Sunday, March 16th, 2020
I woke up today in a foul mood. Why is this happening to me? Why does the test result take so long? Why did the government minimize this in the beginning, calling it "a common cold" and saying it would be over in a few weeks? Soon I realized what a waste of time and energy this line of thought was and decided to focus on being more proactive in learning everything I could about what I might be facing. So I turned on the TV news. MISTAKE! No matter what your politics are the fact is the media is always chasing the story and when something is moving as fast as this it's just impossible to get it right all the time. It's not that they are lying, it's that the information changes quickly and you get a lot of opinions. (Walter Cronkite we miss you). I don't want opinions, I just want FACTS, and I want them NOW!. Then I went to CDC.Gov. This government site is staffed by doctors and you can tell. The information is delivered in a concise, factual way. So turn off your TV and go there. Everything you need to know is there without any of the hype or drama.
At this point I am sequestered in my "Mike Cave", one of the kids' old bedrooms that I turned into my room. I'm sleeping in a comfortable recliner with my 2 dogs. They love the arrangement, I'm not crazy about it. My wife Jen is in our bedroom and we are maintaining proper distancing according to the CDC recommendations. So mid-morning I decided to do some other things that were advised to stave off the boredom and anxiety which are normal under the circumstances. I meditated, which is not new for me, it has been a part of my daily routine for a long time and is very helpful in every aspect of life for me. I highly recommend it and I will add a resource page for some books if you are interested in getting started. I focused on eating well, fresh fruit, vegetables, organic yogurt, etc. I began to feel more normal, less like impending doom and more like "look at how blue that sky is."
Day 3 - Monday, March 16th, 2020
Well, today is the day the test results are supposed to be back. I watched the news for a bit to catch up on all the events since yesterday, then switched it off. I began to read, a habit that I have used to de-stress since I was a kid. At some point, I took a drink of coffee and it went down the wrong pipe, causing me to cough. Seconds later my phone indicated a new text message. It was my wife, asking if I was ok, she had heard me cough. Suddenly the absurdity of it all got me laughing, then another text, "what's so funny?" she asked. I told her the fact that we were texting each other from different rooms in the house had hit my funny bone hard. We both had a good chuckle and I think we both felt better. After another long day, at 6 PM, I got the email, the test had come back NEGATIVE! We are free! We celebrated with junk food and ice cream.
The Bottom Line
For me, everything in life is a learning opportunity. I spend a lot of time reading and viewing subjects that I find fascinating. One of the things I learned is that we humans have an amazing capacity for knowledge if we don't stop working the brain muscle. In fact, neuroscience now tells us that as we age, those of us that continue to "learn" have a much lower risk for dementia. That habit helped me cope with this brief but stressful imprisonment. I will be talking more about that in a future post, the changes in science, technology, specifically the health sciences are happening fast. The information overload can be overwhelming unless you learn how to cut through the nonsense and get to the magic of it all. I can help guide you on that journey, I've already done it. For now, hunker down, tell your loved ones you love them and stay safe!
Resources- Available on Amazon.com
Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives Hardcover – January 7, 2020
The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age (The Plant Paradox) by Dr. Steven R Gundry MD
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