The world was awash in the coronavirus pandemic, starting in March 2020 and is continuing today. This required people to make numerous adjustments, learn new ways of acting; gaining a new vocabulary and calling for our ongoing patience. COVID-19 became the dominant news story and consumed lives and resources beyond our expectations. It also shifted from a public health crisis to a political debate, further dividing our country.
This memoir traces how this author dealt with the restrictions imposed to help us cope with the virus. What quotidian activities were unaffected, and what changes were made? This book reveals challenges that were met and interests that were pursued.
Then, as one of the millions of people affected by this disease, the author describes becoming sick with COVID-19 and the hospitalization he subsequently experienced. The struggle to breathe and the care of medical personnel marked the long days of this crucible. In particular, the author found himself unable to pray in the throes of this illness. It was a jarring experience amid a life of faith. Even the at-home recovery is chronicled with the efforts required to return to an active life.