Writer’s Workshop: Life After Covid-19

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.

13 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Life After Covid-19

  1. New Yawk is seeing a rise in the virus numbers, as expected. We’ve either become acclimated, or jaded, to all the guidelines and restrictions. I throw caution-to-the-wind, now and then, and rebel by pulling my mask down from my nose, just to breathe while in the market. Of course, I do it when no one is around and to avoid market security from sweeping down the aisle to arrest me.

    Our best friend, who had been intubated back in March, continues to do well but, his wife was recently diagnosed with COVID after being exposed from a client who returned from driving back to NY from Florida. Thankfully, my girlfriend did not have one symptom and has finally breezed through quarantine and has checked negative. This just seems to be an almost new “norm” with asymptomatic people passing the bug around.

    Stay safe, John!


  2. Life hasn’t changed much for us either, though I think open local restaurants are a bigger feature here then most places. To our great joy, there is a Chick-Fil-A in our area that is open for dine-in. It’s on the other side of town, on the other side of the Air Force base, all newly remodeled. (probably75% dine-in seating by their own choice.)
    Such a treat to go there!

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  3. I find I bounce between loving that I don’t have to leave for anything and then feeling like I’m climbing the walls here. My husband loves to push the civil disobedience card so you’d be in good company with him. 😉

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  4. We haven’t gone anywhere except to pick up our grocery order. We live in a gated community where it offers a nice area to walk and get some fresh air. We both wear a mask, which doesn’t bother me to wear one. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 🦃

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  5. My life has changed a bit because I am still working but now I do this from home. I should walk more since I look at my fat which I hate but I am in so much pain recently that I am not going out much. I cancelled my infusion since Toronto is in lockdown. With my lungs not being the best due to my asthma , I just don’t want to take any chances. I hope I can go in January. Otherwise, I go grocery shopping and that’s about it. I do miss hugging my friends and, for the first time in my life, I will not have my brother here for Christmas nor my niece and her partner.

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  6. I’m actually starting to get used to my masks, to not hugging people, to crossing the road to allow people to pass. I think the road thing is unusual in many places, but as a town we’ve embraced it – perhaps we’re ALL anti-social deep down??

    We’re in our second (not quite as severe) lockdown, so many of the shops which closed last time are open because they’ve realised they can be classes as ‘essential’, and a lot of our independent cafes are operating a take-out system. Only one more week to go until these regulations are relaxed and I’ll be able to go to work again.

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    1. Lockdowns here vary from state to state. Other than the initial lockdown, we in Georgia haven’t had any, where other states have been locked down tight. It’s kind of weird, really…

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