Brundall and Braydeston
|What was your reaction when lockdown was announced?||What have you missed most, apart from family & friends?||What have you been doing? Have you learnt something new or unusual?||Has lockdown been difficult or easy, could you get used to this way of life?||What is the first thing you will do/like when life is back to normal?||Anything else you'd like to say about your lockdown experience?|
|I had not been out since the previous Friday. My reaction was, Oh no! How will I get my local shopping? The rest did not bother me because I already did my grocery shopping online because I am disabled.||WI. This is my only social activity. |
I have no family, children, siblings, parents or husband.
|Watching television more than normally. I have found some very interesting history, natural history and travel programmes on the more obscure channels.||In general quite easy because I have been living that way for around 10 years now. The only problem was it being imposed on me whereas before it was as a result of illness.||Life will never be back to normal for me.||As long as I can get to my car and drive it at least once a week I will be content. [I have a lot of medical conditions some more serious than others. They are:- Myasthenia Gravis; diplopia; fibrosis; arrythmia; diabetes type 2 and osteoarthritis. Before I drive, I must take my blood glucose level readings, if this is below 4, I must consume something rather sweet and wait a while before attempting to drive. This must be repeated if I drive and 2 hours have elapsed.]|
If I may, I would like to explain my situation. I have had M.G. for almost 9 years now. My problems began a few years prior to that when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I had lost my little dog so taking him for a walk would have been impossible. My husband had died back in 1992.
M.G. is a progressive neurological condition which affects the ability of the nerves transmitting instructions to the muscles correctly. Although not generally painful, sometimes certain joints cramp up and cause excruciating pain for a couple of minutes until the cramp goes and I can move those joints again. This condition is comparatively rare. I could have had it for many years before the condition became apparent.
I have been alone for 28 years and become accustomed to it therefore lockdown was not/it not really a problem. I was initially 'shielding' and had to report into Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group daily. This ceased a few days before lockdown No.1 ended early in August. Fortunately, this regime has not been re-imposed for lockdown No.2. I feel happier knowing I can go out as and when I like or require to. Whereas before I was compelled to stay in all the time. Officially, I could not have visitors but my cleaner continued to come in but only half her normal hours. The gardener does not come into the main part of the bungalow so there was no problem there.
I'm sorry this is more like a report than it should be but I believe giving the full facts helps the reader understand the situation.