Ugh no one wants to hear a doctor say I’m sending you for a covid test but here we are. My husband and I were so sick this week. Low grade fevers, fatigue, congested, sore throats, etc. A doctor decided we checked off all the symptoms of covid so off we went for testing. They sent us to a building I’m another city. When we arrived we had to call before entering. Once inside it was like another world. A table was right at the door so we could sanitize our hands. The building had a desk with people in hazmat suits standing behind it. No furniture. No paintings or posters on the wall. Just a desk, carpet and alien looking people starring at you. They take you in the back and make you stand in a door way marked with an X on the floor. They hand you a swabbed, you stick it in your nose just enough to make you cringe and your eyes water. Spin it in 5 circles and then do the other nostril. As you walk out you feel a burning feeling and you do the walk of shame back to your car. Never did I think I would experience something so odd but we survived. The next day my phone binged with an update to my labs. I was terrified to open it but I was so happy to see the words NEGATIVE. Phew. Breathed a sigh of relief. We were negative and just suffering from the flu. Although the next few days would continue to be miserable, but at least we don’t have covid-19! Now we bomb the house and get rid of the germs!
I have always been taught that Lent is not about giving up something for the sake of giving up something. Lent shows a disciplined practice in suffering and keeps us grounded. Humbled. Grateful for what we do have. It takes away something in our lives that we enjoy and in a small way connects us to what Jesus went through those 40 days in the desert.
Some may say that we have already suffered and gave up so much in the last year, but i don’t feel that way. Has the last year been a drastic change from what is my “normal?” Absolutely but its just been a temporary shift in how life was. I miss life before COVID but i also enjoy some of the new ways of life. I miss family gatherings. I miss hugging my parents. My family. I miss story times at the library with my nanny kids. I miss baton competitions and parades. But this is all temporary and we are doing what we need to for our health and the lives of others. These weren’t choices we made for ourselves. We were directed by medical staff to shift our lifestyles for the well being of human beans.
With all that being said for the 40 days of Lent i will be giving up iced tea. I already eat pretty healthy and iced tea is a daily drink for me. Coffee was an option also but i felt that was more unsafe for others if i didn’t drink that. Haha! So now i just drink more water throughout the day since i do not drink pop or juice. I am sure my body is thanking me and probably hoping i never go back to iced tea. Who knows maybe after day 40 i won’t miss it!