Thoughts: Isolation 2020 – 7

As New Zealand moves into Day 12(?)-ish of this lockdown, reality is starting to bite.

There are reports of people starting to try to bend the rules a little, “just a little”, to suit their own ends. I have been reading what a friend of mine has been through having contracted Covid-19 and recovering and it’s just not worth it.

It’s the reason I don’t visit my adoptive parents – I’m in a bubble of one, they’re in a bubble of two – but they’re in Torbay. I’m in the CBD. They’re also in their 80’s so are absolutely at risk. In fact I started isolating with them five days before the official lockdown took place. I certainly wasn’t prepared to expose them to my teenagers and whatever germs they carry!!

The days are blurring. I think we just had a weekend. I’m not entirely sure. All I did was cook, read, nap, watch movies and go for brief walks. Actually, that’s a darn good weekend. I might do it again soon.

That being said, I actually was looking forward to the ‘work week’. A little more structure and tasks to focus on is healthy. And I have tasks to focus on. Maintaining a routine is important.

I’ve noticed myself withdrawing a little bit. I like my people – their presence, their hugs. I miss them. But in order to make sure I’m not missing human contact, I’m going into my cave… it will be interesting to see how reserved I am when the lockdown ends.

It’s been a bit hard to get in to the work headspace though. Today marks the 2nd anniversary of my birth mother’s passing. She’d have been quite interested in the goings-on of the world today.

I miss you Mum,

I hope you’re all doing ok.

Be kind. Be tolerant. Wash your hands.
^SD

Thoughts: Isolation 2020 – 2

And we’re off. The lockdown is in place. It is a bit surreal in the CBD today,. Very quiet.

Our company is operational through this event which helps (me, and those we support), so I will maintain my work routine. I will get up at the same time. I’ll make the bed. Start working at the same time. Go for walks at the same time.

I’m increasing people-contact by phone/video which is actually quite awesome. It’s also nice having my imaginary pocket friends in full conversational flight.

Our political leaders spoke of our ‘bubble’ of community that we will be living in for the next four weeks. Living by myself, I’m in a bubble of one so I will need to make the most of it, but also make sure I don’t go a bit peculiar. Well… more peculiar than I am anyway. The voices in my head will keep me company. If they say anything interesting I’ll be sure to let you know.

So to you all, take care. Be safe. And if you need to talk to someone I’m here.