Corona Virus Quarantine Day #129: Physicals, Physicals! July 28, 2020:
It’s hard to believe that it’s the end of July already in many ways and in other ways it seems like it’s been the longest summer ever! Today the kids and I went for their yearly physical.
They looked a little different this year as all the kids and myself had to be masked the entire visit. We love, love, love our doctor, Dr. Slattery and her nurse Jessica. They are so patient and kind and have always been available when we had serious health concerns with some of the kids.
Fletcher struggled a little in the mask. He kept it on and but didn’t always wear it correctly. Love the picture of Cooper reading Fletcher his new book!
Today was no different, except for the masks. I’m happy to report that everyone is doing well and growing right on target. The triplets had the most growth from the past year. Each of them grew 3 or more inches which is fun. The boys BMI is 1%. I thought that was a typo, but when I asked Dr. Slattery about it she ensured me not to worry, that they were just going to be skinny human beings. 1%…just saying, that’s not fair.
Either way, they are all tall and skinny little human beings. I’m pretty sure that has something to do with the hours a day they spend in the barn playing games.
After the doctor we headed to a friends house to go to the pool. Fiona has had a nasty swimmer’s ear that doesn’t want to go away so she didn’t want to swim. So instead of swimming she got to bake with our friends older sister. Oh. My. Word. They made a masterpiece. I was blown away with Leah’s patience with Fiona and how well she managed her questions and the mess she made. I could learn a thing or two from this young woman about patience with all the “help” that is offered to me in the kitchen.
They were pretty excited about their creation and the other kids were pretty excited to eat it. Ellen and Fletcher helped decorate it too. They went with a summer theme. I was pretty impressed!
I mean…they even have sand…and a sunset. So good.
Adorable. The most patient 15 year old person I’ve ever known!
It feels wrong to cut into such a creation but the kids did enjoy eating a piece of cake at 3pm!
A few big announcements today that are exciting and should be noted for history’s sake…KSHSAA’s Board voted today to allow athletics to start August 17th, the normal start date. No word yet from individual counties or districts on how they will handle that since most schools have already delayed the start of school to September 8th. It should be interesting in the coming weeks how this will all pan out. I personally felt like having a start date would help me take a deep breath, and in some ways, it has…but there are still so many unknowns and that is hard. For example, can we play in tournaments? Probably not. Can we travel outside our county? What happens if one player on our team gets Covid? Do we all quarantine? So. Many. Questions. So. Few. Answers.
Patience. GOD keeps reminding me that I need to be patient. I’ll continue to work on that!
The kids school also issued the return to school plan. It was very well thought out and comprehensive. They have thought of just about everything. Some big take aways from it: kids will wear masks in the classroom, they will get to have recess (we were concerned on this one so this was a win), they will get to eat in the cafeteria on a rotating schedule (so not everyday), kids will now walk to cars rather than the traditional pick up line, and if one family member tests positive all siblings will be home for a minimum of 10 days. There were a lot of details in the document so it will take me some time to carefully read over it.
Tomorrow I am supposed to get my plan for my own high school. I am anxiously awaiting that information. I want to know when I am going back and what that will look like.
I feel like all summer we have been waiting for all the information I will have at my fingertips in a matter of 24 hours. I’m grateful to have some answers…however, I still feel that uncertainty of anything being concrete or written in stone. The governor said in her press conference yesterday that she would consider an executive order to send us back to Phase 2 if our cases didn’t go down. This means that we couldn’t have school or sports.
So you see my dilemma?
I want to get excited and hopeful…but Covid has taught me that this isn’t a thing. We have to be on our toes and on edge and be ready for a change of plans immediately.
One day at a time. Patience. Working on both of these things.
Today I got information I really have wanted. I’m grateful. I cannot wait to be back in the classroom and get back on a court.
I am hopeful that both of these things will happen in the coming weeks. I am hopeful that people in Johnson County will wear a mask and do what needs to be done so we can go back to doing these things. Fingers crossed!
I am happy to be going to bed tonight with some of the answers I have been longing for and hopeful that I will have even more of them tomorrow.
Until then…stay well!