In a therapy hour yesterday, I suggested that somebody spend an hour a day taking care of a task they’d been avoiding — cleaning up and organizing their home. This person had tried breaking down the overwhelming job in other ways, and those hadn’t worked.
I like to take my own advice, so I am going to spend an hour a day taking care of tasks I avoid like
doing my taxes,
filling out other forms,
calling people I don’t know,
risking failure or rejection,
talking to unpleasant people,
organizing closets, and
throwing away things I don’t need.
As usual, spending an hour a day blogging is helping me face the day ahead.
I spend at least an hour a day walking, taking photos, and tweeting.
In terms of when you can end YOUR isolation (again, I am assuming you had COVID-19), according to the CDC (as of today – I just verified) you can leave your home once you have been fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 72 hours AND your cough has improved AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. If you are still fever-free after 72 hours (tomorrow? Thurs?) and your cough is improving, I think you can leave your home but if you are still coughing it would be best to wear a mask.
Because my rules include “first, do no harm” I waited a couple of extra days and first ventured out of my home yesterday. My rules include staying away from people and using gloves whenever I touch anything. As I wrote to a friend this morning:
The rules at this blog include sharing photos that rule:
The rules for me, because I have a mechanical heart valve and take Warfarin daily, include my checking my INR at home. Because my INR was so high yesterday (it’s supposed to be between 2.5 and 3.5), my medical team’s rules included my skipping a dose of Warfarin last night and eating more greens. New rules: We think the coronavirus and my taking antibiotics have probably disrupted my INR temporarily. The rules of common sense tell us that this number will stabilize again soon.