So we got an official announcement the other day…Virginia will begin slowly reopening as of May 15th.
I will say that I have mixed feelings over this. Working in health care and having to watch the numbers every day at work, I am a bit nervous as we continue to see the numbers of COVID patients rise in the state. Virginia has lagged way behind in testing and while we know that more testing is going to lead more people being diagnosed, we have only tested about 1.5% of our states population. Many people here who called hospitals and health departments were told to self isolate if their symptoms were mild…and they were never tested. So this all leaves a lot of questions about safety.
Selfishly, I will admit that I am looking forward to having some services open again though. I haven’t had a hair cut in ages and we won’t even talk about how shaggy my mop of hair looks. With things reopening, I can finally figure out when my surgery will be rescheduled. I can get back to the lab and see where my hormone levels are…because who knows what they look like with all the long days and stress of the past two months.
I will also be able to begin shopping. As I wrote about recently, I finally have some money put aside for wardrobe shopping and considering my sizes are anything but standard…I do need to go to the stores to try things on so I can get my work wardrobe together.
I guess as I think back over the past two months, I know I have felt anything but pretty. And I know that is the case for a lot of people. We have, for so long, taken advantage of all of these perks and service oriented industries that allowed us to focus on a more physical presentation to the world. I know for myself, I am excited to get back to a point where I feel attractive again. I will also say though, that if more people start becoming sick because we are opening things back up, I will full support doing what needs to be done, even if it’s another shut down, to help keep people safe.
As we have said at work…we are facing a new normal in the world and we all need to learn to adjust to it.
On a side note, I did have a long talk with someone I have known for a couple of years but who I haven’t talked to much over the past couple of years. I needed some input on a topic where I felt this person would have a unique perspective and we had a long talk. It meant a lot to get their input on some things. And, I also want to say thank you to this friend for, in very simple ways, helped me to feel pretty for just a few moments. There hasn’t been much over these past two months that has helped me to feel pretty/attractive/etc. This friend gave me that for just a few minutes in the midst of all the insanity going on in the world.
I’ve very grateful and I just wanted to thank you, my friend. Thank you for making the time to talk last night. *hugs*
See it on Flickr.
Diversion – Affection 5m