Met my 2 week old niece for the first time Friday. Was woken up by my mom at 7:30 this morning saying another of our cats couldn’t move (lost motor function). So he was put to sleep today. He is another from the litter with the cat we had to put down in June. 18 years old. Only their sister is left and other cat who’s around 13-14 now. Obviously not handling that well at all.
We celebrated my mom’s birthday and my sister brought baby. She was sick and hospitalized for a week after she was born which is why she’s willing to let family see her so soon. Like she was around nurses and hospital staff for a week, nothing much greater risk for contamination than that. Well, she posted pics of us to FB and a cousin commented: “ she’s so cute, but why are you all wearing masks around her?” And I am shocked at her stupidity and lack of sensitivity.
I’m terrified that any weekend I come home is the day I bring covid back to my parents, my grandparents, my sister, and now my niece. That the patient who refused to wear a mask, or had their nose out, or “oh the lenses are fogging up, I’ll pull my mask down just for this” or the tech who takes her mask off at her computer will be the one to make me sick, or worse will be the one to give it to me and I’m asymptomatic and I give it to my family who will have symptoms. I’m scared to come home and scared to stay away too long as well. I don’t want to carpool with coworkers for the 50 min commute because they don’t wear their masks in the car. I don’t want to shop for groceries in that small town because mask mandates aren’t enforced locally.
I’m terrified and my cousin questions why we put the health and safety of an infant over our temporary discomfort.