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Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

Working From, Or Just Staying At Home ...emotional And Financial Outcomes

I've seen a lot of advice about 'working from home' around the web. And to be frank most of it has made me laugh. Build this, do that, make sure you've got the other.

There are only a very few things that you must do to make sure your working from home.... works for emotional stability. I've been working from home now for 11 years..... I've sort of got this down to a fine art.

Most of these say don't work in your bedroom, but unfortunately, unless you live in a mansion, the bedroom's probably the only quiet room you've got. So commandeer your bedroom. Make sure you have enough room in there to work and enough light. and then make sure people know not to disturb you as much as possible during those work hours.

before you start trying to work at home make sure that the other people in your house have something to do. Ok this sounds really strange but if you've got children in your home you'll know what I mean. Give them challenges and give them something to learn so when you finish work that day they can then teach you about it. I don't know.... just don't be shouting on them, or having a go at them, because they're thrilled that you're all together for a change. I don't think anyone ever understands until they were a lot older why Mum and dad go out work. Now all of a sudden you at home with them and they don't understand why you're locking yourself away. this is going to be a great learning curve for a lot of things we don't normally think about.

Ok work hours.... Try to stick to your work hours i.e. have you break.. have your lunch break, and have an afternoon break. Every hour get up and have a walkabout. unless you've got a very comfortable office chair you must make sure you have that walkabout. In fact, even with a comfortable chair you should be getting up every hour and walking about.

Don't stress if somebody comes in and asks you to do something even if you're really busy. Explain you're really busy but realise that in these times family is more important than anything. You all have to work together to make life livable. So never scream 'get out of here' but make the most of the time to get up and stretch and take your mind away from work for a while. Just stress to them that you can't do that every 5-minutes. Give them set times they are allowed to jump on you.

Eat properly. Don't start picking food because you're at home... you know what I mean having a plate on the side of your bed or table and just starting to peck food.

You
Will
Get
Fat

No ifs buts and whyfores... you're stuck inside. You're not going to be able to go out as much. You're sitting at home all day ......you must exercise.

Working from home is not like being at an office, or a school, hospital, shop, or wherever you work. It is harder to concentrate.. it is noisier.. it is easy to get sidetracked. The main thing you have to be is consistent.

Be consistent in your hours.
Be consistent in giving time to your family.
Be consistent in giving time to your work
Exercise
Don't stress........

We are all in this together. Hundreds of thousands of people are now stuck at home trying to work, or to stay healthy. We can all help each other to make the most of it.

So you already work at home? Perhaps share some of your day to day challenges and how you get through them.

Oh and finally.... Very importantly... In your spare time... If you do not have two televisions so you can watch your own things, you can get apps on your tablet, like Prime, Netflix etc, that will allow you all to be separate from each other for a while, relaxing. In the UK you can get Freeview apps. Don't think you have to spend all day, everyday, together... That doesn't work for this long... For anyone.

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Another large part of having to stay home, is the financial cost to households... Rich says, 'most people are not capable of paying an unexpected $400 (or equivalent currency) bill and now facing MONTHS of no job or income.'

Rich Franco will discuss the financial side... What is on offer, etc

How will you cope? Do you have tips on saving money in the day to day living?

Have you found benefits or there's that may help people?

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Mike Savad

20 Days Ago

whyfores?

you tossed that one in just to see if we read it...


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Mike Savad

20 Days Ago

so many people are realizing - they don't have any hobbies to keep themselves entertained. people making up games (like that chinese guy that made a pool game with a stick and cherry tomatoes on his table). some lady in italy that has baked a cake every day for the last 6 days, with 20 days left to go. it helps that i have a backyard, and so far no one has said anything against walks around the block yet.

i think most will catch up on netflix, before trying to actually work from home. and as far as kids learning at home, they are calling this one big experiment. they have no idea how this will really work. but all the schools are closed, now, maybe the entire year. yet, some schools don't know what to do, and they are giving the homework physically to parents each week, which means they are all getting together which wasn't the point.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

Lol

I don't want naysayers in this thread. I want helpful, uplifting tips, stories, help and challenges overcome.

