Gratitude List (March 20, 2020) #TToT

It’s Friday and that means the Ten Things of Thankful (#TToT) linkup is open again. I haven’t participated in a while, but in these weird times, we need gratitude more than ever. Here are the things I’ve been thankful for lately.

1. Relatively tasty dinners. Here at the care facility, we get our dinners from a meal delivery company. Last week or the week before, I complained that we got boiled potatoes like four times a week and that I’d like rice, pasta or the like more often. Thankfully they customize the meals for each resident, so it’s not like if I want pasta, everyone gets pasta. I think my assigned staff told the company. In any case, I’ve had pretty varied meals lately. On Saturday, we got tuna macaroni and I loved it!

2. The sensory room. The real one at the day center and the makeshift one at the home. The day center was still open on Monday and Tuesday, so I was able to use the snoezelen® room then. On Thursday, some of the staff created a makeshift sensory room in the currently empty bedroom at our home.

3. Walking. Yay, we’re not in complete lockdown (yet)! I’ve been grateful for walks often before, but in these weird times, I get to appreciate it even more. I managed to get over 9000 steps everyday this week so far except for today (and I’m not going to make it today either).

4. Getting day activities at the home. I was a little scared that, once the day center closed, we’d get no activities at all. Thankfully, that’s not true. I brought some games from the day center to the home with me and we have enough staff to do activities with us.

5. Going on the elliptical. I went on Tuesday, thinking I wouldn’t be able to use it for three weeks after that. However, two staff members transferred the elliptical to the empty room in our home, so that it’s now a combined sensory and gym room. I went on it for like 20 minutes yesterday.

6. Modern technology. I’m so glad this pandemic is happening now that we have the Internet and smartphones and the like. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to connect to my husband, my family or the wider community at all. I’m so happy this thing does connect us all in a weird kind of way.

7. Meditation. I use an app called Insight Timer on my phone for meditating, but I hadn’t used it in a while. Then I checked it out and saw they have a whole section devoted to overcoming fear in these weird times. I loved listening to some guided meditations.

8. A phone appt with my CPN from mental health. We had a pretty good session. We actually did get started on some cognitive behavior therapy like we were planning on. She’s also going to get me signed up for the eHealth module with the agency.

9. My husband. Yesterday I was suddenly overcome with fear that I’d never see my husband again or that he’d want to divorce me due to our inability to be together in this crisis. My husband reassured me that I won’t lose him. He’s so lovely!

10. My health. I almost forgot that this thing is about a viral disease that takes actual lives. I so far haven’t had symptoms of COVID-19, but I’m confident that when (yes, it’s most likely a “when”) I do get the disease, I’ll survive.

What have you been grateful for lately?

14 thoughts on “Gratitude List (March 20, 2020) #TToT

  1. I’m so glad you joined the TToT again today! These are strange times, but you are right, in many ways social distancing has actually brought out the kindness of others. I’m glad you are getting the services you need, and, most importantly, that you have the love and support of your husband! Have a good week! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so very much. I told my husband and may’ve writen here that I’m glad this thing didn’t happen last year. That did feel odd, since at the time I still lived with my husband so could see him each night, but I meant to say I couldn’t cope spending 14 hours a day each day alone. Thankfully my husband understands. I’m so glad for the services I do have now.


    1. Thanks for commenting. Well yes, I hope I won’t get COVID-19 indeed, but then again I’ve heard a certain percentage of the population need to get it for herd immunity.


  2. So glad that you are able to receive the kind of care that you need and want and that your husband is so supportive, understanding and caring.

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  3. Hey! Astrid! Good to ‘see’ you again.
    I agree, this internet/virtual world/blogosphere is a total life-saver. To be able to hear from people from around the world is so much better than having it described to me on a news show or magazine that is high on stress-inducing and low on things like gratitude shared among people who have seen better times and worse times.
    Have the best week possible.

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