We Quarantined for Thanksgiving. You Can, Too.

Start making your holiday plans now. Pretty please…

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My husband at last year’s Thanksgiving.

We hadn’t been shunned. We didn’t fall out with anyone. We didn’t become hermits, well, at least not of our own choosing.

We were quarantining.

Months before there was any hint of the impending toilet paper shortages, before I’d ever heard of the concept of a “super-spreader event” or considered wearing a mask for any occasion except Halloween, our household had begun a period of prolonged isolation. By Thanksgiving, we were just over a month into it. Just a year prior, we had no idea what was around the corner. If I could have looked into a crystal ball, I would have run for the hills.

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December, 2019
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John getting his bone marrow transplant.
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Visiting my husband on Halloween. I brought candy for the nurses. Yes, I am dressed like a bat.
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As our household’s medical quarantine ended, the global pandemic picked up the baton and ran with it.

The habits I had learned in my pre-transplant caregiver class — get out of the habit of touching your face; soap is better than sanitizer but keep sanitizer with you just in case; order groceries online if you can but if you must shop, go during off-hours and so on — didn’t need to be dusted off. I merely rolled up my sleeves and did more of the same. As I read about the coronavirus and continued doing what I’d been doing, I just adapted to a few new aspects, mainly about masks and being prepared for the hoarding mentality. (Not to be dismissive, but lockdowns are way easier than medical quarantines.)

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John this September. He is alive because we were cautious.

Marla Rose is a Chicago-area writer and co-founder of VeganStreet.com and VeganStreetMedia.com.

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