Scary and Uncertain Times

Scary and Uncertain Times

Like most of America, and the world, I am staying home as ordered by our state officials. It is such an unusual and unprecedented time and everyday things are changing. Our situation is so fluid meaning what we hear on the news in the morning, can completely change by the evening.  I don’t know about many of you, but this unsettled world has me feeling so anxious and nervous. It also puts me on high alert because, as a person with a severely compromised immune system and a long history of health issues including asthma, I am fearful of everything I am learning about this illness.

Presently, I take immuno-suppressant medications that keeps my chronic disease under control, but severely taxes my system leaving me little to fight off infection or illness. I fall into that segment of society who are at high-risk of danger if I come into contact with anything going around.

Plans Change

I have not left my house for over 3 weeks. I don’t know if you recall through my recent posts and videos, but Nate and I had a trip to Colorado planned for our second anniversary and Nate’s golden birthday. (He turned 30 on March 30th) We were going in early March to Denver. Everything was booked, ski-hill passes were purchased, airfare and lodging reserved and paid for, sightseeing plans and a special anniversary/dinner was in the works. Nasir was going to Grammy and Grampy’s house for the week. We were so excited.

As more and more news broke out, it became apparent that we would have to cancel our vacation. I called my doctors and they advised me NOT to travel. They had insisted that in my condition and with little to no immune system to fight, going into an airport or on a plane was too dangerous at this time. Was I sad and disheartened to cancel all our plans? Absolutely. However, I trust my doctor, and if my doctor issues a grave warning like she did, there is no way I would go against her recommendations. I have been through too much in my life not to heed her warnings.

Everything Is Canceled

So, we, like many of you, decided to retract and cancel all our plans and reservations and stay home. Glued to the TV and internet we watched everything unfold in real-time. Rapidly changing, constantly fluid and more frightening by the moment, we stayed in and were gripped by what was happening in the world and right here at home. I needed to walk away from the screens and try to salvage what I could of our “vacation” by re-inventing a plan to enjoy our anniversary and Nate’s birthday. And we did. We kept Nasir home and the three of us did a “stay-cation” in our living room.  We binged Netflix shows, took a few countryside drives, walked a trail or two in isolated places, we cooked a nice dinner on our two celebrations and WE STAYED INDOORS. My extent of “leaving the house” is going into my backyard.

Our Options

Nate is fortunate to have several weeks of vacation and PTO (Paid time off) that he is using up from his “essential” job. He works in a plant that has numerous employees, and from all indications, we felt that his going to work at this time was not wise because of community spread and he was able to use up his vacation to stay home so far. On the advice of my doctors, they suggest he take time off and stay home indefinitely, as to not bring anything home with him that puts me or Nas at risk.

It has been extremely stressful to work through the decisions of him returning to work versus staying home if he is able. Like many people, this serious crisis is forcing our hand to make hard choices to protect our family and none of the choices are easy. He stays home, we cut off our main income for the indefinite future. If he goes to work, then he risks exposure and bringing “it” home in a household that deals with an individual with little to no immune system to fight off any of this. I can’t tell you how scared or anxious I have been!!! I know I am not alone in saying this. ALL of us are scared.

We will find a way

As we navigate through the uncertainties and worries of this ever changing situation and confide in our doctors and families, we have been able to come up with Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. Each one comes with its own set of concerns and heartaches. Do we take no pay? Can we survive on just my income? (I have exhausted myself looking into options –FFCRA-the Families First Act or Paycheck Protection-none of which apply to us) Do we send Nate to work? Should Nas and I stay with my parents and be apart from Nate for an indefinite duration?

We, are faced with life-altering decisions while we press ahead into the unknown. At least we have what we need. At least we can manage through each plan despite the difficulties of each choice. At least we have support. I remind myself all the time of the blessings I have before me and focus upon those. Many are not so fortunate, and it hits me over and over to imagine the unimaginable. We will work this out. No matter what sacrifice we make, it is small in comparison to so many others. No matter what, we all have had to work through so many rough spots of this situation and it’s not easy.

Moving forward

As we move forward, sometimes slowly, sometimes at a mad pace, the least I can do to keep myself occupied is what I do best. Crochet. So for the next weeks, months, whatever it takes, I will continue to bring you what I can of my craft. I will show up. Every day. I will bring some new projects, new patterns, light, laughter and a distraction from the craziness that is swirling around us. So, join me as we keep moving forward. Bring your hooks and your yarn, and for a few minutes a day try to focus on other things that distract us from our worries, and relax with our craft. Because in a time when so much is out of control, one thing we can be in control of us the choice to take a few moments to do something we love.

“It is how we embrace the uncertainties in our lives that leads to the great transformation of our souls.”

When we reach the end of this, and we will, I hope we can all move forward with more love, patience, and understanding of one another. The lessons we learn will be immense.

