I wanted to give you all the story of how the global pandemic, that is Covid-19, has affected my life and how my job reacted when I told them I am high risk! We are 2 months into lock-down and I can say there has been some pros and cons to working from home and being isolated. More time to write for you guys is definitely a plus!
The outbreak of Coronavirus. I work in a Sales office, very busy, full of people, things being thrown around and generally a mad house! The best way to describe it is its like a bee-hive, but with people. Now, I have always been able to cope with my symptoms in the office as I do have a great HR team who secretly seated me closer to the toilet. Subtle but effective! Especially when you have around 15 urgent toilet trips a day. One major thing I worry about I suppose is the embarrassment of being noticed running out of the office every time I need to go!
Anyway, as soon as everyone was ordered to work from home, my company was on it. Being high risk, they made sure I was one of the first out the door, and within a day I was sat on my sofa working away. I felt quite privileged. This Coronavirus is no joke, especially for those who suffer from previous health conditions like Ulcerative Colitis. Working from home has so many advantages in this pandemic as it eases the mind. By being taken away from infectious environments, the fear and anxiety of catching Covid-19 is dramatically reduced. The stress of having people notice you run to the toilet disappears and the main benefit is I don’t have to put on a brave face and pretend nothing is wrong!! You may understand the feeling.
The New Office. Technically my flat, or more specifically my living room! Although this sounds like the most comfortable change, to be sat on your own sofa, feet up, it is not the case. I didn’t realise just how uncomfortable my flat is, especially when I have to be on my laptop all day answering the phone. I do have the added benefit of having a tiny flat, which means the toilet is literally 5 meters from my ‘Office’. The days are business as usual, until I receive the call from the surgeon and get a surgery date booked in. But that brings be to my next point!
Surgery and Covid-19. The most annoying thing about the surgery is waiting around for it and I know there are a lot of us in the same boat. It makes me anxious, more nervous almost. My Original surgery date was scheduled in for the 1st May this year following a few consultations with my specialist and IBD Nurse. I had a brief meeting with the surgeon who explained the procedure and that it was my choice from here on out. I chose to move ahead, and it was pencilled in. Unfortunately, the Coronavirus picked up pace and the rate of infection went through the roof in my area, meaning I was put on a waiting list. Again, this has its pros and cons. Con, I have to be on a course of Steroids even longer and we all know how shit they are! Pro, it gives me more time to prepare. If you read my last post, you will see my prep plan! Also, I have spoken to a few of you guys who have experienced the same surgery and I have taken a lot of advice on board. The best advice so far is making a hospital bug out bag. Emergency supplies!
For now, it seems like I need to keep plodding along until I hear from the hospital and get a date. If anyone has any item suggestions, essential for a hospital stay or surgery, I will leave the comments open! Also, I would love to hear how you guys are keeping sane throughout lockdown.