What are you doing to pass the time while your shut in at home?
Well it has happened! We are now officially in lockdown!
The government made an announcement early this evening.
All schools are closed, they said until April 19th, but I’m pretty sure it will be for longer than that.
We’re not allowed to gather in groups of more than 4 people!
All non essential businesses are closed! Restaurants, cafe’s, everything is shut down!
Grocery stores are staying open, but we arent allowed to go out unless its absolutely essential.
They said we’re in this for the long haul. This could go on for months is what they said.
There is a law now that if your in a taxi, you have to sit in the back seat. You cant sit in the front.
Police are on the streets, manning the public parks, and other amenities.
I’ll be staying home, not gonna go to my parents. My PA said she’s still working, and unless that changes, I’ll be staying put.
I need access to good wifi, to do therapy, and my conference calls for slimming world.
So thats where things are at. I am anxious, very, very anxious. My anxiety has hit an entirely new level.
The only thing we can do now is sit tight, and wait, wait for this to pass, and as our local media here keeps saying, it will pass. It wont go on forever.
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 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!
So I decided that I need to go home to my own house. I need to be there, living there. I am afraid if I dont stay there something might happen. The house might be broken into! Plus I need to heat it up! So I just need to be there and so I am heading home today. I dont have much food in so on Tuesday I’ll have my PA Frances take me grocery shopping, after I go to slimming world. I’m sure its going to be a nightmare going to the store, but I really dont have a choice, I need food. I’m kind worried about getting in a taxi today, but I figure I will just wash my hands really well afterwords. I also have to go in a taxi tomorrow morning to see Eileen, hopefully taking good care of hygiene will be all that I need to do. I will be working from home every day this week. I can work far more efficiently if I am in my own house, not in my parents house. So I just need to do this, its the best thing, and I’m only going out if I have to, or need to. The reason I’m still going to slimming world is that if I dont, I’ll still have to pay the 9 euro it costs to be weighed, so I might as well go. But other than going to therapy, slimming world and getting groceries I wont be going anywhere this week. I’ll be staying put.
Well, it looks like we might be headed for self isolation. Our local health service hasnt said it yet, but slowly but surely they are stopping things. For one thing all of the saint patricks day parades have been canceled. Then today I got a text from our gp’s service to say walk in services were canceled and you can only go if you have an appointment. Then, my supervisor from friendly call rang me to say that she’s stopping visits for a few weeks, I usually visit my friend norma as part of my work with friendly call since Norma is a client of their service. Anyway, visits are now stopped, and Brenda said the HSE which is our local health executive has said that the friendly call staff may need to work from home, and if we do we’ll have to call a couple hundred more people who arent even on our services, that is, if we’re all in self isolation. It is looking more and more likely that we may actually have to go into quaranteen for 14 days. Its a scary thought. But if we do, I hope we’ll get notice, as I need to stock up on food, I also need to go on my slimming world group on fb to see if the class is canceled tomorrow. it probably is. Also Dr. barrys office might be on lock down as her office is in a medical facility that went on lock down this afternoon. I tried calling her office but I got no answer, so I’ll have to try again tomorrow and see if I get an answer then. My apt is supposed to be this coming wednesday. I wonder what is going to happen and if we’ll all end up self isolating. I think it wont be too long and all of the schools will shut down for a few weeks also. Another few cases 2 I think were confirmed last night here locally. All we can do is wait and see what happens I guess.
In The volunteering I do, there is a lot of outreach work associated with it. So my regular followers know that I work for an organisation locally called friendly call, we have a client base, who are vulnerable, elderly, isolated and living alone, ill, mentally ill, etc. As part of our work, we do things sometimes for the clients, it isnt just daily phone calls we provide for them. We have also been known to cut their lawns, bring them shopping, do home visits, in fact today my supervisor brought a client to macdonalds for lunch. My supervisor is awesome. She goes way above and beyond what she is supposed to do, what her job description says. She really is a great community development worker which is what her title is. If we werent doing those things, our clients would have very little support, so its good we’re able to provide them with the extra support. It feels so good to be able to help someone out. I really do feel great every time I finish a shift at my volunteer job.