We’ve had a very quiet morning, my P.A came at 9 AM. She just did some housework for me, and she went to the store to get me some coffee, I had run out of it and god forbid I run out of coffee, that would not be good. I let her take Nitro out for a short walk, I didnt go. She finished up with me at 11:30, and then I started making my calls for work. I got them all done within an hour and a half. I had some lunch and now I am bored. I’ve just taken a shower, and am about to turn on the TV to see if there is anything good on it. I went outside to talk to my neighbour for a short while. A big bumble bee almost flew into my hair, so I quickly made an exit and went back inside. As you all know I am totally nervous of any flying insects, but especially wasps and bees. I talked to my mom and she’s doing some gardening. The rest of the day here is going to be spent reading, watching tv and cooking dinner. 3 days into lockdown and I am almost going insane. My niece Lauren should have been making her confirmation today, but that was cancelled until further notice. Oh well, it is what it is, not much we can do about any of it. We just have to hang on, and hold tight.
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.
My sister works as a health care assistant. She goes into peoples homes and cares for them. Last week she started working with a new client, and, today her job called her to tell her that the client in question was in contact with someone who had coronavirus.
Needless to say my sister is very scared now. She was so stressed out when she came over to my house. The girl who called her from her job, wanted to know if she was happy to continue going in to the lady, as she’s showing no symptoms, of course, my sister said that no, she wasnt comfortable doing that. and she wouldnt continue to go to her house and work with her.
They told my sister that the lady will be in the clear once march 31st rolls around, if she still hasnt shown any symptoms. I really really hope my sister is going to be ok! I hope she doesnt have it, because she’s been in contact with me, with our parents, and with her own family and her other clients from her job.
I am very anxious now, and so worried!
I do not want to catch this virus! And I dont want any of my family members to have it either especially my mom!
Please pray none of us have it!
I went back to bed this morning, and I lay there for hours, I got so comfy that I actually fell into a deep sleep.
I just woke up and its 2 PM now. I needed the rest. Now that I’ve rested my body, I am feeling great!
I got up, made a coffee, and am about to start work. I am intending to work until around 5 PM.
Sometimes our body needs rest. I figure since I’m homebound that if I need rest I’ll just grab it. Why not?
Might as well make use of our down time, and be as lazy as possible!
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.
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.