April Showers

17 April

Back to work after the Easter break was really bizarre.  I just had to remember to switch on the work laptop upstairs…I did get dressed for work though.  Bizarrely.  It still feels good not to have to rush for a bus.  I continue to drive to and fro the hospital to avoid husband catching public transport or anything that might be carried on it.  These are anxious times as it was announced testing is only being carried out on people who show signs of symptoms.  So, we still don’t know how much of a risk we are to each other or anyone else.  Husband puts his uniform in a pillow case and straight into the washing machine when he comes home.

     Tiredness is a big problem for both of us.  I wake up worrying and having panic attacks.  Husband is just tired.  And worried.  I listened to a radio programme about the therapeutic effects of having contact with nature, even if it is only reading about it.  This inspired us to see if any garden centres were open and, delightedly, we found one that was making deliveries.  I phoned an order for some compost and a few vegetable plants and we are now able to progress our garden plans.  We already had quite a few seedlings ready to be potted on but nothing to pot them on with.  My Dad would be proud. 

      We went out for a local stroll, smiling at a few people who also seemed pleased to see other faces as they smiled in return.  It is a struggle to find the right exercise.  I continue to do some yoga in the mornings as well as the daily stroll.  Housework and gardening also provide some more exercise.  However, I used to go swimming two or three times a week and really miss this.  My feet prefer a form of exercise that is non weight bearing as I continue to get fit and lose weight after an operation three years’ ago to remove arthritis from the left foot.  I had only received been issued with some suitable made to measure shoes which help with balance.  It is frustrating not being able to walk on Dartmoor as I signed up for a sponsored trek that was to take place in August to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.  I have neither been able to train nor obtain sponsors!

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