The effect of 2 years of lockdown...........Is anyone struggling? — Scope | Disability forum

The effect of 2 years of lockdown...........Is anyone struggling?

JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 153 Pioneering
edited November 2021 in Coffee lounge
I thought I would write a little bit here, in the Coffee lounge, to see if i can catch people's attention.

25 months ago I was bluelighted to hospital (first time since a toddler) - I'd had 3 days of severe Diarrhoea and Doctors finally decided to call for an ambulance.  I remember little of that night or the following week.  I woke a week later in ICU and spent the next 3 weeks there.  I discharged myself and spent 3 months at home recuperating. Then............COVID lockdowns and COVID waves and variants, masks on, masks off, do the hokey cokey and Boris is still about!  So, 2 years on, I've recovered, lost alot of independence due to the hospitalisation.

The thing bothering me the most is the amount of spasm I have when I do go out.  Not because of what people think, but I just struggle to get my body under control, can't drive my chair. The list goes on and is exhausting. 

It's much easier to stay indoors.  However, that solves nothing and I continually push myself to get out.  I am an extremely confident person, but my body has lost that belief.

I was wondering if anyone else has had real life changing aspects that they put down to COVID.

Annotation: I am fine..........I wanted to share this to see if others might open-up about challenges and solutions.
I am a Scope Volunteer.   Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of life - additionally, but not limited to: living with a disability, employing personal assistants, education, sexuality, being gay, managing relationships having a disability, technology and assistive technology, sport & leisure inclusion & participation, mental health issues (both through personal experience and supporting others),   If I can't help, I will endeavour to find somebody who can.

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  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,503 Disability Gamechanger
    Sorry to hear about your experiences but I’m glad you’re confident and keep pushing yourself to go out. 

    I had built a very small group of friends and was seeing them about once a month in a pub or for a walk in a park or something similar but since the lockdown stopped that for several months I haven’t felt able to go back and now my confidence seems back to square one.

    I still keep in email contact with the friends but it would be nice to be able to go and see them again.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,141 Disability Gamechanger
    I think lockdown has affected many of us, but often in different ways, we were just getting used to going out and about when bang we have this new wave possibly to worry about.
    I've just booked grocery deliveries for the next three weeks as I hate going round Tesco's (other supermarkets are avaliable) for an hour in a mask.

    Be extra nice to new members.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 15,097 Disability Gamechanger
    I have got so used to staying in I can't motivate myself to go out 

    I make an effort when my bf is around to go out and if my son wants me to go anywhere 

    I have lost confidence to now go out on my own which I had started to do j6st in local area . This is more down to deterioration of my vision 

    I don't enjoy going places now when I can't see much and I have had few bumps and nearly.ended up under a bus as I went off the kerb in my chair as I didn't see the kerb