So our little country is locking down to reduce the spread of the Covid 19 virus. I suspect like everyone else affected by this horrid outbreak, I had no idea when I first heard the name “Corona virus” that it would have such an impact. Two nights ago I had a text message from the NHS confirming what I had already read: my Crohns puts me in the vulnerable category, and that I am to stay at home. As I’m sitting here in the safety from the outside world, I have a chance to reflect on the state of things.
With so much uncertainty, all we can do is take things one step at a time. I don’t think anyone can really know how long this will go on for, and how much it will directly impact us. We can’t know for sure what long term repercussions we will experience once the virus itself calms down. So as I’ve been telling myself and saying to Sarah, all we can do is keep calm, and take things one step at a time. We will get through this one way or another. That said: as much as I’ve managed to keep myself conciously calm, I know that subconciously I have been worrying. Its unavoidable in such uncertain times. The physical symptoms I’ve been experiencing have been is a really tender stomach, as well as physical and mental exhaustion. When its been getting worse I’ve made myself go and have a lie down to rest. It’s been so important to give myself these little periods of respite to allow my body to recover.
I can’t write this without a shout out to the front line staff. Huge amounts of praise should go towards the shop workers, medical staff, emergency services, carers and anyone else who is out working right now. It takes so much courage to carry on, and I’m certain I’m not alone in being grateful to and humbled by these people.
Once this has calmed down, and life returns to some form of normality, it will be interesting to see if society will change at all. Will we shop differently? Will we interact differently? Will our sense of cleanliness be any different?
Thanks for reading people. Stay safe.