Day 10/14: Food for thought

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Tyler Wells, Contributing Writer

The 10th day of quarantine marks the beginning of the end; this is the final stretch as the end of the 14 days approaches.

I have reached the point where I am no longer shedding the virus (according to doctors) cannot spread it. I also believe that I haven’t personally infected anyone else, which is something that I am very proud of. It shows that quick thinking and taking care to disinfect and be smart has really worked out.

Technically, I would be able to leave isolation at this point. However, because of my housemate being asymptomatic and waiting the full 14 days, I am forced to stay home through the weekend.

For my current situation, the most difficult thing that I am now dealing with involves food and eating. I have a fairly limited supply of food in the house, and that slowly dwindles every day. In the past week, I’ve had just about the most chicken tenders and frozen pizzas I’ve had in my life.

I am someone that relies heavily on the dining hall at school; I am not a great cook and I love having different options for as much as I need. Looking back on it, being removed from this has been the hardest adjustment.

Unfortunately, since I live off-campus I wasn’t able to get any of the meals that the university provided for students in quarantine.

The combination of being sick and not eating as much is usually a recipe for disaster, but I don’t feel like it’s taken as bad of a toll on me. I don’t know for sure, but it doesn’t seem like I have lost a ton of weight, especially in an unhealthy way.

This is just the nature of the situation though; you have to find some way to look forward and make it through the days. It isn’t the most fun by any means, but it gets the job done without having to rely on ordering food every day. At least I do have stuff to eat.

Because of this, I am left to bowls of Cheerios and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The only unfortunate thing is that I’m running low on milk.