Chronicling the Days – Karen Zey

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

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This piece is by Karen Zey, writing on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Image: Creative Commons

Under Control?

Today is Day 46. Two weeks since the clinic visit, and hubby is symptom free. The knot in my stomach eases. I scratch a checkmark on the kitchen calendar, then settle at the computer to write down my stress.

Day 1

I’ve got this. Hubby is a senior with chronic health conditions, and I’m a middle-of-the-night worrier. All we need is a plan, just like everyone else. Focus. I’ve got this. Two of us in self-isolation: check. Order groceries online: check. Lentils, root vegetables, tinned fruit just in case: check. Brisk walks at a safe social distance: check. I am a loving, well-organized, do-everything-possible-to keep-him healthy kind of wife and—I’ve got this.

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5 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Karen Zey

  1. Thank you for sharing with us the perspective of how the pandemic can have an effect on people beyond the obvious risk of catching the virus.


  2. Well written Karen.
    As your exemple, people have anxiety to go out and to have to follow all those procedures to make sure they will not catch the virus.
    We try hard to stay healthy.


  3. Loved your story, Karen. I could feel your focus on keeping both of you well throughout to the point that I could hardly breathe.


  4. Thank you for sharing Karen, very well said and a good reminder of how important it is to be very careful and follow the procedures to avoid getting this dreadful virus.


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