“YOU brought back the COVID, didn’t you. I KNEW it.” I accused in the middle of the night, as my husband sat up and made a weird inhaling noise, followed by lots of coughing. After he recovered from his spasm, I inquired if he was okay, and then proceed to joke/not joke “You went to California and you brought it back with you, didn’t ya.”
He had recently driven from Oregon to California for a business trip a couple of weeks ago and that fear has been in the back of my mind. It’s 2:00 in the morning and I’m telling him, “You’ve been coughing more lately since you returned.” To which he replied tiredly, “I was just thirsty, and took a drink, but it went down the wrong pipe. I’m fine and I don’t have COVID.”
It is true, central OR weather recently changed, and during the winter is incredibly dry and we have to drink water throughout the night as we get dried out and cough. It’s totally legit that he sucked water down while trying to sit up in bed and breathe all at the same time…but still…that lingering thought is there. And isn’t it funny, you can’t even have a sneeze because dust went up your nostrils, or you have asthma and a dry throat cough – even if you have a mask on and turn away and into your shoulder – people JUMP back and give you the evil eye. And I always say, “I’m NOT sick. I just had a tickle in my throat.” People, Don’t forget – our bodies have a natural defense of sneezing/coughing that isn’t illness related to keep us alive. Not every noise made means that individual is a horrible, unthinking human to expose you to death.
I know Corona virus is serious, but dang the media for creating more fear than necessary. In response, the community begins to do dumb things and their actions/words are unkind to one another. Our selfishness kicks in, as we hoard whatever cleaning supply and TP we can find. We yell at one another while shopping if we feel they are standing too close…even when they are several feet away. DON’T EVEN THINK OF STEPPING IN THIS SAME AISLE. IT’S MINE RIGHT NOW.
Yes, we do need follow precautions, but important to find a balance so we don’t go overboard with our fear. And though I am worried for my teenage son that has a compromised immune system, but since he isn’t deemed “compromised enough” can’t yet qualify for the immunization (only those aged 75+ right now) I have to trust that God will take care of us and him when he returns back to school campus in Feb. (just when I convince myself, from the recesses of mind, there’s a whisper…BUT THE RONA IS ALWAYS LYING IN WAIT.) God – help my unbelief!
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe: help my unbelief!”Mark 9:23-24 (NKJV)