No misery, no Debbie downers.

 

Jennifer White

20 Days Ago

I think several people may have issues sticking to their work hours while they are home. I've been working from home for 4 years now and I'm pretty disciplined on sticking to work hours (in fact I probably work more at home than I did when I was in an office), but when you have kids it's easy to get distracted.

We got the call yesterday that my daughters spring break (started this week) is now going to be 3 weeks and she came to me asking what she was going to do. It can be hard to entertain and work at same time but it can be done. Good advise.

I do recommend making sure you get some exercise. It's harder I think to work from home and get proper exercise. I try to work 50 min then get up and walk around the house, maybe do some minor choirs or stretches for 10 min then back to work. It's easy for me to set at the computer for 2-3 hours without getting up which is not good.

 

Chuck De La Rosa

20 Days Ago

I have worked from home in inclement weather. My wife leaves me alone. Meetings are usually WebEx or Skype anyway so that doesn't change. I don't have a good chair to sit in so I use my recliner until I get sore, then move to the kitchen table for a while.

My current work laptop is only 14in. Hard to see. A friend is going to lend me a big monitor today which will be good because I'm used to using 2 at the office. I'm going to setup on the kitchen table for now. They told us until the 30th but I suspect it will be at least a month.

I agree Abbie about the distractions. So far it's only been one day so we'll see how the long term goes. But I have a lot to do and might even become more productive.

Jennifer, yes exercise. It's getting warmer here, 49 and sunny, so a walk at lunch today. And I do the same, some small chores. Where I work we have a small warehouse attached to the corporate office and people walk in there, as I do mid morning just to stretch a little. So the chores are a good replacement.

Drink plenty of water. For some reason I do so at work but not at home.

 

MM Anderson

20 Days Ago

Yeah, the food grazing is probably my biggest problem. I've worked at home for the past decade and I think the nibbling is why I'm about 20 lbs. overweight.

 

Mike Savad

20 Days Ago

i don't recall saying anything down. besides i'm a Realistic Margaret.

i usually have either music or the tv on in the background. mostly recording, an hour of news or until it repeats itself.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

Such great advice, and thank you for joining in!

Exercise is a Biggie. If we keep exercising, we keep healthy.

If you CAN afford a SAD light to be delivered, it's one investment that is really worthwhile for your health.

Yes, Jennifer, office hours don't work so a little leeway had to be allowed. You seem to have got this sorted :-)

And yes.... Water. Drink a 250ml glass every hour minimum... I'm only giving an amount as sometimes we find it easier to have a plan. "Small glass... Every hour...I can do that!"

Don't stress out. It's fun if, and when, you get used to it. Everyone else is in the same boat probably, so a little understanding goes a long, long way

 

Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

Grazing is allowed.... Lettuce.. Graze on lettuce LOL. Nah.. That's the hardest part and I'm also now overweight. I need an exercise partner but haven't got one. Will have to get one online so we can Skype run on the spot cheering each other on haha

 

Chuck De La Rosa

20 Days Ago

We have a decent exercise bike also (NOT an over priced Peloton). I did not use it yesterday but I should have. Using it is what helped keep my weight stable over the winter.

 

Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

Get off the computer and go cycle :-)

I had one and sold it :-( I think I better get another as my weight is skyrocketing. I am GREAT at giving advice and not so good at keeping to it myself

 

Mike Savad

20 Days Ago

i walk around the block each morning for 20 min. in the afternoon i've been trying to lift weights. i just too tired to do too much, and one day i strained my arm so now i'm more careful. i really should have got that other set of weights at that garage sale last year. but i figured, the heavy ones (35#)would be fine, why get the lighter ones? i just try to mix it up and do some.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Mario Carta

20 Days Ago

Well let me see if I have anything to add, I kinda work from home, as I have a home repair service I run from home but I also have to go to everyone else's home. I am with Alina 24 hours a day as we work together so I might have something to say about that.

