So I am meant to be off work this week. But my supervisor called me this afternoon in a bit of a panic, one of the other volunteers was having trouble with her p hone. She had nobody to do the calls that that volunteer was doing. So she asked me if I’d step in. I was free, I wasnt doing anything at the time. So of course I said I would do it. So I ended up working in the afternoon for about 2 hours making calls. It was a pleasure to do it for her. I wouldnt see her struggling to find somoene to do the calls, if I can oblige I will. The calls were easy, all of the clients were ok, It was great talking to them all. There was this one client, she asked me if I was knew. I said no, that I’ve been working for friendly call for the past 2.5 years. She then said to me how she finds it so hard to talk to people who she doesnt know. I could appreciate that. Because, I also find it hard to talk and open up to people I dont know, well especially in real life. So I did my best to put her at ease. She told me she was 73 and I told her that she didnt even sound her age. That made her laugh and she told me I made her day. But it was so true. There was no way I’d have guessed she was 73 years old. So I think we clicked after that. I enjoyed working today and there is a chance I may have to work tomorrow also.. Not sure yet but my supervisor said she’d call me in the morning if she needs me to work.
Everyone is applauding everyone but our children. These little heroes have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever known in their lives. Their whole worlds have literally been turned upside down. All these rules they’ve never known. A life they couldn’t have imagined. All the things they love like sports, being with friends, going to school, or just being kids have all been taken away from them. Adults talking about others becoming unwell, news reporting death after death. Our poor children’s minds must be racing. Every day they get up and carry on despite all that’s going on. So heres to our little heroes: today, tomorrow, forever.
so last night, our taoiseach, leo varadcar made an announcement on the news.
Not even sure if I spelled his name right lol.
but, he made a big announcement, about the future…and, I tuned in to watch it!
He said that our current lockdown will be extended, until may 18th!
After that things will start to slowly reopen. But, from now, until May 18th, people can go 5 Km from their homes, especially those who are coocooning!
You can either drive or walk 5 KM from your home!
Also, builders are going back to work, on the 18th, and garden centres and hardware stores are reopening!
They said on the news the lockdown will slowly be lifted, it is going to happen in 5 stages!
For now though, there arent many changes, other than the 5 KM walking driving one.
Ireland has been quite fortunate, given all that has gone on, we’ve had over 1232 deaths, and 20 thousand cases of coronavirus, but compared with some countries, like the UK and italy and spain and the US we’ve escaped a lot of it!
I think I can survive another little while, especially if the lockdown stops the spread of the virus, which it seems to be doing!
What are you doing during the pandemic to help your mental health?
Fandango has asked us to write a post saying who won the week for us. Each week he asks us to do this, his post is live each sunday, check the following link for more.
For me this week, it is the kind neighbours I have who won the week for me. During this pandemic my neighbours have been so awesome. My next door neighbour is always awesome, but she’s been even more awesome.
This morning, she rang me and told me about a helpline which is operating to help those of us who are vulnerable. She also gave me a link to a website which sells frozen meals, just in case I needed to buy some.
Other neighbours of mine have asked me if I need help walking Nitro.
They also always ask me if there is anything they can do for me.
I am learning there really are decent people in the world.
we now have 5709 cases of corona here in ireland.
We had 36 people die today frm the virus.
Our deaths total is now almost 300 people!
Its getting serious. Very serious.
We have been told there will be a spike in coronavirus cases over the next 2 weeks.
I am so nervous. My mom hasnt been out of her house in 5 weeks now.
Our government has said that restrictions wont be lifted this week, they were due to be lifted on sunday. Now they won’t be lifted until further notice.
Its still a very worrying time for all of us!
Our government has been encouraging people not to go to their holiday homes if they have them this weekend, but rather they should just stay home.
I hope people listen! Its imperative that people listen and follow the guidelines, to stop the spread of the virus.
Fandango has asked us who won the week for us this week? He says in his post…
Its time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think won this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
For me, this week, all of the front line workers have really won the week. Doctors, nurses, delivery drivers, all essential workers, they are all doing an amazing job of trying to keep everyone safe, healthy and happy. They continue to put their own lives at risk to help us. I am eternally grateful to them for their unwavering generosity and their willingness to help in this awful time of the pandemic. Without them we’d all be fucked. Thank you to those of you who work on the front line, your all amazing.