PANDEMIC MALAISE

In the beginning there was simply an awareness that something was happening that was going to engage us enough to foster a few changes in our everyday behavior. January and February of 2020 we had to make a few adjustments in our lives. I had an ominous feeling about the entire reporting of the epidemic from China thinking from the beginning that it was under reported. Being an empath I could not shake the feeling and knew enough to act. By the last week in February 2020 I had ordered masks, surgical gloves, and several bottles of Lysol wipes and clorox cleanser. A pilot I had worked with in Phoenix came down with COVID in March. He was not what you would call old, but fit and trim. He was dead in 5 days. This event confirmed my feelings and I took notice. I stopped going to crowded restaurants and sat on patios for happy hour. By March I gave up my hairdresser and let my hair grow. I colored it myself which I had done before when I traveled extensively. My hairdresser always wrote down my formula and I bought the ingredients online. This didn’t work in Arizona. I bought L’Oreal at the drugstore and worked it out myself. For several months it was liberating and I experimented with familiar tones. I purchased a couple of messy buns and worked it all together. I tried a few different colors with the highlights incorporated into the color mix and it worked. After eight or nine months I had dried out straggly, umkempt multicolor strawberry toned hair. I let go of not only my hairdresser but my massages, my facials, my acupuncturist and my dipped nails. Within two months I had saved one thousand dollars from my self care items but then spent it on ordering groceries from Amazon, Sprouts and Walmart after perusing the sites to determine what I could find in each store, grateful each time that I could afford the items. It seems the whole nation that could order online wanted the same items, toilet paper, paper towels, noodles and 7 oz. diet Dr. Pepper. The summer heat rose to 110 degrees and the pool closed for COVID. I stayed in and cleaned like a professional maid. I sent everything in my closet to the Goodwill and scrubbed every drawer in my house. I did online exercise classes and saw no apparent results. I tried going to Costco’s senior morning hours to stock up but the lines were too long to stand in the dire heat. Amazon sent me packages most days of the week and I broke down boxes in between. I did telemedicine until my...

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