Living alone during the pandemic and dealing with the isolation.

pip48

New Member
It has been so great being able to complain to someone and getting such wonderful responses! I got in my car yesterday and just drove around, didn't go anywhere in particular, or stop anywhere, just changed my perspective for a little while. There are actually new buildings that weren't there before and changes since I have had myself locked away. While in the car I listened to the radio(NPR) and they had a show on that they are doing from their homes. They actually mentioned the not bathing as often and being in PJ's. It made me feel better as it seems, I am not the only one!

I wish that I could find a grocery that was enforcing the masks rules, I would pay more for my groceries if I had to. I just read an article that is saying they have found another strain of the virus that is even more contagious! I think we really have to look at this as if it is air borne, not just person to person. There are a group of doctors that use that term to describe it and were asking the WHO to use it too.

The welcome here has just been great, and it has helped my isolation problems a lot, I just wanted you all to know that.
 

Gatsby

New Member
It has been so great being able to complain to someone and getting such wonderful responses! I got in my car yesterday and just drove around, didn't go anywhere in particular, or stop anywhere, just changed my perspective for a little while. There are actually new buildings that weren't there before and changes since I have had myself locked away. While in the car I listened to the radio(NPR) and they had a show on that they are doing from their homes. They actually mentioned the not bathing as often and being in PJ's. It made me feel better as it seems, I am not the only one!

I wish that I could find a grocery that was enforcing the masks rules, I would pay more for my groceries if I had to. I just read an article that is saying they have found another strain of the virus that is even more contagious! I think we really have to look at this as if it is air borne, not just person to person. There are a group of doctors that use that term to describe it and were asking the WHO to use it too.

The welcome here has just been great, and it has helped my isolation problems a lot, I just wanted you all to know that.
wish you welcome.
For the coronavirus, you have to take the necessary measures and not think about this virus all the time (fixation). life is beautiful and deserves our attention. the women and men who surround us are wonderful universes that must be discovered. if we focus on the good news we will receive the news and if we pay attention to the bad news we will be sadder without changing the course of things.
 

pip48

New Member
wish you welcome.
For the coronavirus, you have to take the necessary measures and not think about this virus all the time (fixation). life is beautiful and deserves our attention. the women and men who surround us are wonderful universes that must be discovered. if we focus on the good news we will receive the news and if we pay attention to the bad news we will be sadder without changing the course of things.
Just staying informed and abreast of what is going on, seems to be overwhelming, sometimes. There truly isn't much good news! I don't know about the rest of you, but I have lost faith in our institutions that I used to look to for the answers. Our president came out and said that he trusts Putin more than our own CIA! He doesn't trust the CDC, or our medical experts. Our governors are not listening to our medical experts either! I don't even believe in the structure of our government anymore, I don't think it is working anymore. I guess, what I am saying is that I don't see much good news. The corona virus is dictating my life right now. My grandson is going to school virtually, thank God he has the option! That is a good thing, but a shame he can't feel safe going to school anymore. I can't not pay attention to what is going on. But it is not just that, there is rioting, and civil unrest and dirty politics everywhere you look.

I read a lot of Historical Fiction, it takes me out of my world and into a whole other place, an escape if you will. But, you always have to come back to the truth of things, like it or not, and it is pretty darned ugly right now whether you want to look at it or not.

I search everyday for the good things, I struggle to hang on to them. No one in my family has gotten the virus yet! That is a good thing. Both my son and daughter-in-law have managed to keep their jobs and stayed healthy. My granddaughter lost her job, but is able to draw unemployment for now anyway. Believe me, I make lists of the positives. I gave up my part time job because I couldn't make myself go back when they wanted me to, under the circumstances of safety measures that they had set up. But, I had that choice and was able to do it, so I count that as a positive. I have a roof and food and transportation, medical care, if I dared go, I add these things up everyday, believe me.
 

It has been so great being able to complain to someone and getting such wonderful responses! I got in my car yesterday and just drove around, didn't go anywhere in particular, or stop anywhere, just changed my perspective for a little while. There are actually new buildings that weren't there before and changes since I have had myself locked away. While in the car I listened to the radio(NPR) and they had a show on that they are doing from their homes. They actually mentioned the not bathing as often and being in PJ's. It made me feel better as it seems, I am not the only one!

