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Topic: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

  1. Black Bubblegum
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    2 June 2021 in reply to Sophie_M
    Thank you Sophie. I apologise for being such a downer.
  2. randomx
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    2 June 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Oh God , Bird flue now, wth not eh .

    Anyway guys look they should get on top of it soon , hang in there, it won't be long.

    The thing l can't believe even moreso though is wth , they haven't even vacced nursing homes yet, whattttt.???? After after everything they've been through , or the carers . Just unbelievable . To top it off the residents could've gone straight onto the Astra z' which has been available for mths. But now they have to live through last yr again, it's just bloody mind boggling. Other country's with 50 even 100s of millions of people at this stage some are literally looking for more arms to jab , they've ran out. And yet our clowns can't even manage a few 100k nursing home residents.and carers in mths. And they're already in the one place , in nice neat little buildings, all over, 30 in this one , 40 in that 100 in that, you could not get simpler. They'd already have doctors on call 24/7 some even resident doctors and nurses all they've had to do it give them all their 100 or 200 doses whatever the number and they could've done it all themselves anyway.

    lt's bloody mind boggling. Those poor residence after everything they must have been through already,

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  3. randomx
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    Ha, not wonder they're so hopeless in all this and the media , , God help us.

    The acting prem just said Aus's only vacced 2% of our population so far and then he says so that's only 2 people out of every 10 .

    Ahhhh ,sorry , l failed math but no that's only 2 people out of every 100 , not 2 out of 10. And to top it off none of the media even picked that up , givme strength !!!!!!!

    rx

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  4. Gambit87
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    3 June 2021

    Hello Victorian friends!

    I feel guilty that I'm in WA, seeing whats happening in victoria is heart breaking. Especially with how its affecting people.

    WA last lockdown was anzac day long weekend. I felt so upset and frustrated that I couldnt attend the dawn service, what I did though was sneak out and went to my local war memorial to pay my respects. It felt kinda good to be bending the rules a bit haha.

    Through the various lockdowns ive learnt to take a few steps back and take it a day at a time because the lockdown will end. Get out and about as much as you can, even if its just your garden.

    Hang in there friends! I know its brutal and difficult but you will get through this!

    sending kindness and love to you all :)

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  5. CalmCat
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    3 June 2021 in reply to Gambit87

    Hi Gambit87,

    Thank you for your lovely words, Victorian's will get through this, and it looks like there is only 1 more week to go.

    I've been going for walks every night, lighting scented candles and buying yummy food to get through the lockdown. On weekends I've been making delicious fusion meals.

    I'd love to know what others are doing to get through the lockdown.

    Regards,

    CC

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  6. Mimsy19
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    4 June 2021 in reply to CalmCat

    I got some Mork hot chocolate from that lovely place on Errol Street, North Melbourne. Really helps calm me down.

    Also phoned DHHS about a travel exemption so I can go to Bendigo for the appointment with the assistance dog organisation that is helping me train my dog. They said it will be fine to do so, I just need a letter on official letterhead from the organisation explaining, in case I get stopped by Vic Pol. I'm feeling much calmer now I know I can do that.

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    4 June 2021 in reply to Mimsy19

    Hi Mimsy19,

    Thank you for sharing with us your trip to Bendigo, this is fantastic news that you can still go interstate with exemptions.

    Seeing that the numbers are steady at 3 or 4 per day is somewhat uplifting, as I'm sure we'll be at 2 or 3 days then 1 or 2 day in no time. However, the new variant news is concerning. Fingers crossed that is taken under control.

    Looking forward to hearing more things Victorians have been up to during lockdown.

    Regards,

    CC

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  8. Ann1234567
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    5 June 2021

    I'm finding this 4th lockdown in Melbourne in 2021 mentally draining, again. I live with housemates who I don't really get along with (they are 10 years younger and are male so we have nothing in common) and one doesn't even speak to me. He actually ignores me when I try to have a normal conversation. Also, the one who doesn't speak to me didn't follow the rules in the 2020 lockdown so he's not the best housemate to have (he also went down south a few days ago during this current 2021 lockdown- he went against the rules again!). I've learnt to just keep to myself in this house and speak to my friends online or on the phone instead because we are in lockdown and my housemates seem like they aren't decent people.

    It's also true what they say in all these posts about other states in Australia having no idea what it's like over here. To say you've had a week in lockdown means nothing to us who've had a whole 2020 in lockdown, so please just listen to your Victorian/Melbourne friends, be understanding and nice that's all we want (we are also asking you Scott Morrison to do the same. lol).

