Welcome back to another Mobility Monday.
How is everyone doing? I know some of you reading this will be in self isolation and I hope you rest well and recover as soon as possible.
I know some of you reading this are worried you will need to self isolate at some point over the next few weeks/months. I hope that you stay strong and well throughout this but if it comes to isolation, I hope you’ll be safe and supported.
I know some of you reading this may have gone out and ‘panic bought’ loo rolls, soap, hand gel, painkillers, tinned food, baby milk, nappies etc Maybe you were one of the ones who contributed to mass-clearing the shelves in the beginning or perhaps you felt forced to buy more and more, as everything started disappearing from even the smallest corner shops. I don’t blame you for it. It’s scary. People like to talk the talk about helping others in need… others without… but in the harsh light of an emergency, this selflessness is often lost, then others are forced into taking actions they wouldn’t normally, too.
How am I doing? Pretty rough to be honest. I’m worried for our immunocompromised household. I’m worried that my beautiful little boy who has already had pneumonia twice in his short 8 years (along with the ‘flu after having the ‘flu spray) will fall devastatingly ill, yet again. I’m worried for my family and my wonderful friends. I’m worried for the vulnerable in our society.
But I’m not worried about isolation.
You see, as a person with severe mobility issues, I’ve been ‘isolated’ many times before. In fact, I’m unable to leave the house right now as I’m in very high pain levels after getting stuck on the toilet Saturday morning with excruciating back pain. I don’t know what set my spine into OMG-kill-her mode, rather than just constant mid to high level pain but here I am again, dealing with having to rely on others to leave the house for me, not knowing if it’ll be days or weeks until I’m well enough to do so. I’ve also been unable to leave my house due to accessibility issues with my flat numerous times as most of you know, alongside (due to our terrible immune systems) having to self isolate due to having chicken pox, scarlet fever and ‘flu. I’ve seen a lot of memes about isolation being an introvert’s dream but for many of us with chronic illness it’s already a pretty common occurrence in life.
We usually keep our cupboards stocked well because of this, we have done for years now. I have meal ideas and quick, simple things to fall back on when I inevitably have to drop the care of my family and myself onto my wonderful husband or if we need to live from our cupboards and freezer. I have amazingly supportive parents just round the corner. I have a wonderful Lith-Tech wheelchair to help me drag my body from room to room when needed. It’s still difficult but I’m extremely lucky.
There are lots of people out there who don’t have the privileges I have. Food banks are severely struggling due to lack of donations. Families and elderly people who aren’t able to bulk buy along with everyone else are missing out on essentials due to items being panic bought in huge numbers. Chronically ill people who use chemists and supermarkets to buy painkillers, vitamins and suchlike to try and help ease the burden on NHS prescriptions aren’t able to buy what they rely on day to day. Fights are happening in supermarkets over toilet roll.
I don’t know what the next few months will bring but I urge anyone reading to please try not to panic. There is a huge difference between purchasing to be prepared and frenzied stockpiling. Please try to think of others, as well as your nearest and dearest. Think about what you’re buying. We donated to our food bank last week and plan to do again when I’m well enough to leave the house. If you’re able to, perhaps you could do the same? Maybe you could check up on some elderly people in your hometown? Or join in with any local schemes trying to help vulnerable households during these uncertain times?
Stay well, stay safe, stay humble.