I’ve been on #COVID lockdown with my 3 kids for 365 days

It’s been a rough couple of days. Friday, March 5th marked the 365th day of COVID lockdown for us. It’s hard to believe that an entire year has passed us by. This time has had a significant impact on us both physically and emotionally. A great deal has happened inside of this last year but the only thing that truly matters right now is that everyone in my home is safe.

There have been tremendous sacrifices made in order to get to this point and while they weren’t easy, I’m thankful that myself and my kids are safe.

At the end of the day, we’re still here and I can’t express the heartache I feel for all the people who have died or lost a loved one due to COVID. All I can say is that we will continue to do our part and focus on following the science, so we can be a part of the solution.

Moving on..

I wanted to mark the occasion with something because I’m so proud of the kids for handling this as well as they are. In a million ways, this has been harder for them than it has been for me.

I decided to surprise the kids by ordering dinner. They couldn’t agree on what to order, so I went through our Doordash history and found something from about six months ago that everyone enjoyed. I didn’t tell them what it was, hence the surprise.

Our food never arrived. Doordash showed it was delivered but it wasn’t delivered to us. I obviously complained and I got a full refund, plus some credit for next time. That was very cool of them and I appreciate that.

Turns out, our food was delivered to someone a few doors down. When they found it on their front porch with my name in it, they walked it down and let me know what happened. That was really nice of them and I totally appreciate the honesty.

Our meal ended up being free. Once they had refunded the order, they weren’t going to charge me again and they said because the order was delivered to the wrong address, the refund stood.

When it came to rating the driver, I opted not to rate them one way or the other. I wasn’t going to lie and say they did a great job, because obviously they went to the wrong house. At the same time, I figured that everyone makes mistakes and I had already been refunded, so no harm no foul. I’m confused as to how this was screwed up because our addresses are really that close and mine is very clearly labeled.

Anyway, I went to bed that night not feeling well. I woke up around 4 am, sick as fuck. Elliott was still awake (I’ll talk about that in another post) and happened to walk into my room as I was desperately trying not to vomit. He brought me my trash can and not a moment to soon because I moment it hit my hands, I got sick.

It’s a weird point of personal pride that I hadn’t puked since at least 2014. I absolutely hate puking and the handful of times I’ve been close along the way, I managed to fight through it.

I don’t know if it was food poisoning or what but I felt like shit. After what I’ve dubbed, the great purge, I was exhausted and passed out. I woke up around noon the following afternoon and felt much better. Mr. Elliott had stepped up and ran the house while I was resting. If he had questions, he called his mom and she guided him. There wasn’t really much to do but I’m really grateful that he has such a good head on his shoulders.

This has been one of my big fears in regards to being a single parent. What happens if I get sick? When Lizze left the first time, she was gone for about two years. I was sick one time at the very beginning and then I was fine the rest of the time.

Lizze has been gone since August of 2019 this time around and we’ve been living through a global pandemic. This is the first time I’ve been sick and I feel lucky that it hasn’t been more than that.

It’s always made me nervous that I could get sick and not be able to take care of the kids. I imagine that’s something any single parent would worry about. Thankfully, it’s not been a problem and I feel good knowing that Elliott can keep things moving if I ever do get sick. Again, super proud of him.

I’m pretty much back to feeling myself this morning. I was okay yesterday but didn’t eat much. I’m definitely better and preparing myself to take on the coming week.

My goal for today is to make a grocery list and get them delivered early this week. I think the boys have a short school week ahead because of teacher in service or something. I don’t currently have any interviews scheduled this week but that may change. I’m currently working on something with St. Jude and the Cleveland Clinic is slated for later this month. I’m pretty excited about that.

With any luck, I’ll feel good enough to workout this afternoon. I missed yesterday and I’m hoping to get back to it today.

Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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Rob, I hope you feel better soon. Spring is coming soon.

I’m sorry for how hard it’s been. I haven’t set foot in a store for a year. I am sorry for your anxiety over your kids. If something did happen to you, there are family members who would step up for you. Between Lizze and her family, and your family, they would be loved and cared for. I hate to see you so worried. But from what you yourself say, there are others who love them. Maybe you can comfort yourself when you are especially worried.