How Has Lock In Changed Your Life?




We are going on week 3 of lock-in due to Covid-19. I am working from home while managing a 9th grader who is allergic to homework, especially the online kind. However, we are making progress. The most problematic thing is that I have only been sleeping every third night. I think the bad news is are facing on a daily basis has triggered the PTSD that I had in 2005/06.  I do not feel anxiety during the day but for the life of me, I cannot sleep at night. It is a strange situation to be in. We are fairly lucky, although some of our salaries have been cut, we are both formally still employed.

I think the mental health issues that will arise from the Lock-In will be pretty bad. My normally happy go, lucky teen, has been having depression for the first time in her life, so that is worrisome. I make sure she walks daily and I have been taking her to McDonald's drive-through by our house just to order something to make her feel normal. It is the least I can do. We do not take her to the grocery store or anything, but Diet Coke and a large fries go a long way when you are 15 and all your friends are stuck at home and the only people you see all day is your pets and mom.

Someday soon I hope I can sleep again. It is very challenging to feel normal with no sleep for 48 hours but here we are. It could be worse and so far no one I know personally has passed away from the virus. My next-door neighbor a few doors down came down with the virus, he is a Pathologist at a big hospital, so he was handling the virus on a regular basis. Fortunately, he is on the mend and is quarantined in his house for 14 days. 

It is good that is going to come from this situation. We may not see it yet because in the midst of the storm you cannot see very well, but it shows up later after the storm has passed. I hope everyone is doing as best as they can. I am trying. Be well. 

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