The Weekend Blog – Easter in lockdown
11th April 2020
Happy Easter Weekend! I hope you’re all well, I hope you’re families are well, and I hope you are keeping safe by following the guidance from the government.
Life has gotten very weird very quickly. Back when I first heard about Coronavirus I never imagined the impact it would have on the entire world. I remember when they first started to bring British citizens back from China and put them into quarantine at a hospital about 5 minutes from where I live, we all had a bit of a laugh and a joke about it. We had no idea what was to come.
Thankfully, my everyday life hasn’t changed that much. I’ve been working from home for over 2 years now, and I still have some client work to do at the moment, which I am extremely grateful for. I’m also a massive homebody so I spend most of my free time at home away. So yeah, as they say, business as usual.
The only major difference is that now I’m no longer at home on my own as Tyrone is working from home too. He’s loving it as he’s never been given the opportunity to work from home before, and I love having him here. It’s especially handy that he’s also a web developer because we can work through any problems we encounter together and just generally give each other support.
I am worried about my business and the economic climate right now. As a web developer, I’m still in demand because people still need websites that work. In fact, we need them more than ever, especially for things like online shopping. But I’m expecting there to be a decrease in the number of people who are investing in full website redesigns, which is where the bulk of my income comes from. I’ll still probably have lots of support work to do, but it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen.
Although in the UK we’re still allowed to leave the house for exercise once a day, and we’re allowed to go to the supermarket to buy food, Tyrone and I have barely left the house in the last three weeks. I think the furthest I’ve been is to the post box at the end of the road. I’ve not stepped foot in a supermarket in over three weeks either. We’re being so cautious because Tyrone has asthma so he’s classed as high risk.
Food-wise, Tyrone and I have been in buying food in bulk for a while now so we’ve got plenty of food in the house. We weren’t doing it to prepare for anything like what’s happening right now (I promise, we aren’t preppers!); we were doing it to save money. We’ve been buying things like porridge oats, tins of chopped tomatoes and beans, instant noodles and, of course, toilet roll, in bulk from Costco because it works out cheaper. Little did we know it would actually come in handy.
We’re utilising Amazon Prime for the occasional food deliveries when we get low on fresh foods. It’s not easy getting a delivery slot but we’ve figured out the optimum times for getting a slot.
We’re certainly not bored at the moment. We’re both still working and there’s always plenty to do around the house, such as cleaning, tidying, organising, DIY and gardening, so there’s no excuse to be bored! I’ve been spending most of my time playing Animal Crossing since it was released a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been a great way to get me off my phone and off social media. Yes, I’m still staring at a screen, but playing Animal Crossing completely removes you from real life and it does wonders for your mental health.
I’ve had a lot of things cancelled or postponed recently, and I’m sure there will be more cancellations and postponements to come. For example, I was due to see The Who in concert for the third time this week, but that’s been rescheduled to March 2021. I was so excited for 2020 because I had so many amazing things to look forward to at the start of the year, but now everything is just so uncertain.
One thing that is really on my mind at the moment is my health. As some of you might know, I have steroid injections into my hip every 6 months to help relieve the pain that is a result of my hip dysplasia, and these steroid injections help me to live a relatively normal life. It’s now been over 7 months since my last injection, and because it’s not a priority treatment, I don’t think I’ll be getting another injection anytime too.
Of course, this scares me because it’s been a long time since I went longer than 6 months between injections and I’m not sure how I’m going to cope. I’m expecting to experience more pain as time goes on, but I’m worried I’m going to revert back to the way I was before I started having these injections 5 years ago. That means being virtually housebound, and even though that’s not the end of the world right now given that I can’t leave the house much anyway, it’s still a terrifying prospect.
I feel like of silly admitting that my biggest concern right now is my hip, knowing that people are going through a hell of a lot worse than me, but I think it’s completely natural to be scared. I think we’re all scared right now, whether that be about our own health, the health of our loved ones, our jobs, our businesses, our future plans, etc. We’re in very uncertain times right now.
But one thing I am certain of is that we will get through this. There may be setbacks and challenges on the way but I know this is only temporary and life will be ready for us to live again nce we’re on the other side of it.
I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend, and for goodness sake, stay home!