If nothing else, this time spent in isolation has been productive. I've repaired more than a dozen items that have been languishing in my mending pile-some for years I'm a bit embarrassed to admit. The timing is good as I'm finally wanting to bother getting dressed. Not that I am, as I'm still isolating for a bit.
I drove myself to get tested for Covid this morning. Ordinarily, I'd balk at giving a company with ZERO medical experience a no-bid contract to do vital pandemic testing for the state. In the absence of any help from Washington though, it was probably not a bad decision. I'm not sure where my personal information is going to end up (I hope they do as they promise and keep it safe )but it certainly ran smoothly from my experience so far. I should have results somewhere in the next 72 hours. I registered, they sent a code that I showed to be scanned when I arrived, and then a member of the National Guard shoved a swab through my nose into my throat. Less than 5 minutes and I was on my way without getting out of the car. It wasn't a pleasant experience, but it was quick.
After a week isolated in my room, it really did feel like a bear emerging from hibernation to see the outside world. I was able to do a drive-through no contact trip to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions, which at this point almost feels "normal". Anyway, with any luck I'll be fine and can emerge from my isolation to get cracking on the laundry, dishes, and putting the house back together. We're getting freezing rain and snow tonight, so I asked the boys to cover the garden-we'll see if it gets done.
I've been feeding myself quite nicely up here with an electric kettle. Instant porridge oats, dried fruit, instant potatoes, peanuts in the shell, and tea are keeping me well fed. I have some ramen noodles but I can't really eat more than half a packet at a time without feeling slightly queasy, so those haven't been nearly as enjoyable as the peanuts. It does pass the time cracking open the shells. I also got through a box of Golden Grahams cereal, which I really coveted in the 70s, but my mother wouldn't buy them. Maybe they don't appeal to adult tastes, but I must say it was disappointing. The box said, "Original Retro Recipe", so I'll take them at their word. Don't think I'd ever buy them again. I'm more of a Raisin Bran sort of woman anyway.
Danny has been doing the remote learning option for school and a good thing too as the cases continue to skyrocket. His school is now going to 50% where students will alternate days in the building with days remote. Things continue to get worse here, and the doctors pleading with the governor to do something are accused of being political enemies by his spokesperson. I don't know how we'll live through this with that sort of mindset. But here we are. The positivity rate in Douglas County is now a whopping 30%. I will be calling the Governor's office to register my displeasure as a Nebraskan, but doubt very much it will do any good.