This week I’ve been on an online IT course and frankly, it’s been dire. Sitting in front of a screen for 8 hours a day with few breaks, watching powerpoints and doing some exercises online in “ilabs” has been difficult. I was working longer hours than that as I also had other work to do and still have the daily calls with my team to check everyone was ok and ensure that they had enough work to do at home; checking that those who were occasionally going into the office, were safe. I ensured that I got out each lunch break with the dogs for our allowed outside exercise and it was much needed.
The pharmacy has changed its hours so I couldn’t get my repeat prescription, had to go to the pharmacy to find this out though, so I had to send Zack – he said they were serving via a hatch only. It’s those sorts of things that ram it home to you. This is real. The death count has rapidly increased this week since my last report and having those brief encounters with others, are much needed.
The clapping for our NHS and other health workers last night was quite emotional. It was also my birthday yesterday. No presents, outside of what someone can grab at a supermarket; my son sent me a card, balloon, flowers, chocolates and prosecco via Moonpig, but the box was damaged (torn open) and on delivery, the chocolates, prosecco and card were missing. It makes one wonder, was someone desperate for these things and took them or was the box damaged some other way and they fell out? My younger son, who lives with me, gave me a lovely hug which was the best present by far. No meals out, no trips away and I just hope we get to do all that again soon.We had a birthday quiz with family over Zoom which was good fun and nice to see loved ones (we are trying to have a family “face time” at least once a week).
Zack and I ventured out this morning for our first big shop since this began. I had been lucky to have two previous Ocado deliveries already booked, but these are now like rocking horse poo, and what is available should quite rightly, go to those who can’t get out. It was a bit like The Walking Dead (TV series), when they go on “supply runs”, apart from we didn’t have horses or rifles! We chose Marks and Spencer down at Fosse Park, as we thought it may be quieter than the larger supermarkets and I also needed to pop into Boots. It was all quite civilised with a one out, one in, trolley handles wiped down before we went in and we managed to get most of what we needed. Boots was similar with very few in the shop at once, one out – one in policy and all the staff at both places were extremely helpful and they have a very difficult job to do at the moment.
The sun was coming out on our drive back to unpack and the weather forecast is good for the weekend, so we should be able to take advantage of the garden in the coming days. It’s not all bad!
Back again for an update in a few days!