These are some trivial times. Ever since I heard about the corona virus my stress level has been though the roof.  I don’t want to see people or talk to anyone. I just want to suffer in silence and hide. After a few days of this I knew it was time to stop feeling sorry for myself.

Yes, I have 3 autoimmune diseases, yes, I’m over 60, and yes, I have other underlying issues and yes, I take a medication that lowers my immune system. If you sneeze on me; I get sick. I like people and I like helping people, this is what I do. This is my calling. God didn’t bring me this far to leave me. I’m awoke now.

First, I must do what is told of me; stay home. If you have a chronic illness and you’re in pain, you were probably already doing this. If you do touch things remember to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water. You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. So many people are getting their feelings hurt now because they won’t cover their nose and mouth with a tissue or sneeze in your elbow. Stay away from sick people and if you feel sick self-isolate from others.

We next need to communicate with our doctors, unfortunate I cancel all my doctor’s appointment I just couldn’t take the chance of being around someone that is sick. My doctors are in a patient portal and they are all connected, so I was able to communicate with all of them at once. I’m able to talk to them everyday if I need too. Try to find ways to communicate with your medical team without leaving your home.

I started flipping out about do I have enough medication since we are on lock down. How do I get more? I don’t want to leave my home so how do I get it? I had to take a deep breath and think about this. I called my pharmacy and they will deliver any medications that I need. Call around before you panic. There is plenty of help out there now. More than you know.

Sleep has always been an issue for me, but now it’s worst than ever. Sometimes you can let things go, but how to you let go of what is happening in the world today. We need to de-stress; we can’t control what is happening in the world, but we can try and quiet our thoughts.

I manage to lose over 40 pounds in the past year, but now I just want to eat, eat, eat and I want to eat everything that is not good for me. I just want fast food, cookies, ice-cream and cake. Again, we all just need to calm down and step back from all of this. I know this is not easy.

· Remember that we all need to be a part of this. We need to slow the process of this illness

·  Avoid close contact with people who are sick

· Stay home when you are sick

· Cover your coughs and sneeze in a tissue

· Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

We can all get though this together. #togetheralone