Friday, December 04, 2020
So today had such promise, but it wound up being Lisa and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It was even our holiday celebration at work (socially distanced and virtual even), and I wore red and black and a jolly Santa hat with a bell on it, but I am so terribly overwhelmed at work at the moment that I didn't let myself take part in the festivities or even enjoy our provided lunch [well, yes, the brownie was good]. It didn't help that I missed my oral meds last night, and because of that, when I went to take them this morning, my holder was empty, because I didn't realise it needed to be filled. So I didn't have the medications that help me focus with ADHD or the ones that keep me from being anxious and falling apart in an emotional mess. Don't get me wrong, anyone would be overwhelmed (I think I've gotten over 25 offsite requests to schedule this week and had several others in-progress). But no amount of breathing or trying to put things into little chunks helped. I did get a lot done, even so, better than a normal day in some ways and worse in others. But I felt absolutely horrible the whole day, had a terrible headache, and didn't relax at all, feeling like a hamster spinning in a wheel while drowning all at once. Most people went home early, and I was going to stay my full shift, but after I started catching small errors I was making, I decided I had to call it a day and left about 45 minutes early, as I was absolutely no good for anything at that point and wasn't going to get anything else accomplished and just might make it worse. So I tried to focus on what I did get done, but on the shuttle to my car there I was, in a Santa hat with a jingle bell, just crying. It's a good thing I had a mask on.
But a couple of nice things happened today. I won parking for a week in March. A man let me go (with my one item) before him at the line at Kroger, where they were really backed up. I got home and had Sabbath dinner, and it was really nice, vegetarian tsimmes with carrots, honey, and raisins, Quorn roast, cranberry sauce, and challah. The company was good. My roommate was very supportive and encouraging, even when he called me at work to see if I was able to stop by the store, and he realised how fragile I was feeling. So the day is ending on a better note. Monday I'll try to hit the ground running with the phone calls I need to make. Tomorrow is another day, and in this case, tomorrow is the weekend, so I'm going to focus on resting and getting back on my schedule. This is the worst I've felt since August, when I had to ask my doctor to change my medicine because I was in a very dark place and was a bit of a danger to myself briefly, something that surprised my doctor, as I'd been completely stable as long as he'd treatment me over the last decade. Since we made the adjustments I've been fine, at worst a little stressed. That worked for a good solid three months. But I missed two doses and it all fell apart. I hate to think that I'm that fragile. But it does mean I need to be more proactive in self-care, definitely.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Friday, November 06, 2020
Thursday, November 05, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
But clinically, bipolar disorder can be a crippling illness that brings crushing depression that creeps up on you before you realise it, punctuated by disorganised and horrible highs that feel good at first but threaten your well-being or throw your good judgement out the window. That's Bipolar I. If you're 'lucky', you may have disturbing-yet-not full-blown manic episodes (known as hypomania) that's no less serious but generally gets treated as such. That's Bipolar II. Or sometimes it's a mix of it all, what's called mixed episodes, where you may feel so depressed you may just want to end it all while being agitated and irritable all at the same time, a particularly dangerous combination.
Mental illness, like all illnesses, makes us feel horrible and exhausted. There is no shame in it; there should be no stigma. In some ways, it's no different than having high blood pressure or diabetes, but at the same time, it is insidious, as it alters our emotions and thinking, and people see the behaviour but not the pain, and it can absolutely wreck relationships.
Even when you've been stable on the same medications for years, it can strike when you're least expecting. Suddenly you're speaking with push of speech, very fast, or it's hard to get up in the morning and you drag trying to get out of bed because you're depressed and facing taking a shower is so hard, like you're moving through jello, and all you want to do is to curl up in a ball and let the world pass by. Having bipolar disorder or any other mental illness during a worldwide pandemic, with all the anxiety, uncertainty, and change in routine is even more difficult. That's why it's more important than ever to have a good healthcare team, the support of loved ones, and the ability to self-monitor before it gets too bad. And it's important to reach out to the people in your life before it gets to be too much or to call a number such as the national suicide prevention hotline (1-800-273-8255).
We never know what's going on in someone else's head or how they're really feeling. But we can listen to them put those feelings into words and try to understand their pain. Empathy is one of the greatest gifts we as humans possess.
