Priorities in a Pandemic

Typically my priorities are not an issue. They usually work for me and generally suit the needs of those around me. Lately my priorities and those of others seem to be rather at odds.

My main priority throughout this current global pandemic is to avoid contracting Covid-19. My second priority is to insure that I am in the best health possible to survive Covid-19, should I contract it. I am mid sixties, asthmatic, have COPD, and have recently recovered from pneumonia. My husband is working in a plant where there is substantial risk of a COVID-19 outbreak and the possibility of his bringing that risk home. Placing my health first seems more than reasonable at this time.

I have taken a leave of absence from my work as an estimator/project administrator at a construction company. There is always substantial stress due to the responsibility of my position and the office politics of the company. Stress is not under any circumstance helpful for controlling asthma. There are also the environmental issues in an office that is part of a construction warehouse/workspace. These issues are also not at all good for controlling asthma. The fact that I am to retire at the end of July should make it all the more reasonable for me to take a leave of absence. Realistically, how much difference would it make if I am gone now or in three months? Everyone has known since last July that I would be retiring this summer and they have had nine months to prepare accordingly.

I have been home for three weeks. I have responded to emails, texts and phone calls regarding work. This week, my boss decided I should be willing to work from home in an official capacity, or go into the office to work for a couple of days a week. Needless to say, this conversation did not go well.

I understand that everyone has their own priorities. I understand that my boss is concerned about the commitments he has made to customers and the future viability of his company. I understand that he is stressed. So am I, and right now my priority is to take care of myself.

I am staying home and I am focussing on my health and well being. 🥀

2 thoughts on “Priorities in a Pandemic

  1. Thank you, Suzanne. I enjoyed my job until the last couple of years. I hadn’t realized how bad it had gotten. I have felt so much better since I have been home for a few weeks that the idea of being sucked back into that place just threw me off. I needed a few days to be able to write something that did not come off as sounding totally miserable. I hope your husband is doing better and that you are taking care of yourself. 💐

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