I ventured out of my house today because I had to take my dogs to the vet and go grocery shopping. Normally, that’s no big deal, but now, in the days of COVID-19, social distancing is something you need to be practicing especially if you’re over 65. No one wants to get that dastardly bug, even a young person.
I would have waited for the vet until the crisis was over but next month I’m moving into a home that has another dog and cat. To protect all involved, my fur babies need to be up to date with their shots.
I wasn’t sure what it would be like walking into the vet office but it wasn’t too bad. We had an early appointment because one of my dogs needed his glucose checked and had to fast. He’s diabetic. Luckily, there was only one other person inside with her dogs, so it was easy to practice social distancing.
Since disposable gloves are scarce these days, I used a dog poopy bag to open the door. Sometimes we have to improvise.
Another thing to think about is that even though dogs can’t get the virus if a sick person sneezes or coughs on your pet they can pass it on to you.
The technician took both dogs into another room to get their shots and clip their toenails so I’m hoping no one spread their droplets on them.
I have a pack of wipes in my car, so as soon as we were done, I cleaned my hands and the dashboard.
We all have to eat
After we got home and my fasting dogs got fed, I went straight to the market because the food in my fridge was getting low and horror of all horrors, I was out of wine. I took my handy shopping cart, that I bought on Amazon, and walked to the store a block away.
There was a line at the entrance because they were only letting in about 30 people at a time. Seniors don’t have to stand in line, but I didn’t want to shout out, “I’m 66” because I look just as healthy as anyone else. An old man in his 80s was told to go right in and that’s fine with me.
People were social distancing in line standing 6 – 10 feet away from each other. I have to say, Los Angelenos have been cool about this crisis and offering to help those who need it.
I loved that the market had plenty of room for everyone unlike a week ago when shoppers were on top of each other panic buying.
One thing I learned was that my reusable shopping bags, that I always brought because our California stores encouraged it, are now banned. The checker said I could either buy a plastic bag or bag them myself using my own bags. It makes perfect sense. How often do you wash your reusable bags? If you’re like me, probably never.
Social distancing in the city or in the middle of nowhere?
My sister has been camping out in the desert. She’s an artist who paints on feathers and typically does art shows in the Southwest this time of year. As you can imagine, they’ve all been canceled. She was in Arizona with a girlfriend when everything went to hell so they’ve been hanging out by the river.
Even though I’m not a fan of camping I’m jealous. What a perfect place to be riding this out among the beauty and blossoms of spring. That is unless you get sick and need to go to the hospital. Then, I’d much rather be in LA where we have high-tech hospitals.
She said it’s been impossible to get toilet paper out where she is because there aren’t any big stores for miles and all the little ones are sold out. Heck, it’s almost impossible to find TP in LA but at least we have more choices.
Why hasn’t America adopted bidets? We could save bundles by buying toilet paper. If it gets really bad we may need to resort to squirt bottles.
After my sojourn into the dangerous world, I washed my hands, phone, keys, any surfaces I touched, took off all my clothes, threw them in the washer, and jumped into the shower.
It felt good to be clean and sanitized again.
You want to what?
Later that evening I heard babble about reopening the economy sooner than the experts feel is wise. Some politicians think it would be a good idea to kill off some of us older folks as a sacrifice. I think I’ll stick to social distancing, thank you. I hope you do too.
How are you handling running out for errands and social distancing? Please leave a comment below.