Today I officially drank the kool aid and decided that it would be best for me to follow the advice of the many news sources out there and prepare for the off chance that my house gets hit with coronavirus. I chose to do this for a few reasons. First, my husband stocked up on two weeks worth of non perishable foods several weeks ago for this reason. He never reacts to stuff like this, ever. He is honestly the most even keeled, non reactive person I know. If he thinks that this virus is worth stocking up on canned vegetables, I better take notice. I will mention that he bought 12 cans of canned peas which I will never eat. Not ever. So those will likely be donated to a food pantry at some point. Honestly, who eats canned peas?
Reason number two I decided to stock up, H1N1 (swine flu) did actually hit my house in 2009, so I know that it is possible for a pandemic to effect my family. Two of my three kids were sick for about 10 days each, back to back. Yes that’s right, I missed close to three weeks of work at that time. I worked in retail and while I never got sick, the last place I needed to be was at a mall passing the germs on to others. My manager politely told me to stay home. Thankfully, I had sick time, so I was paid for those lost work hours. Those two kids have never been sicker than they were at for those weeks. I felt so bad for them. But, we got through it, which is why I felt it unnecessary to jump on the bandwagon. After all, we survived swine flu! But, everything I have read seems to practically scream at us that this will be far more devastating and if a family member gets it, self imposed isolation is the only choice. In 2009, those of us who were not ill did not self isolate for those weeks. My husband went to work, my youngest went to school and I ran errands as needed. Twenty days of swine flu required a lot of ginger ale. My husband has already made it very clear to me, as soon as there is a confirmed case in Milwaukee, he is isolating himself. The benefits of having a job that allows you to work from home.
The third reason I gave in, it just seemed like the adult thing to do. I rarely have OTC medication on hand. I am far too cheap to buy things like that on the off chance we will need it. But, I remembered back to 2009 and my husband driving to Walgreens at 5:00 am when it was clear our daughter had a serious case of the flu, for medication I did not have on hand. I do not want to be caught off guard this time.
So today, after work, I went to Walgreens and stocked up on the items that I have read we should have on hand. Good news, I had $10 in rewards, so I even saved money. Obviously I hope that we are not effected by coronavirus and that everything I bought will be able to go to college with my daughter in the fall or be donated to our local food pantry. But, if one of us, or all of us gets sick, we are prepared to the best of our ability. But like I said, I am never eating those peas. What are you doing to prepare?
Look at all that single use plastic, another reason why I never buy stuff like this.