I wish that I could find a grocery that was enforcing the masks rules, I would pay more for my groceries if I had to. I just read an article that is saying they have found another strain of the virus that is even more contagious! I think we really have to look at this as if it is air borne, not just person to person. There are a group of doctors that use that term to describe it and were asking the WHO to use it too.

The welcome here has just been great, and it has helped my isolation problems a lot, I just wanted you all to know that.
Oh my goodness,you are definitely not alone!
PJs have been my life for awhile now,lol
 

hellomimi

Namaste 🙏
Location
City of Angels
Welcome to SF @pip48 🙂

Pre covid19, it was FOMO (fear of missing out), these days, its FOGO (fear of going out). Your apprehensions are valid since you're in the high risk group; it can be fatal if you catch it. To alleviate your angst, find something to do, like a hobby you enjoy that you can focus your mind into. Since you can't control the circumstances, deal with what you can control. This malady will be here for a while, might as well adapt to it the best way we can.
 

pip48

New Member
Welcome to SF @pip48 🙂

Pre covid19, it was FOMO (fear of missing out), these days, its FOGO (fear of going out). Your apprehensions are valid since you're in the high risk group; it can be fatal if you catch it. To alleviate your angst, find something to do, like a hobby you enjoy that you can focus your mind into. Since you can't control the circumstances, deal with what you can control. This malady will be here for a while, might as well adapt to it the best way we can.
I read a lot, mostly romance novels and play scrabble and trivia crack on my phone, watch movies and tv shows, I used to paint but my bursitis in my right shoulder has gotten so bad that I just can't do it anymore. In fact I have trouble doing housework that needs to be done, but I get by. My house just isn't quite as clean as I would like it. It is still very difficult being completely alone without much human contact. I text friends and family and have some phone conversations, but still feel very isolated.

You don't sound or look like a senior, if that picture is you?
 

OneEyedDiva

Well-known Member
Location
New Jersey
Welcome to Senior Forum. :D I've been going to the neighborhood supermarket once every 10-14 days. It's usually not crowded when I go. I've also gone to the post office a few times since the pandemic. I actually look forward to those "outings". My son stops by occasionally because he does most of my Costco shopping. I got a chance to go to Costco myself Saturday before last and Dollar Tree yesterday after he and my granddaughter picked me up from my eye appointment. Can’t miss those quarterly appointments with the glaucoma specialist because keeping track of my eye pressures is very important. I was given the option of virtual visits though. They've done a good job of creating social distancing. Everyone gets a temperature check. Those who drive can wait in the car until they are called. Here are pictures of 2 of their 4 waiting areas which are usually almost full. They've placed red X's on those papers so people won't sit in those seats and everyone must wear their masks properly. Like you, I have postponed going to the dentist though.

Basically I feel that I'm protecting myself by wearing my mask which fits snugly. I wash my hands about 100 times a day (literally) and have done so since way before this virus. When I come home I immediately put my clothes into the laundry. I haven't worn "outside clothes" in the house for decades. Since the virus my best friends keep in better touch; our conversations are longer and usually become hilarious. That helps. Also like you, I find comfort in distractions...T.V., online games with friends, social networking and hobbies. I hope you will continue to find comfort in your activities. Just about everyone I know gets in down moods because of the affects of this pandemic.

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Aneeda72

Well-known Member
I read a lot, mostly romance novels and play scrabble and trivia crack on my phone, watch movies and tv shows, I used to paint but my bursitis in my right shoulder has gotten so bad that I just can't do it anymore. In fact I have trouble doing housework that needs to be done, but I get by. My house just isn't quite as clean as I would like it. It is still very difficult being completely alone without much human contact. I text friends and family and have some phone conversations, but still feel very isolated.

You don't sound or look like a senior, if that picture is you?
She looks like a senior to me. How is a senior supposed to sound? Just curious.
 