Monday, August 24, 2020
I called 911 about 2:15 am this morning and I was in the ER from about 2:45 am till noon, not for me, then came home, let the dogs out, fed everyone including me, napped for about an hour, got things together and took them back over to the hospital, and then came back home, where I started my laundry to make sure I had clothes for tomorrow and then made about eight phone calls. I was exhausted. It was time to feed them and take them out again, so I did, and then I put the clothes in the dryer and just crashed on the bed with the two dogs (we take up the whole bed, which is only full-sized.
It's 2:08 am. 24 hours of stress and trying to get everything finished that needs to be while balancing that with my medicine, food, and sleep. Tomorrow's a workday and right now I plan to go, but I'm so tired. My eyes are bleary and I'm still in my clothes (although at some point at least I got a shower). I really am burning the candle at both ends.
And I'm scared. Really scared. I'm holding up pretty well considering a week ago I was having suicidal thoughts. My doctor adjusted my medicine and it seems to be helping. But my support system outside of anyone directly affected already is a couple of friends, my work lunch bunch, a couple of other co-workers and usually my online friends (which, while not really 'friends', with the exception of a few librarians I've never met, are all people I know personally or family. But I can't share this on Facebook due to respect for privacy. So I texted and messaged my work buddies called my friends, and I've pretty much reached out as best I can. I even checked in with my aunt and uncle in other states. But I recognise that while I'm physically fairly healthy, I'm kind of fragile emotionally and I need to be on my guard for any issues that might be triggered by it.
So anyway, that's what's going on. I've spent 15 hours in the ER in the last week, and it's taken a toll. But I'm trying to be strong and not fall apart. I'll fall apart after the crisis if need be. In the meantime, I've been told I should read Marcus Aurelius and Seneca, two Stoic philosophers, for a little insight.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
I had a huge list of things to get accomplished this weekend and made a lot of progress towards completing it.
Today's completed tasks:
Wash, dry, and fold roommate's laundry and some table linens Clean our masks Put roommate's medical information in my phone Put away dishes Load dishwasher Wash plastics Take out the trash Take out the recyclables Straighten up utility room Go to the pharmacy Do a small grocery trip Make bread Clean the bathroom Get rid of expired milk Go through the produce Read Listen to music Take a nap Feed the animals and let the dogs out Get dog food and a couple of items from the grocery
- Change the cat litter and pads
- Sweep the floors
- Mop the floors
Find some important papers Take a shower
- Re-pot the olive trees into a pot with better drainage
- Clean out my nightstand drawers
Friday, August 21, 2020
I was called at work due to an emergency and the last few days have been a blur. Wednesday morning I'd scheduled two urgent offsites, but I had to leave at 2 pm. I won't go into details, but it was very serious, as in possibly life or death. Now things are okay again, the emergency is over, and I'm just trying to catch up. Work still went pretty well (except I overslept today) and while I didn't clear my desk, I got a lot off of it and filed away. It felt good that afternoon to leave work fairly taken care of, although I still need to work on surgery authorizations ahead (I'm usually a month out, now I'm filling in fairly close to the date of service, and that's not great).
Today was also when all the emergency issues settled down and all was mostly well. There was no Sabbath dinner though, which felt odd. I didn't get much taken care of during everything, so this weekend I plan on getting quite a bit done.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Today I saw my psychiatrist through a Telehealth appointment. He was very surprised, as he's seen me for 9 years at least and I've been stable at the same dosage for all that time. He upped my mood stabiliser, lamotrigine, by 50 mg, to be taken in 100 mg increments twice a day, rather than the current 150 mg once a day and kept my aripiprazole (an atypical antipsychotic for bipolar disorder), buspirone (that's my anxiety med), and atomoxetine (for ADHD) the same.
I am feeling better at work, too, even without the medicine change being in force yet. Monday I got a lot of offsites scheduled (10). I'm working steadily through my to-do pile. I'm keeping up with the surgeries but I'm not as far out as I'd like on those.
But things are looking up, at least.
Monday, August 17, 2020
Sunday, August 02, 2020
Saturday, August 01, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
But...despite sink baths, I haven't really felt clean since I showered five days ago. Now the puppy just smelled me all over like, 'hey, you smell like garbage, can I roll in you?' I am definitely taking a shower first thing in the morning after my roommate and I are both up! I hope the chair fits, as this shower is a bit narrow.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
I'm also just taking it easy. Saturdays I have a few chores I normally do, but I'm not going to today, although I do need to see if I can do just a little laundry. It isn't much, so it won't be heavy. I think I can do it without pain.
