Is it just me. Covid is ungrounding me. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Is it just me. Covid is ungrounding me.

I've noticed being less anchored since covid. A few things merged..moved my therapy office from downtown to a more rural area. I had a great clientele but moving away to a home office saw my practice shrink to about 90%. My work has always grounded me. Now I feel more scattered, forgetful, less present. It's really annoying. My horse grounds me too, but all this covid fear and paranoia are unsettling.
Anyone else feel this way ?
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post #2 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 10:10 PM
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My family is living on 35% of the income we had last year, thanks to my DH being “essential”. But working on commission. When the plants shut down, they do not buy new equipment! It is a little stressful, but I have spent a LOT of time with my horses, and that makes me happy.

I have no fear and paranoia over Covid....but a lot of people do.

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post #3 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 10:24 PM
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I'm doing okay. Some stress with less income. Missing the customary social activities. Which though few, I enjoyed.

I have co-workers who are really down, though. I feel badly for them.

My primary job is in a hospital. I know enough about this virus to know that we don't know enough about this virus. I'm consistently careful with precautions. But I'm human and could make a mistake. With any of the illnesses I'm in contact with.

Maybe I'm used to living with risk.

I wish I could fix everything, or even cheer you up. I just know we'll be okay overall. This isn't the first epidemic the world has gone through.
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post #4 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 10:37 PM
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Hasn't changed my life much at all. Same things going on around the farm that always has. Worst thing is it had slowed my wife's cancer treatment down. We missed about 2 months of getting started on Imuno therapy since it wasn't considered essential. Funny since her life was depending on it, guess it's all where your priorities are. Wearing masks when we go to town or the hospital is the biggest change now. As far covid we don't fear it .We refuse to live in fear, to much more to life.
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post #5 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 11:00 PM
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Most people where I live obviously are over the panic and aren't scared by it anymore. Unfortunately I think at this point you either live in a place where local officials are drunk on power over the people this handed to them or you live in a free place where you can choose for yourself what to do.

We got out of some habits we didn't need like going out to eat a lot, and I started doing some leather working which I always wanted to learn.

For those financially struggling because of it I hope you are finding a way to make it and my thoughts are with you.

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post #6 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to add, I am affected by other peoples fear and paranoia, I don't carry it myself..
My post wasnt written well.. When in the initial months, people energy fields were grayish and I felt oppressed. Being an energy worker I am sensitive to others energies. I try and trust in the process and know we'll all come out of this eventually. Blessings.
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post #7 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 11:48 PM
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I feel kinda bad because I'm actually doing fantastic right now compared to usually. Working from home is much healthier for me; I've lost ~15lbs and my mental health is currently great. Working from home means I have no access to the break room with its horrible-for-you snacks; it cuts out the exhaustion of the commute; plus I'm introverted so even just being in the office with other people around sucks up some of my energy, even if I'm not interacting with anyone; and being at home means I can do things like go do laundry when work is slow, so that I don't have to cram it all in during the weekend. Or I can do things like take a nap in the middle of the day if I don't feel great and then finish work in the evening. Or just not be exposed to the usual office germs. I've never in my life still had sick time by this time of year, but now I get to plan vacation days. It's great!



And I feel guilty about that, because I know a lot of people are struggling, and the economy is in the toilet, and this is, what, over a million people who have died now, worldwide? But I don't feel bad enough about it not to enjoy my reprieve while it lasts.

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post #8 of 36 Old 10-17-2020, 11:49 PM
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Most people do not care about covid where I live. Most people go without masks although it is mandated. Country people are mostly outside and it's good to see their smiling faces. Out of 63,000 people in the county there have been 210 infections.
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post #9 of 36 Old 10-18-2020, 07:22 AM
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Infections are on the rise in the rural county I live in and the rural county where DH works.

So far, of those I personally know, our appliance repairman for 17 years passed in June; he was in his late 40’s with underlying health issues. My insurance agent’s 17 year old son tested positive last week. He’s on the H.S. Football team so a lot of close contact and we all know invincible teenagers don’t need to wear masks.