    I can't wait for this lockdown to be over. Fingers crossed for better coming weeks. By the way if your looking for something fun to do in lockdown watching comedy on YouTube is the best. :)

  9. randomx
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    5 June 2021 in reply to Ann1234567

    The ones that still crack me up are these people you see out driving along on the hwy, alone , with a mask on. Ahhhhh, 12mths and l'm still chuckling at the logic of that one.

    rx

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  10. Gabs_
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    5 June 2021

    Hi all,

    I know it's hard. As a Victorian, I had the pleasure (note the sarcasm) of the 2020 lockdown and as restrictions were about to ease in Melbourne, my mother-in-law passed away in the UK - we received an exemption, flew there, and went pretty much into six months lockdown (whilst still working to Melbourne hours...which was through the night there) and dealing with the grief of her passing. We then managed to get a flight home (six months later), spent 2 weeks in hotel quarantine, then came out of hotel quarantine when we went into the 5 day circuit breaker in February. I was at the point where I had to laugh...I started thinking that I was the one responsible for lockdowns all around the world! :)

    And now we are here in lockdown #4 (my #5). Whilst it sucks, I encourage you to focus on the things you can control - get out of bed and go for a walk; truly appreciate the fresh air. Cook yourself a dish from your childhood that gives you comfort (I made curried sausages the other night). I even do a mindfulness exercise every morning on my verandah - close my eyes and listen for five different sounds (birds, train, kids laughing); then with my eyes still closed try and smell 5 different smells (the different trees, the neighbours fire, coffee brewing). I find it just makes me stop and appreciate all the small things about this world that we sometimes take for granted.

    I also recently watched David Attenborough's "The Year Earth Changed". It shows how with people in lockdown, nature has had a chance to recover, pollution subsided, etc. It made me reflect on that whilst we may be doing it tough, species have managed to go from endangered to recouping numbers. It provided me with a bit of solace about the situation and an appreciation for the world (not just the human world).

    Please take care of yourselves.

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  11. Sleepy21
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    5 June 2021 in reply to Gabs_

    hi all

    rx that is a bit intense, wearing a mask alone in ur car

    that said i did once get cmfy in my car without one, impulsively pull up at a shop in a rush and walk in to buy something (no mask). A woman yelled at me til tomorrow and told me not to come near her - it was a mistake on my part but the yelling was - a lot!

    I tried to keep that in mind when a woman approached me yesterday outside, saying "Oh, seeing you in your mask, I just realised I forgot mine... don't know how"

    "easily done," i said - having learnt my lesson that screaming at ppl doesn't work and everyone is on eggshells anyway in this lockdown. Who knows how fragile ppl are in these times, and yet some ppl take the liberty to police and attack. these are hard times for all.

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    5 June 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Maybe the person wearing the mask in a car forgot to take it off or was worried they'd forget to put it on when they get out of the car. Certainly doesn't harm anyone!!!!!

    Wearing a mask ourselves is an effective way to remind others to do the same. It certainly helps me remember if I see people with masks. We aren't police so have no right to say anything to others unless they're coming into our property or business. Yelling is not OK. We need to do the right things ourselves but need to remember that some people can't wear masks and don't deserve to be made to feel bad. My husband can't walk with a mask so we try to walk in areas away from people to avoid any risk of transmission. I shop on my own while we have this outbreak to minimise any risks.

    Sleepy's polite friendly reply helped the person feel OK about the situation and set an example I could imagine the other person following next times she's in a similar situation making our society a bit nicer.

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  13. SusanTeapot
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    6 June 2021

    I'm really struggling this lockdown.. I have no motivation to do anything, and too many responsibilities that I feel no matter how much I put in I'm doing a bad job at being a parent, bad at doing my job, bad at being happy, bad at managing my family, bad wife... I know they're not true but thats how I feel. I just have no mental energy to stay positive :/ feeling so over it all.

    sorry.. just needed a place to put that down!

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  14. Mimsy19
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    6 June 2021 in reply to SusanTeapot

    Sorry to hear you're doing it tough, I feel like anything positive I say will sound like a hollow platitude. You don't need to feel positive all the time, it's OK to feel rotten. I've had no motivation to do the things I have to either. I really need to clean my bird's cage... better do that today, I've been putting it off for days because it seems like such a mammoth task. (It's not really)

    Here's hoping this will at least partially be over in a few days.

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  15. randomx
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    6 June 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Yeah that's true sleep spose everyone's done it. l've come back to the car and driven off with the mask on too until l realize.

    l hate this stupid bloody scanning thing or the form. l know it's to do a job but l hate it. And who knows what they do with whatever info goes through when we do it.

    rx

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    6 June 2021 in reply to SusanTeapot

    Hi SusanTeapot,

    Welcome to the forum and thank you so much for letting us in on how your feeling; you are courageous.

    There is nothing wrong with feeling down in these uncertain times, its only natural. If you do need to talk with someone give the Beyond Blue line a call on 1300 22 4636, having a chat with someone can really help your mental health.

