but the conditions under which you can go in and sit there are so lousy, we’d just as soon stay home. As for eating out, we’ve discovered the joy of drive-thru at places other than McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A, so we’re still able to get the restaurant food without having to get in the car and go there.
About the only times I get out is when I have a medical appointment, which lately is a lot more frequent because I’m going for lymphatic drainage a couple of days a week so my right leg doesn’t blow up like a balloon. I am getting a leg pump, which is a wrap that has inflatable chambers. I put it on and it does what my therapist does, namely push the lymph that’s gathering in my leg up and out of my leg and into the rest of the lymphatic system, which takes it into my bladder. Pretty amazing stuff. Like I said, every time I go to my therapist there’s another technological advancement…
And that’s probably way more than you wanted to know.
Since I’m not taking my laptop to Starbucks, it’s up in the living room, where I generally spend my afternoons. It’s a change of scenery for me; I had been spending the better part of the day in my office, coming down for dinner and our evening TV ritual (Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, and The Andy Griffith Show). Now I come down at lunch and go up stairs at roughly 9 PM so Mary can help me with my leg wrap before she gets too tired.
In short, life hasn’t changed that much for us, apart from going to Starbucks all the time, and I’m finding that I don’t miss it. I do feel trapped in the house from time to time, and if it weren’t for my disability I’d be prone to participate in a little civil disobedience and go out wandering around without a mask… but we can talk about that some other time.