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Coronavirus & Home Bound

ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 123 Moderator
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Hello everyone, how are you all handling the coronavirus and those of you who are doing the Stay at Home policy
Good or Bad?

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  • stephanie426stephanie426 Moderator Posts: 34 Moderator
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    Hi All,

    I've been working from home and following self isolation policies in NY for 2 weeks now.  While I'm very thankful to still have my job and be able to work from home,  I'm finding that I'm experiencing more anxiety and becoming depressed.  

    I've always experienced some anxiety, but seeing hospitals and states make priority lists on who to save during this pandemic and knowing that disabled people are not on the priority list is really adding to my anxiety and depression.  I work on a lot of disability policy, and it's a very scary time for our community.  I fear our community and for my own life.  

    At the same time,  staying inside all the time is definitely causing me to become depressed.  I'm a social person and I feel so alone right now.  I know this is necessary, but it's very difficult.  

    I think it's important for us to discuss the difficulties of this, because even though self isolation is what's best for our world right now, it definitely does impact us in negative ways too.

  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 123 Moderator
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    @stephanie426
    Wait a minute! hospitals have a who to save 1st lists! How did you get that info, is that part of your job? Ya that definitely makes this more scary. Geez.
    I agree with all you said how this is necessary, especially for our community but staying home for 2 weeks (as of now) with many to go, can definitely cause depression especially if your a social person. Then general anxiety over this whole thing. Are you allowed out of your house at all in NY? Do you have a patio or yard? We have a house with a backyard in CA we can still walk the dog around the neighborhood of course staying 6ft. away if you run into anybody.
    Have you tried FaceTime or Zoom with family or friends? 
    Do you live alone? 
  • stephanie426stephanie426 Moderator Posts: 34 Moderator
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    @ambercollie
    Yes, hospital and States have priority lists. In New York, if a disabled person enters a hospital with their own ventilator (their personal device) during coronavirus, the hospital staff can evaluate them and decide if someone else is more "worthy" of that ventilator and actually take their ventilator away and give it to someone else. It's really scary. 

    Other hospitals and States have released priority lists that say in times of limited resources people with preexisting conditions or disabilities will essentially not be saved. It's really scary. For example - in Alabama they have stated they won't save people with intellectual disabilities or traumatic brain injuries which is ridiculous and discriminatory since there is no reason not to save someone's life just because of their mental disability. You can read a little bit about it here: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ventilators-limited-disabled-rationing-plans-are-slammed-amid-coronavirus-crisis-n1170346 

    I live with my fiance, thankfully, so he helps to keep me going, but I am still not the same. We take the dog for a roll around the neighborhood once or twice a day, but I miss social interaction. Now I just sit on my couch and work. When work is done, I sit on my couch and watch TV. When I get bored of that, I sit in my wheelchair and clean. I am used to being incredibly active and helping people. I feel lost right now. 
  • ambercollieambercollie Moderator Posts: 123 Moderator
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    @stephanie426
    That is terrible. All of it.
    It definitely is strange times right now for sure.
    Glad to hear you do get out, and live with fiancé &dog.
    it is hard when your use to being super active. As far as still helping people I’m sure there are still ways?

    I wrote a list of things to do:
    e-mail, FT, Zoom with friends& family.
    Sort drawers, closets, clothes etc.
    Make a vision board, new goals
    Research wheelchair friendly vacations for future or something of interest.
    Board Games, online games with friends, puzzle
    Make a Grateful list
    Listen to upbeat Music
    Listen to Interesting Podcasts or Books on audio
    Look up new recipes to try
    Get dressed for the day 

    Hang in there Stephanie I have a feeling you are a strong person  Focus on one day at a time.





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