Now that RSV season is coming to an end (yeah!), I thought it would be neat to create a top ten list to reflect on some of the things that helped me survive these past 8 months of isolation. Hopefully this list will be a resource for parents who are new to isolation and wondering how they are going to survive this next season of their lives.
Before I start, I'd like to preface this list in saying that isolation wasn't really that bad. Sure there were moments (and many of them) when I wanted to pull my hair out. There were times when I found myself telling my husband that isolation was equal to a life in prison. And still, other times that I found myself not showering for days and wondering if I'd ever wear anything but pajamas ever again. But for every bad time, there were far more good days. Isolation has also been good for my soul- it's been a time to heal from our traumatic NICU days. Times when I was so overwhelmed and thankful for Pierce's life. Thankful for this opportunity to spend so much time with my baby. To soak up every ounce of his babyhood without the daily hustle-and-bustle most new moms face. And I must add, it only took me one trip out with a medically-fragile child to quickly see that staying at home beats the alternative (clorox wiping everything, sanitizing 546,769 times and keeping your baby's car seat covered at all costs).
And so, here it is. My list.
The top ten things that helped me survive our first RSV isolation. (click on the images to enlarge)
Life with Jack and check out their list of tips for surviving RSV season.