T-SQL Tuesday #126 – Do What You Can


It’s that time again for T-SQL Tuesday! This month’s host is Glenn Berry (b|t). He’s organized a Folding@Home (FAH)  team for SQL Family to help with biomedical research. We, as a world, are in the midst of a SARS-CoV-2 (also referred to as COVID-19) pandemic. For many of us, this pandemic has changed many aspects of our day to day life. Glenn’s invite asks us what we are doing as a response to COVID-19.

These are interesting times indeed, and many of us are trying to do what we can to help. I’m really thankful for those that are able to help during this time. My sister-in-law has been busy sewing masks for her family and community. A friend of mine printed a face shield for a nurse I know. In addition to Glenn Berry using FAH, Tim Radney (b|t) has also been 3D printing ear savers for healthcare workers. This is all amazing work!

I wish I could say I had been as altruistic or as helpful. I’ve been focusing on ensuring that the loved ones in my house are relatively unaffected by quarantine life. There’s been a number of changes in our house. The largest of changes is that I have been working from home for the past five weeks. While we did start on a project to add on to our house, that project is still underway.

Working from home full-time is a change in and of itself, but to do so while also having a construction underway in the house has been an additional challenge. There have also been two high school students that have been at home going to school. Our house is not large, and we’re doing the best to make do. I’ll be honest, I wish I could say I was doing more to help those outside of my immediate house but that wouldn’t be accurate.

My focus has been on keeping us comfortable while not taking others for granted. We have our face masks from my sister-in-law. And a friend of ours 3D printed a face shield for a nurse we know. The nurse is a good friend and has been performing COVID-19 testing as one of the drive-thru locations in our area. For those at home that are working to keep your family and loved ones fed and cared for, you are doing enough. I know I am trying to do enough. These are not usual times, and if we can accept that then we can accept our own best efforts.

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