Okay, I am back. (I seem to say that a lot don't I?) And so to continue with lessons I have learned, obviously the first one is that I either need a calendar to follow me around, yell at me to do things and schedule my life, or I simply need to follow a suggestion I read on the importance of "Day of the Week Underwear." I remember having them as a little girl, but now that I think about it I can agree with "The Surprise's Fiancee, I never wore them on the correct days. I guess that makes the underwear a moot point in keeping me on track. But seriously, where does time go!?!
Another important thing that I have learned is that you should never give people/children new toys/ideas/things to use without giving VERY clear instructions. It doesn't matter how I feel about the lockdowns, stay at home orders, personal protective equipment etc. What does matter to me as a mom and a nurse, is that as I walk around I see way too many people using the masks and gloves improperly. The medical profession will tell you that you must cover your nose and mouth with the mask. They will also tell you however, that they do not protect you from viruses! We also use gloves in droves. When you walk into a patient room, you wash your hands, put gloves on, do what you need to do, remove the gloves in the proper fashion by turning them inside out as you peel them off and dispose of them in the garbage before you leave the room and then wash your hands before you leave the room. I am mystified by the fact that I go to the grocery store and am now directed like I am at Disney World to go up and down aisles. I touch things that have been touched by countless people. I take them to the register which is now protected by bullet proof glass (just in case I plan on robbing the place with my mask instead of just purchasing items). The clerk who may or may not be wearing a mask touches all of my items after touching the previous customer's items while either wearing the same gloves or never using hand sanitizer between customers! All this amounts to people mistakenly believing that they are protected and/or protecting others, when in actuality they are spreading more germs than they are stopping. Oh, and by the way, taking your gloves off and putting them in your pocket or dropping them on the ground helps no one!!! And eating, touching your face or talking on your cell phone while wearing gloves is ridiculous. Perhaps you noted in my description of medical personnel that I mentioned hand washing! PEOPLE, WASH YOUR HANDS!! I cannot believe I had to say that!!!!
My final thought for the day and hopefully this topic, is that the people who make the rules seldom live by them. When I worked at the hospital I hated being told how to do my job by people/administrators who had not done the same job in decades. Who decided hair stylists are not essential. Certainly not the person at the top of the food chain in the government who has a personal hair dresser!!! If you really want to cause a riot, keep that business closed!!! But now that I think of it, it may make the stay at home order easier to enforce. What woman is going to go out with crazy hair!?! And don't even start me talking about the celebrities and government officials complaining about being forced to stay at home to endure life in their mansions with gourmet food and servants and pools and.....
Can you tell that I am frustrated? Keep trying to think of the positives that are coming out of this pandemic. Families are actually spending time together and are being involved in each others lives. It is something that our family has practice forever. We are truly blessed to have God and each other as the most important things in our lives. Head in that direction and you can't go wrong. If you can't get to church, there are many churches who are livestreaming services. Get your Bible out and start reading it. Base your life on those things for a while. Most of all - PRAY! every day. Have a blessed week. I will try to figure out a schedule that gets me back to you soon!!!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!