My days just seem to blend into one another. Being on lockdown isnt helping any. I am just at home all the time, now, and sometimes I dont even get dressed, like yesterday, I stayed in my pajamas all day. Shame on me. I know I should make more of an effort to get dressed but I figure, whats the point?
Today though I will change that. I have my PA coming at 9 this morning, and I am going to take Nitro out for a walk. We’ll go out for half an hour. I hope we dont get stopped by the police, they are stopping people now and asking them where they are going and how far they intend to go etc.
Nitro needs a walk and so do I. I neeed the fresh air.
Other than that I work today. I thought I’d have next week off but again my supervisor asked me yesterday if I am ok to continue on working for another week, and I said I would. I wont see them stuck and with the pandemic they’ve gotten a lot of new referrals now.
Self isolation is so difficult. I have up and down days but I am trying very hard to just be ok. My friend Pat called me last night, and he said he’s feeling very depressed and he’s sleeping a lot. We talked for a while and I think it helped him to just chat. It helped me and I said I’d call him again this evening.
I literally havent seen anyone since sunday except for my next door neighbour and my PA. And thats how its going to be for a while yet I’d say. After my Pa leaves today I wont see anyone again until she comes back again next week on tuesday morning.
But I am thankful its the weekend, I do love weekends, even though nowadays every day seems like a saturday or sunday.
It feels so surreal
Each day my clients tell me
How they feel
Each day I listen
While on the phone
To their worries
And their fears
They tell me
It helps to talk
I am glad to be able to be there
To help them through
I feel lonely too
But I dont tell them that
I keep it hidden
Keep it to myself
Isolation is a horrible feeling
I dont tell them
That I too am vulnerable
I too have both a disability
And a mental illness
Just like many of my clients
I too have issues
But I have to keep them separate
So I can continue to work effectively
Hard as that is
I had some sad news today. I was working and making my calls, I had a new list of clients to call this week, so I got to one lady, we’ll call her R. I rang R’s number, and her son answered. He told me R passed away yesterday. She’d been very sick for a long time, and she’d been in hospital for about a year, but he said she came home last Tuesday from the hospital. She died peacefully at home. It was a huge shock. R was so lovely. She loved the chat and would always look forward to our call every day. I felt so sad upon hearing the news. I spoke a little to her son and told him what a character she was. I think he felt better talking to me. I told him I’d tell the supervisor and that she’d be in touch. Its going to be a big loss. I felt so sad all day after hearing this news. It really shook me up. Its part of my job, I mean its happened before that clients have passed away, and it never gets any easier to hear it. I hope R is at peace now. I’ve been thinking about her all afternoon, she’s been in my thoughts and I said a prayer for her family and especially her son who I spoke to today. Its just so so hard to lose one of my clients. It made Monday very hard for me.
I work for an organisation called friendly call. It is an organisation here in cork. Its run by the cork city partnership. The idea is that we ring those who live alone, are vulnerable or isolated, chronically or mentally ill, or elderly. We ring them each day Monday to friday to check in with them. At the moment there are over 200 clients recieving a dily phone call from the volunteers and we have around 30 volunteers. We’re working from home right now due to the corona outbreak. We can also go shopping and get stuff for our client if they need it. If you are living in cork, you can either self refer or you can have your gp, public health nurse, family or friends refer you to the service. Dont worry, its confidential. You are not alone. If you need help, or to chat to someone, give brenda Barry a call, Brenda is the boss and she is in charge of the friendly call service. Go ahead and call her. Her number is
She’d be happy to set you up with a daily call straight away!
We’re here to help!
Dont feel you have to do it alone! We all need to be there for each other at this hard time!
