Maybe today.

Last year’s bounty. This year’s pot.

She started Saturday. He joined Sunday. I climbed aboard Tuesday. The youngest has stayed off the train.

Maybe today, I’ll get a call.

Maybe today I’ll find out we have It. I hope we do. I’d like to know. It’s mild for us, so far. Maybe today I’ll learn I can go back to my biggest gardens. Maybe today I’ll be able to tell grandparents they won’t miss two grandbaby birthdays in the same month. Maybe today I can set an appointment to give blood soon. Maybe today I can check on neighborhood needs for others and food bank volunteer spots.

Or maybe I won’t get a call. And I’ll wait till Monday.

And maybe that call won’t be positive.

And we’ll be just where we were after a week of tired coughing wondering and worry.

Fingers crossed.

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9 comments on “Maybe today.

  1. shoreacres says:

    Oh, heavens. I take it your “It” is the dreaded virus, and that you all have been tested. I hope most of all that your tests are negative, and I hope that you don’t have to wait until Monday for results. On the other hand, it is Easter weekend, and while I’d think that shouldn’t slow down the process, it might. If nothing else, it would be good to give the workers at least a few hours respite.

    There are indications that many more people have had the disease than realize it, and the number of recoveries are beginning to increase, too. Fingers crossed for lots of good news for you.

    • plumdirt says:

      Thank you. I’m hopeful I do have it so we can plan an emergence from our month-already-distancing and be safely helpful to our neighbors and communities. Our symptoms are mild and I’m the only one with complicating healthy factors (hence being the one to qualify for testing) and am doing better than most bugs I get so far.
      Thankfully only I got tested as I wouldn’t my kids to go through that unnecessarily. The doctor said they’d extrapolate to include the rest of my family if I tested positive.

      I’d bet that we’re at more than 10x the cases everyone is reporting and possibly up to 40x. I believe it was Iceland who had tested 10% of their population to find 50% of the tested cases were positive and asymptomatic.

      A lot of things are being done and decisions being made based on inaccurate and incomplete data. I wish there was more acceleration on fixing the data issues along side looking for treatment and prevention solutions. There’s a lot of energy going into fear, worry, and prevention when, potentially, half the people can go out safely to provide safe support for the other half to stay home. The problem being no one knows which half they’re in.

      • shoreacres says:

        Exactly. And when accurate serologial tests are widely available, and we get a sense of how many people are carrying antibodies, that will help. I hope all works out well for you.

      • albert says:

        I read the post slowly, feeling strange, then anxious– for you and your family, yes, but the way you talked got to me, wondering how I would feel if
        I or My Dear started coughing. Then I read these comments, and was glad I did. Still thinking about how important it is to you to get out and help others. I’m so tied up inside. You reminded me of what I want to feel and think. This kind of communication really helps.

      • plumdirt says:

        The test came back negative today. Friends and family congratulated us. A select few were sorry, as they, too, felt like we did. Or perhaps didn’t but were able to both listen to and remember our wishes.
        I hope, when this is eventually over, people (myself included) feel free to continue to have conversations about more meaningful things than what they watched on Netflix and where their kids are developmentally.

  2. Sheryl says:

    I hope that you and your family are feeling better very soon.

  3. albert says:

    Back again: when I found this poem today,
    I thought of your “maybe todays” about donating blood and “neighborhood needs for others and food bank volunteer spots”

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