I treat my calls like every single one is a person wanting to give me a check, that means I don't answer while I'm in conversation, cooking,eating or with the TV or Music blaring. If at all possible I try to maintain work hours.

Since I am the one who handles all the call's, Alina used to ask are we going out today to a job today,? I explained we might find ourself going out every day or not but we get up at the same time every day 8:30am, and we dress with our kinda of matching work clothes every day because I tell here any call could require us to have to go to someone else's home.

The most important thing is to keep it professional, this applies to working from home or just running your own business.

Today we are running a little late as it takes Alina a little longer to get ready, which is why I have time to sit here type this, but today it's a trip to the home depot to pick up a toilet and swap out a cracked toilet tank for a customer.

Working with your better half requires BEING FLEXIBLE, Alina is the boss so to speak at home since she cleans the home and does the laundry, I'm kind of the boss but not bossy with the business and she knows to give me full access to the kitchen when I'm cooking and I don't do dishes. She never complains, well mostly not when the food comes out great! :-)

Gotta go now............It beats having to have a 9:00 to 5:00, perhaps the hardest part of being your own boss is learning that there are times you have to kick your self in the the arse.

If we are ordered or not permitted to leave the house, I have no idea what we will do. That is not the case for now so I will not worry about it. If it happens I have to learn to be a FIX IT YOURSELF phone consultant and walk customers through simple home repair projects over the phone I guess, or I will seek out other self employment, what I can't do or refuse to do is get a JOB, it's been to long of a run to change things now and we love working for ourselves.

 

Joy McKenzie

20 Days Ago

I will consider myself very lucky then. We have about a mile of covered walkways and open grounds to walk here that are not open to the public. We also haven't been ordered to stay home yet (like the San Francisco order), although not much is open.

Here's something to do while home. I need to go through my closets and dressers and pull out stuff to donate to Goodwill. I did it before I moved, but I still have too much stuff. They say if you haven't worn it during the past year (and it's not vintage or designer), consider donating it. Wash or clean it first :) Also there are many places to donate clothes: women's or family's shelters, you might have an Out of the Closet in your town, or other community help organization.

Edit: My work from home is my artwork, which I usually do from 11am - 11pm, with breaks. I know, wackadoo hours. I may take a chunk of 2 or 4 hours out to go somewhere or do something else. But really I like to work at night the most.

 

Toby McGuire

20 Days Ago

I've been working at home for about a year now. One thing that has helped me is that I've been doing intermittent fasting (or timed eating) for about a year now as well. I basically consume all of my calories in a 6 hour window (usually 12pm-6pm) which equates to 2 meals and 1 snack usually. It really cuts out the grazing/random snacking which is nice. More commonly most people do an 8 hour window for calorie consumption. I've lost about 25 pounds over the last year doing this. I also keep rough track of my total calories of course.

Other than that I keep some basic gym equipment in the house (pull up bar, dip station, weight bench, adjustable dumbbells, exercise bike etc). Never an excuse to not exercise.

 

Tony Singarajah

20 Days Ago

Ok... work hours for me more like walk hours lol.
Starting today in Colombia Gyms are closed so no work(out) but I am going on a walk out side to a park.
All the dance clubs are closed. Most of the tourist are disappeared from the roads, all gone home in fear of not able to fly back. I met a girl last night , came from Canada 5days ago, but booked the flight to go back tomorrow as she fears the flights may be canceled.
Hope and wish everyone here and elsewhere to find things to do to keep your mind off feeding fear. I am doing well enjoy being here in Colombia.

 

Phyllis Beiser

20 Days Ago

I work from home already and am a bit reclusive so I am happy and am going to just paint and garden once my aching knee allows me to. I take frequent walks through the woods pretty much daily. My husband many years ago cut lovely trails through our wooded land just for me to enjoy. I never tire of seeing what wildflower is blooming or what insect decided to show up. It actually challenges me. I see a new insect or plant, I try my hardest to identify it.
As far as overeating, I have never had that problem, in fact, just the opposite. I find myself going all day without eating anything and have to remind myself to eat. Unless of course there is dark chocolate in the house! LOL stay safe everyone. ♥
I usually go once a week to the beach to take bird photos but will probably not even do that for a little while.

