poetry and prose about place

my COVID-19 kit

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Since March 12, I have been almost nowhere. I am so careful, washing my hands until I have developed a thin outer layer of skin. I have stood six feet apart, even when no one else is there. I wore a mask when I went into the only store I’ve been inside in two months. My husband does the same. We quarantine every bit of mail coming into the house. I wipe down all our groceries. The grocery bags go into quarantine as well.


In spite of all these precautions, I worry. I am probably paranoid. The only thing that helps me be OK is my COVID-19 kit. Each morning and each night I pull it out. I take my temperature with my thermometer. 36.2 Whew! I lift my little bag of lavender to my nose. Sweet, potent, floral. Whew!



A high temperature and loss of the sense of smell are not the only symptoms of COVID-19. Our New Brunswick Department of Health lists the following:

fever above 38°C or signs of fever (such as chills);

a new cough or worsening chronic cough;

sore throat;

runny nose;


a new onset of fatigue;

a new onset of muscle pain;


loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell; and

in children, purple markings on the fingers or toes.


Do you have a ritual that makes things seem OK? Even when they are not?


All my best,

staying at home,


Written by jane tims

June 1, 2020 at 7:00 am

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  1. It’s pretty much the same here, but we take our “vitals” only in the morning. We also measure our blood oxygen levels with an oximeter we had obtained after Tim’s surgery a few years ago. It is reassuring. But every time my husband coughs I start to panic and I’ve had a runny nose (new allergies, I think) and recurring sinus headaches since March so it’s hard to know what to worry about. Looking at those numbers does help. I think many of us are feeling paranoid! For some odd reason, working on jigsaw puzzles is the only activity that completely distracts my mind from my fears.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    June 1, 2020 at 8:58 am

    • Yes, both my husband and I have allergies and these have been here since November so I think sniffles and coughing are not good indicators in our case. The oximeter is interesting and I’ll read about it. Funny how jigsaw puzzles are a group activity as well as calming!


      jane tims

      June 2, 2020 at 9:43 am

  2. Dear Jane, I pray the Psalms. On my site, Poems From Psalms And Nature, I am posting from the Psalms, with a picture. Yesterday, we reached 100. You create wonderful books and art. I recently ordered and read How Her Garden Grew. We also are taking great care. Ellen

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    Ellen Grace Olinger

    June 1, 2020 at 8:36 am

    • Hi Ellen. Thank you for this. Prayer is also part of my COVID-19 kit. My prayers are short and alternate between asking and thank yous. You have reminded me that reading a psalm is also prayer. Thank you also for buying my book. I hope you enjoyed it and will also read Something the Sundial Said. I am working on the third in the series now. Have a good day and stay safe.

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      jane tims

      June 2, 2020 at 9:38 am

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