It has been over six weeks now since lockdown started in Britain. I understand why it is necessary but I’m fed up.
How are you bearing up?
I’m really glad I’m no longer a GP. Dealing with the corona issues on top of the 10 hour days is difficult enough, but coming home after this to clean your house every day, having difficulty buying food and toilet roll, with no social life and no holidays would be unbearable. So that is a relief.
Due to my heavy workload, my social life was never that great, but I did usually have one or two things to look forward to each week, and this was enough to keep my batteries topped up. I have several holidays booked this year and the June one has been cancelled. Time will tell with the others, but even if hotels, cruise lines and airlines open for business, will the ones for my particular holidays get out of this intact? Will I ever see the money again?
The most important thing is that no one in my family or extended family has suffered ill effects from the virus. I am reasonably sure that I got covid on 5th January this year, along with several police officers with whom I work. I am keen on getting the antibody test when it becomes available.
I do dread my son Steven getting the virus because of his type one diabetes. Diabetic ketoacidosis seems more of a threat than the respiratory issues. So we work and shop carefully, isolate as best we can, and hope that when we get it, there is a ventilator and staff available if we need it.
I am fortunate to live in a lovely area of Scotland with access to country walks on my doorstep. I also have a garden and my four cats. I feel terribly sorry for people stuck in flats and people in nursing homes.
Digital technology has been marvellous. We have been playing quizzes on Alexa, watching Netflix and Amazon Prime films, and watching some of the National Theatre productions and playing games on the Oculus Quest. Steven and I have even been playing table tennis with each other even though I’m in Mauchline and he is in Leeds.
I hope you are all coping. I am worried for Rick, because he was going off to get his spinal surgery before the virus kicked in and I don’t know if he has come through it alright.
Best wishes to you all. This is a marathon, not a sprint.