When It Rains It Pours

I’m unfortunately not talking about that episode of Star Trek DS9 – it’s life in general right now. Not only is there a global pandemic that is crippling society and tanking our company and already caused my wife to lose her grandmother and her job.. now we got cancer in the family as well.

So now I’m gonna be one of those people who say – FUCK CANCER! Fuck it hard!!! Statistically it’s kind of amazing my family has been spared this long and I always assumed it would hit me because… well, not only am I the most expendable of the lot (in my opinion), I also live my life the least healthiest with all the chemical stuff I put in my body not to mention the red meat and then some lack of physical activities on top of that and sitting in front of a computer all day long, I thought it was a given! This fear is why I’m going to our local doctor so much and why I’ve have had two MRI scans in the past year. Both came back negative. But our luck had to run out.

We’re thinking of you and hoping for the best and let me know if there’s anything I can do!

This Corona Thing

So how are you handling this Corona thing?

Back in January even I thought China would manage to contain it. Neither the previous outbreaks had any major impact on life as I knew it. Even in the middle of the SARS outbreak I flew to Singapore without much hesitation because I had a job to do. But when we saw them building a hospital in what can only be described as panic I realised this would get out of hand. And boy did it ever!

But it didn’t take long for our CDC (“Folkh√§lsomyndigheten”, or “FOHM” for short) to tell people to work from home if possible. Which I gladly did and I’ve been to the office maybe four times in as many months. And working from home definitely has its challenges that I’ll make a separate post about. But I was still hoping it’d blow over rather quickly so we could all go back to normal but “little did I know” right…

In the middle of March my wife’s grandmother fell victim to our society’s failure to protect the elderly and she passed away which was a big shock to everyone because she was quite the iron lady and we thought that after a week of not getting worse that she’d pull through but unfortunately not.

So we, as in our family unit of 3, started doing our best to minimize the exposure. Not seeing as many people, not going out on many trips or excursions and staying home as much as possible. But the cabin fever of being home this much, especially when working from home, is rather intense and I’m so thankful that FOHM hasn’t instituted a lockdown in Sweden!

But by early April everyone realised how bad this situation was and all companies that were effected by this were allowed to give their employees a paid furlough – working from 20, 40, 60 or even 80% while retaining most of the salary. I wasn’t effected by this as I’m apparently that vital to our IT ops but most of my colleagues went down to 40% or less. And it also effected my wife’s work since people aren’t going out for coffee that much and B2B sales got hurt by everyone working from home so she went from working 5 days per week to 2. Which meant that for 3 days she was home while I was working from home which made it even more interesting.

In early June we finally got tested for antibodies which was negative so as it turns out, we just had the normal flu back in February.

Unfortunately that wasn’t sustainable and eventually there had to be downsizing. I survived the first round of layoffs but my wife didn’t so she’s soon out of a job. That sucks, not only because she’s unemployed but because this was a job where she worked with a product she loves – coffee.

But so far we’re in good health. Well more or less anyway, we’re not suffering from Covid at least. But I know 6 people that have had it and 3 of them are still suffering from fatigue, shortness of breath and heart arrhythmia, scary stuff to say the least so I’d rather sit this one out.

So right now we’re still doing the best we can in little family unit, limiting our exposure, shopping as much online as possible and trying not to go out unless we have to.