While there is no need to panic, and all is well, we did hear that Little Buddy was exposed to Covid at school this past Tuesday. Well we heard on Tuesday, but he was actually exposed the Friday before. His assistant sent us a text that she was ill on Sunday and Monday and was calling in a substitute and would be going to get tested. She had a fever and was not feeling well so I suspected it was Covid. When the school called on Tuesday to say he had been exposed but could not tell me by whom I was not pleased. When I met his assistant she was wearing a mask, but all other times at car drop off and car pick up, which is outside, she wasn't. It is not required here in this ridiculous state and of course you are not able to ask if they are wearing a mask or even vaccinated. I make sure he wears one, but at lunch he can't and she sits with him to eat. The school nurse told me to just watch him and he was not to quarantine. However, one hour later I got a call back saying yes he does need to quarantine until August 30, or come back with a negative test signed by a doctor, and he had to be picked up immediately. My husband went to pick him up, drove directly to a pharmacy giving the test, Little Buddy got tested and it was negative so he went back to school the next day with a signed form from the pharmacist. It was a scare, and I have been keeping my eye on him just in case he was to develop something these past few days. The sad thing is his assistant is ill, and I feel bad because of course I don't want her to be sick, and I worry that this is a new year and they are just getting to know each other and the routine of school and that has already been screwed up. I really, really like her, and I don't want her to be sick, but a small part of me is mad that she might not be vaccinated and has been around my fragile child. I don't know for sure, and I can only guess if mask wearing has been done by her while indoors. Still I am mad that this state is governed by a crazy man who puts these kids at risk, puts my fragile son at risk. I wish we just had a mask mandate, I would feel so much better and feel he was safer, just like it was last year. This is our first scare with him but by the way this virus is taking over Florida it will not be the last.
The rest of the week was me having to notify every child's parents I work with and tell them the situation. Although I wear a mask at work many of them decided to wait until we had the all clear this weekend, and to just start back up with therapy this coming week. So I had to watch Little Buddy for signs he was ill and I lost loads of work all because of this horrible situation. People aren't safe, they aren't thinking of others, not everyone of course but enough of them that this virus continues to multiply and make people ill. Florida is horrible with the cases rising, deaths rising, hospitals over crowded, ambulances waiting in bays for hours until they can unload a new patient. We actually got a public service announcement to not call 911 unless it was life or death, they don't have the ambulances or staff to handle all the emergency calls because there are so many calls for Covid patients. You had better not have a heart attack, car accident, stroke or a bad fall, you are out of luck. It is worse now than it was at the peak in the spring. It just makes me infuriated that people can be so reckless with others. And it makes me sad that our children are used as pawns for a horrible governor to raise money, which he has, a lot of it, taking this stance to let school employees and/or parents chose to mask up or not. If their choice only affected them then so be it, but it affects my child and the children I work with. It is just horrible and really just unthinkable that we are here in this moment in the year 2021.
Little Buddy had a horrible afternoon yesterday. Having to redo math and not get his iPad due to his horrible behavior made him go completely nuts. I have only had three or four days like this with him, ever. He was just so out of control yelling and screaming, beating his hands on furniture, grounding me, saying mean things and following me around so I never got a break so I could calm myself down. I put him in his room, and back in his room, I left the room and tried to come back to my office to get a break, he followed. Really it went on for 2 1/2 hours. My oldest was working upstairs and came down three times to try and help. Finally, at dinner time he just started to cry and we held him until he was calm. It was a rough afternoon, but I am glad he was able to finally do his math, and finally regain some sense of control. I am honored to have a wonderful young man as a son who tries to help in the ugliest of times. He is stern but loving, and will be an incredible father someday. I am drained today, really, really drained after all that has gone on this past week.
I have learned in the last few weeks I have three new babies arriving on my husbands side of the family. I went stash busting yesterday before all hell broke loose at my house. I know the first one to arrive is a boy, the top photo will be a ripple blanket for him. I need to finish my crochet cardigan before I can start on it. The cardigan that I have a feeling will be a total bust, yet I have two sleeves to go and I need to get them done, bust or not. The other two babies are too little to know the sex yet. I have more grey and more light tealish green or pink to pop in for that one. The bottom one is my least favorite. It has a sand/grey color for the main part of the blanket and maybe coral for smaller stripes. I don't have much of it, maybe 280 yards of the coral but surely that is enough for smaller stripes. I also have a light khaki green, but I don't think it is enough contrast with the sand/grey. I could also do a granny square blanket with a pop of coral in it here and there. I think this is far more girlish, but you really aren't supposed to think that way anymore now are you? If it is a boy I might have to rethink the choice in the last photo. If I could make all three from stash yarn that would be a major feat!
So that is my week. I am tired and really not much fun right now. However, I will regain my bearings and think of positive things in just a little bit. Maybe some sleep will help, that has been lacking as well this week with all that has been going on here, not to mention all over the world.
I am wishing you all a calm week ahead, stay safe my friends.