 

Don Northup

20 Days Ago

Nice post and good thread, Abbie.

Luckily, I do have a workout room and an office here and been working from home for many years. I am anxiously awaiting for a bit warmer weather so I can get out in our yard though!

While I have yet to hang any pictures or shelves here at our new house, and things are still bit messy under my desk, fortunately, I do have enough screen real estate to work with (40", 27" & 22"+ laptop. ;) A quick phone snapshot.



That isn't me in the top right, BTW. ;))

Most of the toughest challenges have been addressed but for me, I need to remember to get up and exercise and don't stare at my screens too long without taking a break, It's sometimes tough to fight off the boredom on monotonous tasks and jobs in a quiet house. When I find myself getting bored with a particular task or job, often I will switch to something else I need to do for a bit. If any noise starts bothering me (which usually isn't a problem), I put on the headphones or earbuds and listen to music while I am working.

Cheers

 

Chuck Staley

20 Days Ago

When I hit my 88th birthday I decided to stop driving and let my 18-year-old granddaughter drive ME for a change.

So, now I go out less often than before... and I am enjoying it immensely!

I've been working at home for a dozen years and my advice to all is: Buy some lovely house plants that you can take care of and love and they will provide you with clean oxygen and love you back as they grow taller and taller.

 

Ed Taylor

20 Days Ago

I've had a home office (work station) for years. Like Abbie said, its hard to find a quiet place. I have a small studio and work station in my basement and once the kids moved out its real quiet. :)

And, like Mike, I do a lot of walking, several times a day (or at least try). That helps.

 

Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

Chuck... My work desk

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Don Northup

20 Days Ago

Nice setup with the plants, Abbie! We have a lot of houseplants here but none in my office as yet. I do have two nice windows overlooking the backyard and the neighborhood, however. I hate staring at bare walls.

Cheers

 

Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

I was just going to say I am jealous of your monitors LOL

I have about 20 plants in my room... It is more like a conservatory. I even have new seeds in a propagator on the unit at the window. In fact every room in the apartment is awash with greenery.

I cut up a bookcase also..... right down the middle, front half on the windowsill in the bathroom and back half on the kitchen windowsill, just so I could add more plants at the windows *sigh*

I am not sure why. Rob thinks it is because I was living homeless on the streets for a year and now have surrounded myself with 'stuff' I think it is because I love oxygen ROFL

I would love an extra monitor and have 4 laptops..... but I cannot find a way to link another to this one to use the screen. I would be a very happy bunny then

Walking is superb, for those who do it already. Walking is probably the best exercise out there for anyone who can....

 

Don Northup

20 Days Ago

I do have a large palm plant that I could switch out for that cheap Japanese style lamp in the left corner of my desk that would reach to the ceiling and canopy a large portion of the desk. I have overhead lighting and other lighting behind me for the printer and file cabinet etc. so I don't need that lamp and you and Chuck have inspired me to make the change!

I am a bit bummed out still here because at my last office all the walls were entirely covered with 100 of my favorite rock and metal concert shots. They will get hung eventually but for now, they are still in a box in the basement with all of my other framed pix.

Cheers

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Abbie Shores

20 Days Ago

YAY Chuck! We have turned another LOL

 

Mike Savad

11 Days Ago

i think gardening gives people an outlet for something to do. my nursery closed, and i only found out about it a month or two ago. so i planted everything from see for the first time. i usually don't plant until may anyway. i just hope the plants don't get too big before i put them out. i didn't expect them to grow as fast as they did.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Joy McKenzie

11 Days Ago

My sister and I had good luck at the local Walgreens today, getting one 9-pack each of TP. There was no milk there though. We went over to Publix in the same shopping plaza, found quite a lot of milk, but TP shelf was totally bare. Some days you're the windscreen, some days you're the fly. But now I can stop having anxiety about TP, as I have enough for about 3 weeks.

