Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.
This is what the UK Government are urging the public to do.
This is hard, especially when I’m classed as a key worker, as I work for the much loved NHS. I still have to and must attend work so sick patients can be seen.
Now for me the hardest thing about this whole situation is trying to explain to my 7 year old that she won’t be going back to her usual school, where she has routine and the normality of her friends. She will be attending a local comprehensive school which is being used to offer emergency childcare so I can still attend work and for this I am extremely great full. I cannot praise the teachers of Glais Primary school enough! Trying to explain to her that we can’t just pop into Mamgus house for a cup of tea and a sneaky chocolate cake because we have to keep them safe, they are both over 70 and have multiple under laying health conditions. In order to keep them safe, we can’t go in and give them big hugs, we now have to talk and wave through the window. We can’t go to the park and play, we can’t go to the cinema to watch the new film you’ve been waiting months for and she can’t play rugby on Sundays. Now that Boris has essentially put the UK on lock down, I now have to explain that she might not get to see her dad for three weeks, her role model and best friend.
Trying to find the answers for her that I don’t have is the hardest part, trying to explain to her that things will have to be like this until people get better and less people get sick. Trying to explain to her that mammy still has to go to work so she can help all the sick people get seen. That I don’t know when she will go back to her normal school or when she will start to play rugby again. I don’t even know how long this self-isolation and lockdown will last.
I’m worried and I’m scared. I’m scared that the people are not taking this seriously. They aren’t self -isolating and they aren’t socially distancing themselves. People queuing up to get into supermarkets for food they simply do not need. People congregating together in parks because the sun is out. As a front line worker, I’m worried for my colleagues who have to see sick patients regardless of whether we’re on lock down or not. I’m scared because I have numerous family members that make up the NHS, from nurses to physiotherapists to surgeons. All still going to work to save people’s lives.
As a mum and a frontline worker – Please Please Please stay at home. Listen to what the Government are telling you. Help slow the spread of this awful and deadly virus, if not for you then for your children. Stay at home, have fun and be goofy with your kids. Try and shelter them as much as you can from this virus and from social media.
We stay in work so you can stay home
Stay safe, we will get through this together