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Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily, no matter where you are.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would let you know that this week was an interesting one for my family and me, but before we go into that I want to give two shoutouts:
This song is for all those who lost someone to COVID-19. I am utterly flabbergasted at the numbers not only in the UK. I feel overwhelmed and am so so sorry for your loss. It must be so difficult to grieve in these strange times. May you find solace and peace despite everything.
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If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would tell you that I think it is unfair to only clap for carers and doctors. What about cleaners, bus- and lorry drivers, shop- and farmworkers, policemen and women, firefighters, postmen and women and so many more who are out there daily to get us all going? That is why I dedicate this clap to all those, who are as much in danger than nurses and doctors, but are hardly ever mentioned.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would fill your cup and offer you some fruit, sandwiches and biscuits. We would sit for a little and chat about the weather and this and that until we end up talking about shopping.
It's difficult. No question about that. We would talk about how much we shopped online now and before. I would let you know that after four weeks I found a supermarket which had a delivery slot so at last, we could get some extra cheese and toilet paper. I assume the reason they had one was their high delivery fee. But what can you do?
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you would ask why this week was different for us than the last. Surely it can't only be the shopping? I'd agree with you, and tell you about my visit to the hospital to find out about my further cancer treatment. It was spooky and strange. Hardly any patients in the waiting rooms and walking left in the halls. I wrote about it here: We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? Cancer Edition.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would offer you more fruit or biscuits and tell you that I'll start chemotherapy in two weeks. It means I have to shield because of the virus and we can't see our family, which is hard. I start crying when I overthink about it.
There is a reason why I started my " Come Away With Me" series to keep me occupied while dealing with the side effects. This week I took you to China: "We Can Do It…but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me Edition (13.4.2020)"
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, you might ask me if I am ok. I'd say "yes" as always, but to be honest that hospital appointment, the chemotherapy and hat virus are frightening me a little. I will get through all with deep breaths and Mindfulness. It is hard at the best of times but now? Let's not go there no matter my determination.
That is why I used some posts, which were scheduled for later or re-used old posts. I found it hard to concentrate. But I made sure to have a shoutout both for grieving families and keyworkers. On Tuesday we learned about edible bowls. We found solace in an orthodox chapel on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, I talked about books and reading.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I'd let you know that I still struggle with tiredness. Also, my scars start hurting after sitting or standing too long, so I lay down regularly, which doesn't help the fatigue. I simply fall asleep. Other than that and my sadness about this virus disaster, I am fine.
If we were having our favourite hot beverage together, I would yawn to prove my point, and you might grin and say goodbye. I would ask you to stay safe and hope to see you soon.
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