Went to the bank, they had stickers on the floor 6 feet apart so you could easily keep proper social distance. First time I saw that used anywhere. Everyone seemed to be following protocols without complaint... everyone knows it's not just the bank, or the city, or state... it's the whole world. So no one dares to ask for preferential treatment. If nothing else, Covid19 has been the great leveler.

 

Kathleen Bishop

11 Days Ago

Bareroot plants and bulbs continue to arrive here almost daily and it's been a challenge to keep up. Have had lots of rain and snow over the last week with more in the days ahead so the soil is much too muddy to mess with. Been dashing out to pot up new plants between storms so they can survive until the soil dries enough to get them in the ground. A lot of extra work and expense.

 

Kathleen Bishop

11 Days Ago

Joy, my bank's branches have closed down, with the exception of those that have drive-thru windows. Seems extreme but makes sense. Actually I was stressing a bit about having to walk inside to deposit cash so that's one less thing to worry about.

 

Joy McKenzie

11 Days Ago

This one had the drive thru open plus just 2 tellers inside ( there are normally 5-6). I took out cash, which I never do. Just my anxieties making me think we'll have a gigantic Eastern seaboard blackout again since everyone is home using electricity 24x7. My brain needs to stop looking for things to be anxious about!

 

Kathleen Bishop

11 Days Ago

People up here are sorta always prepared because we don't live near towns and can't just dash out for a couple things. Like we always keep cash on hand and our gas tanks full. Most people grow food and can the extras. And the long-time locals keep an overabundance of ammo at the ready.

 

Covid19 has been the great leveler.

Ain't that the truth

 

Don Northup

11 Days Ago

Here are a few snaps from Aldi and Walmart Grocery yesterday. Most of the food was piled high and TP was in stock at Walmart even though it was a Tuesday and most shelves are fully restocked on Thursday. The TP aisle is a big long aisle so there was more available at the other end.









Aldi was limiting some meat purchases and had social distancing signs up but I didn't notice much going on at Walmart. Like in some other areas, Walmart is opening early for senior shoppers only.

I did see a half-dozen people wearings masks which is the first I have seen of that in my city. Most of those were elderly shoppers. No limiting of the number of people in the stores that I could see.

We are stocked up for about six weeks if we need to stay home.

We picked up four more houseplants while we were out, Abbie. :) I do hope to be able to get some fencing and posts to do some backyard repairs soon...I hope it's not too late. I have enough wildflower seed for the entire neighborhood as I harvest it every year from my own gardens.

Cheers

 

Chuck De La Rosa

11 Days Ago

That's how most grocery stores look here. Except the most popular one. And even that one isn't too bad. It depends on the time of day you go. Most grocery stores here have hours for elderly also, which my dad thankfully has been taking advantage of. We're stocked now for about a month except for produce and other perishables. Our "safer at home" order is until April 24th.

 

Mario Carta

11 Days Ago

Nice to see the shelves stocked, for us it's business as usual, out customers are very happy to see us making the rounds and being available to do needed repairs to their homes. We have plenty of work lined up.

What we refuse to do is to turn on the news and we refuse to be part of any hysteria.

We accept that death is part of life and if that is our lot in life so be it, he have made the needed preparations and have something to look forward to.

No stress, no fear, no hysteria, live, love laugh until life says otherwise.

 

Chance Kafka

11 Days Ago

Wow, here in Arizona there is absolutely none of that on the shelves. None of it. The lines start forming overnight and it's all gone well beforenoon. Those who have to work can't get there quick enough to get anything essential. Luckily I still have some TP but when I run out who knows. The stores here typically get 2 trucks a day and they are getting 12 now and the governor deployed the National Guard to help stock since the employees can't keep up. I read that according to social media analytics Arizona is #1 for panic/hoarding.

I have enough food etc to last me another 7-10 days probably which is good I guess.

