Reckful

Today, I made a few drop biscuits. They aren’t on my diet, but it does seem that stay-in-place orders and a damaged knee are restrictive enough without adding food limitations to the equation.

For the most part, though, I’m okay despite these constraints. I’m not even very restless, perhaps because I’d be staying at home anyway to take care of my knee. Oddly — or not so oddly, actually — today my knee doesn’t pain me so much (though it still isn’t acting quite right) but the muscles above and below the knee as well as the uninjured knee all ache. Makes sense, of course. Because I’ve been walking abnormally, when I walk at all, other muscles have taken up the load and are being stretched beyond normal usage.

So many things that are a normal part of people’s lives, like eating out, don’t matter to me when they’re gone because I seldom visit such places anymore. (When I moved here, I left behind my lunch companion and haven’t reinstituted the practice with anyone else.) Nor am I craving Mexican food or pizza or other restaurant fare like so many are. I’m still using up the food around the house. Hence the biscuits.

It’s been interesting seeing how different people react to the various orders we’ve been given. Some people follow through, while others refuse to even acknowledge the directives, either because they’re young enough to feel invincible or are simply reckless.

Me? I’m the opposite of reckless. In fact, I’d be considered reckful, if there were such a word. I know there are many folks who would disagree — after all, I did take that cross-country trip in my ancient bug all my myself, and I did meet up with all sorts of people I knew only by their online presence. But that wasn’t reckless. I’d thought about all contingencies, reckoned on things going wrong and planned for them though of course I’d hoped for things to go right, and mostly, they did.

I’m especially reckful when it comes to my health, which is why I’m hunkered down at home rather than going to the doctor as so many have recommended I do. Health providers are taking people’s temperatures before letting them in the building, but that seems a bit reckless to me. Or else we aren’t being told everything we need to know about this current medical crisis. If people don’t show symptoms until perhaps two weeks after being exposed, then obviously, taking their temperature wouldn’t prove they aren’t infected. It only means the infection hasn’t shown up yet. And I’m supposed to trust that? I don’t think so.

This situation with the stay-at-home orders seems like an interesting sociological experiment, seeing what businesses are shut down and what aren’t. For example, doctors’ offices aren’t closed down, but chiropractors are. Huh? What about the people with bad backs who can’t function without these treatments? This stricture reminds me of the early years of chiropractic when one couldn’t speak of such “pseudo-doctors” without the hush of sacrilege touching people’s voices.

It also seems strange that churches are closed down, but recreational marijuana shops and liquor stores aren’t. I get the whole dissociating from other people thing, but still, the situation speaks ill of us as a people and what we consider necessary. I suppose, since I’m too reckful to get caught by either alcohol or pot usage, I’m also too naïve to understand why they are on the “essential” list. (To be fair, I don’t go to church, either, but I know a lot of people who do and who count on the weekly services.)

None of this affects me personally. I’ve always lived a stringent life, so such harsh measures don’t mean much to me.

Still, in my own reckful way, I’m being reckless. After all, the proof is in the biscuits.

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Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

6 Responses to “Reckful”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I read your blog for a dose of sanity these days. I also stay home normally anyway. Try to get out for some walks for exercise. Did head over to the liquor store for some wine (having alcohol-free groceries delivered) but liquor stores are closed in Nevada. Non-essential, I guess. We were hoping to also get water and sodas. Oh well. But, yes, Marijuana stores are open. Essential? “Medical,” I suppose. Too funny.

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    You hit on something today that has been bugging me for a while now…this whole “take the temperature” business. What does that really prove when there is still no real consensus on just when a virus victim becomes contagious other than that it’s way before the point at which they start running a temperature?

    We are hunkered down here, wife, grandson, and me, and doing well, even though we are all a little stir-crazy by now. I’m the only one who has gone on a scavenger hunt or two to find groceries and pick up meds and the like, but my wife has taken a couple of drives around town and that’s helped her spirits a bit. As for my grandson, he has not left the house since March 11, if you can believe that. He’s in his room right now taking an an eleventh-grade English test, and has tests in Geometry and Physics tomorrow. Spanish this afternoon. He’s of that generation that practically lives online anyway, so this is not bothering him all that much, really.

    Stay reckful. That’s the wisest approach right now.

  3. snakesinthegrass2014 Says:

    My annual physical is tomorrow. I messaged the practice last week on their portal to request if we could postpone, but also asked if they would still renew my meds. A nurse responded by phone about an hour later and in a kind way said, “no dice.” I have to come in for the appointment if I want the renewals. As you report, she too assured me that they’re screening people at the door before they let anyone in, plus they’re wiping down surfaces every 20 minutes. So I’m going… but am not happy about it. Stay safe! – Marty


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