Happy New Year!

My family’s new year started out with a bang – a Covid bang, that is. Patient Zero was my eldest son. Three days later, my youngest son began exhibiting symptoms. So far, my partner and I remain asymptomatic. I don’t know why the “old people,” as my youngest son called us are seemingly unaffected but I am grateful. 

We believe our children contracted the Omicron variant. Neither one of them lost their sense of taste or smell. Our oldest son did experience night sweats: a common symptom of the Omicron variant. 

All of us were vaccinated against Covid-19. Everyone but my youngest son was boostered. (He was not eligible for a booster.) We consistently wear masks in public; however, we do not wear masks among friends who also are vaccinated. We believe our oldest son contracted the virus from a vaccinated friend who felt “under the weather.”

Here are some facts I learned while researching the virus. (For more information, I recommend looking at the CDC web site.

  • The Omicron variant, thus far, is the most contagious variant.
  • People, who are infected, are most contagious 1-2 days before showing symptoms and 2-3 days after exhibiting symptoms.
  • Fully vaccinated people, overall, have less severe or life-threatening symptoms. Fully vaccinated people also tend to recover more quickly. (Our oldest child bounced back after 3 days. He also is young and healthy.)
  • After one’s last exposure, the CDC recommends quarantining for 5 days and to continue to wear a mask, even after leaving quarantine. 
  • N95 masks are the most effective at stopping the spread of germs. 

My youngest son asked me to tell you that Covid 19 is no joke. He said the worst part of the sickness for him was the body aches. He told me that at one point he felt his knees buckle as he attempted to stand. He is on the mend now; however, he is anxious about missing the first week of school. He dreads making up the assignments he missed. 

Feeling shitty is only one part of the story. The other part of the story is the untold and untallied ramifications of being sick and quarantining.

Here are just some of the ways the virus has impacted our family. 

  • As already mentioned, missed school and the ensuing anxiety of learning and making up the work missed.
  • Our eldest son missed a week of work. Not only did he have to cancel several important sessions, he also could not schedule additional sessions.
  • While most of my clients were willing and able to switch to virtual appointments (Thank you!), not all of them could or would. I also had to back out of a consulting gig and reschedule the Vision Board workshop. 
  • I had to reschedule three service provider appointments for myself, including getting established as a new patient with a primary care physician. The next available appointment is February 23. 
  • If my partner or I do get sick, then we will miss work too. We are fortunate that my partner is salaried; however, my income is directly affected by my ability to see clients. 

Our family is lucky. We will be able to pay our bills. My partner’s employer allows people to work remotely. We have access to health care. We have friends and family who are willing and able to run errands for us and who frequently check on us. We enjoy good health and do not have underlying health conditions which could cause a more severe or life-threatening response to the coronavirus.

I realize not everyone is so lucky.

I understand that we have certain privileges which increase our chances of survival immeasurably as well as give us the flexibility to quarantine. (If you are an hourly employee and don’t make money unless you show up for work, then you may not feel like you can quarantine.) 

I also believe that our family took precautions to reduce the impact the coronavirus would have on us and our community. By choosing to get vaccinated, to wear masks in public, and to quarantine, we not only reduced our risks of contracting the virus, we also cut down on the spread of the virus. 

In other words, part of building and sustaining healthy community requires a combination of several factors. One factor is equity. Creating systems and structures which do not penalize people based on their employment status and which provide access to health care regardless of income level is part of the solution. 

Another major factor is personal responsibility. Choosing to get vaccinated and/or to wear a mask, staying home if feeling unwell or testing positive, and informing people of your possible symptoms are steps everyone can take to keep our community well. 

I hope our family’s story encourages you to take precautions as well as sheds light on some of the ways the coronavirus is impacting people. 

Wishing everyone much health and happiness in the coming new year.

Love,

Kim Bushore-Maki

 

Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.

Since 2010, Kim continues to build and to support a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.

Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.

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