Rotary Member Shares COVID-19 Experience

A member of the Rotary Club of Ajax shares her experiences caring for family members who have contracted COVID-19. They offered these suggestions to other Rotary Club members and our community.
If you know someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and they are in quarantine here are some things you can do to help them and their family. 

    •    Ask them if they have enough PPE in the house for at least 2 weeks, if more than one of them has tested positive they may need even more as they may be on different timelines. 
    •    Ask if they need hand sanitizer, paper towel, disinfectant spray or wipes, laundry & dishwasher soap
    •    Bring them paper plates, disposable cutlery, paper napkins and hot cups
    •    Bring them meals, snacks, fruit, and electrolyte drinks.
    •    Ask if they need pet food
    •    Ask if they need vitamins or fever relievers
How do I know what someone would need if they test positive?
I know because I had family members that tested positive and although I was negative every time I tested, I was also house bound. A great circle of friends were so generous in making sure I had everything we needed. Luckily we had a stock pile of most of the items but even then I had to ask (something I hate doing) for a restock of some important items. Those friends also helped me keep my business going when work needed attention that could not be done remotely. 
I can share with you that these past few weeks have been the scariest and at times the darkest of my life. 
Trying not to panic when family does not answer their cell phone when you are checking on them in their room.
Packing a bag for your loved ones and sending them to the hospital without hugging them goodbye and not knowing if they will be home is terrifying. 
Thankfully they did come home and all are on the mend.
These are just a few of the moments I experienced and I am thankful and grateful for all those that helped me through it. You know who you are... and we are forever grateful to you. 
This is a silent, sneaky virus that is spreading like wildfire it affects everyone differently there is nothing predictable, or ordinary about it. Please take care of one another.