Being Prepared – Social Distancing

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Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.

As a family, we are opting to practice “Social Distancing”. This is not fear-mongering, it is a precaution of safety for my friends and family AND for myself.

What is social distancing?
Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds.
With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among High-Risk Populations and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Experts describe this as “flattening the curve,” which generally refers to the potential success of social distancing measures to prevent surges in illness that could overwhelm health care systems.

Some background on why we are choosing Social Distancing and it is not because we don’t like you!:

When Grayson came to us back in December of 2013, she had pneumonia, her lungs weren’t up to par. We went to many specialists and different doctors that ended up finally coming to the conclusion that cigarette smoke was an irritant causing her to be sick all of the time. Knowing that Larry and I didn’t smoke and her bio dad did, we knew that after every visit she was going to have issues. (And she did – for days after every visit) It took us 3 years of doctors and meds, breathing treatments, etc. But now, she is a perfectly healthy 9-year-old. This mama is going to keep it that way.

For several years after the removal of my thyroid and tumor in 2015, my immune system was down and I had 3 bouts of walking pneumonia in an 18 month period. This year I caught Influenza A for the first time ever after coming off of the family vacation cruise. Because of my concern about how fast I got sick (most likely because I do not get enough sleep because of my work schedule), my doctor has recommended for me to “Lay-Low” and watch what this virus is doing.

We have been watching everything and with schools being closed for the next 2 weeks and many not understanding that coming off of a week-long spring break where families have traveled, etc, there is a 14-day incubation of this virus. And you may not be showing signs of contracting it, you could have.

So what does all of this mean?
  • I will be ordering my groceries ONLINE only. (My local stores including Safeway, Fry’s and Walmart all have online ordering)
  • It means that I will only shop at mom and pop stores local when I need anything. And stay in Chino.
  • I will only attend my church service online since my church has too many people to be around at one time.
  • My children and I will not be attending any social activities for the next few weeks in pubic locations including the library, park, etc.
  • Drive-through and restaurant pick-up are more likely for us than eating at a restaurant for the next 2 weeks – But we will make that decision one day at a time.
  • It means that no matter how much I love you, if I see you, I will not hug or shake your hand. We can do “high-five” with our elbows, however.
  • It means that my children are going to take additional guitar and ukulele classes online at home.
  • It means that I can work on my upcoming books without distraction of being someplace at some specific time. It means daily homestead and prepper videos because I have more time on my hands.
  • It means that one of Trystan’s therapies is moved online. (They called me yesterday and have set it all up for ALL of their clients!!) And it means that his visits with his DSP are not happening for 2 weeks because she interacts with other kids in public places.
  • It means that we are going to play outside only at our house. We are going to play more board games and read. It means that we are not leaving this house often if at all, over the next 2 weeks.
  • It means that as a family, we are slowing down and enjoying being a family more.

    Here are two articles on Social Distancing:

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