The ERJ family has a summer cold sweeping through our ranks.
We are off the rotation for Mom-care.
Kubota was the first to have symptoms, suggesting he is the one who brought it home. Then Belladonna and trailing Bella by one day, Mrs ERJ.
I have a scratchy throat so I am not far behind Mrs ERJ.
One of my family members (henceforth MFM) is reacting emotionally. She wants us to all get tested for Covid. I don't think she has thought this through. The picture in her head is that all the caregivers who followed our Friday shift should not care for mom until after they get tested.
She is attributing "testing" with magical qualities. One negative test a couple days after exposure tells you nothing.
And what would she have us do? Take half of the roster of care-givers and put them on the bench? Is she going to take the slots that are no longer covered? There are 168 hours in a week. Does MFM have 84 hours available to care for Mom?
MFM (a big proponent of women's rights) called me up and told me to take Mrs ERJ to the hospital and get her tested.
The humor of the situation did not escape me. I suggested that MFM call up Mrs ERJ directly. As a general rule, I don't order Mrs ERJ around. She is an adult.
Mrs ERJ is a peace-maker. She agreed to get tested for Covid.
Us getting the cold was a reality check.
We relaxed. Belladonna had been taking off her work clothes in the basement and immediately throwing them in the washing machine.
Kubota had not been going out and carousing with his buddies.
Mrs ERJ and I had not been going to stores.
I had been taking all mail and packages and "gassing them" with ozone in the truck cap.
All that changed. We had relaxed. Obviously, we relaxed too much.