Awoke by Louise Gallagher Unseen stealthy like a stream invisible to the world above the earth weakened by its waters flowing underground permeating my thoughts with dark forebodings of what might be if this tiny invisible to the naked eye microbe found its way under my skin. This fear invisible and stealthy has stalked my thoughts for a year now clouding my senses eating lustfully at my joy and banishing those I love from my presence. It is waning this fear lulled to sleep like sleeping beauty pricking her finger on a needle jabbed into my arm protecting me from its presence. It is waning under the influence of one jab of hope flowing free as if kissed by a prince awakening beauty from the spell that cast her asleep for a hundred years. Awoke I walk buoyed up by a powerful potion casting fear into the waters of life flowing free of fearful thoughts of what might be if this tiny invisible to the naked eye microbe found its way under my skin.
Since getting my vaccination a couple of weeks ago, I have been thinking about this fear that has stalked my thoughts like an invisible intruder for the past year.
I can feel it easing, feel the lightness of being present without its presence shadowing my every thought… what if I get it? What if my beloved gets it? Will it be the end of us?
One jab of the needle changed all that.
Now, the knowledge that even if one of us gets it, the likelihood of death or hospitalization is greatly diminished has replaced the fear.
There is hope. There is possibility. There is life.
I am grateful for the thousands upon thousands of researchers, scientists, biologists, epidemiologists, doctors, nurses, lab technicians, pharmaceutical companies and everyone involved in making my ease of mind and breath possible.