As the COVID-19 pandemic draws on, I must say that I’ve become less bothered with my appearances. This includes how I smell, and how presentable I look. I mean, not that I stink, I still shower daily – a necessity in a humid climate like Singapore. But previously, I’d feel a little naked if I had forgotten to dabble some perfume on before leaving the house. Now, I don’t even wear jewellery for a bit of shine. My eyebrows are unkempt but I’m not fussed. I mean – we’re all hidden under those stuffy masks.
My number one gripe whenever hospitalised is the inability to shower. Wipe downs are not the real deal; I remember when I was hospitalised for two months and couldn’t even use the bathroom on my own. Towards the end they allowed me the occasional half-day leave, and going home for a shower, albeit with help from mum, was absolute bliss. The little pleasures in life matter a great deal.
As you may know if you read my entry for last month’s prompts, Horace flew away and could never be found 🙁 A day after his disappearance, his parents started getting it on hardcore. Like 10 times a day. Now we have six chicks and they are demanding little suckers!
Their parents can’t keep up with the regurgitation and feeding (their throats must be sore!), so I’ve stepped in earlier than usual to help feed their babies. Usually I begin hand feeding the chicks at around 2 – 3 weeks, but now I’ve started even the youngest one at a few days old. Thank goodness I’ve had some experience or I might have freaked out. Balvenie (chick #6) is so tiny, like a giant sized ant, and so fragile with a tiny little beak and blind. How precious life is, though. It’s also fascinating to watch the formula go down their throats and into their crops, as their skins are still translucent. I also love hearing their cute little purrs as they get some head rubs.
Tying that in with the next prompt – nourishing. I usually don’t feed my birds too many seeds as it’s bad for their diet (it’s like McDonald’s for birds). I give it to them in the afternoon as treats. But for now, I allow them to eat all they want – they have six ever-hungry mouths to feed, and better fed than starved to death! They’re constantly screaming at me for more food, so I let them be. The formula I’m feeding the chicks has at least plenty of nutrients in it, so hopefully they grow up nice and strong.
I, too, need to nourish my own wellbeing. I’ve been neglecting it, not entirely by choice with the increased workload and timelines. Although I will admit, I could have managed my time and stress better. I’m terrible at both, but I’d like (need!) to make an attempt. To say to myself ‘stop’ consciously, even though I don’t feel like it, or am ‘in the zone’.
To let myself feel discomfort and quit before I go overboard, and do too much in order to feel productive and ‘good’. It’s a bit (a lot) of an addiction for me. Over time I hope I’ll get used to that discomfort. It’s discomfort that’s good for my long term health and wellbeing. In order to nourish myself in this instance, I need to subtract, and not add. To return to a state of stillness and calm, and not fill myself up with more.
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I’ve had a few telemedicine sessions for my less urgent doctor appointments, which I have found to be such a time saver. Medications get delivered for free too, so that’s another huge time saver. The queues at the pharmacy can drag on, and as I usually have many medications to collect. It can take up to two hours waiting for them, and waiting around in a public place for a chronically ill person is physically exhausting.
And whilst Zoom and Skype meetings with friends have been popular…guess what? I haven’t had a single one – only for a podcast interview. I don’t have enough friends, it seems, or my friends are like me. I don’t like talking on the phone, or communication via screen much.
It’s been difficult in the house with the lockdown and lock in with my family! Usually I’m alone at home on weekdays, working or blogging. Now everyone is home so space is compromised, volumes louder, and *ahem* arguments increased. It really is a test of patience and communication.
Now that the lockdown is easing up a little (for now), I take any opportunity I can get to escape from the house for a breather. My new favourite café is Wheeler’s Estate, as it’s outdoors and spacious. Plenty of space to breathe and work. The food is a little on the pricey side so I need to save up for these treat days, but at least it’s delicious, and the change of environment to a natural one makes me happy.
That’s it from me for now. It’s been pretty busy with work so am late to my own linkup party, and it’s a bit of a rushed post this July! But I loved reading all your entries and catching up with the group. Hope to see you again in August!
*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes and is based on the author’s personal experiences. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding any new treatment protocols.
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