Yesterday, I got a call from my dentist. He wanted to know if I was able to come in at 11:30am to check my tooth. I told him I wasn’t in any more pain, the antibiotics helped, but I still wanted him to check to make sure it was okay.
When I arrived, I was the only one in the waiting room besides the receptionist. It was weird. This whole thing is weird. My dentist called me back, and he checked my tooth. he tapped on it, and it hurt a bit, but it wasn’t the tooth that I thought it was. He said, “Are you sure, it was the one you thought it was.” I said, “Yes, I was pretty sure, why?” he took some x-rays and actually showed me which tooth he thought it was. He said, I think either it is the one next to your crown. The filling maybe pushing down on that nerve, and causing some pain and discomfort. If that is the case, I am going to refer you to a specialist, or he is wondering if the tooth with the root canal is failing, but since I wasn’t in anymore pain he suggested I wait a week or two and see what happens. If I am still in pain, I am to give him a call and he can refer me, or give me some more antibiotics until the specialist can see me. I am not really all that worried about it right now. I just feel a little pressure no pain.
After the dentist, I went home. Andrew was out walking. I had a 12:30pm appointment with my writing tutor to discuss my seminar paper. The dentist was the big outing for the day.
Today, I am working on my ethics homework. I added some information to the google doc for our group project, and then I added some more quotes to my ethical dilemma paper, and sent it off to my professor for our phone call tomorrow. I am seeking one more round of feedback before it is due on Thursday. I feel confident about it.
Also, yesterday, I saw that my professor seminar class submitted her feedback on the draft that I sent her. This is the last round of feedback before the final submission that is due on April 13th. I will implement her feedback, and connect with my writing tutor. All I have to do is now write 3-pages of solutions, and 1 page conclusion. It is slowly winding down.
Earlier, I got out for a bit and took a walk with Andrew in our neighborhood. It is gorgeous outside. I am looking forward to seeing what this new week has in store.
At 4:30pm today, I enrolled in my last graduate class at the University Of Pittsburgh. In December of this year, I will have Masters of Education. I can’t believe it. Here we are. I enrolled in my last semester. It is crazy to think that this is almost over. I wonder what higher education will be like in the Fall? will we be able to return to campus? or not? I am not sure what to think. It is a weird time for higher education and to have a masters degree that is higher education centralized. I am interested to see how this is going to unfold.
At 10am, I had a virtual group meeting for project that we are working on for ethics class. We had to analyze this case study on GPA calculations and connect it to the readings for the week. Admittedly, I need to reread this case study, and start the readings. We devised a plan of attack and set the deadline for March 31st to having everything in the google doc. I am hoping it comes together pretty easily. We talked about how he constructed the rest of the class due to everything being in an online format. I am trying to remain optimistic. This week I feel like I am adapting to this new way of life. It is a little frustrating, but we are all in this together.
This morning, I worked virtually with CMU in the morning, but I put a call into my dentist. I noticed that I was sore and tender on the bottom left side of my mouth. I do have a huge filling there, and it may turn into a root canal at some point. He called me and told me that they just got word that they cannot perform any dental surgeries anymore due to the COVID-19 risk. They are encouraged to shut down until further notice. So he prescribed me 10 days of amoxicillin to eliminate any infection, and I am to call him if it gets worse. I had to cut my day short with CMU, but I plan to make it up this week. I got my prescriptions filled.
In the evening, I had my FaceTime call with my professor for seminar class and we touched base on what was next for the lit review and we talked about my meltdown, but I was better now. She told me that I will be okay, and I believe her.
I faced the music and tried to write something even better than what I had before I lost all my work. I sent it over to my tutor and received her feed back. I applied her feedback and sent it off to my instructor in time for Monday’s deadline.
Over the weekend, I worked on my ethics paper. I want to get this done as soon as possible. I had to work on a group project that is due the same day as the paper, so I didn’t want to leave too much for the last minute.
Also, Andrew and I cleaned the house from top to bottom, and went on some walks in the neighborhood. It is tough, but we will get through his.
