On The Cusp of A New Year: Part One-Reminiscence and Prognostication

By a trick of the calendar, I will be posting on the Soulmate Author’s Blog for consecutive Mondays. Today is Part 1, and we shall see what happens between now and January 11. Reading the blog posts of my fellow Soulie’s over the past few months has been both a comfort and escape. No one should feel alone during a pandemic.

The bookending of a most (ahem) extraordinary year is quite a challenge since, for most of us, not much is happening since we’re in varying stages of a “pause.” But for sure, we can all say that none amongst us could have predicted that 2020 would unravel the way it did. And the hangover will last well into 2021 as we all retrace, bemoan, and process and try to exorcise the course of events that unfolded–and continue to unfold.

My “day job” is in public health, and despite being in the trenches on the front lines, I have successfully survived the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, the H1N1 (Swine) flu and Ebola pandemics. I did suffer two bouts of seasonal influenza many years ago when vaccines were not as readily available, and I can honestly say I understood both times how people could die from the flu. I contracted pertussis from a patient, even though I had been vaccinated, and no one could figure out what made me so sick until much later. There are lingering effects of that pertussis that I have never been able to shake.

COVID-19 will not go away, but will likely turn into a moderately tamed beast by some ilk of antibody or antiviral treatments. But the cornerstone will likely be a yearly vaccine tweaked to contain the latest variants circulating around. The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 spurned yearly seasonal vaccinations. And there will be many who will turn both down (at their own risk), but once a significant number of individuals are vaccinated, COVID mutations will return with along seasonal epidemic episodes of influenza like the H1N1 influenza virus has done.

I surmise that it will take some time for the PTSD effects to wear off for what is likely to be more than a year of quarantines, restrictions, and COVID precautions for the general public. And there will be something akin to PPE dependance disorder amongst health professionals that have been so traumatized by the chaos and death toll during the first wave of the COVID pandemic that they’ll never be able to stand down.

COVID-19 has been a game changer, and for some, a wake up call. The resilience, ingenuity, camraderie, and secondary social effects have created a greater appreciation for family, friends, and a kindness and forbearance that I certainly hope will linger long after the mandates, shutdowns, and restrictions are lifted.

I never imagined my life in 2020 would be so different. As I write this, all of my grown children are home for an extended quarantine Christmas interspersed with weekly COVID tests, and without seeing my extended family and dear friends. New Year’s 2021 will arrive without Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve from Times Square.

Writing has created an outlet for nights I was too distressed to sleep, or when I needed to escape into a fictional world I could control. I finished a new novel and am midway through a second. I’ve had significant nonfiction, including a personal essay on activism and an academic paper, published. My writing has always paralleled current events, and 2020 has been no exception.

The Widow’s Walk contract was extended, and I am very pleased that all three of my SMP novel series will remain in the nest. And that I will remain a very happy Soulmate Author. Stand by for Part 2, or pass along a suggestion for the January 11 topic.


About caroleannmoleti

Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Mother. Writes fantasy because walking through walls is easier than running into them. Writes political commentary, memoir and creative nonfiction because....I am not a well behaved woman.
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5 Responses to On The Cusp of A New Year: Part One-Reminiscence and Prognostication

  1. viola62 says:

    Thank you for the wise words on COVID. My husband is a scientist and says very much the same things about the “taming of this beast.” He also warns that New Year’s 2021 will not be a miraculous time of healing. The “cure” will not come immediately. We need to soldier on and follow health guidelines.

    • Thanks for reading and responding. Yes, near normal is in sight, but I suspect some accommodations may be permanent. I have heard saying “Bless You” when someone sneezes was coined during the Influenza outbreak in 1918.

  2. sueberger3 says:

    Thank you for all that you do as a health care professional and as an author. I am so impressed that you got writing done! I got very little done but I did send out several submissions. I know this will end and so I am not too worried about what I did or didn’t do. I believe there will be time enough in my future. I wish you all a happy and healthy new year with lots of mental comfort. I discovered Bedtime Stories. Who knew they could put grownups to sleep?

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