Quarantine Check Ins

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Cronono's picture
Quarantine Check Ins

While we haven't had much going on in a while, I just wanted to reach out and let you know I hope you're all safe and sound. These are crazy times we're living in and it's important to me that I know you are all managing through.

deadDMwalking's picture

Thanks for checking in! I'm doing really well, all things considered.

The kids (13, 9, 5) have been home since March 15th with very limited chances to go to the store, but our neighborhood pool has just reopened, so I've been taking them there every day. We took this opportunity to adopt a puppy, which has given us all some extra chores but we've enjoyed taking the dog for walks and taking her to play at the dog park (using proper social distancing).

My parents both have cancer, and my father just sliced his thumb badly enough that he had to have surgery so he MIGHT get use of his thumb again in several months. Since they live in California and I live in Tennessee, it's not really something I can do anything about. But my brother lives with my parents and my sister lives in the neighborhood, so I have family checking on them.

My wife's father has inoperable cancer. He's just been admitted to a drug trial which might save him, but it doesn't look good at the moment. They had tried microwave ablation and some other type of non-surgical way of removing it, but ultimately that didn't work out. He just had to have his spleen removed to get healthy enough to qualify for the drug trial. The wife/kids are going out the first week of July to see him (possibly say final goodbyes) but because of the puppy looks like I'm staying home.

I'm very lucky that I have a job where I work from home, and the impacts of closures have been minimal for me. My wife is a university professor, so she did some online teaching in the spring, and will probably have to do some of that in the fall, but for the most part we're healthy and safe. There are things about 'safer at home' that aren't ideal, but we're really in a good position to make the most of it. I know compared to most Americans, we're truly blessed.

How are the people you love?

Fixxxer's picture

Things here in Oregon are... surreal, I'd say. Like many other places, many of the locals seem to have just forgotten about the pandemic. My county is the last county in Oregon to have its Phase 1 opening, which takes effect the day after tomorrow. I've been working through the entire thing, which has been difficult enough, so I'm really not looking forward to the tidal wave of people I'm expecting to have to put up with.

I've been wanting to run another Arkham Horror game on The Archive. I've just been holding off until my county reopens and I can see what my schedule will look like, and how exhausted I'm likely to feel. If it doesn't seem too bad, look for that in the near future.

My fiancee has been furloughed this whole time and has only left the house on a couple of occasions. That's been rough for her. Even with the county reopening soon, her work will remain closed as it's in downtown Portland, where protests are regularly turning into conflicts.

Portland has seen some pretty brutal stuff during the protests. And a lot of negative has come out of Oregon in general. It hasn't been pretty.

But we're otherwise doing well enough. I hope that everyone else is likewise okay.

Board Rider
Board Rider's picture

For my fiance and I not much has changed. We both work government jobs so we continue to work at the office. Neither of us got sick and our part of the suburb is far enough away from the protests so we haven't seen much of that either. All in all 2020 hasn't been all that negative for us. I hope everyone stays safe.

HVB's picture

I should maybe be back to work before the end of the month, although my work also depends on the number of people comfortable enough to go to a day spa at this time.
I know people who have died & people who have gotten very sick from the virus, but no one in my family has been sick so far thankfully.
The "dog" beach closed to dogs in mid May to prepare for humans, but one of the local dog parks FINALLY reopened today so my dogs will be able to run offleash again! So all is good :)

Talanall's picture

I'm okay. I've talked about it elsewhere, but my wife's a physician, and she provides primary care in a couple of prison/ICE detention facilities (which is to say that the residents are correctional inmates and people who are churning through the hell that is deportation proceedings, kept in different sectors of the prison). Her facilities both house male and female residents, and the majority of them are immigrants.

As of about three weeks ago, one of her facilities had about five dozen active COVID-19 cases, and some of them had been sent for hospital care, including ventilation. Nobody under her care has died so far, and the overwhelming majority of all the cases she's seen have been mild. That's been a huge relief for her, because anyone who is incarcerated basically has to be considered to be immunocompromised. A deluge of critical cases seemed like it might be very much on the table, back when this illness first began to show up in prison environments.

