I thought I’d write a little update on how my family are coping with social shielding. Overall we’re doing well & our spirits are good.
My parents & I are shielding together at home. My older brother is social distancing alone at his house & my younger brother is social distancing with his girlfriend & her parents at their house. I do feel lucky that we don’t have any children to entertain or elderly relatives to worry about.
The three of us have spent a lot of time cooped up in hospitals together before so this isn’t an entirely new concept for us. We are definitely all relieved though that we’re in our home environment this time. We also have really strong relationships so are not getting on each others’ nerves too much or arguing, in fact I’m quite enjoying us all spending so much time together.
In terms of practical help, we’re very lucky. One of the village shops delivers us the newspaper each day, my PA who lives close by is keeping us topped up with fresh bread & milk and collecting my medications, my older brother is getting us any other supplies we need & we’ve managed to sort out supermarket food deliveries. The village butchers is also doing deliveries. I’m getting food boxes from the government which are really helping us out. We are disinfecting everything before it comes into the house.
I’ve always been quite a selective/picky eater due to my complex medical history & autism but this is definitely something that had been getting worse recently. I’m still not eating or drinking a wide range of things but I have managed to be a bit more relaxed with brands & types of food & drink while it’s difficult to get particular products.
Regarding socialising, I feel very lucky that I’m not shielding on my own. I’m not comfortable making phone calls but have been making use of technology to keep in touch with people & have even braved a couple of video calls with my older brother. We’ve also had a couple of chats with us sitting on the bench by the front door & a neighbour, my PA or my older brother sitting on a chair more than 2 metres away on our front lawn.
I’m quite used to not leaving the house for long spells but am pleasantly surprised that cabin fever hasn’t set in yet. My parents are each taking Fluffy Thing out once a day for a walk somewhere quiet where they won’t meet other people. The nicer weather has also meant we’ve been able to take advantage of spending time in our back garden.
Speaking of Fluffy Thing, he’s been a great comfort & distraction during this uncertain period. He also seems to be listening to me more which is lovely, I do hope it lasts.
I actually seem to be finding the current situation quite good for my mental health. I’m used to being stuck inside & not able to do much but this time I don’t feel like I’m missing out on things because no-one else is doing much either. And I’m putting less pressure on myself as I have no deadlines to do jobs by so if I have a worse day it doesn’t matter, I know I don’t have any plans for the next day so I can just do whatever I hoped to do today, tomorrow. And it’s nice not having to attend any medical appts or make sure I have to be awake by a certain time for blood tests etc.
I’ve recently had a better spell of health so have been able to do more things around the house in order to keep myself entertained. In fact I don’t think I’ve felt bored at all. I hope to write another post soon with some pictures of what I’ve been up to.
I had intended to put some kind of routine or structure into my days but my variable health doesn’t allow for that. However I have written down a short list of categories of activities & I try to do at least one thing from each category each day. And that seems to be giving me moivation & helping me make my days feel productive. I’m not beating myself up if I can’t do much some days though.
I really hope none of this sounds like I’m belittling the struggles of others because I know lots of people are finding times really tough. I just wanted to reassure my readers that we’re doing ok.
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