I’m starting to feel like there might be an end in sight to the pandemic, at least here in the U.S.
I’m hugely grateful that vaccines were available so quickly, and that they’re working so well. Every day, I check the number of U.S. cases and deaths, and I see them trending downward as the number of shots in arms rises. The slow but steady improvement seems like nothing less than a full-on, inspiring razzle-dazzle miracle of science.
But at the same time, I can’t help thinking about the “long haulers”, or people with “long COVID.”
Well, it’s been a whole year now since we all retreated from our normal social lives to protect ourselves from COVID-19. So, I’ve got to ask: how are you doing?
Now, admittedly, some people are deep-dish introverts who, before this past year, never could cadge enough alone-time to ponder, reflect, absorb or process the day’s events and their own thinking about them. Those folks are stressed when they don’t have enough time away from others.
With all the attention we’ve been giving to the coronavirus, it’s understandable if the approach of the annual flu season hasn’t exactly been the biggest blip on our radar. Still, we mustn’t give short shrift to the plain ol’ flu coming down the pike. With most of the country now coping with the highest surge of Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, hospitals and emergency departments are already seeing shortfalls of supplies and limited capacity. That means it’s going to be more important than ever to flatten the curve of seasonal influenza — not just for personal safety, but for the good of the public health system overall.
I have been using your Lupus Healing meditation for very many years and have found it so helpful. I also used your guided imagery for preparing for surgery a couple of years ago.
At the moment I seem to be going through a post-viral kind of reaction after a possible COVID infection back in March. I would assume a lupus flare up - worse than any other! - only this time my husband is ill too.
Would you recommend the new Resisting Viral Infection to use now, or is there another guided imagery that would be more suitable considering the autoimmune disease?
Several weeks ago, I was catching up with a colleague, the dedicated Kate Siegrist, B.S., M.Sc, Chief Nursing Officer of the Nurse-Family Partnership in Denver, Colorado. We were discussing changes to a streaming page we built for NFP to help relieve stress for the hundreds of nurses who do life changing work in inner cities all over the US. (They have many super powers, but still can use some winding-down skills at the end of the day.)
Kate mentioned a terrific graph she had seen in a presentation, one that maps out the phases of, really, any disaster, but works especially well for this pandemic.
Check it out — it’s really useful for perspective.