Day 1 of self-quarantine: Morning temperatures. Mom: 98.3. Me: 97.9.

A fever is one indication of coronavirus, although a person can have the virus without a fever. I take mine and mom's temperatures at least once per day. Mom puts on a show like I'm annoying her but there's a twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes that tells her truth. 

A lot of people I know are employing this simple technique to try and get ahead of the virus. While coronavirus remains very much a mystery as to how it attacks, when and whom it infects, and how it shows itself (if at all), taking our temperatures daily is something easy to do and, at least for me, makes me feel proactive. Knowing that mom and I don't have temperatures makes me feel a little bit less helpless and eases the burdens of the day. 

Day 4: Mom: 98.2. Me: 98.1.

My friend called to say a co-worker has the virus. Take your temperature, I barked. I don't have a thermometer, she said and explained she had tried to get one from a store, on-line, but none were to be had. I told her we can share mine. (I wipe the thermometer with alcohol before and after each use, although the other day I mistakenly used eye makeup remover. That has alcohol in it, doesn't it?) She declined, but I am on call, ready to spring into action, thermometer tucked into my proverbial holster, ready to draw.

I know taking our temperatures will not prevent the disease from infecting us. I know if I take mine and mom's temperatures and they're above 100 degrees, we might have the virus. A thermometer cannot prevent it or cure it. So far nothing can cure coronavirus but still this little action calms me, especially when I get results like I did this morning. 

Day 6: My temperature was 97.7. Mom's was 98.1.

This from the CDC website: The CDC considers a person to have a fever when he or she has a measured temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or greater, or feels warm to the touch, or gives a history of feeling feverish. 

However, like my friend's situation, many do not have thermometers. The CDC recognizes this and states: Even though measured temperature is the preferred and most accurate method to determine fever, it is not always possible to take a person’s temperature. Other methods of detecting a possible fever should be considered such as self-reported history of feeling feverish when a thermometer is not available or the ill person has taken medication that would lower the measured temperature.

Also, the CDC advises, to look for the following: the person feels warm to the touch, and the appearance of a flushed face, glassy eyes, or chills if it is not feasible to touch the person or if the person does not report feeling feverish.

Day 7: Evening temperatures. Mom: 98.6. Me: 98.2.

Join me and mom in the Daily Temperature Challenge (DTC). Take your temperature and your loved ones too, each day. Wait at least twenty minutes after you eat or drink before inserting the thermometer under the tongue. Post it on line, or text a DTC Buddy with the results. My sister is my DTC Buddy.

If you don't have a thermometer, while you feel healthy take stock of how you feel and look. Place your hand on your forehead. Look in the mirror. What is your skin tone? How do your eyes look? Perhaps use a fever scale of 1 to 10 and write down the results. 1 would be no fever. 10 would be on fire. Prepare to recognize the signs of fever by sight and touch. Does your forehead feel warmer than usual? Do you look flushed? Are your eyes glassy? Do you have body chills? Has your fever scale results changed? Each day post your results, or share them with your DTC Buddy. 

If you need a DTC Buddy, my sister and I are available.

Day 10: Mom's temperature is 98.2. Mine is 97.9.

So far so good.

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When Joanne Lewis is not practicing law, she is writing. She pens murder mysteries, historical fiction and historical fantasy books and is the author of several award-winning novels. As an author, she hopes to entertain, to educate, and perhaps to enlighten. As an attorney, she is most proud of her work as an assistant state attorney and as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children.

Her books are available on Kindle, as paperbacks, and as audio books.

Her latest release is Bee King, a historical novel that is about the first person in the United States diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and takes place from the start of the Civil War until 1910. Just like the people who inhabited Five Points in lower Manhattan during the 1800s and the turn of the century, Bee King traverses the pentagonal streets where abolitionists battled copperheads, immigrants clashed among social, religious and political strife, and doctors and psychologists strained to help patients. Told in Five Points (sections), Bee King is dramatized through conventional literary devices as well as through newspaper articles, a manifesto, and other non-traditional tools.

The Forbidden trilogy consists of the novels: Forbidden Room, Forbidden Night, and Forbidden Horses. Forbidden Room is her best-selling novel.

In Forbidden Room, the first book in the Forbidden trilogy, new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer?

Forbidden Night, the second book in the Forbidden trilogy, delves further into Michael and Sara’s complicated relationship, as well as into Soldier Boy’s psyche, into their family histories, and into the creation of the carousel horses. The question posed in Forbidden Room, the first book of the Forbidden trilogy—Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer—is answered.

Forbidden Horses, the final book in the Forbidden trilogy, travels to the eighteenth century and takes place in Austria to reveal the troubled history of the creation of the carousel horses.

Michelangelo & Me is a series of five novellas in the genre of historical fantasy.

In the first book of the series, Michelangelo & the Morgue, seventeen-year-old Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to capture a serial killer who is murdering the artists of Florence. In Sleeping Cupid, the second book, Michelangelo’s believed-to-be lost statue narrates his journey from fifteenth century Florence, Italy until the present day where he lives in an attic in a sleepy Florida town. Future books in the anthology include Space Between, School of the World and Michelangelo & Me.

The Lantern is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.

Wicked Good, a different kind of love story, begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen-year-old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred, and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during the Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.

Make Your Own Luck is the unforgettable and moving novel of Remy Summer Woods, a young attorney who refuses to believe thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.

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