One of P's friends has just messaged him to say that he has been put into self quarantine for the next 14 days as he has developed a cough. Up until now he has been able to go to work as he is a key worker.
He now has to remain in his bedroom and keep separate from his wife and son who live in the same house with him.
His wife has had to move into the spare room so that he can have their bedroom with an en-suite. I presume his meals are left outside his door for him to collect.
I cannot imagine how that must feel, unable to leave your bedroom for two weeks.
P is already going stir crazy here, only allowed out once a day (alone) for short periods of exercise and once a week to shop for essentials. He is up to date with all his gardening jobs and is scratching around trying to find things to do that interest him. It doesn't help that he now has a very painful backache after too much digging in the veg plot all week.
I try to suggest various things to try but he is not interested. He is an outdoors person and is itching to get out and about, especially as the sun is shining and the weather has improved.
I shall have to try to come up with some sort of project to keep him occupied.
Any (sensible) suggestions?
H'mmm... lots of people seem to be doing spring cleaning (not me); how about washing windows, washing paint work, touching up paintwork, carpet/rug cleaning, washing outside paintwork,sorting out the garage/loft?ReplyDelete
Why doesn't he get a polytunnel to garden even when its raining, write a blog, listen to You Tube or research his family history or yours online?Delete
I am going to add all these to the list!Delete
My niece and nephew who live in a London flat with three others were confined to the flat for 2 weeks and the other couple had to remain in their bedroom for 14 days also, Thankfully the infected couple also had an ensuite and nephew cooked 3 meals a day for them. What a palaver. They are allowed out now but must have been hard. They were all pacing their separate floors by the end.ReplyDelete
If anyone comes up with ideas for keeping men amused then let me know too. There are loads of jobs mine can do but most he refuses even think of, at the moment anyway. Might be different in a months time
Yes, anything I have suggested so far has been refused too!Delete
No sensible suggestions I am afraid - just daft ones! And as I realise that you are a very sensible, mature woman I will not trouble you with my daft suggestions that involve juggling balls, koi carp, yoga, archery and a leopard skin leotard with dumbbells.ReplyDelete
The ball juggling and leotard have become quite boring for him now. Not too sure about yoga, with his bad back....Delete
So wife can't go in bedroom for her things. In discussing this eventuality here, if I get it, I go in the spare bedroom. If wife gets it, she does.ReplyDelete
The discussion here resulted in P conckuding that, regardless of which one of us had it, he would move into the extension/granny flat so that I would still have access to the kitchen to cook his meals!Delete
Our solution is as follows. Jigsaws, tapestry for Tom, box sets. reading, online scrabble (play with online people and family)and having the occasional bicker, lolReplyDelete
But despite all this we are still not happy bunnies.
Thanks Briony x P has always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles but says that they give him backache. I shall look at online scrabble as he may like that. Bickering is our usual pastime too 😁Delete
Couldn't he occupy himself in walking the garden and actually losing himself in thought before he comes back in? I know that sounds mad, but I find that I can go out to my large grassed area and just lose myself. I don't like gardening and don't do it, but once I get out there I get taken away to another universe for a while and feel better wnen I come in. You cold suggest some awful task in the house that would make him rush for the door.ReplyDelete
Great idea Rachel. I shall dream up something suitably horrific, like ironing or cleaning the bathroom xDelete
Actually he quite often just disappears into the garden but he needs to physically do something to occupy his mind.
I can quite happily just sit on the bench gazing around and, as you say, lose myself in thought. This self isolation doesn't really bother me too much if I am honest.
I have come to realise that survival both mental and physical relies on adaptability. If you don't adapt then you don't survive.ReplyDelete
Survival of the fittest - not just in physical terms.Delete
I fear we are all going to end up in this situation if this goes on for many more weeks - we are all just going to have to try hard to come up with some good ideas.ReplyDelete
I feel that, over here at any rate, this self isolation is likely to last most of the summer. People will need to adapt, as Graham says, but some are finding it harder than others.Delete
I’ve got one of those at home 🤣 ...... and I’ve got back pain after doing too much gardening .... it’s frustrating ! I’m OK with my own company and don’t always need something to do.ReplyDelete
I cannot imagine having to isolate within the family .... that must be really hard. XXXX
I know. Imagine being stuck in your bedroom all day every day. Not even allowed downstairs or out in the garden.Delete
My hubby is very happy with the games he can play on the computer. He loves flying spaceships in Elite Dangerous and has currently joined up with a mad bunch who deliver mugs all around the galaxy. On Saturday the whole family got together online to play the board game Catan for three hours and a great time was had by all. He also does all of the ironing, hoovering and prepares half of the meals. We spent most of our exercise time in the garden last week. I was digging and he mended some of the raised bed surrounds and is repairing the fruit cages. Tomorrow he is doing our first isolation shopping and delivering music books to two of my pupils.Both of us are waiting for the "extra time" which will enable us to engage in other crafts, read books etc. We're both too busy!ReplyDelete
Oh gosh. Wish my hubby was like that!Delete