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?

@gingerw

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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@gingerw Yep time to hunker down and read a good book. When a storm came in back home that's what we did Run to the store then settle in.

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@lioness

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

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@lioness
Fairy Dust.
We all need TP but a garagefull?
FL Mary

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@lioness

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

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@imallears How about a washcloth, soap and warm water; a handheld bidet, or (in country Africa) you left hand? Seriously, people have been pooping since long before TP was invented.

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@2011panc

@imallears How about a washcloth, soap and warm water; a handheld bidet, or (in country Africa) you left hand? Seriously, people have been pooping since long before TP was invented.

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@2011panc
That's funny and so true but there are too many Charnin butts around ..delicate creatures we are.

FL Mary

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Being flexible has become a way of life since I was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease and vestibular migraines. That said some routine and a good support system has been grounding in the midst of change. I am a professor who loves teaching. I thrive on interaction with students and in nourishing their growth. I have had to miss some classes and minimize computer usage as a result of vertigo. It can come on spontaneously or be triggered by movement. I keep hanging in there with gratitude for what I Can do and by mindfulness practice. I am grateful fir what I still have. The Corona virus will pose new challenges, but my friends, now on-line classes, and “adaptability training” from Menieres should help!

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The 120 mile law enforcement challenge cup relay foot race, that my husband works as a motorcycle road guard, has just been postponed to the fall. It was scheduled for April 3-5. There were over 200 teams of 20 runners each, plus supporting personnel. Smart move, as many teams are flying in from all over. I am hoping that the close of escrow on his condo, and his retirement, is not adversely affected by this health crisis.

Locally, the St. Patrick's Day dinner, and grange bake sale have each been cancelled, and schools closed for two weeks.
Ginger

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@lioness

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

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@lioness Regarding TP, true, but hoarding it? That's just crazy and sort of selfish too I think.
JK

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@gingerw There's alot canceled here the grand Prix is cancelled schools some till 4-20

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@contentandwell

@lioness Regarding TP, true, but hoarding it? That's just crazy and sort of selfish too I think.
JK

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@contentandwell
Your so right, I was reading on Nextdoor the neighborhood app that a man went to the market he always goes to shop and was going to buy a couple more four packs even though we had bought a 36 pack last week but the price of the four pack went up from $1.49 to $4.99. Why so much I don’t get it.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
Your so right, I was reading on Nextdoor the neighborhood app that a man went to the market he always goes to shop and was going to buy a couple more four packs even though we had bought a 36 pack last week but the price of the four pack went up from $1.49 to $4.99. Why so much I don’t get it.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 It's a mystery for sure, and the price gouging is simply greedy.
JK

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@lioness

@gingerw There's alot canceled here the grand Prix is cancelled schools some till 4-20

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@lioness I am semi self-isolating. It's not hard to do in this little town! But I do need to have a little bit of people interaction. Me talking to the cat all day right now is getting kind of old ;)) Anyways, I probably will take myself out for a meal on Monday or Tuesday, even if it's just to get the car out of the garage! We are expecting more rain and snow tonight, so I don't think tomorrow driving will be in the cards.
Ginger

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@gingere Thank goodness for crafts hu

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