As published on LinkedIn Influencers March 28th, 2020.
I have been wondering for six days whether or not to write this article, and if I did, how to write this article. What to say, and how to say it. It was only this morning, after waking up feeling truly better, that it felt like the right time.
On Friday March 20th I was tested for COVID-19, having had symptoms of headaches, body aches, stomach issues, and chills earlier in the week. It was only after learning that two people we had been with at a recent gathering, a “before” gathering, had tested positive and were pretty sick that getting tested seemed like the right thing to do. I was lucky, because I was able to get tested. Two days later I got the call that I had tested positive. At the time, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, there were 136 confirmed cases in Utah.
The night before I got my test result, I did what I always do before I go to sleep. I prayed. However, that night I was not sure what to pray for. I always pray for my family, my friends, and the world in general. I pray for health, for safety, for kindness, for wisdom, all the usual things. I was pretty sure I had it, which meant everyone in our household likely had it, but so far none of our symptoms were that severe. We had already been isolating for a week at that time, so I prayed to either not have it, or have it, but please God, let it not be severe for anyone who I may have exposed to it. And so far it seems like that prayer is coming true.
As I shared my symptoms with family and friends, it seems to me that a lot more people may have this virus than is being reported. Of course, the lack of testing is making this an incredibly huge and challenging issue. But the good news is that if we continue to wash hands, stay home, social distance, quarantine if you are confirmed sick, and truly take care of our more vulnerable populations, then the experts tell us that we have the best chances of getting through this, together.
Ironically, March 1st was going to be the day that I emerged from my gap year (18 months) of sorts. While I have been working on a few things during this time, including non-profit boards, charitable giving, and investing, I had given myself some time after fully transitioning from my role at Women Moving Millions to figure out what was next for me in terms of how best to use my time, treasure, and talent to serve. I wanted to get through my full hip replacement that happened on February 11th first, and then I was going to hit the ground running. But let’s recall what has been happening since then, shall we? Global pandemic, financial markets tumbling, Utah earthquake, economic shut-down, three week home quarantine, and somehow we’re still having endless snow storms in Park City. So needless to say my March 1st date has shifted to April 1st. However, expect to hear a lot more from me going forward.
And please. Take care of yourself and take care of others.