March 3, 2022
I tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday. Serendipitously, when my close contact told me the news, I hadn’t seen anyone since my exposure, and my kids, Lili and Ronin, were at their dad’s place. I’m not going to lie, I am happy and somewhat relieved to get Covid-19 now, while Hong Kong lies sleeping. I felt fluey for about two days and had a lingering cough for another three.
I miss my kids. Normally, they spend four days with their dad and four days with me. I’m not sure I’ve ever spent this much time alone. I am grateful for family and friends who’ve kept me fed, entertained and laughing. But the disconnect is getting to me. If I didn’t have space in my house to sweat (which I know is a luxury), I would be much worse off mentally.
The fifth wave hit home when our teams at the restaurants started testing positive. The moral dilemma of what to do, how to be socially responsible, how to try and stop the bleeding from a revenue perspective, how to continually draft and re-draft policies and procedures, how to keep team morale high and fears low makes it hard not to spiral into negativity and despair. I have to say, the resilience of our leadership team is beyond amazing. Their ability to manage the younger staff, change operations and communicate effectively just fills me with gratitude. I’m a proud mom and I will forever defer to what they are comfortable with on the frontline.
I went through all the emotions and scenarios, which I assume are not unique to me. I sent WhatsApp messages to my travel agent and everyone I knew from my previous globetrotting life to see where I could escape to and how quickly. Then I slept on it.
When I woke up the day after the government almost announced the change in summer holidays for my kids, I just paused and decided to deal with it—to sit in it—and not run. Yes, I want to leave before we potentially go into lockdown. Yes, I’m anxiety-ridden when I look at the photos of the temporary isolation facilities floating around the internet. But Hong Kong is my home; my family is here. My teams are here. My people are here. And I’m going to go through it with all of them. I’m keeping a positive attitude while being positive :).
Don’t get me wrong: I checked all my travel documents yesterday to make sure they didn’t expire. — Lindsay
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