Remoteness in the Time of Coronavirus
May 18, 2020
Long time Aging Life Care member, Edith Bayme, discusses her feelings on staying at home, her clients, and the solace she finds in ceramics.
As a seasoned care manager, this pandemic has forced me to stay in like everyone else. My husband and I are both working from home. He is on the verge of retiring and trying to work with a new technology called Zoom. I work in another room trying to keep up with my old clients and realizing the challenges of this virus doesn’t always have solutions for them.
Our caregivers, on the other hand, often don’t have these remote options and work with the challenges of traveling to and from clients. My heart goes out to them, and at the same time, I have the ethical dilemma of sending them out to new clients with whom I have not had the opportunity to do an in-person interview. I may very well be sending these caregivers into situations that would expose them to harm.
To help cope with that sense of helplessness, and after trying to declutter a bit, I focus on my pottery. I have designated a larger area in my apt (in my office) to a partial studio. I attend weekly classes (on Zoom) with my Lehman College classmates and realize what a privileged life I lead, not having the same worries about graduating or having loved ones in the hospital on ventilators. I have been going to clay for more than 3 years as a source of artistic inspiration and solace. I give all my pieces away to family and friends. For now, the studios are closed and not available, so my pieces are piling up awaiting firing in the kiln.