Isolation: How Do We Handle it?

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Mar 16, 2020

As boundaries are being mandated in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these boundaries are affecting every area of our lives. Many hospitals, assisted living facilities, places of worship, libraries, restaurants, community centers are being closed to visitors and public gatherings. For many of us, these keep us from our typical ways of connecting with others and engaging with a supportive community.

What are you doing to keep yourself connected?

Hello @lewisma9, I would like to add my welcome to that of Colleen's! I'm glad that you posted on Mayo Connect, we are happy to have you join us. I'm also an introvert in disguise and I can be perfectly happy for some time with a book and a cup of tea and talking to my cat. Pets are a great company, aren't they?

I really like your idea of sending a cheery email to your friends and family. What a great idea. What else have you found to do with your time of solace?

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This is an excellent essay that describes what we are facing now with needing to be isolated and our feelings of wanting community interaction. We really do need each other now more than ever. https://medium.com/@shannonstoby/that-time-we-realized-we-needed-each-other-c6be092498a2

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@shortshot80

Nancy (shortshot) Yes we listen to the radio, we also talk and have good conversations.We listen to "talk" radio, several fellows that have people call in and talk on various subjects. So many conversations to react to. Most of the trip is through the mountain range between Portland and the beach. Lots of static through some of the route. The drive from where I live to the area I have Radiation in is 85 miles one way. So we sometimes solve all the world's problems. Sometimes I take a nap on the way home. Radio on something for my son to listen to. Sometimes we just bs…. Sometimes we see a herd of elk and of course deer. Once a bear. The drive is pretty even when it's raining. We drive along a beautiful river and watch the fishermen. Never a dull moment. Nancy

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@shortshot80 I also live in Oregon and drive Interstate 5 up to Eugene to the cancer center. Beautiful trees and mountains on that hundred plus mile drive each way. There has only been one time in the last year that I didn't have rain at some point on that trip! Oregon is just such a pretty state no matter where you're at.
P.S. Happy birthday!
Ginger

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@jenniferhunter

This is an excellent essay that describes what we are facing now with needing to be isolated and our feelings of wanting community interaction. We really do need each other now more than ever. https://medium.com/@shannonstoby/that-time-we-realized-we-needed-each-other-c6be092498a2

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Hi @jenniferhunter,

Thanks for sharing that post. I especially like the phrase about being "selectively social" that describes me (and probably many others).

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I think being alone and isolated can be considered two different things. Like others here, I am an introvert by my base nature. But there are still sometimes when I want to have some interaction with people. I rebel against those who say I have to be isolated. Of course, I just don't do well with rules anyways LOL. Being able to go for a walk and wave at neighbor helps, as does watching people in a distance, or even hearing people doing their yard work. That serves to not feel so isolated.

In this time of mandated isolation or less frequent contact with others, I'm fine with grabbing art supplies or books to keep myself busy. So far I have not Resort it to taking on long overdue projects like sorting through old papers or finding things that need to be recycled. To me those will always be there!
Ginger

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@colleenyoung

Hi @lewisma9 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect and the Depression & Anxiety group. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion called "Isolation: How Do We Handle it?" I did this so you can meet others, like @hopeful33250 @woogie @lioness @zeiracorp @coloradogirl @mayofeb2020 and others talking about the ways they are weathering the new isolation reality.

In the COVID-19 group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/covid-19/), there are several discussions about coping that you may be interested in, especially as a walker and dog owner:
– Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lets-go-walking-join-me-for-a-virtual-walking-support-group/

– My plans to lessen the stress of Self imposed quarantine https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-plans-to-lessen-the-stress-of-self-imposed-quarantine/

I, too, am an introvert by nature. Give me a cup a tea and good book and I'm happy as a clam. Besides getting out for walks with your dog, what activities do you enjoy?

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@colleenyoung Have you heard about the Malaria drug being used for covid-19 ? I read it somewhere that Bayer is sending out alot to Labs to see if it will be the answer to this virus Does Mayo know anything about this?

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@lioness

@colleenyoung Have you heard about the Malaria drug being used for covid-19 ? I read it somewhere that Bayer is sending out alot to Labs to see if it will be the answer to this virus Does Mayo know anything about this?

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Hi @lioness, there is certainly some confusion about chloroquine and its potential to treat COVID-19. Chloroquine is one of the oldest and best-known anti-malarial drugs. It has not been approved for coronavirus. FDA is researching to see if chloroquine can be effective in the treatment of COVID-19.

Here's further information from the BBC and the FDA:
– Coronavirus and chloroquine: Has its use been approved in US? https://www.bbc.com/news/51980731
– Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Continues to Facilitate Development of Treatments https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-continues-facilitate-development-treatments

News is changing by the hour. It is always good to check only trustworthy sites and verify the validity of the information and the date it was published.

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@colleenyoung Thanks for the article it is interesting and I just saw recently that in Washington state there is a clinical trial going on whether it is the chloroquine or something else I don't remember . Some lady got the injection I,ll have to see if I can find any information on this

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Normally I am out and about, rather than a homebody so at first, this was so hard. Now I am organizing all my genealogy files, as well as just organizing my life. Phone contact is now seemingly the form of contact for many of my friends, I am amazed each time the phone rings. I use the Senior "happy hours" at the local supermarket and it is pleasant enough. The two human contacts, phone, and store or working out so far.

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Jennifer, If all would stop and read this thought provoking essay, there would be less fear and more harmony and unity among all people of our country. I've copied it to share with family and friends. Thank you for taking your time to post "That Time…We Needed Each Other".

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@sueinmn

@hopeful33250 Actually walking outdoors is something to be done pretty much anywhere at this time of year (unless it's raining or icy). Fresh air is good for everyone and daylight improves feelings of well-being. Just put on layers if it's cool out there. It's free too! My daughter has discovered evening family walks help her energetic children wind down and sleep better.
Another thing to do is dust off a hobby you "never have time for" – a friend and I are pulling out the watercolors tomorrow and brush up our skills.
My sister is cleaning one drawer, cupboard or closet each day. My friend is sorting family photos, I'm sure it will lead to her contacting remote family members.
What long-neglected interest or task is lurking in your home?

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I should have done this a couple of yeas ago, painting a bathroom an bedroom. People tell me I shouldn’t be doing this but, I take it slow! Have one wall to go… My world is looking so much brighter in there! What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.. Blessings, Celia

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@cecilias

I should have done this a couple of yeas ago, painting a bathroom an bedroom. People tell me I shouldn’t be doing this but, I take it slow! Have one wall to go… My world is looking so much brighter in there! What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.. Blessings, Celia

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Cecilias, I appreciate both your ambition and the happiness brighter looking rooms will give all who enter them!

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