Let’s Get Back To The Old Normal

I want to go back to the old normal. I know that probably is not possible. Will we be on ‘stay at home’ status for 3 more months? Hopefully, it will be phased out slowly over these next few months. In LA County we are supposed to wear masks when outside if any chance of contact with another human. I have been wearing a mask when I open the door for my grocery delivery. I don’t have to open the door unless I have ordered wine, then I need to show my ID. Most times the delivery person tells me not to worry about it. The delivery people have masks on as well. We can get deliveries from Costco which means TP and just recently, paper towels. Yay!

My brother is recovering from coronavirus. He was lucky to have a milder case.  But it is still not back to normal at the Nursing Home and I worry he is not getting enough support. They are moving residents around like musical chairs because their numbers of positive test results are still rising. They are working to separate those residents with positive test results from those who are negative. More staff have tested positive as well. My brother is now out of isolation but not back in his old room and the Wi-fi is not good where he is. The social workers have been trying to help us. One of them visited my brother today. They had only one Skype visit while he was in isolation because of the poor internet connections in the facility. They really have to work on that. There is one iPad and one portable phone for the residents in his section. They have a waiting list for the iPad and I have been told the connection for it is not so great either.

In the old normal I would be able to visit him in person. I would have easier access to talk with him on the phone.


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21 thoughts on “Let’s Get Back To The Old Normal

  1. Cynthia Diament

    I’m so glad he’s recovery from the virus but I’m sorry that it still is difficult to communicate with him and unfortunate that you can’t visit. It certainly doesn’t appear safe for visitors. Be well and I hope he returns to better health soon. Love, Cynthia

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  2. Dan Antion

    I’m glad he’s recovering. It would seem the WiFi would be the easiest thing to fix. Since they can’t allow visitors, they could at least address that.

    Take care, Deborah. And good luck to your brother.

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  3. rolandclarke

    Blessings and prayers for you, your brother, and all involved with that facility. It sounds as if everyone around there is taking Covid-19 more seriously than here in Idaho, although there was a lockdown for a few weeks.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      The Nursing Homes are really impacted. Wonder if your Nursing Homes are as well and maybe you are not hearing about it. LA County does have the most cases in all of California. So we have to take it seriously. I was able to Skype with John finally today and the reception was good so maybe they have fixed it, fingers crossed. It was good to be able to see and hear him. Thank you, Roland 🙂

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      1. rolandclarke

        So glad you were able to Skype with your brother today. 🙂 Most of the cases in Idaho were in the Sun Valley skiing area so more easily contained. One of my step-grand-daughters works in a nursing home, which hasn’t had any cases and they had been testing all their staff once a week. Officially, there have been only minimal cases beyond that initial area. Stay safe, sensible, and inspired.

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  4. JoAnna

    Good for you for emailing the administration and your offer. I know the nursing homes are having a hard time, but I wonder why the wifi is so difficult. I’d keep nudging them politely and with gratitude. I hope your brother continues to recover.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I have been sending my emails periodically. The Social Workers have been the best with communication, especially the one who has been working with my brother prior to the crisis. I was finally able to have a good connection through Skype with my brother yesterday, Saturday. I will see if the wi-fi is good again today. It is so important to be able to communicate with him. Thank you, JoAnna ❤

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  5. joey

    I cannot imagine your frustration at dealing with the nursing home, how worried you were, without information. It’s unreasonable to have poor wifi in any business and I think holes like this will be addressed. Status quo is no longer, and these things must be fixed!
    I’m glad your brother’s case was mild, and that he is recovering.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I’ve got to keep following up with wi-fi situation. It was static-y again today. My brother has had some troubling symptoms and I need to follow up with his MD but he looks better. He has sharp pains in his fingertips when they put the bed covers over his hands and he may have had some hallucinations and changes in his visual perception. He was reporting it to me today and I thought about it and left and message for his MD this evening. I think the MD probably thinks I’m nuts already. The facility sent a text today that they are going to give all families with residents on isolation an appointment for the iPad. Maybe they have gotten more complaints. I did not get to use the iPad with my brother. Thank you, Joey. ❤

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      1. Deborah Drucker Post author

        Right now we are using the Skype with our computers but I will try the iPad too if I get too frustrated with the Skype connection. I hope these symptoms will fade and I did report it to his MD. Thank you, Joey. xo

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