The COVID Curse

We have two medically fragile people in this house, my husband and my 11 year old disabled son. Chris has been a T1 diabetic for 25 years and has hypertension. My 11yo has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy with epilepsy. Due to his CP he has compromised lung function. This past year we have completely shut down this house. We only shop for necessities, the kids are all doing virtual school, and we have had almost no in person contact with anyone but my mom in almost an entire year. The most exposure we have had is Chris going to work. I also had exposure during the summer when I was working the farmer’s market every Saturday morning, but that’s minimal compared to Chris going to work in a factory 4 days a week.

Last week my ex came down with COVID. four days later our son, the 11yo, tested positive. I am devastated. The house is on complete shutdown. We are all wearing masks, the 11yo can’t leave his room. His brother is sleeping on the couch and can’t enter his room. The whole thing is awful. We were tested two days after he tested positive and we all tested negative. I’m taking everyone again on Friday to be tested (7 days after his positive test).

We are a very touchy family. We spend a lot of time together, being close to each other, and hugging each other. This is so difficult on all of us. Thankfully my son hasn’t shown any symptoms but a stuffy nose, and hopefully it stays that way. In the meantime we are going to have to withstand this very difficult time. The worst part is the hit to my mental health. The house has been thrown into complete disarray, I feel like all of my efforts for the past year have all been in vain, and I’m worried about what to expect over the next few weeks in terms of the health of my family. I also somehow have to get through classes and taking samples to be tested for my thesis (not happening until the threat of COVID in our house is gone), get the seedlings ready to go out to our makeshift greenhouse, and get the kids through school. I don’t feel like doing anything but lay in bed and feel sorry for myself. I know I just have to put one foot in front of the other and do the things that have to be done, but that’s so hard to do right now. I’ll keep you posted over the next few weeks. Love you all and stay safe.

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