It has been so great being able to complain to someone and getting such wonderful responses! I got in my car yesterday and just drove around, didn't go anywhere in particular, or stop anywhere, just changed my perspective for a little while. There are actually new buildings that weren't there before and changes since I have had myself locked away. While in the car I listened to the radio(NPR) and they had a show on that they are doing from their homes. They actually mentioned the not bathing as often and being in PJ's. It made me feel better as it seems, I am not the only one!

I wish that I could find a grocery that was enforcing the masks rules, I would pay more for my groceries if I had to. I just read an article that is saying they have found another strain of the virus that is even more contagious! I think we really have to look at this as if it is air borne, not just person to person. There are a group of doctors that use that term to describe it and were asking the WHO to use it too.

The welcome here has just been great, and it has helped my isolation problems a lot, I just wanted you all to know that.


Pip, I don't know where you live, but in most places grocery stores have websites where you pick out your groceries online, pay for them online, and then go to a pickup point at the actual store, where store workers load them into the car for you. Many stores are doing that for free and it is completely contactless.

I've been getting most of my groceries from Walmart via the free pickup method and it works very well. I don't usually get most of my groceries from WalMart, but it's a good option. I'm not fond of Walmart's meats, but I have plenty of meat in my freezer. I used to get my produce from Sprouts, but they are using Instacart as their pickup people and Instacart adds what I consider a substantial charge for the service. The Kroger chain (here it is Smith's grocery stores) is doing the free pickup thing, too. I imagine others in different areas are doing the same thing.
 

MarciKS

Resident Fruitcake
Location
My Apartment
Pip, I don't know where you live, but in most places grocery stores have websites where you pick out your groceries online, pay for them online, and then go to a pickup point at the actual store, where store workers load them into the car for you. Many stores are doing that for free and it is completely contactless.

I've been getting most of my groceries from Walmart via the free pickup method and it works very well. I don't usually get most of my groceries from WalMart, but it's a good option. I'm not fond of Walmart's meats, but I have plenty of meat in my freezer. I used to get my produce from Sprouts, but they are using Instacart as their pickup people and Instacart adds what I consider a substantial charge for the service. The Kroger chain (here it is Smith's grocery stores) is doing the free pickup thing, too. I imagine others in different areas are doing the same thing.
Kroger here in KS does free pick up. Delivery is $9.95 extra.
 

Sunny

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Location
Maryland
Marci, I love your new avatar!

Hellomimi, that carding thing is really kind of funny. When I buy wine, I sometimes get carded, they say that have to card everyone, regardless of age. But sometimes in the same store (Safeway) they don't ask for the card. Probably it depends on what kind of mood the sales clerk is in that day. 😄
 

Ruthanne

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Location
Midwest
I've been dealing with isolation for years due to my nearest sibling moving and my not making many friends...how can I if I don't go anywhere...and frankly making friends anymore is just too hard...people are not like they used to be when I was younger. That's why I spend time on the internet..to connect with others..try to make people laugh sometimes. Isolation is not the worst thing in the world, especially now with that dang virus around. I do have my pets who are good company and I talk to a few people on the phone at times--there is a phone number to call for when you're not doing so good and I have used it at times.

I see some neighbors outside and say "hi" and "how are you" and small talk at times, it's not so bad.
 

Ladybj

Senior Member
I have been retired for about 4 years therefore, I am use to being home. However, I do get out. I go grocery shopping, out to eat, visit my daughter and son, go walking. I am blessed and grateful to have made it to the age of 60. I live my life. Hubby and I are planning Thanksgiving at my house. Looking forward to it. My birthday is that Monday - which will mark 1 year my sister died tragically. So I live and enjoy life.
 