Friday, June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
So my weekends have been busy, too. In fact, the only reason I'm writing now is that I'm home for a few days because at 12:37 am on Tuesday (Monday night), I tried to pick up something that had dropped off the bed (if you must know, it was a teddy bear). I had my CPAP masque and a pair of headphones on and was teetering on the edge and trying not to lose the headphones or masque at the same time while trying to grab the stuffed animal. And then I fell, with a very loud boom, onto the hardware floor.
Once I picked myself up, I was hurting all over and it was hard to tell what I'd done to myself, although my toes looked bruised pretty quickly and my foot and ankle hurt more than everything else. I went to an urgent treatment centre for x-rays the next morning, first thing, and found out that I had broken my ankle (yes, again, but this time the left instead of the right, thankfully), a medial malleolar fracture (which is what I had on the right when I was hit by a car in 2012). They gave me a lace-up brace and made me make an appointment with the doctor who did my ankle surgery back then. They sent me home and didn't say anything about being non-weight-bearing, so while I've stayed off of it mostly and iced it for two days, I have put some weight on it. I had an appointment with my doctor today. I do have a fracture, but it's more like a chip on the bone, and he didn't think it warranted surgery. I could go back to work Monday in a boot and since it's the left ankle, I can still drive and then take the shuttle with the boot on, which is much easier than if I'd had to have a walker or something. I'm the only driver in the house, so it was important that I be able to drive. However, he did want to get an MRI to make sure the deltoid ligament was okay, although he said it was a large ligament that was not likely to have torn. He just wanted to rule that out. So I should have an MRI sometime next week. I'm off till Monday but I can go back, to the relief of my backup person at work, I'm sure. My boss was relieved as well, I think. Considering the last time I broke my ankle I was off for three months, this is really good news. And yesterday I'd gone to my storage unit and got out my walker, my shower bench, and my old boot from the last time. I couldn't find my cane, but I took the walker with me today in case they made me non-weight-bearing. But I'm okay. I just need a boot, and the boot I have is universal, not right or left, so I can use it, although I forgot how long it took me to get into it and how heavy it is. But it's better than surgery. And he said I shouldn't take a shower standing up but could use a shower bench, so it's good I pulled that out. I've taken sink baths and washed my hair in the bathroom sink the last couple of days. I am definitely showering tomorrow!
Anyway, that's what's going on in my world. Hope you're doing well.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Second, while I was at Kroger this morning I looked at their plants. You see, we have a hook next to the front door and last year midway through the season I got some impatiens that did well in the morning sun. Granted, I've only looked at plants at the grocery because I was out making essential trips, but I haven't seen any impatiens or other part-sun/part-shade plants. Everything has been petunias or geraniums or the like. So today I saw a Fuschia plant tucked in with everything else, a type I hadn't seen before. I don't have a great deal of luck with them, as I've tried twice and gotten whiteflies each time, but also tried to raise them as a houseplant rather than outdoors. I decided to give it a shot, especially as they were $17 for a very decent size.
Here is the plant in its place by the door, both the whole hanging plant and a close-up. These are more slender and elongated than some I've seen, and it's more the bushy rather than trailing sort, which I thought odd in a hanging plant, but oh, well. As a plus, they're not toxic to animals as near as I can discover--they're not on the ASPCA list at all, for example.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Kentucky is doing pretty well about opening slowly. We've been at a plateau, even decline, and testing has ramped up significantly better than it was even a month ago.
The last two days of being off I haven't done much, as I've just felt a little blah. I'm having horrible nightmares at night, too. So I guess that's from anxiety. Today was better. I:
- Went to Kroger [masked] to get some soda (so I do actually have some caffeine in my system, which has been part of the problem and a few things we needed. I looked for disinfecting wipes without success but found the Kroger version of the multi-purpose cleaner that has similar disinfecting properties that can be used with paper towels. Everything I bring into the house gets disinfected if it can be, you see, along with my keys, the door, etc.
