Social Media Distancing

How are you handling this pandemic?

I am educated … I am medical … But I am honestly still NOT handling this well.

What is This?

Coronavirus, Corona, Rona, or Covid-19? What do you call the pandemic in your house? It is Coronavirus at home with the kids and Covid-19 at work. It really doesn’t matter what you call it because it has probably ruined altered your life in some way 40 days into quarantine.

What is Expected of Us?

We must social distance. No gatherings greater than 10 people and practice good hygiene. That is it; it seems super simple … Stay home and wash your hands and everything will be ok. But that is not the actual truth; news flash, 40 days later and they have extended school closures. What is next?

It is not ok. I am not ok.

Social Media Distancing

Angry, sad, confused, exhausted, and anxious; this is a description of me on a daily basis played on repeat. I can no longer watch the news or get on social media these days because it just increases my anxiety. The fear, panic, hoarding, and blaming are a little too much for me. It just intensifies everything I am already feeling.

For goodness sakes, I have had to explain single ply toilet paper to my kids, cannot find hand sanitizer to save my life, and am making my own Clorox wipes. WHY????? Add in the instability of the oil and gas industry and other families that seem to be thriving, and you can find me hiding in my house working from home while struggling to home school two kids and keeping a toddler entertained.

That said, I do feel like things have started to calm down a little bit and hope that things will soon return to normal. For my sanity, for the sanity of my family, and for our economy.

Lauren James
Lauren is a native New Orleanian that was transplanted to Lafayette in 2008 by her husband of 11 years, Daniel. She has a B.S.N. from Louisiana State University – School of Nursing and a M.S.N. from the University of South Alabama. Her “paying gig” is as a Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Quality/Infection Prevention at a local hospital. Her other full-time gig is as keeper of her home and mom to William 7, Mary Kathryn 6, and Benjamine 2. Most of her days at home are spent picking up toys and socks off the floor so the family Bernese Mountain Dog, Tipper, does not demolish them. When she has a spare moment, she enjoys reading crime novels, playing board game with her kids, cooking and baking foods that are not on her diet, and finding any reason to celebrate by drinking her beloved champagne. To burn off a few calories and any leftover energy, the family enjoys walking or riding bikes on the shaded boulevard on which they live. Lauren has fallen in love with the people and city of Lafayette and is very proud to raise her family here and to now call it home.

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