 

Kathleen Bishop

11 Days Ago

One of our stores was offering turkeys for 19 cents a pound with a minimum grocery purchase of $35 (I think). This was a few months ago. I made a lot of $35 purchases while that sale was on, so when we've scraped the bottom of the barrel we can start defrosting turkeys and stretch our shelter in place. Might as well anyway because as soon as fire season ramps up, PG&E will go back to cutting off our electricity and all the food will spoil.

 

Tony Singarajah

11 Days Ago

My luck is now depends on the ATM, I can pay the hotel with cards but the coffee shops and lunches are all cash. I have some on hand , need to get some when there is no line up at the ATM.
About three weeks ago an ATM didnt give me any money but give me the receipt saying 'transaction not successful try again later.'
I tried it two time at that ATM and the same respond so move to another ATM and it gave me the money.
When I went and check my account online, the first two time it took the money out of my account. Now my bank initiated an investigation.they also put the amount back on my account.
I would rather pay by card than cash , but it is not always possible with small businesses.
Always hope for the good things!

 

Tony Singarajah

9 Days Ago

Oh ! It is me again abbie!
Laughter is the best medicine, this is just for laugh!
This is my life lately and for many others!
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1116172195404889&id=153406371681481

 

Chuck De La Rosa

9 Days Ago

So I had a bit of a scare. A few days ago, maybe Tuesday, I started to get a little short of breath and had some trouble exhaling. Each day it got a bit worse. And yesterday morning I was coughing just a little bit. Except that I felt fine when walking around the house doing chores, or out walking. And no other symptoms either. I've been tired, but I'm always tired, I rarely seep good. I've been working at home using the kitchen table and a chair from my patio, which is more comfortable than a kitchen chair, but lower. I noticed that when I put my arms down by my side and my hands in my lap to give my shoulders a break, I could breathe pretty good. Hmm...

So when my hands were closer to my face I couldn't breathe. I suddenly realized that over the weekend we switched to a different brand of liquid hand soap because our usual one was not available when we did some stocking up. I washed my hands really good with the bar soap I use for showering. Almost immediately the tightness in my chest subsided. We still had some of the old brand so we put that out and as the day wore on I was breathing better. I slept good last night and the problem is pretty much gone today.

I do have a slight sensitivity to scents but I've never had trouble with any soaps. Whew! I'm glad that's all it was.

 

Abbie Shores

9 Days Ago

I'm going through that now. I'm sure I had it in Jan/Feb, but now I've got a sore throat and dry cough.... However, we have four huge cherry trees in our garden and they've just blossomed.

So.

I'm glad you're okay!

Tony, that was funny!

 

Mike Savad

9 Days Ago

@chuck - i'm allergic to the sulfate that is in soap - sodium laryl sulfate and the ammonium version as well. and it burns my hands. though it never gave me an attack like that. smells do, strong scents like that are in those sanitizers.

the breathing thing may mean you have a rib out of place. the ribs go all the way around to the back, and if you have one or two out of place, it makes it harder to breathe. and by lowing your arms it may allow that to slip back in. you should see a chiropractor, though it might be hard or not a good idea. i read that you can give yourself a bear hug and sometimes it goes back into place.

right now the pollen is out and it kills my mood and my eyes. but so far so good beyond that. hoping i didn't get anything when i went to the pharmacy. i did see a stock guy sneeze twice, pretty sure into the air. no toilet paper there either, and i paid well more than i needed for sanitizer, $2 for 2 ounces.. 2 much. but i got only one and he looked at me like i was crazy to just get one over priced sample bottle.

i also just complained to the gov that they are still letting the ice cream truck out. i feel bad for the guy not working. but if you want something mobile that can infect a town - then its the ice cream man.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Roger Swezey

9 Days Ago

When I'm quiet, I seem to be coming down with all sorts of ailments.

So I have been forcing myself to keep busy, (especially mentally)..Stirring things up here on this forum and on Facebook.

Now, though, I'm being forced by outside forces, selling art that requires me to take action.

Checking these tangible pieces out, packing them and trying to decide when it's opportune it get out of this house, to ship them.

One of these days, I'll venture beyond my mailbox


One thing that's kinda nice today..It's warm enough to open the windows and let FRESH AIR in.