- Went to Fresh Market [also masked, of course] to get a couple of loaves of challah. Here's the story behind that. So last week I had gone back to work on Wednesday and Thursday and I'd been pretty busy, all things considered. Plus we had worked on a couple of projects at home, and in it all, I'd forgotten to make bread for Sabbath, something I remembered early Friday morning as I dressed for work. After work, I ran to Fresh Market to at the very least try to find a couple of brioche loaves, but they did have challah, nicely braided, and I was saved. Fast forward to this week. This week I was determined I would not have an ADHD moment and so on Wednesday I was going to do my regular chores like dishes and cat boxes, but definitely went to to the bread first. I got the bread maker down and looked inside, and there was no paddle (kneading blade). None. And then I remembered. The last time I'd made bread, two weeks before, it had not done well. My bread comes out pretty evenly decent, but occasionally I get one that doesn't rise well and doesn't even mix right. The one I got was a little square with lots of flour in the bottom, and not suitable for human (or even dog) consumption, so I threw it away. Rarely, with this machine, the paddle stays in the bread. I never checked. Never thought. Just chucked the sad bread and went on with what I'd made already. Hence, I threw away the paddle something like two weeks ago. It's in a landfill, irretrievable. So I went online and found a suitable replacement (it says it will fit my model) from a storefront on eCrater (I'd never heard of them). Anyway, it's ordered, so it should be here in about a week, but hasn't shipped yet, and we needed challah in the short term, so Fresh Market was the place to go, and I got their last two loaves. (It was $10 for two loaves of bread, but the paddle itself was $20 and if it works, will get me back to making loaves cheaply). In recent weeks I have found bread flour with difficulty and the help of co-workers, ordered instant yeast from Amazon (a whole pound), and generally have had to work hard at getting what I need for the bread. But I was all set, and then no paddle. :( Oh, and instant yeast is apparently different from active dry yeast in that active dry yeast has some ascorbic acid in it. I have a loaf booster I use for wheat bread that has that in it, so I'm going to use that when I can bake again. The booster has soy lecithin and ginger in it, too. Anyway, that's the bread saga.
- I came home, caffeinated, and had some cereal I'd gotten. Then I went to be tested through a drive-through testing site for COVID-19 here in Lexington at Walgreens on Executive Dr near Hamburg. It was well done. None of my things--ID, etc. ever left the car. A cart with the swab in a bleached box was placed near me so I could take out the swab (in its wrapper), swab each nostril for at least 3 seconds, replace the swab in the wrapper, and put it back in the box, where it was wheeled away after things were explained further to me. All the people working there had gloves and masks, and my window remained up except when they were talking to me, whereupon they asked me to just roll it down for an inch or two so I could hear them. The only time my window was down completely was to get the swab and replace it in the box, and they stood way back. I should know by tomorrow but most people get an e-mail by 8 pm the night they take the test. I'm self-quarantining (that's why I got my stuff prior to that, which yes, might be bad I guess if I am positive, but I am asymptomatic, and really got it primarily in anticipating going back to work, as they'd asked us to.
- Since I've been home I've swept and mopped the kitchen and bath and cleaned two of my masks and my roommate's mask.
Monday, May 04, 2020
Sunday, May 03, 2020
I'm actually getting ready to listen to Governor Beshear in just a couple of minutes. His 5 o'clock briefings have become part of the routine for many Kentuckians, as it is carried on TV, radio, and online in many media settings. He actually took off yesterday for the first time since this began with Kentucky's first case.
I've been home except for going to the grocery, pharmacy, or pet food store. Yesterday I did some re-potting of plants. Two friends, Brenda and Feliz, dropped off plants for me in a socially distanced way, where I didn't get out of the house. Brenda gave us a hyssop plant and a dill plant. Feliz had some really tiny cherry tomato and jalapeño plants, just sprouted, and I put them in pots, which I'll have to re-pot as they're going to get bigger, I just got them out of the cups they were in. I also potted up two African violets I got at the grocery during a run for essentials.
I also have a new orchid blooming:
So my bedroom is full of plants:
Saturday, May 02, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The next chapter is discussing the resurgence of flu the next fall, and how it finally faded over the next few years. But millions had died, many children were orphaned. For many, the effects were lingering, some for a year or more. But through so much of the pandemic, it was downplayed due to the war effort. 'It was only influenza', ignoring the virulence of this strain.
It's also talking about the lack of writing about the pandemic at the time, and how that was like the mediaeval accounts that lack much of any study of the Black Plague. It reminds me that we are living through history. We need to take pictures of grocery stores with their lines. We need to write our stories. I started this blog in 2001 shortly after the attacks on September 11th. It's waxed and waned over the year, but this reminds me that this is an opportunity to put down what we do and how we feel.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
- Went to two pharmacies and got medication for my roommate and myself.
- Got some groceries while I was at the second to try to combine runs.
- 'Read' for two chapters (but it was an audiobook, so I listened for about an hour, really), The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, about the 1918 flu pandemic.
- Listened to music and perused Facebook, which probably shouldn't count as productivity, but I was up and that's what matters.
