Day 23: Monday, April 6, 2020
My goal for the week was to just keep my spirits up. So, I showered, washed my hair, and even put on clean loungewear, But my good feelings were short-lived when I was working after lunch and I started feeling awful. I felt like I had a fever, possibly a sore throat, and I was very tired. Within a span of 10 minutes, I was convinced I had coronavirus. But, I took my temperature several times throughout the day and never had a fever. I took a nap, took some vitamin C, and felt pretty much back to normal when I woke up. The anxiety of getting it, paired with all of the hypochondria is really a killer.
Day 24: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
I woke up early and took a barre class, even though the pinched-nerve in my back was flared up and painful. I made an effort to put things on my calendar every day, even if it’s small like listening to podcasts, working on the blog, or blocking out time to read. With a few potential client calls on the books, I am feeling more confident about the future state of business.
Day 25: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
My pinched-nerve felt worse today. I got it when I was bartending — specifically from leaning to my left side to pick up domestic beer multiple times per night — in 2007. Since then, it flares up maybe once per year, or if I sleep on my back or neck wrong. It hurts the most near my shoulder blade, but it works its way up to my neck. I spent a lot of the day in bed, but took a yin class in the afternoon. I searched the apartment for something to lay on that would work out the pain (a tennis ball works best) but, couldn’t find anything, so obviously I laid on a cat toy.
Day 26: Thursday, April 9, 2020
I really needed something to look forward to, and I needed to find Kleenex. So, I ventured to Walgreen’s, wearing a scarf covering most of my face. I had a list of random stuff I wanted, such as wine, cherry Coke, candy and magazines. But instead of being a fun adventure, I felt a lot of anxiety. All of the Walgreen’s employees were wearing masks and gloves, but most of the shoppers were not, and most were also not abiding by social distancing rules. But, I was able to get everything on my list and when I got home, I wiped down everything I bought with disinfectant.
Day 27: Friday, April 10, 2020
Today is the day I launched The Bitter Lemon Patreon! I have been scrambling to get content on the Patreon page so people would have something to “buy” and now I finally can make the announcement. I know it may take awhile to get subscribers, or maybe I won’t get any, but you have to start somewhere. I also got an email that my first shipment of wine from the Winc subscription is on its way.
Day 28: Saturday, April 11, 2020
Since I wasn’t quite as productive as I would have liked to be this week, I was determined to work all day. I did, and was actually able to get a lot done so that I could relax and do fun things on Sunday. I did take a break and watch FarmAid — Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp performed — which was pretty cool.
Day 29: Sunday, April 12, 2020
Happy Easter! I feel really bad for everyone missing out on family celebrations today. My apartment complex set up a table with grab-n-go breakfast options, so I walked by and got a muffin and juice. I made a pitcher of mimosas and talked with Sheena over FaceTime for hours, which was a lot of fun. Then, I cooked a big meal and watched Issa Rae on Instagram Live before watching the premier of “Insecure” season 4… it was so good!
Day 30: Monday, April 13, 2020
Time to get back to work, and I am determined to actually WORK during the week so I can have my weekend to relax. After work, I took a restorative yoga class which was really relaxing and then I finished reading a book.
Day 31: Tuesday, April 14, 2020
This was probably the best day I’ve had while in quarantine. I got up and got to work. I finished several things on my to-do list and had a really great call with a potential client. I recorded some audio for the Patreon and even cooked dinner. A great day.
Day 32: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
While this day was less-productive than yesterday, I still was able to cross some things off of my list and get some things done around the apartment, like taking out the trash, running the dishwasher and vacuuming. I even balanced my checkbook. I’m seeing more and more articles about how colleges won’t see students until next year, and that we could be social distancing into 2022. It appears we really are in this for the long haul.
More Quarantine Diaries to come soon. Please note that I am not a doctor, health expert, or experienced in quarantine or self-isolation in any way. I am only reporting my daily experience while living during a public health crisis.