Reflections on 2020, it’s the most boring year I have ever known. I am
in my 80’s and I live on my own. I have found the consequences of the
pandemic very isolating. I have missed people, and although some
friends ring me I am not very good at calling them. I worry that my
timing may be inconvenient. I have been told to stay inside, so most of
the time I only go out for my daily drive.
It didn’t take long for me to get bored of watching the TV. I did
follow the news at the start and I have been interested in what was
happening in America because I used to live there. I haven’t really felt
like reading, so a lot of the time I have played on my iPad or sat with
my word search books.
I do my meetings on Zoom and it’s lovely to be able to see people. I
haven’t missed going to the Kingdom Hall too much because of that.
I want to avoid getting the virus, so I do not go shopping. I am very
lucky that a friend who lives in my block does my food shopping for me.
In fact, I don’t know what I’d do without her! I have also been ordering
meals from Age Concern. They are very nice and not expensive.
In June, I had a very bad bout of arthritis which may have been made
worse by the amount of sitting I had been doing. The pain became so
bad that I had a fall and had difficulty getting up. I had to call 999 and
an ambulance was sent out to me. The paramedics were great, they
took me to Hospital for an X-ray to ensure that I had not broken any
bones. I was swabbed for the virus there, but nobody really spoke to me
and it was very quiet. I was kept in overnight, provided with a meal and
then breakfast before being taken home the next morning.
The pain was still there however so the on call doctor came out to me.
She realised quite quickly that the pain I was feeling was arthritic and
gave me a prescription for the pain. My local pharmacy was good
enough to drop the painkillers to me. The pills didn’t work, so I had
to ask the doctor to come back. This time she gave me a cortisone
injection. The injection was very painful but it did relieve the pain.
She really was very lovely, but she wore a mask and I found it difficult
to understand what she was saying. I was very pleased my God-
daughter was with me.