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3/29/20
Still on "lockdown" - tho as a nurse, I'm still working and getting paid. Rumors abound of $100/hr agency gigs, but I think I'll stick with my little old ladies. We don't have any viral illness at our facility and we're trying to keep it that way. I'm doing a lot of video chatting with the families of our residents, since they can't visit.

I forget where the quote is from, but it's true: "a person is smart; people are stupid." And they are. Stay indoors, stay away from other people, don't cough on the vegetables at the grocery store. This virus is going to get 80% of the US population, so the goal is to stop overloading the hospitals all at the same time. And don't get me started on the asshole in the White House telling lie after lie, and pitting states against each other.

3/20/20
Still here!

So two big things going on: I'm engaged! And there's a worldwide pandemic going on.

Azou and I decided to get married, and he's going to move here. He had to fly back to France because he was here on a tourist visa, and thanks to the worldwide pandemic, we can't travel back and forth right now. I cancelled the trip I had planned for next month, rescheduled it for August. Hopefully I'll be able to travel by then. Anyway, we put together the application for a K-1 fiance visa, and today I mailed it off to the Customs and Immigration folks. After it gets approved (which can take 1-6 months when you know, the government isn't preoccupied with anything else), he'll be able to move here and we can get married. Then he applies for a green card and work permit. Luckily I have friends who've gone through this exact same process, so I have a lot of support.

Never thought I'd get married. Huh. There will be plenty of struggles, we have some hurdles to overcome, but honestly? I'm so happy right now. I did give some thought to moving to France, but I would have a hard time working there. I speak French and Spanish, but not fluently enough to work in healthcare. And I'm so well-versed in my field here, and the nursing and government regulations in LTC/SNF nursing, that it would be a big challenge to work in France. Not ruling it out, but since he works in IT (and speaks four languages fluently!), it'll be easier to live here. But first... paperwork.

Second drama: coronavirus. Spreading all over the world, and quickly. I have no faith whatsoever in the President to actually manage anything, I highly recommend tuning him out. As a nurse, I'm an "essential worker," so I'm not in any danger of becoming unemployed. We are under strict precautions at work in terms of restricting visitors and screening all staff and vendors. We do not have any cases at my facility.

Wash your hands, stay home, do not overload the emergency rooms.

-catherine

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