The saga continues…
Today was a low day. I was in a bad mood; Claire didn’t want to do her elearning and Avery was her normal stubborn self. I had little patience for the whining about the same stuff and bickering. I did not win the “mom of the year” award for this day.
Avery did get to see her classmates for a crazy story time. It’s actually very hard to have three to five year olds sit still and video chat. There was a lot of talking and story telling from the kids. You could definitely tell they were all excited to see each other.
We also built a fort, watched more Mo Willems and watched the Cedar Falls Library story time.
We played outside a little bit because it was sunny but there was a brisk wind.
PPE donations from China arrived in Denmark; 5,000 visors, 5,000 suits and 500,000 masks. Research began on a drug called Senicapoc. It is being researched to see if it can inhibit ARD and lung damage caused by COVID-19. The National Board of Health also announced it wants to begin testing 10,000 citizens a day. It is a huge increase from the only 3,000 a day Denmark is currently hitting. Universities and researchers across the country were also reaching out to the government to say they can conduct more tests and faster. An article stated that some researchers believed they could test the entire population in four weeks.
Unfortunately, there were reports that health care workers were being told to go to work while sick. Even if they had a cough and hadn’t been tested. With the dwindling PPE supply, this was a huge concern for many.
The numbers on Day 15: 1877 infected, 386 hospitalized, 94 intensive care, 41 deaths.
Fridays=short school days. Claire finished her elearning early and had a blast doing her math games online. She absolutely loves them!
She also got to video chat with one of her teachers. I think these chats are very important to her and I’m thankful her teachers found the time.
Unfortunately, the girls did not like the rest of the day because it was…CLEANING DAY!!!
The mean mom made them clean their rooms. One may have snuck into my bathroom and found the lipstick…
SSI (sort of health institute) announced it had developed a faster coronavirus test and planned to deploy it ASAP. The Danish Health Authorities stated that they had made mistakes and will continue to do so since this is such a new and confusing time. Over 115 charges were posted for congregations of over 10 people in 24 hours. Danes must stay separated!
The numbers on Day 16: 2046 infected, 430 hospitalized, 109 intensive care, 52 deaths.
We escaped our home! It was an absolutely gorgeous day. The winds were light and the sun was shining. We ran to the forest.
A lot of other Danes thought the same thing we did but everyone was sure to keep their distance.
It was just me and the girls so I was a little paranoid (especially about the electric fence along the trail). But we did have a great time being away from home and in the outdoors. The girls climbed a tree, swung on some makeshift swings and found the perfect walking sticks. It was so lovely to get out.
I did not check the news this day. I needed a break. While I think it’s important for myself to document what is going on and staying up to date, I felt this was a good day to relax. We enjoyed the outdoors and a movie that night. A well deserved break from the happenings of the world.
The numbers on Day 17: Did not record.
A cold front had tracked through (see that KWWL viewers. I still say tracked). It was a chilly day and it was breezy. We decided to spend it baking! We made gluten free sugar cookies. While the dough solidified, I cleaned and the girls played together. Another mellow day.
There wasn’t much to report on with the news. Volunteers and donations have been supporting local hospitals and health departments throughout Denmark. The police also reported that speeding had increased by about 10% across the country. So we were all reminded to slow down.
The numbers on Day 18: 2395 infected, 499 hospitalized, 131 intensive care, 72 deaths.
A day of video chats. Avery had her class story time. Claire had a class meet up and a play chat with a friend who had recently moved from Denmark. The elearning continued just fine. Avery learned about ladybugs and we made a hilarious hat for her.
After her elearning, Claire turned on the hot glue gun and made her own little craft. It is a sock puppet named Vipey.
The girls also ended the day with a sleepover together.
Big press conference! The prime minister announced that the curve appeared to be flattening in Denmark. The infection rate had been halved. However, the Department of Health said restrictions must remain in place to keep this successful flattening curve going. If the numbers continued this way, a gradual reopening of Denmark would be possible after Easter. A very structured and gradual reopening.
Hospital patients were starting to be redistributed across Denmark to ease Copenhagen hospital which is the hardest hit. Health staff were expected to begin antibody tests.
The numbers on Day 19: 2577 infected, 533 hospitalized, 137 intensive care, 77 deaths.
Today’s elearning consisted of me being interviewed by Claire. I had to share three things about myself and they were: I broke (or tied) numerous track records at my school in high school; I was an on-air meteorologist; I have seen three tornadoes (all in Iowa I might add).
Avery learned about the dentist and how to care for her teeth. She also partook in animal yoga.
The fort was put back up and they spent a lot of time reading in it.
I did not take many notes on this day. I guess the day after the big press conference didn’t have a lot of news.
The numbers on Day 20 : 2860 infected, 529 hospitalized, 145 intensive care, 90 deaths.
Art day at school. Claire hates art day. She is critical of her artwork and doesn’t believe it is good enough. So yeah…it was a rough day.
BUT! Something amazing also happened today. You see, we have this bar in our house. Lately the girls had just been using it as their “coffee” shop. Avery has a toy that dispenses water into a little cup, very similar to a Keurig. The girls add M&Ms to the water and like to make their dad and I colored “coffee”.
Avery was running around with our remote control (from Iowa) and talking on it like it was a phone. When she walked over to the bar, she pushed some buttons on the TV remote control and managed to turn on some LED lights that we had, up till this moment, been unable to turn on. The girls spent the rest of the day pushing the buttons and changing the colors of the lights. Disco anyone?
Claire also learned about a Danish Easter tradition. It involves making gækkebreve or snowdrop letters. In the USA, we would call it a paper snowflake. On the snowflake, one writes a poem. Instead of signing your name, you write dots that correspond with the number of letters in your name. The letter is then delivered (anonymously) to a neighbor, friend or family member. They, in turn, must guess who sent it. If they can’t, they owe the sender candy. If they do guess correctly, the sender owes them candy.
Unfortunately, we don’t really know our neighbors and live quite a distance from the school and classmates. So Claire dropped it into our mailbox for her dad to find. He was pleasantly surprised but guessed it was from her right away. She doesn’t have to give him chocolate though…
Translation: My name is very sweet, like sugar but not quite.
I also received a head and foot massage that night from two little helpers so Day 21 turned out to be a pretty alright day.
A video app was introduced to Denmark for general practitioners to see patients in need of non-emergency care. Danes were urged to continue to call their doctors for non-coronavirus issues as well. The health department had noted a significant decrease in phone calls. Many health professionals were concerned other diseases were going unchecked.
A lack of PPE continued to be a concern.
Danes with mild symptoms were told they could be tested especially:
-people with close relationships with others in risk group
-people who can not isolate
-those in contact with infected
-people with key functions to society
The numbers on Day 21: 3355 infected, 525 hospitalized, 146 intensive care, 104 deaths.
So this blog is a week behind. I’m actually finishing it up right before Easter. But a huge press conference happened this week that announced Denmark will be sending all elementary and younger children back to school. There will be stricter rules in place that schools must follow. The 10 person ban also remains in place so schools are planning to adjust. I’ll have a lot more in my next post but I know family members may be reading this and wondering about our girls.
The school they attend has decided to continue with the option to do online learning for the next few weeks. We have decided to go that route. Avery’s class will not do online learning but I hope I can continue to supplement at home.
In the coming weeks, I really need to hammer home personal space. Claire is a huge hugger and I am telling her every day that she can only hug her family. I sing “Happy Birthday” over and over with Avery as we wash our hands. I try to explain how everything will be different once they go back.
I’ll have much more detail on how different in my next post….