Taking advantage of suffering and fear

Talking about food poverty. We had an experience that brought it home to us this week. So we’ve mot been able to leave the house for coking up to theee week.. quite teen and the another week of quarantine. Fit two weeks we we were fine.. we were well and had online shops due.. no problem. Then I got ill… and it snowed.. then Grace got ill and it snowed some more.. Libby got busy with work and it snowed again…this meant our shopping slot got delayed then cancelled.

Libby couldn’t help usas she was overrun with work, Grace was ill and needed her own shopping so we tried elsewhere..

No supermarkets were delivering because of the snow, there were no slots anyway, prime now had a 72 hour waiting list and we didn’t want to ask anyone we knew to help because we didn’t want to put them at risk. So we had to use Uber eats at the local shop.

We got beans, bread, couple of pot noodles, pasta, milk a few bits to keep us going for two days.. maybe about £25 worth should we have got from the supermarket.. it came to £56 !!!
A third of our normal weekly budget for about 1/6 of our weekly shop!

We are in a luck position to be able to stretch to that but often that’s a full weeks budget!

Is it absolutely necessary for businesses to be profiting for people’s desperation?

My chemist is doing it too.. normally I pick up paracetamol and Ibuprofen when I pick up my prescription.. 36p and 29p respectively.. since March they have been charging £3.49 for each!!! Masks are also available at £20 for 10! Small bottles of detol (normally a pound) ar £6!!!!
It disgusts me! Pharmacists ar one of the industries that are not struggling due to the virus! They are the link for community and are simply just taking advantage of people who are too frightened to shop around at this time.

Anyway that’s it.. rant over.. I don’t need to add a closing point because I thing we all know how obvious it it..

Be kind

Morning walk

Woke up at 4.30am and found myself a bit stressed and cooped up. After a week confined to my bedroom quarantined from the family I was totally ready to blow a fuse!!

Decided to get dressed and take a walk.. blow the cobwebs off and all that! I’m sure we’ll see a couple of neighbours asking if anyone saw a woman walking around this morning and how dodgy she looked..

Feeling brighter and now deciding wether to go back to bed.

Keith came back in our bed last night for the first time in three weeks and I’ve learned a few things.

Yes his snoring does keep me awake, he pulls off the bottom sheet and he pinches my pillow.. these were all things I presumed ‘just happened’ (except the snoring) but nope. It’s him! Who’d have known it?

Not sure what to do now.. should I do some housework?

What does 1000 dead people actually look like?

The death toll reached over 1020 today in the uk and 15k deaths globally! .. but what does 1000 people actually look like? And why are we not seeing the magnitude of this natural disaster?

1000 thousand people

We hear a number every single day on the news!

Announced as ‘Breaking News’ about mid afternoon each day… and we read it and we sigh. We might state it out loud with a shake of our head and we might even comment on it. But are we really taking it in?

Reading comments and responses on social media makes it quite clear that many are not!

When have you ever seen a movement of everyday people responding to mass deaths of innocent people by providing a constant list of reasons why we shouldn’t be so bothered by it?

You just need to look at any daily announcement and read the comments .. dismissing the dead as ‘old’ , ‘having underlying health conditions’, or simply by stating these people didn’t exist at all!!!

When did we turn into a nation of people who respond to death with dismissal?

Are we all guilty becoming numb to the magnitude of it all? Perhaps because we can’t see it.

What two days of covid deaths in uk at the current rate look like as graves.

We don’t see rolling footage of people dying on mass with constant interviews from witnesses and loved ones like we would any other disaster. We only see individual, socially distant, calm interviews of the bereaved slotted in between video and reports of mps, speeches and schools. It’s all calmly reported and the vast amount of daily deaths just a side story. So it’s hardly surprising we aren’t getting this!

So what exactly do these numbers actually mean, what do they look like?

A thousand people is equivalent to 4 large planes crashing and killing everyone on board. It’s the equivalent to all the students of a large high school all dying in an explosion or an entire housing estate of residents dying of a chemical spill.

Hard to imagine these awful things happening but the numbers are the same so why do they seem so horrific in comparison to covid deaths? Deaths that aren’t one offs but are happening every single day!

Normally when our country suffers a tragedy that involves a mass death it very rarely includes the same kind of number we are seeing here.

The Hillsborough disaster took 96 lives, the Manchester bombing took 23, abroad the horrors of 9/11 took around 3000 lives. All shocking and horrendous one off events but if we compare how the public reacted to these events to how we are responding to the daily tally now, we are seeing a very different mood.

Flowers after the Manchester bombing.

Why don’t seem to be mourning our people like we would in similar events like stated above? Why aren’t we as shocked and horrified.

Currently, while we see 1000 deaths in the uk, worldwide we are seeing 15k deaths a day!

Numbers of deaths so far.

Until we get an actual grasp on this numbers and understand the danger we are in I can’t see how we will ever get out of this pandemic.

Covid Memory Loss

I woke up this morning and I stretched and my mind went to the usual ‘what day is it, what do I have to do, where’s Keith, the kids, what’s the girls plans today…etc’ and I couldn’t remember what day it was or what was happening!

I mean literally had no idea… I was going through what we did yesterday and trying to work out where in the week I was… nothing! I totally panicked as I realised there was very little differentiating the days to help me! I just couldn’t get it.

Realistically it was only 30 seconds probably , but I had to look at my phone to be sure.. I honestly thought it was Tuesday?!? And couldn’t quite believe we were on Sunday!!! Scared me to death!

Anyway I googled it to check I wasn’t starting with dementia of something.. apparently it’s a common experience during lockdown as all the days are the same and we aren’t getting enough daylight! Same with the vivid dreams and even momentarily forgetting even what month we are in.

How weird is that? It really shocked me.. I really was freaked out!

Anyway in other news all our COVID tests came back negative.. doesn’t mean we are definitely in the clear and not out of quarantine until next week but we know we didn’t have it on Friday at least.. (Keith’s been in close contact with someone who’s positive and we have another week of possible infection showing ) Keith’s still in the spare room and we are really missing each other now.. 😞 but we have to do all we can to protect the boy x

Unfortunately it’s a massive worry that we will infect William as he’s almost certain to end up in hospital on fluids as a standard treatment.. the paediatric ward already have him on a ‘direct contact’ list in case he catches it… so he can go straight in and there’s a huge chance it’d go straight to his lungs .. if he went to hospital he’d be on his own too.. although hes 15 they said Wils would probably have to go to hospital alone as I would obviously have to quarantine and could join him and he’s old enough to be unaccompanied … He’s obviously frightened of that happening and if I’m honest I think he’d refuse to go on his own!! It’s a scary thought!

Anyway we are doing what we need to do .. there’s lots of spraying, hand washing, changing of clothes, cleaning, window opening and obsessive over action… but y’know this is our family!

Anyway we’ve had another day of doing not much.. Kitty baked with her Daddy and we sat in front of the fire.. that’s it… I know we should go walk for a bit.. but it’s cold!