Friday, 24 April 2020

Life in the Social Distance

Next to the front door.
Sign available for download
 from Chronically Awesone.
I've been social distancing since about a week before the Australian Government told us to do so.  It's
not hard, if you don't normally go out much anyway.

The only regular outings I had were for groceries, church, writers group and the occasional catch up with family and friends.

I'm talking with family over phone and FaceTime, and with friends over Zoom.

Writers' group has been cancelled, and church is now on YouTube.

Even the pharmacy now has an app, which lets me order medication for delivery without having to leave the house.

I've been to my rheumatologist, because he still does things the old way.  I've been to the GP's surgery for my flu shot, but otherwise, GP appointments have been by telehealth (technical term for her phoning me at my appointment time.)

I order groceries and pretty much everything else I want online. I've found a lot of Australian businesses have gone online, including those wineries that used to only have cellar door sales, jerky and lolly manufacturers, and businesses that used to only supply bulk products to restaurants, etc but are now home delivering bulk groceries..

New weatherproof box for deliveries.
I've put out a sign on the front door, explaining my desire to avoid contact with people. (These signs are available for download from Chronically Awesome in the UK.

One thing I don't want is for the postie or other delivery people to decide there's no safe place to leave a parcel, and to take it back to a post office or depot for me to go and collect it.

To deal with that issue I've bought a large weatherproof box, and placed it beside the front door.  So whatever the weather, there's a suitable place to leave parcels.

The box is behind some trees, so while it's kind of visible,  it's still not really obvious from the street.

Some delivery companies still like to actually see me and confirm I'm the intended recipient, but now the delivery people are signing the paperwork on my behalf.

So, I'm learning to adapt.  It's not a big adaptation, after all.  I'm sure the changes are far more challenging for people who actually do spend a lot of time away from home normally.

How are the rest of you lovely lupies adapting to our new situation? Leave a comment on this post or on the Sometimes, It Is Lupus Facebook page.

Before I finish this post, I want to say a big thank  you, to the people who are making it possible for the rest of us to stay safely home.

Thank You
Doctors, Nurses,
Supermarket staff,
Staff at all other shops and businesses,
Delivery People,
Australia Post Staff
Garbage Collectors,
Cleaners (especially Hospital Cleaners),
Teachers and other Educators who have moved online in minimal time,
All of the Artists of all types who have made their work available online to keep us from going nuts while we socially distance,
Everyone who has helped out an elderly or chronically ill friend or neighbour,
Everyone who has chosen to stay home over doing something they would rather do,
The Clergy of all faiths who've adapted to online worship and finding other ways to support their communities,
Everyone who has had to change the way they work and live their day-to-day lives,
The Politicians who have looked past ideological issues to work together in this crisis.

The Biggest Thank You of All
To all members of the online chronic illness community, for helping each other to get through this crisis, in the best way we possibly can. You are amazing. 

1 comment:

  1. We agree, all these people are doing a fantastic job and deserve a huge thank you.


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