In the heart of the recent outbreak, Social Distancing is now not just a thing… but a recommended thing. Having an Autoimmune Disease and being immunocompromised, I’m used to it, but I wouldn’t wish this kind of fear on anyone. My heart breaks at what our entire world is experiencing. In the last 10 years, I’ve been “The Quirky Sick Girl” with all of my weird hygiene habits. Here are my top 15 (not so) quirky Social Distancing tactics. Welcome to my world.
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I am a Breast Cancer and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis survivor. My body has been beaten up and completely broken over the last 10 years. But I never let that get me down. I’ve been fighting every day to reclaim my health because I honestly believe it’s possible. Every day is a step in the right direction.
I keep myself as healthy as humanly possible.
I build my immune system as much as possible.
In light of the recent outbreak, I fall into the category of “at-risk” being someone who is immunocompromised. But honestly, my habits during this outbreak haven’t changed much from my normal daily life of the last 10 years.
I have been practicing “Social Distancing” before it was a thing.
My family and friends love me unconditionally, and also completely accept me as “The Quirky Sick Girl.” They don’t “get it,” but they love me and want to see me happy and healthy.
But now, we are in the middle of a pandemic, where Social Distancing is recommended to minimize your exposure from germs. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. But here we are.
My daily routine has only minimally changed. Because this is how I roll on a normal basis.
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My 15 Top (Not So) Quirky Social Distancing Tactics
1. I don’t shake hands. I arm-bump, wave, namaste, or hug when appropriate.
2. I never take public transportation.
3. I wash my hands every time I come into the house.
4. I don’t touch card readers at stores (I either use gloves or tissues or a special pen).
5. I do most of my shopping online and have the necessities of life delivered to my doorstep.
6. When I do have to go out, I do most of my shopping first thing in the morning when the crowds are minimal.
7. I get my prescriptions delivered, or worst case, I am the first in line when the pharmacy opens, and practice #4 above.
8. I stay away from sick people.
9. I don’t touch door handles or when I do, it’s with an elbow, crook, or sleeve.
10. I am not a fan of large crowds. But I don’t want to miss out on life. So when we do go out, I amp up on immune-boosting items, wash my hands more frequently, try not to touch anything, and plan for a day (or two) of rest after an event.
11. I try not to touch my eyes. But my eyes itch a lot so I’m not as good with this one.
12. During the flu season, I boost my immunity as much as possible.
13. If I’m feeling tired or run-down, I rest. I don’t push myself.
14. I keep my distance from anyone who has bodily fluids coming out of them. I’ve actually waited for another teller at the bank and waited for a longer line at the grocery store just to not be behind someone who was coughing.
15. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me… my family… my friends… strangers. I do my thing. My way.
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My primary goal is to keep myself safe and healthy.
I’m not trying to be rude.
I’m not trying to be anti-social.
I’m just trying to be safe and healthy.
And now, according to the CDC, my quirky habits are called “Social Distancing.”
During this outbreak, they are the socially acceptable things to do.
And when all of the hysteria is over, you will go back to your normal life.
And I’ll go back to being The Quirky Sick Girl.
And that’s totally ok. We can wave and arm bump in celebration that we made it through to the other side.
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Love, hugs, and keeping my distance. Spreading love isn’t a contact sport.
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