Thursday, December 31, 2020

COVID Chronicles Quarantine Day 2 of 10


“So not saying you will...but if you die from COVID who will raise us?” This was the question raised by Emma yesterday when she found out I was positive. She knew it was a mild case but these are the things that go through an 11 year olds mind when the news is bombarding us with constantly with negativity. 

Fast forward to this morning and Tracy was met with the news that she tested positive. She has the fever, body aches, etc. Neither one of us really have experienced drastic symptoms and we pray it stays that way. Had I not known any better, I would have thought we caught the flu. 

We are blessed however with knowing some good folks. Within the time frame of a half hour this afternoon one person dropped off a tater tot casserole and another some homemade soup. There was even an extra portion made for my dad. Don’t worry...these folks set it on the bench outside my home and I spoke with them through the window. When they left, I went out to get the food. 

All in all things have been going as well as to be expected. I continue to monitor my dad’s health and check in often. 

I know we hear a lot of scary stories on the news about this and when you receive the diagnosis, it can take you by surprise but if you have a mild case (praying it stays that way) there is nothing really to be afraid of. If you can motor through a slight flu or cold bug (and yes I know for most is a near impossibility lol) then you got this. At least for me, the fear comes in passing it to someone who's immune system is not so good. Thus the quarantine.

No matter what one deals with in life we should always know “if God be for us, who can be against us?”.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

COVID Chronicles Quarantine Day 1 of 10


Even though this is technically the third day with symptoms; today is the day that I was diagnosed positive. 

Honestly, I am not sure why I am blogging about this. Perhaps it is due to boredom or perhaps I want to let you know how I discovered it. Regardless, I will take you on a daily journey of what I am dealing with until January 7th. That is the last day of quarantine for me. Nothing like ringing in the new year Rona style!!

The way I found out I may have “The Rona” is that Monday night I began to cough. The cough was very similar to the cough I get when my asthma kicks in. My chest hurt a bit and so I hit my inhaler. In fact since I was to the doctor so much this year, I no longer had a deductible on meds so I got my albuterol inhaler refilled before the year ends. In all truth I only had 66 more puffs left on my current one. 

Tuesday hit and I was coughing a bit more. It is a dry cough but nagging one none the less. After talking with my dad on Monday night however and convincing him to get checked Tuesday morning, it was in the back of my head that I should probably get tested as well pending his outcome. I have had multiple COVID tests this year. After he called to let me know he was positive I knew it was the right thing to do. 

Can I just say COVID tests are not fun unless you need your brain itched but the rapid one really stinks. There is peace of mind in knowing that for $95.00 you can get a result within 20 minutes but wow...had I not known any better I would have thought Roto Rooter was doing the swab. 

I guess the takeaway from day one is if you think you might have it...go get checked. For me I never viewed this virus as political or anything like that. I will still wear my mask after quarantine but it is a little unsettling knowing that I (God willing) will get through this fine but this is something that many have passed away from or have had a more difficult time. Fact is the same can be said about flu, terminal illness, etc. Just humbling nonetheless.

Join me each day for a snippet into a day in the life of someone that has it. I had no intentions of restarting my blog until January 1st at which point I have challenged my self to blog daily (see previous blog) but...I happen to have some time on my hands. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Getting Ready for 2021

 It was 2010 when I decided to challenge myself to write one blog a day. I found the challenge to be daunting and relaxing. Both liberating and completely maddening. What came out of that series of blogs though came a book, speaking engagements and more. 

With 2020 being a royal dumpster fire, I have decided to make 2021 the year I return to the challenge of blogging each day. Some days will contain deep thoughts and other days not so much. What you will get are my transparent thoughts as a pastor of both a local church in Waupaca, WI. and as a pastor for Sanctuary International. 

This journey will begin on January 1, 2021 so be sure to stay tuned. You might might cry. You may be edified or you may be deeply offended. Whatever the case may be remember, you came to this page. This page did not come to you. Welcome to the journey of what goes on in the mind of a pastor and what he sees. 

Since the launch of this page, I have had 186,212 visits. Let's see if that number goes up....because I hope it doesn't go down.