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Coronavirus Test Results

Yesterday afternoon the health department called but I was in an active MS flair, so I missed the call.  This morning I got my results, and I was NEGATIVE for the virus.

The government probably won’t like me saying this, but I feel like if people used good hygiene, much of this pandemic would not have happened.  Due to my anxiety, I sit and think about all the places we get exposed to that few people talk about online.  The mailbox, gas pump, cash, bank, prescriptions, takeout, and groceries are just a few.  I had an emergency room and doctor visit, and the doctors never wore gloves or protective gear.  My sister’s husband works at the hospital, and she is my caregiver.  My daughter worked at a nursing home until a few weeks so.  My grandson's dad gets him ten days out of the month when he flys in from work in North Dakota.  I have stayed home except for doctor's visits or a ride in the truck for fresh air.  We live right off the interstate, so when David or Alexandria go to the gas station, they are at a much higher risk.

What’s my point?

I have probably had exposure.  However, if we all practice good hygiene and respect each other’s space, we can kill this virus.  I have been immune-compromised for 25years, so I am always careful when we eat out, and I try to avoid public restrooms, but now I avoid them both.  We eat at home and don't use public facilities.  It is not an easy life, but it keeps me alive.  Long before this virus, I occasionally went out in public, but I did so in times when it isn’t busy.  Nature also gives you many choices for fun so you can avoid the big cities.  We don't have to touch everything, and we are capable of covering our mouths when we cough.  What worried me is that so many ignored the warnings in the beginning.  I pray this has woken everyone up to the importance of being clean.  I am not talking about OCD, but good regular hygiene!

We spray shoes, groceries, and anything coming from the outside in with 91% alcohol, which is a trick I learned when working in retail.  I keep germs down and areas clean.  I have never really used bleach, and I hate the smell of Lysol.  I know it’s harder living in big cities, but straightforward cleaning and airing out the apartment should happen weekly.

When I was 17, I went through a CNA class and learned of Universal Precautions.  As a new mom, it started my OCD, and for years I about killed myself cleaning.  I even boiled my mop water!  It wasn’t until my children entered Daycare that they got sick from things like RSV and even pneumonia.  I got to where I would bath my kids right when they got home. It was a scary time, and that's when I started watching and asking questions about our Daycares cleaning practices.  Kids put everything in their mouths and touch so much that it is so hard to keep the germs at bay when parents bring sick kids to Daycare/School.  So right then, I got the answer, and I always kept my kids home when they were ill!

Ultimately this goes back to what the President said.  If you're sick, stay home and quarantine unless you need emergency care!  You can have all the conspiracy theories you want, but good hygiene and respect of others will keep you safer than anything else!  Rubber gloves are great to use when your cleaning and opening a window to air out the house can help.  Just stop freaking out and stop overbuying.  Do what you can to be proactive and save the medical gloves & mask for the professionals.  I know you all own scarves and bandannas!


Tina 😘


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