I have been dying to get back to my blog and start writing again. And what a time to start back again with everything that's going on in the world.
As I'm writing this, its Friday April 24th 2020 and the world is still dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.
It started in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has now spread throughout the whole world. I'm not here to be a news outlet, but I thought it could be good to track where we are at now in terms of numbers, so I can look back at this in the future.
At the moment, there have been 2.79 million confirmed cases worldwide. In Florida, we are at almost 28,000 and in Miami Dade, we are at 10,000 confirmed cases.
But now I want to talk about my experience of this whole thing so far.
We started self quarantine on March 15th. This was well before it was recommended in Florida and even the States. But I saw what was happening in Europe having family & friends in France, England and Austria. It started to sound pretty scary, so we started to protect ourselves.
We started by being a little bit careful places, like with door handles etc. But we didn't wear masks to the shops until about 2 weeks ago, around March 8th. Then we wore the masks in the shops and now we even clean the products we get from the shops before putting them away.
I was pregnant during quarantine but had a miscarriage yesterday, on April 23rd (blog post coming about that whole thing), so I have been to doctor's offices, gynaecologist offices etc. But apart from that, we have only been to food shops & Subway once for a take out dinner - thanks pregnancy cravings!
In terms of day to day life, not a whole lot has changed for us. Jeremie still works 9-5 for his company in France. And I have obviously lost lots of work due to this. I haven't done a dog shoot since March 15th. I haven't done a yoga shoot since March 4th. But it can be normal for me to not photograph for a week or 2 and I spend my time working on websites, emails, Instagram and all the back end of my businesses.
The first week I was really motivated and spent the whole week working on a new project - Poochie Presets which is presets for dog lovers. I also created a website, around 10 presets (including travel & dog presets), I had 6 dog influencers signed up and really pushed hard.
The 2nd & 3rd week I basically spent on the couch. I saw everyone else online relaxing and not working hard saying things like "I want to take this break now so that when everything is back to normal, I won't feel tired and ready for a break", which I'll be honest, kind of made sense.
I also lost all of my motivation and desire to do anything apart from watch Netflix in my pyjamas.
Week 4 I started to feel a little bit better, but this was the week when I had my scan on the Wednesday and told that the baby was measuring 6 weeks even though I should have been 9.5 weeks, so I went from feeling good to crashing back down.
Week 4 and 5 I was anxious a lot of the time but trying to keep busy. I find that having a project keeps my mind away from what's going on. It also gives me motivation to do more than watch shitty tv shows.
And now we are on week 6. I had the miscarriage yesterday which I have been anticipating for 2 weeks so I'm taking these couple of days to recuperate and relax.
People in Miami and maybe in the States in general don't seem to be taking it too seriously. I see friends on Instagram having parties with friends. Going to each other's houses. Socialising as if everything is normal. I personally don't understand it.
Surely if you're socialising with 10 people, who are also socialising with 10 people, that's possibly 100 people who could contaminate you. Yes, you might be ok, but you also might not be.
I cancelled all my dog meet ups as I couldn't bare the thought of someone passing it on during an event and someone dying and it being my fault. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if someone died because I was being selfish. Does that make sense?
I don't know. I feel like the US needs to be in total lockdown for people to understand what's going on and to take it seriously. A bit like they did in France.
Although, saying that, I am very grateful that I can walk past the beach.
The beach has been closed for maybe 4 or 5 weeks now but we still see people sat there daily. They must hop over the huge STOP signs and orange tapes as they are obviously more important than the rest of us?! And that's only in Surfside. In Bal Harbour the beach was open until like 2 days ago.. and even now they've only closed about half of it. So people are sunbathing and swimming like it's normal.
And.. 2 days ago there was a parade for the Police, Ambulance & Fire Rescue to say thank you. Ok, I understand that you're grateful, but maybe we should celebrate once all this has died down, rather than encouraging groups of people to collect together.
It all seems a little mad to me. I don't understand why people are taking the risk, especially as the numbers are going up and up.
I personally hate being ill and would avoid someone with the flu if I knew they had it.. who wants to voluntarily catch the flu. But this is so much worse and way more dangerous, yet people are quite happy to get on as if nothing is happening.
Anyway. My bestie Karen was also meant to be coming to see us from April 1st to April 10th which obviously got cancelled. We had flights booked to Australia that cost us $3k which have not yet been cancelled and we think we might lose that money. And also flights to Chicago for June but luckily Jeremie was able to get a voucher for those.
We had a wedding planned in France at the end of August that we aren't sure we can go to, or even if it will still happen. And my grandma is turning 90 in September that I wanted to go and celebrate with her, but again, I'm not sure if flights will be open yet.
It's a very uncertain time for a lot of people. People are losing jobs, governments are having to send people money. Speaking of which, on my birthday we received our stimulus checks of $2400. That was a nice surprise to wake up with.
I think it's also been hard for families, single parents, people who live alone etc. One of our friends had to work full time whilst looking after a 6 year old and a 4 month old.
Myself and Jeremie have been very lucky so far. Jeremie still has his job and full salary, I am keeping busy with doctors visits and projects. We still have food in the shops. We can still walk around outside and enjoy some fresh air. Even though the whole world is going crazy, we have managed to find some sort of normality in our lives.
I also have friends telling me that their husbands are driving them mad after 2 weeks in quarantine which I can't help but find funny. Myself and Jeremie spend 24/7 together all the time, so this isn't a challenge for us at all and we love being together all the time. So it's funny to me that people can't spend 2 weeks with their husbands without driving each other mad.
I do find it sad however that people are complaining about their children. Maybe I'm more sensitive to this after losing 4 children, but I don't enjoy hearing people complain about having to "deal with" their kids. Some people don't realise just how lucky they are to have children. They should be counting themselves lucky, not complaining about them.
Anyway, rant over.
Covid-19 has been a weird one for sure. Like I said we are only 6 weeks in, so I'm curious as to how long this will last. I think it will be longer than everyone is expecting, especially if Trump doesn't do anything about it.
I also think it will be interesting to see how many divorces/separations happen at the end and also how many babies will be born in 9 months time.
How has Covid-19 affected your life, work, relationship etc. Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from people all around the world about how this is affecting you guys personally.
Let me know and I'll see you in my next blog post!