When plans change because of health issues. How do you cope?

Posted by Ginger, Volunteer Mentor @gingerw, Mar 9, 2020

As a society, we look forward to our vacations, or trips, or social outlets and activities. What happens when we have to modify or cancel those plans, because of a health concern, or our own illness?

Recently I decided to cancel a planned for and highly anticipated trip, due to concerns over exposure to crowds and the coronavirus. I live in a very small rural town, and even heading to the closest “big city”, that is only about 20,000 people. I had made travel plans last August, for this March, that’s a sign of how excited I was. But I deal everyday with immune system issues, and just cannot justify to myself the risk involved. So, I will stay home, and work on my creative endeavors alone, and “watch” through social media, rather than be in a room with 50 other people from all over the country. Waiting to hear if my payments made will be refunded in whole, or not.

What have you had to change? How has your mindset been modified in light of your own health issues? How have you handled the request of an employer to do a business trip that might take you far away? If your plans include young children, how do you explain to them, how things might be different? With Spring vacations/trips looming on the near future, what will you do instead?

@contentandwell

@imallears I will be surprised if that big Irish party does not end up getting canceled.
You bring up an interesting thing with your mention of going to your gym. I went to the gym yesterday – not a class, just my own workout – and wiped down each piece of equipment both before and after using and cleaned my hands frequently. The gym at my health club is spacious and rarely crowded so there was no one with 10' of me while I did my thing.
Today I went to the pool and water-jogged. I was very careful in the locker room and washed my hands after touching anything. I am wondering though if it is time to suspend going there. I know that will cause me some depression since I enjoy being active and find home exercise much less appealing but if I did end up catching anything I would be so remorseful. I think I probably do need to suspend. I am struggling because I am not happy about that at all.
JK

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@contentandwell

Well, leave it to us nutty Irish but the Ragland Road bash at Disney Springs has already started. Disney and Universal are closed but the restaurant and stores are open. Half my family dropped out. My daughter and son in law are still pondering. Told them to text before coming over so I can hose them down, if they decide to go.

Stocked up at Publix and Target (empty shelves of paper products) and have enough in my freezer and pantry until Christmas lol.
How much TP does one person need anyway?

My friends and I decided to forgo the gym classes for a couple of weeks starting today and get together for a gabfest instead. I have all the equipment here to do the routine and I still walk. I am not hunkering down, just being mindful of where I need to go.
I will think up some new recipes for @jakeduck while I am at home. I know he will appreciate that.

My wine fridge is full and I bought enough dark chocolate for awhile. Happy hour may come a little earlier than usual. Just hope I don’t get the munchies too much if I binge Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. Yup, we have all 3.

The big Medical Center near us is on lockdown meaning no visitors. Saw more younger children in the stores today than usual due to some closings in the area. We are in a heavily senior populated area so I hope everyone is being sensible. Was going to go
to the library for some new books but had second thoughts about that and may buy a book online instead.

Hope I don’t get too antsy. Stay well everyone.

FL Mary

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@gingerw and everyone, I am here at the hospital with my husband. He is supposed to have surgery to release some of the infection. It is after 3pm and no surgery yet.

Trying to take care of me. So I can take care of him.

Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

@gingerw and everyone, I am here at the hospital with my husband. He is supposed to have surgery to release some of the infection. It is after 3pm and no surgery yet.

Trying to take care of me. So I can take care of him.

Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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Jane, how is your daughter?

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@merpreb

Jane, how is your daughter?

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@merpreb , she is awaiting surgery next week. She is good. Still on a ventilator. Alert.
Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

@merpreb , she is awaiting surgery next week. She is good. Still on a ventilator. Alert.
Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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Jane what are they going to operate on?

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@gingerw

@mamacita – My heart aches for you and all the hurdles in your path at this time. Was the MRSA healthcare-associated from the things your husband had done?

Those who you were helping in community service are now ready to turn around and help you. As do all of us here at Mayo Connect.

