Welcome to the recount of day 3 of my government regulated home quarantine (As per 21/03/2020).
There was an influx of so many encouraging messages and I’m truly grateful for all those who expressed their support in these trying times.
Days 1 and 2 were pretty short, I was jetlagged, crushingly relieved to have made it home and tired from the extremely long and arduous journey.
When I woke up on Day 3, I knew something had to change. While in France, I used to walk a fair bit, whether it was within the apartment, or outside (Before the virus situation, afterwards we were confined) and my body protested lying in bed all day long.
The first two days had been spent playing online games with my family and video calling. But on Day 3, I made a small list of tasks I could do.
I started with unpacking my bags. Now, for those who don’t know much about the quarantine, everything you carried from your journey must be confined with you. Either that or every item has to be heavily sanitized, I was carrying almost 2 years worth of stuff and I wasn’t going to ask anyone to unpack and sanitize that.
What’s the issue then? The fact that I had packed in a hurry meant most of the stuff was packed where it could fit, not where it should be for ease of usage. This meant, to find my packet of instant coffee, I’d have to root through three suitcases and my backpack. Oh joy!
It took the better part of an hour, but I got through it and finally, everything I would require in the immediate future was kept outside. I also pulled out auxillary items like a bag for putting clothes for the laundry in, a small tray where I could organise my items since I’m not allowed to open any cupboards or drawers.
Once done, the suitcases were neatly packed away and shoved into a corner where it wouldn’t get in my way. Then, I sucked it up and swept the room to within an inch of its life.
Not many people know this, but I like to walk barefoot in my home and I absolutely hate it when there’s dirt on the floor. (Yes, I live in Mumbai and a bit of dust is inevitable)
Now this is going to sound weird, but the next thing I did was shove my earphones in and briskly walk all around the bed for about half an hour while listening to some of my all time favourites. Yes, it sounds weird, but you can’t sit on the bed for 14 days straight.
Not only is it unhealthy, it builds lethargy and fatigue. You want to come out of the 14 day quarantine symptom free, but you also want it be able to move your hands and legs. So even though it is odd, if you’re in a similar situation with limited space, make the best of it. Evasive maneuvers folks, evasive maneuvers.
Interestingly enough, I’ve also started dedicating time to my blog, which lay dormant for about 2 years. So many people from varying parts of the world view, comment and like the posts, it’s a bit overwhelming.
So well, yesterday also was a rather frustrating day. Not because it was weird, but because it was so normal.
I had a short lapse after O woke up from my afternoon nap where I felt like I could open the door and go help my mom out in the kitchen before I remembered I was quarantined.
I’m not putting this up for sympathy, but because it’s okay to have such lapses as long as you don’t act on them. This is for people in the same position as me, for whom a normal life as it was before the virus situation is so easily within reach, but you have to make the conscious decision to wait a while longer for that to be confirmed.
Another important factor I’ve forgotten to mention in the last two days is the periodic temperature measurements I take.
I take one at 10am, 5pm and 10pm. I also maintain this on a Google Keep note to keep track of any sudden rises or dips. There are none so far and my temperature has been well within the normal range. I also try to keep the time synced so that any small rises or dips due to time of day will be smoothed out. I’m not a doctor, I’m an Engineer so I’m doing my best with what was given to me.
As always, I’ll end this on a positive note and urge anyone reading this to stay indoors. You are the characters we shout at in apocalyptic movies, the characters that are the most cautious stay alive, the rest, well go watch an apocalyptic movie and you’ll know.
Stay indoors as much as possible and ventilate your homes to make sure you get that stale air out. Like I read on the internet yesterday, this is the one time we can save the world by staying indoors and streaming on Netflix, don’t botch this up!