2020 has certainly not started the way anyone would have hoped for, what seemed to be an isolated health crisis in China in a short period time has had a rapid spread of the virus across the globe. It has now become a major health crisis and triggering a global economic recession. The harshest experiences of Coronavirus is deaths and unemployment
While countries are dealing with this, I was thinking about isolation and how things that I used to do without a thought have been impacted.
Here are some of the things, I miss –
On my days off it was so easy, as I would wake up and take a slow stroll to a cafe. I miss the first hit of the smell of coffee kicking in before I even entered into the building, saying G’day to the wait staff and baristas, hearing the clang of the metal from these coffee machines and the sound of the spurt of hot steam. The baristas calmly but busily kept up with all the different orders they received, there is no other greater joy than a well made coffee and decent breakfast in the morning.
Australia is built on a strong foundation with small businesses being the backbone. When the restrictions are over I will be going to the cafes, local eateries, fruit & veg and butcher shops to support them. Its hard to not watch the news as we are ever hopeful that at some point cases of Coronavirus begin to decline and allow businesses to re-open. But with isolations and social distancing, the streets are not bustling with activity and I miss these familiar smiles, but I trust that things will return maybe in a new way, so to create new opportunities ahead, but I always will have immense appreciation for the old life.
Normally when I look out the window of where I live, there would be heaps of planes flying by, nowadays I may only catch glimpse of one or two planes. The hardest thing was fighting the traffic on the way to the airport and didn’t I complain about that- it seems irrelevant now.
Australians are well known as travellers but planes are grounded due to many countries borders being shut down. Also we are accustomed to travelling great distances in the car but the states borders are also closed.
The biggest difficulty of not being to get on a plane is having family members overseas, we can only hope from afar they stay well, I am so thankful for FaceTime, What apps & Viber as some connection still remains.
3. Going Places & Meeting People-
Normally, if I wanted to go to the shops for a single item it was no problem, at a whim everything was accessible.
Going to the park, beach, a hike, having a barbie, going to the cinema or even meeting mates face to face over a feed, are the things that I miss. Mind you this may not be a reality for literally months, even until summer.
Maybe, we need a massive street party once this is over just to reconnect.
These joys and freedoms may be on hold for a while. I actually took all these simple things for granted, they were just always there. I’m starting to see a lesson in how life as we know it can change so randomly and drastically within a short of period of time.
The reasons and strategies for shut down with isolating and social distancing is to reduce the rate of transmission of the virus and take the burden off healthcare both within Australia and globally.
There is a constant feeling of uncertainty that feels more heightened now than ever during the coronavirus pandemic, it adds to feeling personally less secure, all that can be done is to wait at home and to watch how the situation is playing out.
As I am at home isolating by myself, my home has a cozy feel about it, maybe because it is the only thing I recognise as familiar at the moment. I have enough activities to occupy myself such experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, reading some of the many books that are collecting dust and of course I may try my hand at something artistic or musical. This is an opportunity to take a step back, do things I have always wanted to but never had the chance to and this extra time has allowed for introspection, to think about things by making new decisions to better my future.
It’s not all rosy, when the moments of funk hit, staying at home with all the time in the world is actually really hard. Not having connections or chatting to other people is not natural for me, I miss these everyday interactions but I have to pause and keep breathing to allow me to focus on whats really important. I am trying to be mindful of self care.
As a nurse at work there are times of frustration maybe because things like- workplace culture, maybe even a mean nurse is crossing the line and is bullying a co-worker, a patient/relative is being verbally abusive to a staff member or the constant work conditions are leading a nurse down the road of burn-out.
These are things we face everyday but for the first time in my career, I am nervous maybe a bit scared of going to work, we are living in a time where a simple handshake could make you very, very ill and some health professionals in America talk about ‘rationing care’. When I hear things like this, I really don’t know what to say, no one wants to become a Covid-19 statistic.
Like any nurse I have been placed in many difficult situations but I will continue to put my uniform on and show up and please know I am No Hero. I always remember what my role as a nurse is and with the bigger picture I am not the only one still working in this time of stress- there is still a massive army of health professionals showing up and serving in this major health crisis.
Coronavirus you are testing us all !!
Soon, we’ll be back to business as usual & this will all be a memory, I value these true friends around me and moments of freedom. Here’s to the first coffee with a friend and maybe even the first visit to the beach to watch the sunset.
Please take care of yourself in a positive way that has meaning for you
- Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au on 1300 22 4636
- Lifeline: https://www.lifeline.org.au on 13 11 14
- National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral service, available 24 hours a day, every day of the year: https://www.1800respect.org.au on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
- Nurse & Midwife Support: https://www.nmsupport.org.au on 1800 667 877
- WHO- Live Updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
- Healthdirect symptom checker: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus
- Coronavirus anxiety: Recognising the impact a pandemic can have on your mental health: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2020-03-30/coronavirus-anxiety-mental-health-pandemic/12098754