I am 72, and up until 5 months ago was working part time, doing grocery shopping, having my grandson spend the night, going to the movies, seeing my son and his family, having pedicures and manicures regularly. Now............I stay home, have my groceries delivered to my porch, no contact, if I see my children or grandchildren it is outside and far apart. I even had my medications sent by mail now. I am in solitary confinement! I read romance novels, total fantasy, or watch tv. I talk on the phone with a couple of friends and my son, but human contact that is about it. I have only been to the grocery store 5 times in 5 months. I had to get a ct scan, and I have canceled dentist appointments, eye doctor appointments etc. I have had virtual doctor appointments, but, I am going to have to go get a blood test for a medication that I take and I am uncomfortable about it. How are you all coping with this isolation?
I've spent a lot of time making masks and crocheting. My husband and I enjoy playing dominoes and doing jigsaw puzzles. We used to go to the local bar and play bingo or go dancing. Now we sit here night after night staring at each other. :LOL:
 
I bought an air purifier. It gives me great pleasure when people come over to tell them they don't have to wear masks unless they are sneezing or coughing. And, I always ask if they have a temperature. After which, they look at the air purifier and ask how much it costs.
 

Aneeda72

Well-known Member
I've spent a lot of time making masks and crocheting. My husband and I enjoy playing dominoes and doing jigsaw puzzles. We used to go to the local bar and play bingo or go dancing. Now we sit here night after night staring at each other. :LOL:
I have tried, several times, to learn to crochet and it saddens me that I just can’t do it. I think being left handed is a real bummer in regards to crochet. The things just don’t look right. My husband does puzzles, but in HIS study. We used to do the bingo thing decades ago.
 
I have tried, several times, to learn to crochet and it saddens me that I just can’t do it. I think being left handed is a real bummer in regards to crochet. The things just don’t look right. My husband does puzzles, but in HIS study. We used to do the bingo thing decades ago.
Have you tried knitting Aneeda? That's a two handed job. I can't knit. I tried a couple times but I can't figure it out. It just gets tighter and tighter until I can't move the needles at all.
 

Aneeda72

Well-known Member
Have you tried knitting Aneeda? That's a two handed job. I can't knit. I tried a couple times but I can't figure it out. It just gets tighter and tighter until I can't move the needles at all.
I do know how to knit and knitted in my younger days, but with the arthritis I gave it up, along with quilting, sewing, needlepoint, etc. Crocheting was something I tried again about five years ago. This last year even coloring is becoming difficult. It’s very frustrating.

I like to do other stuff when I watch tv. Those days, the days of fun projects, are almost behind me.
 
Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and am hoping someone is listening. I can tell you a little about myself, I live in Texas, I work in an elementary school I love working on my yard. My husband passed away a few years ago, but when I feel alone I have my grandson to keep me company. However there are times he is busy because he makes movies, but his success makes me proud and understanding. I have other children and grandchildren, but I never get a call to see how I’m doing just what they need usually. Thought maybe I could make some friends on here.
 

Pinky

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Location
Toronto
Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and am hoping someone is listening. I can tell you a little about myself, I live in Texas, I work in an elementary school I love working on my yard. My husband passed away a few years ago, but when I feel alone I have my grandson to keep me company. However there are times he is busy because he makes movies, but his success makes me proud and understanding. I have other children and grandchildren, but I never get a call to see how I’m doing just what they need usually. Thought maybe I could make some friends on here.
I hope you will stay and enter into the many thread topics here. There are several Texans on the forum, as well as many international members.

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I do know how to knit and knitted in my younger days, but with the arthritis I gave it up, along with quilting, sewing, needlepoint, etc. Crocheting was something I tried again about five years ago. This last year even coloring is becoming difficult. It’s very frustrating.

I like to do other stuff when I watch tv. Those days, the days of fun projects, are almost behind me.
I also like to do other stuff while I watch tv. I had my OH pick up some of those there crossword puzzles from the Walmart.
 
I am 72, and up until 5 months ago was working part time, doing grocery shopping, having my grandson spend the night, going to the movies, seeing my son and his family, having pedicures and manicures regularly. Now............I stay home, have my groceries delivered to my porch, no contact, if I see my children or grandchildren it is outside and far apart. I even had my medications sent by mail now. I am in solitary confinement! I read romance novels, total fantasy, or watch tv. I talk on the phone with a couple of friends and my son, but human contact that is about it. I have only been to the grocery store 5 times in 5 months. I had to get a ct scan, and I have canceled dentist appointments, eye doctor appointments etc. I have had virtual doctor appointments, but, I am going to have to go get a blood test for a medication that I take and I am uncomfortable about it. How are you all coping with this isolation?
 


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