I just love my sister. She’s such a huge help to me. With my mom having to stay home just in case she catches the coronavirus, my sister came over today to my house and cleaned my yard, she cleaned the dog poop. And she washed dishes, cleaned my kitchen, hung out laundry and did a couple other things. We had a good catch up. She came over in between jobs. So she was going on to work after stopping by at my house. She stayed here for about an hour. It was nice to see her. Other than my PA on Tuesday and my slimming world consultant on Monday, I havent really seen anyone other than my next door neighbour. I dont know when I am going to see my mom again. For now I need to just stay home and not go out. Its hard, sometimes boring, but it is what needs to happen. I wont see anyone now until Friday morning, when my pa will come again. I’ll have to go out then which will be nice. I am nervous about leaving the house, but today during our therapy session eileen encouraged me to go for small walks if I could. She said its good to get resh air. I agree it is. I worked this afternoon. I made my calls and that went well. All of my clients were in a good space all except one who was feeling very down and depressed. I think I cheered her up though as she said she was delighted to hear from me. I rang my supervisor after I finished my calls to give her an update. She said next week we’d be changing the lists around so I would have different clients to call next week. Thats good as I think if the same client had the same volunteer every day for weeks on end it would get boring. right. Am off to make a coffee now and then facetime my friend sarah.
I think the coronavirus is making everyone stay home!
I had my PA here this morning, and I had to go out to the ATM to get money, and then I had to go to aldi to do a little bit of grocery shopping. I decided to walk to the store and the ATM machine, its about a 15 minute walk from my house. The roads were deserted! There was one car came by when we were walking there. I took Nitro with me, he needed a walk. We got to the ATM and it wasnt working, but luckily there was another ATM nearby. So I did get my money in the end, which is a good thing as I owed my PA 25 euro because she’d brought me some stuff from another store. I got my few bits in aldi, and then we got a taxi back home. While we were in aldi, people were patting nitro and giving him lots of compliments. There were only a few people in aldi also. I didnt put Nitro’s harness on, so I was thinking maybe one of the store employees might say something to me about him being in the store, but they didnt say anything. He was really good, he was so calm, just walked calmly by my side. When we got home we unpacked the food, and then my PA did some housework for me. She vacumed, mopped the floors, did dishes, washed my bed covers, and wiped down all of my surfaces with a disinfectant spray that my dad made for me. I bought vegetarian sausage rolls, they had sage and onion stuffing in them and so I decided to cook two of those for an early lunch. They were delicious, I really enjoyed them and will definitely be buying them again. I didnt even know aldi carried them. It was only by accident that we saw them and I decided I’d try them out. My PA just left about 10 minutes ago, and now I’m going to start work soon. I’ll work for a couple of hours making calls. Then after that the day is my own. I’ll read, and watch tv and enjoy relaxing at home. I think we’re going to be on complete lockdown soon from the corona virus. My mom said she thinks the government is easing us into it. I dont know but it is looking likely that a complete shutdown will happen soon. Its just a matter of time as to when that is. My PA offered that if I need anything that I could phone her. I was very grateful to her for the offer. I will only do it if its absolutely necessary, as she doesnt drive. She said if I needed anything she’d get it to me somehow. I’ve decided I’m going to buy her a voucher and a box of chocolates for easter just as a little thank you to her for everything that she does for me. I know its her job, but she’s really good to me and I really appreciate it. She goes out of her way to do extra around my house. She also always makes sure I have what I need, she will sometimes pick up my meds, and she will buy stuff for me and bring it to me if I need her to do that. She wont see me stuck for anything. She deserves a voucher and a box of chocolates. Its nice to show your gratitude to people especially if they’ve made life a little easier for you. Well I think it is anyway.
I am participating in fandangos challenge of who won the week!
For me, this week, my supervisor from friendly call won the week!
Why? Because she’s doing so much work in the community to help vulnerable people!
Due to corona virus, we’re all self isolating, and working from home. My supervisor has asked us to ask all of our clients when we talk to them, if they need anything, and if they do, she’s asked us to contact her and she’ll get whatever they need to them!
So that means going shopping, braving the crazy lines, crazy stores to get whatever they may need!
She’s a saint, IMO!
She just wants to make sure the elderly and vulnerable people in our community are ok! I commend her for that!
We all need to try harder to be more neighbourly and less about me me me all of the time!