- Organized about 60 Kindle books into categories so it isn't a terrible mess.
- Composed a complete yet eloquent rant on Facebook concerning those who were outside of our Capitol building while the governor was announcing deaths in a huddled mass shouting for him to reopen the state and end the COVID-19 restrictions.
- Re-watched and sang to 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog', which made me feel quite a bit better after that. :)
- Called T-mobile to finally get my hotspot fixed, as I knew I'd need it where I am now, away from the Wi-Fi, and it hasn't worked in months. Apparently, there was no problem with my plan, the data, the laptop, or actual connexion. It was connecting, just not giving me Internet. So we went through various settings and two operators, each of whom had to call me back periodically, and I had to factory reset my phone, but it is now working. If it hadn't, I still have my phone under insurance and they were willing to replace it. I feel good about my service; they were very helpful. Now I just need to restore some of the stuff that was backed up and re-download some applications and I'll be good to go. My music and everything was all on an SD card, so I didn't actually 'lose' anything.
- I've taken my car to the shop to get the front brakes fixed. They've needed it for a while. My mechanic, Kenny @ Mitch's Auto, runs a small shop and I know their business has really been impacted by all this. So I thought I'd get them fixed while I was off rather than taking it to a chain. They've always been really great about fixing my car and not overcharging or anything like that. I'd highly recommend them. They're on Industry Road near the Circle in Lexington.
- I have to go back to our small independent pharmacy as my roommate was asleep when I picked up what was ready yesterday, but he had a few other things he needed. But that's just a drive-through sort of thing.
- I'm going to take some things to my storage unit. I have my winter clothes packed up (in one, not two totes this year), and I have a few other things that are sitting in my room right now otherwise.
- Reading some more. I'll listen to more of the Barry book, maybe while I'm waiting for the car to be finished.
- Re-install things on my phone.
- Do some more reading as far as my Kindle goes now that it's ready to go.
- Straighten up my room a little.
- Launder my masks and the clothes I have on right now and from yesterday that I went out in.
- Take some pots and put them in the shed until I'm ready to use them so they don't wind up being blown around like the other day when a couple were in the yard
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
That's a start, anyway. I'm off through Tuesday before I return to work this time.
- Work on my mental health. Work sent out something from our EAP about a service/app called Whil with all sorts of educational resources for mindfulness, anxiety calming, meditation, and stress release. I went ahead and signed up at work (as it required the work e-mail) and now I'm set. My goal is to spend an hour a day on these. They include video and audio programmes, and it's free with our EAP up to June.
- Try to actually read. Again, an hour a day is my goal, whether it's an audiobook, e-book, or physical book.
- Finish 'Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance' with my friend on Netflix.
- Survive my bread cravings from Pesach/Passover since I can't get something and bring it home until Thursday after sunset.
- Do almost no travelling out of the house, with some planning. Today I do have to go out to two pharmacies, one of which is Kroger, so I'll try to do a grocery run in and out at the same time.
- Do some writing, whether it's on my blog or other things. Something to keep me from being on Facebook all day and feeling that I accomplished something.
- Get my brakes fixed, as my mechanic is only open on weekdays and I'm off. Also, I'd be supporting a local small business.
Sunday, April 05, 2020
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
I tried to get up at a reasonably early time for someone who had really nothing to do today, although I did reset my alarm so it wouldn't start at 5 am. I tried for 7 am but instead wound up getting up about 9:30. I got ready and went out to Kroger for a prescription I had waiting for me and finally managed to score a package of paper towels while I was at it, then came home and since then I have mostly been looking at the news, or Facebook, or listening to music, or downloading audiobooks and looking at books to read. So today is my preparatory day for the rest of the week.
So far I haven't been very bored, although both the food in the refrigerator and my bed are calling to me, so maybe a little. I have discovered that my roommate binge-watches 'Dark Shadows' on Hulu at the moment to wake up and meet the day.
Last night the kitten was inconsolable because his toys were all missing except a ball with a bell in it that really held no interest for him. I had the intuition to move a marble-top washstand in the living room and voilà! we found his hoard of toys, including the butterfly with the crinkly leaves he adores but I had never actually seen because he hid it the day he got it. Now I've got both cats on my bed and I'm listening to Bastille in my room facing the window with the orchids and a blooming redbud tree outside.
