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So here we are all taking social distancing measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones. The world is in lockdown due to Covid-19, or at least most of us are.

I guess I am one of the lucky ones, I can work from home, but it doesnโ€™t make being stuck in the house any easier. Have you had to create a makeshift home office? Like many of you, I am feeling the strain of being in the house for a long period and not knowing when events will be allowed to happen again. I know one thing, when this all ends there will be a lot of shopping and nights out! People will do anything to stay out of the house!! I know im working on a list at the minute! Maybe thatโ€™s something to keep us all going during this, make a list of things you would like to do when this is all over. Why not share your list in the comments, on Instagram or Facebook? Remember to tag #Imnotdrunk. I am grateful we have a huge lawn and live in the country so i can get out for a walk (#socialdistancing) or even just take the dog into the garden to play! What exercise have you been doing? Have you been doing the Joe Wicks workout i hear its amazing!! My job is events and fundraising, so i am still working my 9 am โ€“ 5 pm day, its pretty hard to do my job when there arenโ€™t allowed to be any events. I have other work to keep me going and I am glad I can help people and continue my job at this time when it is so important. It was slightly crushing to have several events or campaigns cancelled, but i totally understand why, and i also understand its small potatoes in the big picture. I guess we all have to be a little more understanding. I do think it is important to let people feel sad about stuff theyโ€™re missing out on. When this all started i remember complaining to a friend that months of work had been cancelled. I was told that itโ€™s happening to everyone and to get over it. I understand that but, am i not allowed to be a little sad for what i have lost? I had so many plans this summer and theyโ€™re all gone, all the events are cancelled. Im not saying my social life being cancelled and work events are life or death, but i love my job and loved the plans i had for this summer. Im sure many others had holidays and music festival tickets we were looking forward to.

So i think we all need to be kind to one another and let friends and family have their โ€œBADโ€ days, or have a little moan about something, just because it isnโ€™t important to you, or the grand scheme of things. It doesnโ€™t mean it isnโ€™t or wasnโ€™t important to them.

Fairplay if in a month theyโ€™re still complaining about the same thing, tell them to ๏ผณ๏ผจ๏ฝˆ๏ผจ๏ฝˆ๏ฝˆ๏ผจ๏ฝˆ๏ผจ๏ฝˆโ€ฆ

As I have asthma I do fall into that bracket of vulnerable people. (a huge shout out to all my wonderful, amazing, kind and special family/ friends/ followers for checking in on me or calling me daily, i LOVE you all) So donโ€™t be alarmed if you donโ€™t see me for the foreseeable future, or if my stories are all of my in my PJs (jokes) around the house. Im, not a key or essential worker, i can work from home but due to my asthma im not allowed to go to the shop for my essentials. I make a list and someone else in the family gets me what i need. Not that i need anything. At the start of this stay home, self distance i was still going to the shop for my essentials, two members of my family still had to go to work, so i didnโ€™t see the difference in me going and them coming home from work. When i say i went to the shop, it was in an extremely small town, staying as far away from people and washing my hands, in other words, i took all the advice from the government to stay safe. Everyone in my house is off work not, so i have been told im not allowed out. Im relieved, it scares the heck out of me!

I canโ€™t even remember when this all started, i tried to look back on my calendar and the first event that was cancelled i think it was on March 9th, so looking at my diary, Iโ€™ve been in the house from around then. This is about week 3โ€ฆ.. like i said i did escape a few times in the beginning but itโ€™s been about a week now from i got out to a shop. My inhaler and I are safe, tucked up in the house until this all ends.

I do have a question for your all, when do you remember hearing about this? I was watching a news talk show and this lady said we have known about it from December. I agree it was in China in December, but i wanna say it was towards the end of January when it all erupted.

So probably the biggest news this month was dad ending up in the hospital, again, in the middle of all this Covid-19โ€ฆ talk about grey hairs! On Saturday 21st March I received a phone call from dads nursing home to inform me his oxygen levels had dropped to 80%. I automatically thought he had gotten Covid-19 and sadly if he had it would end his life, his body wouldnโ€™t be able to fight the disease, and with the lack of ventilators etc, I was scared he wouldnโ€™t even get one. Itโ€™s crazy how your mind spirals during a ten-minute car ride!! I went to the nursing home and watched from a distance as they wheeled him out and into the ambulance, telling him everything would be okay. I spent 5 hours sitting in the hospital speaking to Drโ€™s and Nurses about his condition and needs, and more importantly how to speak to him with his limited ability to talk. For the 5 hours, I sat in the waiting room with a mask over my mouth and nose, (provided by the hospital), I sat there scared.

I was close to tears, thinking about losing my daddy, what it would mean for the nursing home, and scared I might catch Covid-19 myself (and my dodgy lungs!). Imagine if he had it, all the residents and staff in the nursing home would be at risk, and all the families connected to those people. Without dwelling on the negative too much, dad was checked over and luckily sent back to the nursing home. I didnโ€™t get to see him and wasnโ€™t going to be allowed, so i left the hospital and headed home. When i got home i went straight to the shower, and put what i was wearing (coat included) into the wash and went round everything with a wipe to disinfect it. Maybe i was overreacting but sure, i did it anyway. My friend who is a nurse had been texting me and told me to make sure and wash my hair, wash it, im surprised i have any left. Used half a bottle of shampoo!!

So without rambling on much more,

We have to stay strong through this, we have to stay positive and we have to listen to what we are being told. I am getting very sick and tired of reading negative comments on social media about Presidents (although im sorry, im not a Trump fan) or Prime Ministers! They are doing there best, no country was prepared for this and we are all doing the best we can. People need to stay indoors, only travel to the shop for essentials and protect the health care systems and loved ones. If you still find yourself confused please go to โ€“ The NHS Website

Im not here to lecture people, but i would like to stress the importance of taking this virus seriously. I spend a lot of time on social media and have seen or read a lot. If you are watching a lot of TV shows or spending a lot of time on Facebook and Instagram, please check the date the article was published, (is it old news?) check is the source a genuine one? Anyone can write an article and have it published, there are bloggers or newspapers which print trashy stories and fewer facts!! Everyone has their favourite news channel, i switch between Sky News and the BBC.

As I said I have asthma so i an unable to volunteer to do deliveries for shops or pharmacies or even volunteer for the NHS. Hopefully, some positive posts on the #Imnotdrunk Instagram and Facebook will help people stay positive. You never know i might start Tic Tok or Youtube because i have the time and little else to do!! Thatโ€™ll give people a laugh! Im doing my bit by staying home! Are you? (isnโ€™t that a dramatic line)

To all the amazing people who volunteered for the NHS (National Health Service), you are truly selfless and amazing people!! To all the front line workers, lorry drivers, shop workers, and EVERYONE in the hospitals, youโ€™re keeping us all going! Last Thursday (26th) there was a beautiful heartwarming campaign where everyone went onto their front lawns, porch, windows or balconies and clapped for the NHS. If you want to see all the wonderful videos and photoโ€™s search #clapforcarers.

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Stay safe Stay indoors Stay productive!!!

Donโ€™t turn into a couch potato!! I have been sharing loads on Facebook and Instagram to help keep you and the kids busy at this time. There are so many FREE resources and online resources to use! Please send me any you might find so i can share them with everyone else.

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