Northumberland News - Grey Matters October 2020
October already! Oh my, how times flies.
Before the pandemic, October was all about turkey suppers and giving thanks. The scariest thing about October was a 5-year-old vampire and his best buddy, the creepy clown knocking on your door and shouting ‘trick or treat’. Not so this year. The scary stuff is real this year. The second wave of the pandemic is upon us.
At the beginning of the pandemic, it was the senior population that was hit hardest by Covid-19. The demographic has changed in recent weeks, with younger people making up the bulk of new cases, but that’s no reason for those of us over the age of 60 to drop our guard. If anything, right now, seniors have to be more careful than ever before, because a spike in cases in any age group means more chance of exposure for everyone. It’s imperative that we all continue to do what we know we have to do. Wash our hands, wear a mask and social distance.
We can also fight the good fight by staying on top of existing health conditions. Take your meds and do your exercises. Eat well. Get a flu shot. Do everything you can to stay well or at the very least, stay on top of whatever health issues you’re dealing with because as the number of Covid-19 cases rise, hospitals may become overburdened and non-emergency procedures won’t be a priority. Surgeries may be postponed. Tough stuff for people waiting for things like knee or hip replacements I know. But as they say, it is, what it is. So, we accept,
adjust, adapt and carry on. We have to. Now is the time, once again, to knuckle down and simply do what we need to do and what we are asked to do.
I’m not sure I’ll be seeing any little ghouls or goblins at my door this Hallowe’en. I’ll miss the little vampire. The usual Thanksgiving feast with a gaggle of family and friends will likely just be a nice turkey dinner with my husband this year, if we even do that. But who knows? So much is uncertain right now. And that is stressful. But some things never change, and one of those things is that this Thanksgiving, feast or no feast, I will, as always, give thanks for the
bounty of good things and good people in my life. Each and every one of them valued so much more during these extraordinary times. There is comfort in gratitude. I recommend it whole heartedly.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Be kind. Be thoughtful. And stay well.