 

Joy McKenzie

9 Days Ago

Yesterday I couldn't taste or smell anything for an hour. I had a migraine for three days (gone today), I have had an earache all week but that is usually allergy related. I've decided to self isolate for 3 weeks, except for the laundry room and mailbox area. I'll do laundry once a week and check mail twice a week.

My sister said if I need anything, let her know... but I want her and her husby to stay in too. Off course her water heater sprung a leak last night and now she has to tear up her floor and she has workmen coming in and out of her condo. You can't put off that kind of work because it is 90 degrees here today, humid, and this is Florida and you'll get mold in 5 minutes.

 

Joy, that's what I had in Jan Feb... Affects the ears and kept getting headaches

 

Joy McKenzie

9 Days Ago

Oh boy, Abbie... I have had this earache for 3 months on and off, a dry cough forever, and horrible headaches... but I've had migraines for decades, and other headaches too. It's weird, the second I lay my head down, I start coughing, and have to sit up.

I was really sick the first three weeks of July when I first moved here. Night sweats, coughing, fatigue, I lost 30 lbs in 2 months without trying because nothing tasted like anything. I hadn't flown in years and I flew 3500 miles through 3 airports... literally by the time I got to Florida, I had to be transported in a wheelchair because I couldn't walk. So, I really think I got something as early as July that made me sicker than I've ever been. And now I feel like I have a milder version.

 

J L Meadows

9 Days Ago

My workplace is still open, but now hours are being shortened. More time to sit at home and ruin my eyes playing video games on my Kindle.

 

Lise Winne

9 Days Ago

Well, I'm a Debbie Downer (sorry) because I'm in a hot spot for the virus. It's just weird when grocery store clerks wear the little blue gloves that surgeons wear, and white coats, and some are even in masks, and a friend of mine who got the virus said she felt like she was drowning, like her lungs wouldn't work any more.

It's all well and good that we are getting projects done around the house (I have too), but it is scary to go anywhere other than for country walks. Even people on the sidewalks in an empty town have masks on.

So, my happy part of the post says: if you soon find yourself mostly surrounded by people in masks, and grocery store clerks who look like medical personnel, take a walk in the country. It takes you out of it for awhile.

Be well everyone.

 

Joy McKenzie

9 Days Ago

Lise, you're not a Debbie Downer... I told my sister, give it another werk, and everyone will be wearing a mask. It's just how the virus is spreading... so quickly. Everyone has to just get a grip and face up to it. It's more difficult for people under the age of 25 because their brains haven't fully developed yet. So imagining the future is still difficult and thinking outside of themselves as well. And that will contribute to more risk taking and spread, and it's really unfortunate.

Everyone stay safe and well.

 

Mike Savad

9 Days Ago

they did say the loss of taste and smell is a symptom. some only have that. and others get worse. if that's the only thing i lose for a few days, then i'll be fine with it, provided i don't infect anyone else. i'm really, really hoping i got it, and didn't know i had it at all. but until we get that test, i'll never know.

@joy you may have a pinched nerve of some kind, or an inner ear disorder. some place i heard that touching that area can make you cough, but i don't remember where i heard it from.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4222929/ i don't think this is it, but for some reason tympanic nerve popped into my head and it lead me here.


----Mike Savad
http://www.MikeSavad.com

 

Abbie Shores

9 Days Ago

Yeah, mine's come back too. I just started in with a stupid temperature. HOWEVER I have been stressed out recently. That neighbour we have had so much trouble with is now dying and still at home..... That is really horrible. Lots of guilt and sadness there..and we cannot go down and say goodbye.... her bedroom is right under Robs. UGH. I have been doing LOADS of work at home as we are now stuck in..... I work from home anyway... where did all these extra jobs come from?????

So I am going to have (for me) an early night and try to destress.

 

Abbie Shores

9 Days Ago

We have several other threads now about this and we are trying to get back to art related topics. A lot of that is so people have a safe haven to come to, and for people who just want to discuss and sell art....

PLease use on of the others ...... I am really sorry

 

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