"In everyone's life there are fear storms. Faith flies in all weather." Noah benShea

Sending gentle hugs and a question: what can we do to support you?
Ginger

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@gingerw, just keep the Mayo family faith alive. We are still better together. Even in the middle of the mess.
Love and light
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

@gingerw, just keep the Mayo family faith alive. We are still better together. Even in the middle of the mess.
Love and light
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita Just like the commercial we might all remember, we are "leaving the light in for you" so check in when you can. One or more of us is/are just minutes away. It is just so heartbreaking to have you going through all of this.

Sending hugs,
Ginger

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@imallears

@contentandwell

Well, leave it to us nutty Irish but the Ragland Road bash at Disney Springs has already started. Disney and Universal are closed but the restaurant and stores are open. Half my family dropped out. My daughter and son in law are still pondering. Told them to text before coming over so I can hose them down, if they decide to go.

Stocked up at Publix and Target (empty shelves of paper products) and have enough in my freezer and pantry until Christmas lol.
How much TP does one person need anyway?

My friends and I decided to forgo the gym classes for a couple of weeks starting today and get together for a gabfest instead. I have all the equipment here to do the routine and I still walk. I am not hunkering down, just being mindful of where I need to go.
I will think up some new recipes for @jakeduck while I am at home. I know he will appreciate that.

My wine fridge is full and I bought enough dark chocolate for awhile. Happy hour may come a little earlier than usual. Just hope I don’t get the munchies too much if I binge Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. Yup, we have all 3.

The big Medical Center near us is on lockdown meaning no visitors. Saw more younger children in the stores today than usual due to some closings in the area. We are in a heavily senior populated area so I hope everyone is being sensible. Was going to go
to the library for some new books but had second thoughts about that and may buy a book online instead.

Hope I don’t get too antsy. Stay well everyone.

FL Mary

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@imallears I really do not understand the rush to buy TP.

By the way, I am 100% Irish, going way back. My grandparents were born in this country!
JK

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This morning I headed out about 6AM, making sure there was no debilitating fog in the area. I drove 25 miles down the hill to a town of 20K. Found toilet paper at Winco, and some other staples. We are feeling the panic here in our little town, as all schools will be closed in the state effective Monday. Most parents here have to figure out childcare, while they head out to work. Many children rely on the breakfast and lunch meals provided at the schools, for part of their nutrition. When I got back, I unloaded the car then went 19 miles in opposite direction to fill tank of car. Fairly set for a call for shelter-in-place. Local St. Patrick's Day dinner has been postponed, plus all meetings. There is a lot of panic around. Common sense, wash your hands, cover your cough, avoid huge crowds and groups. On top of all this we have a three day storm coming in, with rain and snow.

Time to read a book, work on artwork, do some crochet, walk when possible to get fresh air and exercise.
Ginger

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@mamacita Prayers coming your way for you and family and always till your all out of the hospital on the recover

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@contentandwell

@imallears I really do not understand the rush to buy TP.

By the way, I am 100% Irish, going way back. My grandparents were born in this country!
JK

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@contentandwell Just read this post . If you have to go and have no T.P. what do you wipe with?

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@contentandwell

@imallears I really do not understand the rush to buy TP.

By the way, I am 100% Irish, going way back. My grandparents were born in this country!
JK

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@contentandwell
Hi
I don't understand the rush to buy TP either. Before they put a limit on the number of rolls you can buy I saw pictures of people coming out of Costco with enough toilet paper to drape every tree in the Amazon rainforest.
I'm half Irish half English. My mother was born in Kilkenny Ireland and my dad in Manchester England so I am first generation.
I'm looking out the window now of my kitchen and watching my granddaughter and friends from school in the pool. They are such a happy bunch. Having pizza and meatballs and then going to a show tonight. I remember those days.
Oh my lord it's been wine time for over an hour. Got to go now LOL.

FL Mary

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