4.23.2020

three on thursday

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Thing one: I've been wearing my new lymphie garment for almost a week. It's not uncomfortable. Unfortunately, my insurance will only pay for two garments every six months--and the first garment I got is a definite no-go! I'll suck it up and pay "out of pocket" because one set just won't do.

Thing two: Although I vowed to not work on school this vacation week I ended up working on schoolwork last night. I think I might have a creative and high-interest activity for my Sociology class to work on while I put finishing touches on their major end-of-quarter project. And my Psychology class is on the personality unit so naturally, we'll be analyzing different personality tests--they'll enjoy the range of tests I have for them. Some are academic and some are goofy.

Thing three: For the first time in memory, I think I'm lonely. I enjoy my own company and am an ambivert. But today, I realized I'm lonely. Maybe it's not going anywhere--no social interaction outside of virtual visits, phone chats, and the like. I honestly can't think of ever being lonely until now. It's another layer of COVID-19 grief.

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  1. I really got this!

    #1 -- This reminds me me and my chiropractor. Even with insurance, these sessions are costly. When I was worried about losing my job, I initially thought that this was one expense I'd have to cut. That frightened me, because those sporadic pains were intense and disruptive. I decided, "No, I'll cut something else instead." (Fortunately, turns out I didn't have to make that decision. Which is good, because discipline and budgeting, etc., are not among my strengths.)

    #2 -- Got a deck on Wednesday that will have a BIG impact on as yet unassigned projects. It could really complicate things. I'm resisting the impulse to re-review it because there's nothing I can do about it now.

    #3 -- YES! "COVID-19 grief." I haven't heard that phrase before, but it's important and real. Like you, I'm experiencing loneliness for the first time since ... I can't even remember! I think it's the loss of choice/control that has triggered it.

    It's so good to know someone else is facing these same things.



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  2. I think one of the hardest things about COVID grief is that even if you do know what the antidote is, you likely don't have the freedom to go out and pursue it right now. So it makes sense to me that you dove into some meaningful schoolwork during time off, even if you said you wouldn't. It's a connection to those lucky students of yours.

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  3. I think that being home and being lonely is a real thing right now. My knitting group has been meeting to zoom every week and we are all experiencing the same things! (Even those of us who live with someone!)

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  4. Sending you a hug from afar! It's a really hard thing...I thank my lucky stars every day that I'm able to go to work. I never thought I'd be happy about that! :-)

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