I hope you all stay healthy…


P.S. A huge thank you goes out to everyone in the world who are on the front lines of this insanity. ALL the helpers. ALL the essential workers. ALL the people who risk their lives so we can be home. Our gratitude knows no limit. And for the families this may reach, I hope and pray that all of you are well and safe. I am sending every bit of goodness your way.

I don’t know who needs to hear this as I hope no one is breaking these rules, but if you are one who was told to stay home, please do. Follow the guidelines of what has been mandated so that those who are unable to be home with their families can stay as safe as possible during this time.

Sending you lots of love.

Share with us how you are getting through this difficult time.



20 responses

  1. stay safe, thank you for your positive energy, helps to turn off the news for most of the day and try meditation and music instead. give your mind and body a chance to relax and stay strong.

  2. My baby boy turned 12 today.. He’s an anxious kid at best of times.. But he got a, present, he got a cake, @supervalucelbridge, @tescocelbridge..
    Thank god for the people going the extra mile..

    • That’s wonderful that he still was able to have a mini celebration!! I told Nate that after this is all over, we will still go on our trip and we will still celebrate everything

  3. Like you, I have a compromised immune system because of medications taken to treat ulcerative colitis. I also have my 95 yr old mother living with us who has COPD. We are terrified over this virus because for us it is a death sentence. The only thing that is keeping me sane is crocheting and listening to books. I try to not listen to the news. Thank you for your positivity and smiley face. You and your family are a joy. Stay safe and stay well. Electronic hugs from me. 🤗🤗

    • That breaks my heart to hear Elise!! You know exactly what we are feeling and dealing with! It is so terrifying, but yes, crochet and audiobooks are keeping me sane too. Safe hugs!! I hope you and your family all stay well!!

  4. I will definitely be keeping you, Nate, and Nas in my prayers as we move through this insane time. It’s funny, I generally always stay at home, and it is no big deal. Then someone tells me that I have to stay at home, and now I’m going crazy. We will get through this time, and hopefully with our sanity intact. Please stay safe!

    • I know what you mean Shauna! I usually stay home most of the time too, but just the availability and leisure of going to a restaurant or to the shopping mall is no longer a thing. I hope this passes soon and we can get back to our normal lives.

  5. Thank you for your beautiful and inspiring words! I’m retired and usually stay home crocheting so it doesn’t bother me much staying home. But so many people are not listening, so hopefully they will read your message and think seriously about it. My love and prayers are with you, Nate, Nasir and your family ❤️❤️❤️

    • Thank you for saying that Maria. I truly hope everyone listens and just abides by the rules for this short time and we can all get back to our regular lives and schedules faster. Stay safe!!

  6. Stay safe we in the United Kingdom have also been in lock down. Stay indoors and get food delivered take care all of you. Keep doing what you do best your bloggs and your crafting playing with your little one and spend special time with your husband we have to stay strong for each other we’re all in this together. We will win if we stick to the advice and keep a safe distance xxx

    • I hope you are continuing to stay safe over there Stella!! Thank you for reading my blog post. I will definitely continue to crochet and stay safe at home with my family during this time.

  7. Thank you for your words of encouragement. My prayers are with you and your loved ones. My daughter, Cheri and I are presently assigned to work from home by our companies and we are so thankful for our love of crocheting and other crafts. It really helps and gives us a sense of purpose to complete projects to send to others to cheer them up during this uncertain time. Thank you for the inspiration in your newsletters. May God give you peace and hope during the coming days.

    • That’s wonderful that your work allows you to be home so you can stay safe and still do your job. Crocheting and being with my family are helping me get through this time. I’m sending good vibes your way!! Thank you so much for reading my blog!!

  8. Awww … gee! Sending warm, peaceful hugs your way, Nadia! Watching a funny or intriguing movie/TV series helps me to escape. While crocheting, of course! Of course, I don’t have the pressures of being a young Mommy anymore, so that takes off pressure. I also enjoy my facetime visits and story-time sessions with grandchildren … who, by the way, call my husband and me:
    Grammy & Grampy!
    Do take care! This too shall pass!!! I always enjoy your openness and honesty!

    • Awww thank you so much for saying that Theresa!! Thanks for reading my blog too! I have definitely watched a TON of Netflix shows and tried to not stay so glued to the news. My family and I plan weekly video chats so we can keep in touch that way and not feel so alone. This will definitely pass, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later. Sending good vibes your way!!!

      • The thing that is keeping people anxious is two fold. One is the fact that you can be highly contagious a week before any symptoms show, second it seems to be hardest on individuals with immune issues. That would be me with my respiratory issues. Any time it is necessary for me to ho out, I wear gloves and a mask. I try to touch nothing more than I have to. I return thru the garage and strip down going straight to the showers. I have been pumping extra vitamin C. I do not listen to the news or fb. I find they add to the hysteria. I have no fear and take precautions. After all is said and done I pray.

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