We Can Do Hard Things

Resurrection is going to take on a whole new meaning for all of us this year, I think.

I am on my 10th day of dealing with whatever this is that I have. The cough has lingered, although I have finally been fever free for several days now. I am definitely much weaker than I was before this slayed me. It’s a weird moment when you wake up to the news that you are the “target” audience for a pandemic.

I have long considered myself a vulnerable person. An open book that I’ve written myself. I have purposely chosen to live life that way. Still, there is a huge difference between being vulnerable out of choice and being vulnerable out of force. This illness left me in the latter category and I must tell you, it is a rather unpleasant place to be.

I want to make it clear, two trips to Urgent Care and one to the isolation room at ER and I was never, ever tested for Coronavirus.  You can read all the previous blogs to see what obstacles I encountered along the way. Bottom line is that despite what this administration says, testing is not widely available. I should have been tested. I displayed almost all the symptoms. But over and over again, I was denied the test.

Finally, thousands of dollars into this illness, the ER doctor determined that I was suffering from RSV (see previous post). He did not ever rule out Coronavirus.

Now we find out that Idris Elba has tested positive for Coronavirus after displaying no symptoms. None. Nada. And one must wonder about the evil of this virus that attacks Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba but renders Trump and Devin Nunes virus free. Seriously, Lord, it’s time to step up your game.

Tim is home due to schools being shut down. We are self-isolating because I don’t want him to get whatever I have, and because if he is carrying anything, I don’t want it. So how odd is that? Two weeks more of this – Stand across the room, don’t touch me, wash your hands, please.

Good news is I am saving on Starbucks money (All of which will go toward paying medical bills).

We both love reading so now we have time for getting caught up on books that have piled up.

If the weather warms up, we might get to hike some once my cough subsides.

If the weather doesn’t warm up, I’m going to start doing yoga at home. The girls have sent me a link.

Speaking of my daughters, all three are now working from home and homeschooling their children. They could use your prayers. I homeschooled my son during his junior high years. I thought it might kill us both. All the girls have full-time jobs to deal with as they try and deal with kiddos.

And I know they aren’t the only ones. All across this world right now, parents are coping, worrying about their jobs, their kids, their parents, their grandparents, their neighbors.

The only person who doesn’t seem to be worried about any of this is Trump himself.

His only concern seems to be about the stock market. Don’t look. It will make you sick.

I don’t have any easy answers for any of us, but this I know: We can do hard things. We can, and our kids can, and our grandkids can learn to.

I am praying for all our medical professionals, especially those who have already fallen ill. Let’s continue to lift them up in prayer. We all have more time to pray now. Let’s make good use of it.

Am I the only one wishing Congress would move to put into place Andrew Yang’s plan for a Universal Basic Income Plan? Think of how such a plan could help so many hurting people right now. Nothing like a pandemic to reveal how ill-prepared the US is. I don’t care what you call it, we need universal healthcare and universal basic income. Both of those would take a lot of fear out of this pandemic for millions of Americans.

Now would be a great time for you to go online and register to vote, y’all. Are you registered? Is your registration up-to-date? Because come November, we need all hands on deck voting Trump out of office.  Unless, of course, you like the chaos of pandemics and stock market crashes, that is.

We can do this, y’all.

We are kind.

We are smart.

We are capable.

We can make magic happen whatever the circumstances.

Karen Spears Zacharias is author of a bunch of books. Now would be a great time for you to read one of them if you haven’t already. Be safe out there y’all.



Karen Spears Zacharias

Author/Journalist/Educator. Gold Star Daughter.


about 3 years ago

I saw that Mitt Romey agreed with Andrew Yang & you.


about 3 years ago

So glad that you are feeling somewhat improved. The numbers are completely off because of no testing. And yet that is completely what #thatman wants - he has never wanted real numbers to be reported. Also, in his own mind, he is completely without blame no matter what happens.


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