I put a little laundry away, but today was about relaxing after working a week and a half out in the world while most people have been off or working from home. Our hospital is screening everyone with a temperature check before they come into the building--patient, visitor, staff--and distributing homemade masks that are primarily to help you remember not to touch your face and keep out any droplets. It won't protect from the virus such as the ones the first responders and ERs have (the lucky ones, anyway), but it'll keep us from pulling any from other places that may need them more. Our team approach is reducing exposure. I haven't been able to eat with my lunch bunch all week--my boss directed us to eat lunch in our offices and keep the doors shut. The only time I go to any other place in the hospital is to go to the bathroom, get a drink, check the mail in the mailroom, check my offsite folder (which I can see through our department door, so I don't have to go in unless there is one) or, in yesterday's case, I filled in at the sign-in desk for a half an hour so someone could go to lunch. I had to stamp passes the parents had for parking, so I was very cognizant not to touch my face and then washed my hands really well when I was done. I also wiped down the whole office with disinfectant before I left for the day, as someone else from upstairs might use it while I'm gone. Of course, when I come back next week I'll do that all again.
I think I will lie down just a bit. Governor Beshear is going to give his update at 5 pm, so I want to be up by then. The updates have become known outside of Kentucky, and people are creating memes and videos of him. There's a fund set up to help with the COVID-19 fallout in Kentucky and someone created quotes on t-shirts with 100% of proceeds going to that fund.
This evening I may go for a walk (by myself). I have some new shoes that (unlike the walking shoes and Mary Janes I had) are completely level and not worn down from my natural walk, which is on the outside of my feet. My Mary Janes, which were three years old, were so worn down they were at a 0-45 degree angle and my foot was rolling over every time I walked, so I had to throw them away. They were in such bad shape there was no reason to try to donate them. The walking shoes were getting there, too, as they're five years old. So it was beyond time. I only have a pair of sandals (which also need replacing) and a pair of house shoes, as I'm pretty utilitarian when it comes to shoes and keep them to a bare minimum. So these are work shoes but look like a sneaker. They are from New Balance, and they come in an extra-wide size and don't press badly on my feet (which is bad when you have diabetes), but they also have a steel toe, anti-static protection, and skid-resistant shoes, which probably isn't bad since I'm accident-prone. So I'm trying to break them in before I go back to work. I wore them to the pharmacy today, and like I said, may go for a walk in a little while. They're a little heavier than normal due to the steel toe, so I had to be careful not to put the accelerator down too far when driving. Talk about a lead foot. :)
Okay, that's all for now. Hope you are having a wonderful socially-distant week. Hopefully, you are staying at home unless you're an essential worker or needing to go out for supplies.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
We're up to 169 cases in Kentucky, 4 deaths. Our governor is taking steps to help flatten the curve, but we are, of course, still part of the upward swing one would expect at the beginning of a pandemic. Still, we're doing better than a lot of states surrounding us, so that's a positive thing.
Starting tomorrow I have a new work schedule, where we've divided into teams. My team will work Wednesday through Friday, then Monday and Tuesday, and then the other team will take over for the next span. At least in doing so, we're spreading people out and halving the exposure to the world outside our homes. We have options to take the off-days with paid time off if we have it (I do, for about two months of this, anyway, so this is my choice), taking it without pay, or supplementing income by working with other departments in the meantime. If one of our team members gets the virus, we would all quarantine, leaving the other team able to do essential tasks.
So no one's being laid off or anything. Those without PTO are also allowed to go into the negative, they just can't take normal PTO until they get back into the positive. It's a reasonable plan. I'm not sure if the third option above really helps with limiting exposure, but for those without underlying issues, that may not be such a problem. However, with mine, I'm going to stay home on days I'm not scheduled. That's five days (seven with the weekend) at a time that I don't have to take the parking shuttles or anything. And all of the departments are doing a version of this, worked out with their managers, so that pretty much halves the number of people in the building. And some are working from home--I just couldn't because of the amount of patient health information I deal with (virtually everything I touch is protected information).
We were scheduled to start this tomorrow, and I was supposed to be at work today, but my car wouldn't start this morning. I have almost nothing in my bank account (22 cents, to be exact, but hey at least it's positive), so I can't do a thing about it till Thursday. I don't think it's the battery. My roadside assistance is in jeopardy due to the tow I had in the fall and then the two to do with the tyres, so I'm afraid to use that. I was planning on transitioning to AAA, but that's been put off as I'll have to fix the car. If it isn't one thing, it's another. I was already looking at fixing the front brakes this weekend. :(
Okay, that's enough for now. Hope you got a laugh out of the video. We need things like that to keep us sane during all this. Take care, and stay well.