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AtoZ/What Day is it Anyway? Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – Challenges



My day today so far–4:33pm: 

Challenges abound.

I started off the day early with Alex insisting on going outside to get the blue boxes since the recycling truck had been. I argued with him that it wasn’t safe for him to touch them, but he wasn’t gonna wait.

I’m sure if my neighbours didn’t think me crazy before, the sight of me, in PJs, my winter boots, and coat, out in the middle of the road at 7:15, picking up the pieces of paper that had flown out of my recycling bins in the night has likely cemented their opinion.

We didn’t manage to go out for a walk today because of the rain, but I did sit in the car down by the water to work on my book, so there’s that.

Then I came home and dealt with the hospital.

And therein lies the long story that I mentioned yesterday.

On Sunday, March 22nd, my mother collapsed at the home. They put her in an ambulance and sent her to the hospital–her heart was stopping for 10 seconds every once in a while. The doctor called me and asked if I wanted her to have a pacemaker. I said yes.

A few days later they transported her to Kingston, she had the operation and was back in town the same day. All well and good. On Wednesday, the 1st, she was ready to come out of the hospital. Yay!

Except …

The home won’t have her back. Because there are cases of Covid-19 in the hospital, she’d have to stay in isolation in her room for 14 days. Only my mother wouldn’t remember that for 14 minutes. So I had a choice–pay a security guard out of my own pocket to stand by her door 24/7 for 14 days, or find an alternative. I can’t have her here at home because of Alex’s cardiac issues (if she does have the virus … let’s just say it wouldn’t go well for him), so I’ve been on the phone a lot.

Mostly to discover there are no spots available in nursing homes.

So the hospital will keep her until there is one.

And I’m not allowed to visit. I haven’t seen her since the middle of March, and probably won’t until this virus mess is over. I’m guessing July if we’re lucky.

So I’m just burying myself in my work and my kids, and trying not to think about it all too much. Because what can I do but worry?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.


More of the same.

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

27 thoughts on “AtoZ/What Day is it Anyway? Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – Challenges

  1. I’m so sorry Linda. None of this is easy. It makes the ‘problems’ we faced two months ago look like grains of dust in a rock quarry now. 😞💕


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  3. Dear Linda I am late reading this. I am so sorry that your mum is caught in this position. It difficult enough that she has dementia apart from anything else. Sending you and love🌈🌈💜

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  4. Oh, Linda. I’m so sorry. I have tears in my eyes thinking about what you must be going through. You’re right. Control what you can and let the rest go. Hugs!

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  5. Oh, dear, you are dealing with so much! I’m glad to hear the hospital will keep her though. At least she has someplace safe to be. Keep writing.

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  7. I’m sorry to hear about your mom’s situation, we are all going through it, it is tough not to worry excessively! Journaling helps a little bit.

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  8. Linda, I am so sorry about your mom. What a difficult situation. Sending you lots of love and positive thoughts. These are difficult times. Stay well wishes for your entire family.

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  9. Sorry to hear about your mom, Linda. I hope she finds a place to isolate, and I hope that place can release her to her “home” place. These are difficult times and they are often difficult to understand. It seems the rules were written for an ideal group of people who don’t really exist.

    Take care of yourself and your kids. I hope you can weather this storm. As for the neighbors, don’t worry. We once had a neighbor add her overflow trash to our recycle bin. I startled her as I was leaving for work. She turned to apologize and I noticed she wasn’t wearing anything under her robe. She tucked it closed and apologized again.

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  10. How Stressful! Stay positive! Try to find sometime to rest and look after yourself as well.

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  12. Medical issues are so scary right now because they put people at risk. I just hope she heals up and gets out of quarantine fast.

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  13. Ah, I wish you weren’t going through this! Sending positive energy your way.
    For me, a long planned vacation to see my daughter in NYC, um hmm, has turned into a staycation, so I’m not at the hospital working this next week and I’m not with my daughter…feeling kind of useless.
    Hope your mom gets better soon!

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  14. It seems we all have so much on our plate. So sorry about you mom. Two of my boys are out in Richmond, VA and I hope they are being conscious of what is going on but you know that generation, they are invincible. What Virus… My daughter is a nurse and will be on the front lines. She has 3 little girls at home. Worry, worry…I hope this will end soon, Blessings and Prayers ❤

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  15. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this upsetting situation with your mother. I hope things resolve well. These are such challenging times.

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  17. Sorry you are going though this with your mother. Good the hospital will keep her. there.

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  18. very sorry to read about your mom. I hope she feels better soon and finds a spot in a nursing home too. xoxo

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  20. How stressful for you. And at a time when your mom needs your presence during recovery. Stay strong.

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  21. Oh that is just frustrating! Glad the hospital has agreed to keep her. Good vibes coming your way. 🙂

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  22. Oh Linda, I’m so sorry to read this. Your poor mom. And all of you too. Sending positive thoughts and healing vibes your way.

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  23. What a terrible situation to be in but yes worrying won’t change anything. You can only carry on as you are doing. Trying to find somewhere for her but knowing she’s currently being looked after. I hope something turns up soon.

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  24. Oh how frustrating. At least the hospital will keep her.

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  25. This Cc is really a hard situation for you. Just try not to worry as you cannot do anything.

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  26. Sincere hope that all goes well with your family.

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