Coming Back From The Edge

WOW is the only word I can think of to begin this blog. As many of you know, my husband and I returned from our first cruise 🚢  to Alaska on August 8, 2023. All I can say is the last month was more than emotionally draining. Kurt tested positive for #COVID 🦠 on August 9th. Thankfully his only primary symptom was extreme tiredness that left him sleeping most of the next 3 days. Even though I had no symptoms, we felt it would be best if I took a home test, which I did and to our surprise, I tested positive. Again, thankfully I had no symptoms!. Then about a week later my mother tested positive. This is where the beginning of a very long and emotional 3 weeks began.

Today is Friday, September 8, 2023 and it is the FIRST day where I think my subconscious knew I could safely relax a bit. I could relax because my Mother is finally on the mend from COVID and to be honest, her own struggle with…I guess life as she now knows/lives it.

Over the last 3 weeks I “sat” and watched my mother barely get out of bed, barely eat and snap/loose her patience with both my husband and I. Sometimes I felt like I was on the ledge and didn’t know how to find my way back and even if I wanted to come back. My stress level was out of sight/out of control.

Let’s back up to when my husband first tested positive, Aug. 9th. After waking in the morning and getting coffee, meds and whatever else my Mom and I needed or wanted, he was exhausted and had to lay down. So being so ill/tired, there was no real need or ability for us to go back to our house, so we just stayed at my Moms. Of course he/we did the best we could to stay away from my Mom, spraying Lysol, using gloves, etc. but in the end it didn’t help. After maybe 3 days my husband felt well enough that after fixing everyone our morning coffee, he and I could go home for the day before returning in the evening. By this point I’m now testing positive but thankfully with no systems.

Then on Aug. 18 my Mom tested positive.

We’ve struggled some trying to get Mom over COVID. Being elderly, I guess makes it linger longer making it hard for me as I want to help her but can’t. This time at least the “I can’t” isn’t necessarily because I’m physically stuck in this damn #wheelchair but because there really isn’t anything to do.

As always, I wish you a journey filled with exploring new people, places and things – take time to learn from and enjoy each new adventure along your way!

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