Lately I see more masks on people than not, in public places. It is felt the rise in Covid19 in the rural counties stems from get togethers and no mask wearing.

Far as my outlook — I am concerned but I’m not having a panic attack. We live on 25 acres on a one lane farm road so it’s business as usual for me, as Im retired and never have been one who needs to see the bright city lights unless a paycheck was involved:)

DH still works and has a lot of contact with people. He is a neat/clean freak to begin with, so his parts department is sparkling clean with hand sanitizer and counter cleaners everywhere.

We both wear masks wherever we have to go and hope our immune systems don’t fail us now:)

Also, FWIW, the cellulitis flared up in my leg after 2+years of laying dormant. I ended up with a 104.5 fever, so you know the first thing the doctor’s office did was test me for Covid19, lolol. It didn’t matter my leg was beet red, twice it’s size and all I wanted was some potent antibiotics. Test this woman for Covid19 before we come within six feet of her.

Thankfully, three days later, the test came back negative. But in all honesty these Covid19 tests are right up there with Coggins test. Negative today and the stuff can be contracted tomorrow.

At any rate, @boots summed things up best when she said “-we know enough about Covid19 to know we don’t know enough—“, so I continue on, exercising caution when needed but not making myself crazy thinking about all of the “what if’s” :):)

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post #10 of 36 Old 10-18-2020, 08:32 AM
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COVID...what has it changed in my/our family life...


Well, I am a "touchy" person who often when speaking with someone would reach out and just touch, then withdraw..no more.
Friends are/were quick to give a hug or kiss to someone is greeting...no more.
In the store food shopping we would frequently meet another known and stop to talk a bit...no more.
I go to work daily adjusting to the current situation. Keep to myself..
My husband is essential so works daily but keeps to himself at work as much as he can.

Our area is still considered "rural" but no where as rural as once was.
People here are friendly but respectful of keeping distant, turning their face away as you pass and only speak to you if you and they are face-covered...at a sizable distance.
We are a small community but even being agricultural based we see the COVID numbers rising.
I don't see fear, I see resignation.
People that were so careful to do all that was recommended still got sick...
How did the 1 week old baby get this virus but all who surround her have been illness free, even the medical staff was not sick...where did it come from?
Someones grandparents haven't left their property or yard since April having food delivered by one single person who is not ill, yet they both contracted this...
It bewilders many, especially the authorities on transmission...
Thankfully, all those I know of recovered, there were others I did not know who died from it.

So, we adapted...
We go no place without face masks, hand-sanitizer.
We go out when the walls of the house close in on us, otherwise we stay home.
Dinner out, not anymore. Take-out and sometimes that just isn't enough either...

We don't entertain nor even speak with out neighbors as we once did...they go out in the community daily, have medium - large size gatherings at their homes and to us the risk is just to great to chance...the unknown of was anyone a silent carrier keeps us apart.
We keep to ourselves as much as we humanly can.


I've learned to open doors with elbows and hip, hold with a toe and growl don't touch it to my family.
I now go to stores, seeking them out during non-busy times to shop for only what I must.
I prefer stores with automatic doors..
I see someone I know and nod a greeting as we pass and smile, although unseen behind my mask.
A passed greeting of when this ends we need to get together is often given.
I've grown accustomed to, but not comfortable with going to the bank and wearing a mask inside!!
Wearing a mask inside a bank is mandatory, not a option...

I live in a world that is unfamiliar and not liked, tolerated by me to protect me and those around me as we are asked/told to do by experts..
Do I wonder if it makes a difference..sure I do.
Will I do as asked, sure I will.
Do I like it, no.
I do not think we will ever return to what was...a virus never dies completely but goes dormant then reemerges at a later time...that is what I think we deal with.
Now its here, its forever..
Till science comes a very long way in understanding this mutating mess, our world will continue slightly off kilter of "normal" of what we knew.
I don't know of anyone who is not "ungrounded" ...we have all been affected by this.

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