Home alone

The Man is out for lunch with the founding partners of his company. Daughter is out playing with one of her friends. I’m home alone. Doesn’t happen much these days. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity: uninterrupted reading while listening to my preferred playlist.

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Door |2021-12-19T15:41:21+02:0019 december 2021|deze dag|1 Reactie

Last lunch of the year

Of course I will enjoy more lunches this year. However, today a new lockdown was announced for my nether land. Anticipating full closure of restaurants I invited the Man and Daughter for a last lunch out. A small celebration of the start of Daughter’s Christmas holiday, which came a week earlier than planned. Back to home life from here, balancing work and play. Déjà vu.

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Door |2021-12-18T19:44:49+02:0018 december 2021|deze dag|1 Reactie

Covid confessions

Last few nights I dreamt weird and scary things. I think that is the result of yet another surge of covid infections, which leads to a lot of anxiety inducing reports on the news. Due to the raised infections rates, especially around Daughter’s school, she and Man got infected with Covid-19, pretty much at the same time. Despite being on the younger and vaccinated side of statistics, I worried about Man’s health. He developed a fever and stayed in the (spare)bedroom for a nearly a week. Call it a severe cold, or a mild flu. Generally speaking people end up in hospital a week after first developing symptoms. Therefore I kept checking in with him whether he was feeling worse or better. Current state of affairs: he fully recovered.

Last week I talked to two women I work with. Both of them in their twenties and both their vaccinated boyfriends tested positive. One of them developed a mild flu that kept him in bed for five days. It somehow comforted me to know that men in their twenties can react the same as fifty plus Man. Interestingly, all three of us women didn’t test positive while being in close contact with covid-19. I suspect my defence mechanism did come into action as I had one day with a slightly elevated body temperature around the days that both Daughter and Man first tested positive on the home tests, but I’ll never know for sure. My PCR test after five days came back negative.

As has been the case since the beginning of this pandemic, Dutch government is responding too little, too late. They are talking about introducing the 2G variant of the corona pass, already implemented in other EU countries, meaning you only get access to social life outside your home when you’re either vaccinated or officially recovered from covid-19. I don’t think that will help the current situation at all, except to handing over toxic fuel to right-wing covid denying politicians and those willing to believe the narrative of government taking control over people’s personal life indefinitely. It won’t convince people to get vaccinated and it surely will not decrease hospitalisations short term or increase critical care personnel long term. The reality is that in this country we have even less beds available than before, due to staff quitting and getting overworked. A process that was going on before the pandemic and now being amplified.

To give you an idea of current rules, we are restricted to a nine to five corona pass social life. Restaurants, bars, non-essential shops, gyms, theatres and cinemas are closed after 5PM. Working from home should be the norm again, but Google’s recent mobility statistics show too little change after previous advise to work from home. Schools at all levels keep running. As a parent, especially being a parent of a kid who got immune in recent weeks, I’m thankful for that. The virus applauds this decision too, as it can freely spread like a bog fire: underground, ready to resurface in unexpected places. Face covering indoors is mandatory again. Late June this year, the outgoing Minister of Justice and Security improvised lyrics on a children’s melody to announce we could trash the face covering. That sort of sums up the long term vision the (still outgoing) Dutch leaders have. They failed to apply proven methods from crisis communication and social behaviour handbooks. Every. Single. Covid. Surge.

And now there is Omicron waving its altered spikes.

At least my household is over and done with covid-19 (variant: Delta, most likely), so we can live life again. For now. I wrote this while enjoying coffee at Bagels and Beans. For me personally nothing changes. Still working from home (and sometimes a cafe). Still enjoying life during the day. Still going to bed early. Still taking walks. Still planning to meet family next weekend for dinner and Sinterklaas. Still planning to see our friends in Switzerland at the end of the year.

To keep anxiety at bay I will unplug myself from the news as much as I can. I’m not an ostrich, I just need to keep focusing on things I can influence to keep sane. For that I need to stop worrying about things beyond my control. I’ll read more books instead. That’s a good strategy even without the pandemic. Climate change would otherwise dominate the news. Just as depressing.

Wherever you walk our wonderful planet, keep on walking. Sending you warm hugs from my tiny corner of earth.

Door |2021-11-30T15:19:11+02:0030 november 2021|flow|1 Reactie

First CoronaMelder notification

I just received my very first alert from the corona app detecting whether I was in the vicinity of a contagious person for longer than 15 minutes. As I haven’t been in any other place for that long other than my own home, I’m 100% certain the app is telling me I have someone carrying COVID-19 in my home. The app is correct. That person is called the Man on this digital log. He’s been trying to infect me for a week now (supported by Daughter) and still unsuccessful. And indeed he was marked as Covid-19 positive by the GGD after a PCR test.

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Door |2021-11-24T15:43:28+02:0024 november 2021|deze dag|2 Reacties

Taking it slow

I took a slow walk this afternoon, just to enjoy regained freedom after staying indoors since Wednesday. Daughter’s back in school. The Man on his way to recovery. I still healthy and negative. As in PCR negative. Breathing in the chilly Autumn air. Aaaahhhh!

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Door |2021-11-23T17:41:22+02:0023 november 2021|deze dag|1 Reactie

Positive

After two days of Daughter feeling discomfort (raised temperature but no fever, headache, belly ache) she woke up with a fever this morning.
Corona alarm bells were ringing since covid-19 is all around us, especially at elementary schools (housing the one age group completely unvaccinated without constraints).
As Daughter was already a bit under the weather we helped Daughter to take a nose swap (self-control is key to get her tested at all) on Monday morning, which came out negative. This morning we did another test and the line at T turned red almost immediately when the liquid spread through the test surface. Covid-19 is here.

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As corona cases are through the roof in this country, it took me quite a while to get in touch with the GGD to make appointments for PCR tests for the whole family. During the morning both I and the Man tried calling the line especially for kids, but it was so busy we were not even accepted to wait in line.

After lunch I tried a different number, the one for those who have been in touch with someone testing positive. This time I got in the waiting room immediately and after some minutes I got connected to an employee.

As Daughter’s last PCR test was rather stressful, I discussed with the employee whether Daughter really needed to take an official test. She agreed with me that it was not necessary and that it was possible to have her case registered by hand for the team that deals with contact tracing. I did make an appointment for myself and the Man for next Monday, five days after first known contact with our positive house mate.

Of course I already contacted those who have been in contact with Daughter the past few days.

I’m curious to see whether I or the Man will fall ill as well. We’re both fully vaccinated, so I don’t worry about serious consequences.

Until next Monday we will stay at home. And perhaps longer when either the Man or I test positive by then. I guess it’s time to use that treadmill a bit more the coming days.

Door |2021-11-17T19:40:29+02:0017 november 2021|deze dag|1 Reactie
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