This past weekend, I felt emotionally rescued by my friend Andrea. She picked me up all the way from Arlington Heights. She and her three daughters who are like nieces to me brought me so much comfort. I’ve been quarantining alone, being extremely vigilant, as I know she has. We remained like that at her house Saturday and Sunday, washing hands frequently and taking precaution. It was so nice to be with them. We played cards, did yoga, watched The Lion King, and I played Barbies with the girls. It made my heart really, really happy. And my goodness, did it make me realize and admire the resolve and perseverance parents with young kids have during this time.

I’ve been back home since Monday, only leaving to walk, go to a routine doctor’s appointment, pick up medicine, and food as needed. Other than working, speaking to friends and family via FaceTime and Zoom, I’ve been passing the time with exercise, television, music, washing my hands, and wiping down surfaces.

Television wise, I’ve watched Tiger King, How to Fix a Drug Scandal, and The Stranger. I recommend them all, the first two being documentaries, the latter a British crime thriller series starring Downton Abbey’s O’Brien, Siobhan Finneran. I also highly recommend comedian, Tom Segura’s stand up special, Ball Hog, for some much needed levity. In terms of music, I’m finding myself listening to a lot of Elliott Smith, Aimee Mann, and alternative indie and rock music from the 1990s. Not the most upbeat, but it’s music I like and seems fitting for present.

Like many, I find my sleeping and eating patterns completely thrown off. One day, I have no appetite, Other days, back to normal. Same goes for sleep. Some days I’m confident that everything will be okay, and others I feel immense anxiety. Every day is so limited in terms of action, and yet I have no idea what to expect from myself or the news. It’s unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Fortunately, the hope and optimism outweighs everything else and we’re all in this together.

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