I think we can all recognize that this pandemic has been incredibly stressful for those folks; it's terrible just being incarcerated, and if you're stuck in a barracks-room setting with a bunch of people during a pandemic, it's even worse. They can't exactly social distance.

Things have been rough for the nurses, doctors, and other support staff, and for the guards, too, but ultimately they have a choice about being there. When the case counts were on the upswing, there were a couple of very tense moments when it seemed like there could be a riot. The COVID-19 population is down to about fifteen cases, now, which is great news, but the staff is stretched a little thin; they're getting sick, or the stress is getting to them, or both.

Neither I nor my wife has gotten sick. I'm a house husband most of the time, so social isolation is kind of a normal thing for me; most of my friendships are conducted via text, e-mail, or social media and have been for years. I'm habituated to it, and it doesn't really have a discernible impact on my mental health anymore. Given that my wife is a medical provider, she's been working steadily this whole time. So we're really fortunate in the sense that this hasn't caused us any financial hardship.

We live in rural Louisiana, so riots and police suppression of protesters haven't figured figured prominently in our day-to-day in the same way that they have for those of you who're living in or near a larger city. I've watched the news coverage of that whole shit show in complete horror, and it's a relief to me that all of you are okay.

Anxiety about my wife's work life has been a major issue for me for this whole time. Now that people are generally less panicky, it's looking like Laura isn't going to be swamped under a tidal wave of serious COVID-19 cases, and there is less cause for us to worry that there will be riots at the facilities she serves, I'm doing better with that. For the two and a half months or so that this pandemic has been a clear and present concern in the USA, I've found it difficult to concentrate enough to keep up with my notes and planning for the campaigns I run here. I kind of assumed that you guys would understand why I got quiet and stayed that way.

I'm getting better now, and I expect that pretty soon I'll be able to hold my shit together well enough for play to continue. Assuming that everybody else is also at least feeling semi-functional and is interested in doing so. I'm not going to commit to a specific date, or even a time frame, right now.

Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,
mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold

Obsidian_Spoon's picture

I'm good here in Austin.

My company didn't give a damn being told to shut down and wasn't about to lose profits, so they used some garbage loophole to keep us open and coming to work, threatening us with unexcused absences and no pay if we stayed home past our sick days/PTO. So, other than reduced traffic and people in masks at the grocery store, the pandemic hasn't really changed a thing in my physical life. My partner was on paid leave for about a month, but they're back to work now too. They're paid full time but work reduced hours with split shifts so there aren't so many people at work at one time, so that's both good and bad.

Emotionally is a different matter. It's wild in the US right now.

Catalyst's picture

Working from home, living the dream.

Life here in Connecticut has been strange during this whole affair, but we're getting back to normal a bit. I'm in the New Haven area, which is right on the edge of the New York zone of influence (it's a 90 minute train ride to Manhattan from here) We're on phase 2 of our reopening, which means that restaurants and bars can start doing indoor seating if they've taken appropriate measures for social distancing. That said, you won't catch me eating in a restaurant for a while - probably not until we have a vaccine.

Ironically, I'm playing a lot more D&D than I ever have before. Currently running a weekly game and playing in two others through Fantasy Grounds. Also getting caught up on a lot of history podcats! Good times!

Fixxxer's picture

History podcasts? Any recommendations? I've very fond of Hardcore History by Dan Carlin.


Cronono's picture

I'm glad folks are reporting that they're making it through. We're all dealing with a lot right now and I don't think it is easy for anyone to be adapting. It sounds like we're making it - we're all enduring even if it is a travail.

I'd really love for this quarantine to be over - I still haven't met Spoon and I moved to Austin over a year ago at this point. I'm trying to make the most of this time by focusing on books I've always wanted to read or taking up exercise et cetera. That said, I'd love to be back to playing some D&D with friends, even if this time is productive.

Catalyst's picture

Hardcore History is great! I also really like History of China, History of Japan, Fall of Civilizations, and History on Fire.