I was not expecting Baby's first pandemic to come before baby's first steps. Well, actually I have been expecting that since January but I am quite upset by just how terribly this is being handled. Hundreds of people packed out the bars for St Patrick's Day in downtown Boston last night - that's going to be a nice spike in about 10 days.
Six weeks ago I said to Rob that I hoped I was being crazy but I think it was time to start stocking up on a bit of extra tinned food when we went shopping. A week ago we pulled Euan out of Daycare, mostly because flu is still high here and I didn't want him catching anything that might require urgent medical care.
Daycare closed officially on Friday and we were given three hours notice to shut the lab down on Friday (only six hours after the e mail saying please be prepared to send your staff home in a carefully tiered fashion beginning Monday), which I managed remotely via Slack and my amazing team.
There is a chance I will be brought back in to work to run testing - I'm the head of our neurology biomarker core and can do all the things required apart from the initial steps that are related to highly infectious samples. I hope there is still time for substantial training if this ends up being the case. MGH requisitioned our unopened RNA extraction kits and qPCR machines on Friday.
I'm really glad we moved to a house with a garden and out of an apartment building with no green space. Euan is already fed up of hanging with just Mum and Dad, but we are going out for walks with the neighbours whilst staying two arms length apart from each other! He misses watching kids his age at daycare though.
Euan still hasn't rolled but he is super communicative and has an infectious belly laugh. His tummy causes him quite a few problems so I'm a bit nervous about starting solids, and don't know how many of them I will be able to get hold of over the next few weeks anyway! I've made some frozen first taste veggies and he did seem to like peas. Porridge gave him a funny tummy which was released in big style after some prune puree yesterday :) He is an incredible little person that likes dancing, asking "Did Daddy go over there?", and Colin the chameleon, and we are trying to mentally treat staying home as the maternity and paternity leave we always should have had. There are certainly blessings!
Finally, bit worried about the UK's approach to handling this - seems like a big gamble that has a small chance of a big economic payoff and a large chance of mistiming the shut down and resulting in hundreds/thousands of extra deaths. I can just see Boris and Advisors talking about the potential glory of managing this differently to everywhere else and it paying off...ugh.
I wish Elizabeth Warren were President right now.
How's everyone else doing?!