The Cranky Minion in Corona Quarantine…

Minions are beyond my usual scope. However, today I rescued this character from “quarantine” at the local opportunity shop and brought him home where he took over my chair and our toilet paper supplies. Don’t you think this face absolutely captures the dark side of the Coronavirus? He’s even wearing prison garb.

How is where you are living being impacted by the coronavirus? Is it affecting you personally?

It’s something we’re taking seriously at our place. I have an auto-immune disease called dermatomysitis and a complication of this is Institial Lung Disease. I have fibrosis in my lungs and my lung scans read like the contents of a vacuum cleaner. My health varies quite significantly and I can be pretty well and seemingly almost “normal”, to being very unwell and needing hospitalisation, which we’ve avoided before but won’t be under the current situation.

The difficult thing for all of us, but particularly those of us in a high risk category, is when to self-isolate. How long will it last? If I will be needing to isolate for a long period of time, I’d rather not isolate too soon. After all, there’s a slight risk of exposure atm where we live. It isn’t a dire necessity. However, I’m pretty sure it’s coming.


So, in the meantime, I’ve thrown a bit of humour at the situation. Had a laugh. Been creative.  After all, what’s the alternative? Getting grumpy and wiping out your opponents at the supermarket? It’s hard to be positive under these circumstances, especially when your life or income are imminently at stake. However, isolation in 2020 is not as painful as it used to be. We only need to jump onto our computers to connect all around the world, or even locally if we’re in enforced isolation. It might not be the same as face-to-face and as an extrovert who loves being with people and misses my friends, I feel it. However, it is something I’ve been doing for around 4 weeks or so each flu season and it hasn’t killed me yet. On the other hand, a bout of pneumonia came very close and it took a long time to get back on my feet and that could also account for the fibrosis in my lungs.


Most importantly, doesn’t let it get on top of you, and if you’re finding it getting too much, please speak to someone. A trouble shared, is a problem halved.

Best wishes,


10 thoughts on “The Cranky Minion in Corona Quarantine…

  1. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much , Dan. How are things at your end atm? The world is a crazy place , mostly due to prevention so far but things in Italy are bad and the virus needs to be contained.

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  3. Tails Around the Ranch

    People have lost their damn minds here. The panic buying, the politicizing of everything, and watching people engage in conspiracy notions would be entertaining if it weren’t so terrifying. I keep asking where did common sense and decency go?

  4. Rowena Post author

    I haven’t had much contact with the outside world over the last couple of weeks so haven’t been exposed to much myself. My aunt who lives in Fremantle told me that people from wealthy suburbs invaded their supermarket for supplies as they live in an area where people can’t afford to stockpile. That was pretty off. Apparently, they stood out a mile. My husband rang me earlier to say that Macquarie Uni is shut down from tomorrow and people are to work from home. That’s great news for us as it will keep him out of circulation and significantly reduce my risks of catching it. I’m not sure how well Geoff would fare if he caught it either. He’s quite run down and could use a few weeks at home to recover. It will be interesting to see how we go living in each other’s pockets 24/7.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Thanks fort that, Tom. You’re right about that. Geoff rang me today from work to say they’re shutting down Macquarie Uni and asking people to work from home. That’s a big call but it also makes thing so much safer for us at home. I hope you’re all right there and take care as well. None of us know how this is going to pan out but I think it’s going to surprise us. People catching it we don’t expect. I suppose you’ve heard that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have it and are out here on the Gold Coast. That surprised me. It looks like treatment isn’t too far away so here’s to isolation, disinfectant and fingers crossed.
    Best wishes,

  6. Tails Around the Ranch

    With the quarantine isolation, I hope we find ourselves again as a people. We’ll need it more than ever. I heard where in the evenings, people in Spain’s cities come out of their homes and applaud as a tribute to first responders. Is that not one beautiful gesture? Stay well, safe and keep smiling.

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