I’m looking at my November calendar and I’ve had to make a few adjustments.
First of all, November is LUNG CANCER AWARENESS month! This is so so important. As my readers know, I lost my dad to lung cancer in June of 2019 and since have become an advocate for lung cancer screenings!
My Dad’s caner was discovered through a routine CT scan. If you are 55 years or older and currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 10 years, please ask your doctor if you qualify for an annual low dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer. The test takes less than 30 seconds and can save your life.
Also, I’m on a “work two nights have one night off” schedule here for the next… for the month of November essentially. Iowa is really filling up with COVID patients and we are surging. We’ve converted part of our pediatric unit to a second COVID unit so I picked up a few shifts to help staff that unit. Iowa is the third leading active virus cases per capita – which means 47 states are doing way better than we are in handling the pandemic.
Craig is still in the field. He’s combining every day from about 9 am to 9 pm. They have about 700 acres left. The weather looks great for the next week or so – I hope he can get wrapped up soon.
I talked about re-recording some of my music which was scheduled for November 18th but I’m clearing most of my “extras” for the month of November so I can help out at work. The time will come. See more about my music in this blog post: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/a-new-adventure/
Thank God for my mom, what would we do without her? I have no idea. If you read her most recent blog post, find that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/covid-test-and-more/ Carver is on quarantine after a COVID exposure so no preschool until November 12th which really throws a cramp in so much.
First of all, we don’t want to risk ANYONE getting COVID but we also have to function. Craig can’t take off work to be at home with the boys, I can’t take off work. We are both in busy season, but really more like a NON negotiable critical busy season. Our regular nanny (rightfully so) is unable to help us while Carver is on quarantine. Craig’s mom is quarantining. I rode in the combine with Craig on Thursday and we just brainstormed and tried to figure out how to manage the week. It’s overwhelming.
Craig has asthma, he really shouldn’t get COVID. He’s got to finish up harvest.
My mom has cancer and diabetes, she really shouldn’t get COVID.
Craig’s parents aren’t available because of a COVID exposure.
Gannon really shouldn’t get COVID with his pre-existing conditions.
Our Nanny isn’t available.
My sister is pregnant with twins, she really shouldn’t get COVID.
We just, we really are struggling this week. We made the decision that the boys would stay with mom while Craig and I work. She insisted. We have no other choice. It’s just, it’s really hard guys.
I’ve seen patients do so well with COVID and hardly have any symptoms but that isn’t a guaranteed outcome. I’ve seen young and healthy patients die from COVID as well. I shouldn’t live in fear, but I also shouldn’t carelessly expose those in my life at risk, but I also have to live my life.
I just can’t imagine a time when Craig and I aren’t working every single day, when we see each other regularly, when we can go where we want to go, when we can see who we want to see, when we sleep in the same bed more nights than not, life is just very far from normal right now. I think if we can get through past Thanksgiving, maybe things will slow down.
In the meantime, I just got home from voting this morning! I thought it would be very 2020 of me to wear my “I voted sticker” on my mask. I work again tonight so I’ll have to watch the results in between patients.
That’s all I have for today folks! Have a good one!
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