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Another day in ‘the Q’

I can’t believe it’s almost officially Spring and we’re still in ‘the Q,’ as people are calling this strange time in history. Governor Wolf recently extended the stay-at-home order until June 4. That being said, I hope everyone is staying healthy and somewhat sane.

There’s officially another Temple grad in our home! Caroline graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience last Thursday. Of course, her commencement ceremony couldn’t be held in-person with all the craziness of the pandemic right now. We made the best of it, though, and had a little at-home celebration instead. Her psychology professors held a nice virtual ceremony. We Zoomed with family and drank sangria while we listened to speeches and waited for her name to flash across the screen. The dogs loved being invited to graduation this year! They’re not minding this whole stay-at-home thing one bit.

It’s crazy to think that I graduated three years ago now! Time really does fly. Here’s a picture of Caroline and Willow having a graduation photoshoot and a throwback picture of my friends and me on the TU big chairs.

Last week was Mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day as well! It’s safe to say we had a busy week celebrating around the house. Birthdays and holidays seem a little anti-climactic in quarantine, but that just means we can redo them once it’s safe enough to venture out into public again. Two days out of the year isn’t enough time to show our love and appreciation for you, Mom. Thank you for supporting me every day and helping me put my life back together, piece by piece. You’re the best.

There’s certainly been a lot more downtime during quarantine. In some ways, it’s been nice, but I know I’m not the only one starting to go a little stir crazy. Reading has been one of the things getting me through the many weekends cooped up at home instead of seeing friends. I’ve never been big on fiction, but it’s kind of nice to sometimes escape reality for a little while. I’m about to finish Quarantine Book #7. Some of the books I’ve read and would recommend are Little Fires Everywhere, Nothing to See Here, Verity, and In Five Years. Give ’em a try!

Another new development: I applied to grad school! Ahhhh. Temple’s Master of Science in Communication Management program begins in the fall. Fingers crossed I get in! I’ll keep you posted.

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Quarantine vibes

Happy Quarantine, everyone! I hope you all are staying safe, healthy, and sane during this crazy/scary/boring time.

For me, quarantine ‘officially’ began a little over two weeks ago. With the rapidly spreading virus, we decided it would be best to take a break from PT and OT until things calm down. Due to my SCI, I’m considered a higher risk. I don’t necessarily have a higher chance of getting sick, but if I did it might be harder for me to recover.  My injury affected my core and chest muscles, so my little baby coughs are pretty weak. I haven’t been sick since my SCI (knock on wood) and I definitely don’t want to start with the coronavirus!

On a lighter note, the dogs are loving the quarantine. With everyone home, they’re definitely getting more treats, cuddles, and walks than they would on a normal day. They are totally unaware of the scary things going on in the world right now. It must be nice to be a dog. I was looking through old photos the other day and came across a picture of Hazel, our 12-year-old yellow lab, when she was just a puppy.  So cute!

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I look funny….but at least Hazel’s cute

Since this time of year is typically the start of the baseball season, I expected the house to be quiet with just my mom and me, but it’s nice to have everyone around. Caroline has been putting her ‘therapy aid skills’ to good use helping me do some PT at home. She’s also been baking a lot — rolls, gluten-free cornbread, cake, cookies, homemade dumplings– trying to make us all gain the coronavirus 15.

Of course, quarantine is the perfect time to chill and binge-watch Netflix. Some recent shows we’ve been loving are season three of Ozark (Netflix) and Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu). We’ve also been doing some painting to pass the time. I was never very artistic before my SCI (and I’m still not now) but here are some of my recent left-handed doodles.  Mom also single-handedly completed a 1,000-piece puzzle, which you can see in the background of this photo. Way to go, Mom!

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Hopefully, within the next few weeks or months, the coronavirus will subside and life will go back to normal. I’m definitely used to staying home and laying low more now than I was before my injury, so this whole social distancing thing isn’t super new to me. I’m still itching to go out and see friends, but I guess Zoom and FaceTime will do for now.

It’s important to stay informed about everything going on, but remember it’s OK to take a break from the news and social media as well. Stay safe, healthy and…home! We will get through this together.