Surviving lockdown during coronavirus needn’t be as dramatic as it sounds.
What was a rumbling in the East has now spread right across the world. We are facing a global public health crisis we have never seen before.
Yesterday the government confirmed once again, the groups most at risk of coronavirus. The elderly, those with a compromised immune system, and for the first time pregnant women.
I work as Doctor on the front line, a GP in the NHS. I am also expecting my first child. What should be a busy and exciting time with work and nesting for my new arrival isn’t. Today I feel none of those things.
I wholeheartedly believe your health is your wealth and right now, the Coronavirus crisis could not embody this sentiment anymore.
I am now challenged with how to continue working on the frontline, whilst being amongst the most vulnerable groups to this horrible virus.
I know there are many other healthcare workers who will be feeling similarly. In any other year, I would be a part of the fit and healthy, and now I feel so vulnerable.
Yesterday I made the decision to work from home. I am so thankful that technology allows online consultations and prescribing, which means I can continue to work safely.
After a good night sleep, and a pep talk from my sister who is also a GP. I’ve woken up with a new positive mental attitude. I’ve decided I will do as much as I can to control the things I can control, be positive and stay healthy. I am now in lockdown for fourteen days but am well aware that this is likely to be much longer.
I’m going to try to keep this daily blog going as a creative outlet, documenting all the things I’m looking forward to doing during this time of social distancing and isolation. I encourage others to do the same. Coronavirus will undoubtedly bring some difficult days ahead, but making a list of all the things you want to do, such as reading new books, listening to music, or even starting an online course, could actually be the golden key to lifting our spirits. Finding things to look forward to is essential now more than ever for our well-being and our mental health. A familiar routine for the foreseeable future can certainly be a great start.