What a crazy couple of days that it has been. I know that many people are anxious about what is happening in the world today. For me, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous about what is going on. Everyone is talking about the Covid-19 virus, the 5.7 earthquake that happened in Utah, how to wash your hands, and how people need to stop buying mountains of toilet paper. I get it. It’s like an actual zombie apocalypse has hit us. Except we’re not turning into zombies. We’re all turning into couch potatoes. #NetflixAndWashHands anyone?
I have been working my typical schedule since I am part of the healthcare industry. Believe it or not, social work services are considered to be part of the healthcare world! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what I do for work so I thought I would take advantage of blogging today because I have decided to self-quarantine today since I woke up with a sore throat, sneezing, and a stuffy nose. I’m pretty convinced that I am just having bad allergies since I was around a cat yesterday at a client’s house. Hopefully, that’s all that this is. I’m keeping the faith, jamming out to some awesome live Instagram tv (big thanks to Keith Urban, Coldplay, and John Legend) while blogging right now, and taking this time to self-reflect.
So, let’s talk about social work. I have a degree in Sociology. I had the hardest time deciding what I wanted to do in college. I always knew that I wanted to do some kind of public service thing but there were too many things to pick from. I bounced around from teaching to nursing and social work. Eventually, I got to the point where I had too many credits and it somehow all added up to a sociology degree. Since my degree is so flexible I can literally go work for any company I want. It’s a long story with how I got into the work that I’m now doing (another blog post coming soon!).
The past couple of years, I switched tracks and left residential treatment (with the exception of a few months of last year) because I felt really burnt out. I found a new job as a program manager. I was over staff and clients who had disabilities. I think of that job often and miss it very much. I learned a lot from that job. There’s a whole another world in social work when you work with those who have disabilities. It’s something I’m truly passionate about.
Right now, I’m working for a company that receives funding to support those who have disabilities under the coding for independent living services and supportive living services (ILS and SLS). I have the flexibility to make my own schedule. It’s really nice being able to not have to work on the weekends, and to take time off whenever I need to. I do have to be very careful with how I manage my time. Each client that is coded for ILS and SLS is given a certain amount of independent or supportive living hours each month that has to be fulfilled.
For example, say someone has 12 hours a month to receive services. I will go meet them and stay for three hours once a week to fulfill the requirement of the services we provide. Or if someone has 100 hours a month I will go spend 25 hours each week with them. It’s nice being able to have a little flexibility in my schedule. I have a full case load which means I am working full-time.
The services that I go and provide are really simple. I assist clients with cleaning, grocery shopping, managing finances, and other daily tasks. I really enjoy it. However, with all of the craziness that the world is facing with the Covid-19 it is really nerve-wracking going to people’s homes to provide said services. It’s hard to help those who have disabilities fully understand how severe the situation of the Covid-19 is. I’ve explained it to all of my clients in the simplistic terms that I can and have given them the option to refuse services if they want to participate in social isolation. Most of them have said that they would still like to receive services. I’m doing everything that I can to not stand close to clients, and not touch more than what I have to.
Washing my hands, using my last bottle of hand sanitizer (I still need to find more…honestly, stop buying it people. Other people need some!), and trying really hard to not touch my face. I’m taking loads of vitamins, and regularly washing my clothes to make sure that I’m not exposed to anything.
On social media, I see a lot of people complain about not being able to go out and do things because we’ve been asked to self-quarantine. From someone who can’t do that because of my job, I’m asking you to take it seriously. Those who have autoimmune diseases are at risk. The elderly. The disabled. The healthcare workers. We are all at risk. I’m not a nurse or a doctor. I’m a social worker that falls under the umbrella of the healthcare world. Stop making jokes about the virus. Stop rationalizing that you can go out and get a quick coffee. Stop rationalizing that you can go out and do whatever you want to do. We’re just in the beginning stages of this thing that is about to explode in the next few days.
No one has the answers on how long this is going to last. But I do know this: It is better to be extra cautious rather than not. I realize that so many people are feeling really anxious and fearful because of this situation and are having a difficult time coping. Sometimes it’s hard sitting with ourselves when our lives are interrupted. But have faith friends. We’re just about to witness a really cool thing in history. President Nelson has said to have faith. To look up. To trust God.
God is truly in the details of our lives. I know that it may seem like He isn’t but I know that He is. Too many things have happened in my life to doubt this. From the times that I’ve struggled with my parents divorce, to the times where I was convinced that I was never going to get over a breakup, and so much more. There is too much evidence in my life and in the lives of those that I love to doubt that God isn’t in the details. He is truly in the details of our lives. I have no doubt of this. I have no doubt that we are witnessing the beginning stages of the second coming of the Savior. There is so much scriptural evidence that points to this. Perhaps I’ll do a separate post on this (leave a comment if you want to see that). All I know is this: Now is the time to have more faith than fear. Now is the time to trust in God. Now is the time to pray, study the scriptures, and keep your heart centered on the Savior.
Have faith friends. We’re about to witness an incredible time of history so buckle up.