Don’t Mention The C Word

It’s a phrase that is used for many different things, but at the moment it can only mean one thing. Don’t mention the C word. Coronavirus. I’ve refrained from talking about it up to now, as I’ve felt no need to. But as the situation escalated here in the UK, today we had our first issue.

Lily has been complaining about pain in her ear. We rang up the doctor and were told they couldn’t see her, as they can’t offer face to face appointments. Instead we got a phone call from a doctor, who prescribed antibiotics despite not being sure what was wrong with her.

Yet Lily is still supposed to be going to school on Monday. It just seems like madness to me. Nowhere spreads a virus quite like a school. Maybe the situation will change by Monday, we will just have to wait and see.

Panic Buying

The panic buying that has been going on, has been a bit ridiculous. But you think about how mad people go at Christmas when the shops are shut for one day. We really shouldn’t be surprised. We went out to get some shopping done today, as it was payday. In three different stores, there’s was no paracetamol, hand sanitiser or hand wash to be seen. One store did have some toilet roll, which appears to be a miracle.

We are fortunate enough to have been able to go out today, and we have some support around us to help us out. That’s not the case for everybody. There are a lot of vulnerable people out there. I wish people had shown a bit more consideration, when buying enough toilet paper to last a year. And don’t even get me started on the fact it’s completely unnecessary for this virus. If diarrhoea was a symptom I’d understand it.

Looking forward

There’s a lot of uncertainty around at the moment, which of course is the last thing autistic people need. Jack especially concerns me. If the schools do get shut, how is he going to handle his routine being changed? The answer is probably badly, he’s already struggling at the moment, so the last thing we need is his routine disrupted. School holidays that we have time to prepare for are problematic enough.

This evening Lily has started to look really poorly. Hopefully it is just an ear infection, and the antibiotics will soon put things right. But the uncertainty caused by not being able to get her seen doesn’t help.

How’s everyone feeling about the Coronavirus? Do you feel prepared for it? Are you worried about how you would cope if there’s a “shutdown”? Or if you caught the virus? Or are you still feeling like it’s a case of, don’t mention the C word? I’d like to here your comments on the situation and how you’ve found things so far. I’m sure I will have plenty more to say over the coming days, weeks maybe even months. It’s going to be a difficult time for everyone, but for those who rely so heavily on routine, this could be the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced.

My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

15 thoughts on “Don’t Mention The C Word

  • March 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm
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    Agree dont get this panic buying. No hand sanitiser anywhere apart from ebay say no more. Hope lily is ok soon

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    • March 14, 2020 at 3:09 pm
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      It’s crazy

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  • March 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm
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    Did you buy all the toilet roll? It’ll be worth more than gold soon!

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    • March 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm
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      Hah no mate I did not.

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      • March 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm
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        Thank you. To be honest, I’m stocked up on pot noodles and ready to ignore the world for a bit, how the kids will be is the concern

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        • March 15, 2020 at 3:02 am
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          I love this…the C word! It’s literally gotten to that point! It’s driving me nuts. Our biggest grocery store chain closed until further notice because they can’t keep up with supply and demand. I couldn’t take my daughter out like I do for her every year for her birthday and try to explain to an 8 yr old why her day isn’t her day today after 7 yrs of a routine?! Our kids don’t have school Thank the good lord because like you said there’s nothing like spreading germs like sending a kid to school. The one thing I don’t get is why my company who works every day with international travelers refuses to close ?! All I know is I can’t wait until this is all over and we all can have toilet paper and can relax. Great post! Very engaging!

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          • March 15, 2020 at 9:10 am
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            Damn that’s so sad about the birthday 😔 hopefully this craziness is over sooner rather than later.

      • March 14, 2020 at 10:53 pm
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        Missed a trick 😂

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  • March 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm
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    Awe I hope Lily feels better soon. And this whole panic buying thing is insane. There isn’t currently a shortage of anything so I don’t understand why people are stockpiling. Especially toilet paper! It makes no sense. And I am not really scared of the virus itself (I work in healthcare anyway), more so of the way people are acting crazy over it!

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    • March 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm
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      Yeah we currently can’t find any calpol (paracetamol/pain killer for children) anyway, we have some in, but if Lily doesn’t improve tomorrow we will run out, and she really needs it.

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  • March 14, 2020 at 7:31 pm
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    The whole panic buying is madness! I guess I get the hand sanitiser because you’re protecting yourself from germs but why the multiple packs of toilet roll?! If you self-isolate you’ll probably be down and out for a week so, unless people get the runs, they don’t really need so many! Haha! My town has their priorities…they have the above out of stock as well as pot noodles and biscuits!

    I’m trying to look at the lighter side of things to keep my anxiety under control. Self-isolate? Don’t touch people? My autism has prepared me for this all my life! xD Great post!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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  • March 14, 2020 at 8:15 pm
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    I hope you manage to find the medicine you need! It’s all over the news and so many people are stock buying now!

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    • March 14, 2020 at 9:31 pm
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      We managed to get some, so should be alright. It’s getting to the stage where you have to join the madness, or you’ll end up being left with nothing.

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  • June 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm
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    It’s a crazy world we are living in right now!

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