I spent most of the morning and the past few days working on my seminar paper. I implemented my professor’s feedback, and my writing tutor’s feedback. I felt like I was in a good spot. I was in desperate need of a break, and Xed out of the window without saving my work. I was so annoyed with myself and so pissed off. I lost all that work. I sent a frantic e-mail to my instructor and we set up a phone call for Monday. My advisor sent me an e-mail to check in on me and I told him how today wasn’t a good day, but tomorrow will be better.
Andrew got word that Pitt is going to close to non-essential employees as of today at 5pm. Around 2pm, we went to CMU first, to get my personal belongings off my desk, and take home my work lap top, so I could remote in remotely. Then we went to Pitt and packed up his things and took home his two monitors, and some personal belongings. Andrew is going to work from home remotely for the foreseeable future. It is a weird time right now. It is like a death happened. Perhaps it is a death to the old ways of things. Our lives are going to change. When we got home, Andrew set up my work space and we took it easy the rest of the night.
All non essential businesses are closed. On Monday, I went for my last hair appointment before the quarantine. I received a phone call from the hair salon that they had to close at midnight tonight. When I arrived, the stylists were hard at work, getting as much as they could done before the close. It was actually a cool experience to be apart of. A woman said to the owner, can I buy you a bottle of wine? I want to do something for you.” The owner said, “No, just come back when this is over.” I was sad for the owner of the salon, but so glad to be there apart of this moment, where we are all pulling together and trying to do what we can for our small businesses.
When I sat in Misty’s chair she touched up my roots and made them darker, but still kept my light blonde ends. I wasn’t sure how long this was going to last. The government said two weeks, but just in class it was going to be longer. I decided to cut my hair short, and let it grow back out again, so it wouldn’t look ratty at the end of the quarantine. I am already looking forward to the end of the quarantine.
Monday was also 3:16 Day! When I was younger, I loved wrestling. I liked the stories, and of course Triple H shirtless! Monday was Stone Cold Steve Austin Day! Andrew, I watched as Stone Cold came down the ramp. There was no audience, so that was weird. However, despite the lack of audience, Stone Cold Steve Austin did is usual entrance, and then climbed into the ring and someone tossed him a couple cans of beers, he opened them, and tossed them back. The beer pouring down his mouth and on to his shirt. It was classic.
I used to be so obsessed with the WWE. I had a huge crush on Triple H. I miss those days. The good story lines. Now, I am not quite sure what is going on with the narratives, or who even the newer wrestlers are, but it was a pleasant distraction to what is going on in the world right now.
Andrew and I went to the gym yesterday, and they had every other machine roped off with a sign defining social distancing and trying to eliminate the spread of germs. I thought it was a good idea. There were very few people at the gym, but I tried to be considerate of my time on the machines, so others could use them. I think we are all in this together, and need to remember to be kind to one, another.
After the gym, in the late afternoon, Andrew and I decided to go to Primanti’s for green beer. Typically, one would not be able to find a parking space at this location, or a space at the bar. However, we were able to find both ,a parking spot and a space at the bar. We opted for one of the high top tables in the name of social distancing. We ordered our green beer and seemed to be the only ones who were drinking it. Until one girl at the bar was like, “hey, they have green beer!” It seemed as though everyone forgot that we should celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Recently, I found out my nationalities through a 23 and me test. I am British and Irish mostly. Also a mix of other nationalities, but mostly British and Irish, so I have to have at least one green beer. We ordered our sandwiches, and enjoyed just getting out for a bit. We were going to be inside for the most part of the week next week working from home. We still plan on trying to go to the gym, as long as it doesn’t close.
Also, I am over going to the store. It is barren anyways; no bread, no milk, no toilet paper, and no organic meat. We went this morning to see if they restocked their shelves. we bought fresh spinach and plan to freeze some, and some organic vegetables. We also managed to get the last bag of frozen organic chicken. It is madness.
I hope everyone is staying safe, using common sense and washing their hands!