Jeff has been going stir crazy here at home and decided to see if he was able to drive today while recovering from his knee replacement surgery. Luckily the knee replaced was his left knee, so as long as he could get himself folded into the car, he could drive. He was beyond thrilled to find that he could do it and proposed that we head into town to do some shopping and get some new supplies for his c-pap machine. Off we went!
We were able to find what we needed for his c-pap machine and also priced newer machines since his will have to be replaced soon. We also were blessed with a manual for my father's c-pap machine that we were given as a back up machine in case Jeff's failed. Hopefully we can figure out how to adjust the air pressure on that one so he can use it.
Next stop was Dollar Tree. This is where I started to see trouble ahead. So many of the shelves were empty. I noticed that the cleaning supplies, food storage products and things like medications along with shampoos and soaps were almost stripped bare. There were no hand sanitizing wipes or liquids to be found. Jeff and I picked up what we could find to restock our shelves and to up our supplies but there are still items left on our list that I am hoping we can find next time. Just a month ago, I could find most of these things, but not now. I am glad that I bought the wipes when they had them in stock before things starting ramping up with the covid-19 virus again.
We stopped at several other places, including Winco. You are required to wear a mask in Winco, which I am totally on board with. There are signs everywhere telling you this. Then I saw another sign that I had not see since things first started up with this virus and then disappeared for awhile..."due to limited supplies, please limit your purchase amounts of products" or something to that effect. Yes folks...here we go again. Things are about to get bad once more.
In my state we are required to wear masks whenever we are out in public and cannot social distance outside and must wear them at all times in businesses. Businesses like bars and restaurants are fearing that they are going to have to go back to just doing curbside pickups or shut down all together again just after they have reopened with very limited seating capacity. Our governor is saying he may roll back the opening phases due to the rapid uptick in cases. We are right on the Washington/Idaho border and both our county and the neighboring county in Idaho are reporting cases daily. They used to be sporadic, but not now. The county to our north is reporting huge numbers of new cases a day...things are getting scary once more. I know that many other areas are also experiencing huge upticks in numbers and it really is concerning considering how damaging this can be to your organs even if you are asymptomatic. Add to that very limited immunity time and it is a recipe for disaster. Yes, I do follow the latest information coming out from virologists and epidemiologists along with medical studies and trials from around the world.
I am sharing this in hopes that anyone who reads this will take heed and stock up on things that you need now before things disappear completely or things are hard to find. Please plan for shortages for months to come again. From everything that I am seeing and reading, we are in for another tough go of it with this virus and I also am concerned about shortages caused by the civil unrest in this country along with the safety of us all. Praying hard here.
*I just saw that our governor has now cancelled all indoor and outdoor live entertainment and moved my county back for gatherings of 50 back to gatherings of 10 or less starting this coming Monday. Other counties face even stricter measures and if the numbers don't go down, we may be back to our "stay home stay safe" order again which means only essential businesses and workers can be open and working. We may have to make another run to town and stock up on things like pet foods and a few other things sooner than planned.