Day 2 Updates
Good morning everyone. Yesterday was TOUGH! It is becoming very clear that I am going to be extraordinarily busy while working from home during this time in our lives! I cannot count the number of calls, text messages, and emails I got yesterday. I am becoming a pro at video conferencing and have taught people 2-3 times my age how to use this software. I attempted to “relax” for 40 minutes yesterday after business hours (never thought I would need to nap after working from home) and received 6 calls and 5 text messages! I know this sounds like I am complaining, but realistically I am so happy that I can help people and that there is something for me to do while I am stuck at home! It has been making my days go by a bit faster.
I am still waiting on my test results. I was tested on Thursday and told 3-4 days. I called yesterday (day 5) and was told something that irritated me quite a bit. I was told that Thursday didn’t count as one of the days (ok I can deal with that) but that it was also business days. This means that Monday was day 2! Then I was told if I was negative that it would take longer for me to find out my results because the positive cases need to be contacted first and then contacting anyone they were in contact with. This means that it could take 7 business days for me to find out my results, so I potentially won’t know until Monday. This is frustrating obviously, but I have to look at the positives. I am still showing no symptoms and I believe that I do not have this virus. This is where things get dangerous. I am going a bit stir crazy. Yesterday after I received this call I wanted to just say f*** it and go get my daughter! I just wanted to get out. The big thing is however, if I do have this thing and I am asymptomatic I could still spread this. I do not want to be that guy, but I can tell you it is tough.
Video conferencing with some of the guys in the fellowship I belong to has been helping, and seeing my daughter on FaceTime has been amazing. I also have been able to workout a bit still which has been keeping me mildly sane. This morning I was finally able to wake up closer to my normal time and goal, but that is because I woke up about midnight and stayed up for about an hour.
This morning after my shower I was able to do a solid shoulder workout. This included shrugs, front plate lifts, one handed landmine presses, and shoulder presses. This has been nice to allow myself a bit of my normal routine.
In regards to my uncles my one uncle, the first that caught this virus, says he is almost back to 100%! This was so great to hear. My other uncle is still up and down with his fever, but is still home and recovering slowly. I am hopeful for them both and their recovery would stave off my worst case scenario thoughts that have swarmed me for the past week.
As it stands right now there are over 392,300 total cases in the world and over 17,000 deaths. Here in the states there are over 43,500 cases and over 540 deaths. My county is up to 53 total cases, but with so many tests going out I can only imagine these numbers will rise.
There is a lot of confusion out there in regards to how long we will be shut down, what is going on with this potential stimulus package from congress, and even potential treatments. The only word to the wise that I have for anyone that reads this and is paying attention to the news, don’t just jump on hope! This will take time and there will be things that come to help us. Right now we just have to hold on. I know this means we need to put trust in a government that repeatedly encourages mistrust (that is the ENTIRE government I am talking about and not just one or two people), but we need to stay safe and minimize the spread of this virus.
Today I am going to encourage the “Murph Challenge” since it has been something that the trainers at my gym have been talking about. It will NOT be easy, and I will put modifications below, but I think it is something that will kick everyones ass and can be very beneficial to all.
-1 mile run
-1 mile run
All while wearing a 20lb vest
Now many people out there are not going to be able to do this challenge off the bat, but it is a great goal to accomplish by the end of the virus craziness. If you are at the beginning levels of fitness start in chunks of 10. So 10 pull ups, 20 pushups, 20 squats and so on, but do this for 4 sets. Then each day you can add 5 or 10 reps to each set until you can actually hit these numbers. It will take some time! But if you work towards it you can do it.
Have a great day everyone and stay safe and healthy!