    Each day I hope that we get less and less cases, I'm sure will be back to normal in no time. Hope you have a great night and please reach out again, letting us know on how your feeling.

    Regards,

    cc

  17. SusanTeapot
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    6 June 2021 in reply to Mimsy19
    Thank you Mimsy19!! thankyou for NOT doing the positive thing :) your comments have given me the motivation to get outside and do some gardening today which really did make things seem a little better. Thank you!! (didn't clean out the bird cage though! And yes I should have done it days ago...)
  18. SusanTeapot
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    6 June 2021 in reply to CalmCat
    thanks Calm cat, I am feeling a bit better tonight. This week will be really hard though..
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  19. Sleepy21
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    6 June 2021 in reply to Mimsy19

    i''m taking vitamins atm which helps me feel healthy inside, (vit c and d) and tday bought some aloe vera cream as well, can do face masks and heal any problem skin. Trying to stay sane with contact with others, lifeline if needed, and being open and honest about how i'm feeling.

    I think i was downplaying how hard it was for me (not here thankfully - thanks for everyone here for not pushing the positive thinking track and letting us all vent).....

    thanks rx and elizabeth for understanding re the mask thing. I have PTSD so ppl screaming at me is often very disruptive so I would not want to do that to someone, i've been snapped at a few times in shops just because the shopkeeper is stressed etc during lockdown. We are all struggling, it is hard, but i feel like gentleness is needed.

    Tomorrow a friend of a friend is dropping off some puzzles for me. I put a shout out to a few friends for puzzles... i felt if i ordered online it would maybe take too long to arrive and i needed somethign quick.... so i asked a friend. they knew someone who lived nearby and will bring it to me. I'm really delighted. :) Puzzles and art are two things I enjoy doing to stay sane, but I must admit I dn'thave the resources in my place, I have done such things in hospital settings before where there were many options to choose from but in my own home i just have a few pens and paper.

    Really happy to consider that asking around helped and someone can assist me getting a few things to keep me busy :)

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  20. CalmCat
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    7 June 2021

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for sharing such great things you've been up to (gardening, taking vitamins and looking after pets).

    Last night I made an absolutely amazing pasta... I truly recommend it for those in lockdown to help bring a smile.

    https://www.marionskitchen.com/creamy-tomato-vodka-pasta/

    Hope you give it ago and looking forward to others sharing what they've been up to in lockdown.

    Regards,

    CC

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    7 June 2021 in reply to CalmCat

    hi all

    taking a hot drink with me to the park, getting some vit d anda walk in has been helpful

    lots of ppl walking dogs or doing burpees - i'm not doing either but taking the time to just sit outside and be.

    it is very therapeutic for me although hard because i have mild social anxiety and prefer to be in places i know where i kinda know who will be there

    but i managed that today, and it helped to be outside

    hang in there victorians

    we love u and care about u

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    8 June 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hi Sleepy21,

    Thanks for the love!

    We will get through this and with only 2 cases today I think lockdown will lift Thursday!

    Regards,

    CC

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    8 June 2021 in reply to CalmCat

    hey CC

    that is good news!

    thursday doesn't seem too far away

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    9 June 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    nice one, victoria

    good news for victorians x

  25. randomx
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    9 June 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Yeah you bet.

    But why is Vic still getting hit with all this crap when other states are only getting 1 or 2 now and then. lt's like we're cursed.

    l thought of the colder winter but look at Tassie , nothin. A lot less people though l guess. l don't know . lt's like we still don't get it right though .

    Anyway , at least the snap lockdown worked. Congrats everyone.

  26. Moonstruck
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    Hello All

    I just heard an interesting conversation on morning TV...about incentives to people to get vaccinated. This isn't aimed at people in Melbourne where the situation is so much worse than the rest of us here up north......but there are still heaps of people who are putting off getting the jab. re incentives...e.g. if there is another lockdown anywhere...if you are vaccinated, do you still have to go into lockdown with everyone else?"....if so, why? Is that any incentive to get vaccinated if you still have to suffer through all the restrictions like those who are not vaccinated?

    Those who are hesitant need this question answered. Another question a lot of us need answered is...how do we known when herd immunity has been achieved? Someone asked me just recently "how did they get rid of the Spanish Flu?"....I assume, it was herd immunity?

    anyway, what are the advantages re our everyday life and protection from lockdowns if we are vaccinated? are there any?

  27. Mimsy19
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    Masks are STILL required outside, based on absolutely no science whatsoever, all epidemiologists say they do nothing outside. That's at least another week I can't go outside. May the government be afflicted with horrible diarrhoea. That's all I can say.
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    10 June 2021 in reply to Mimsy19

    Hi Mimsy19,

    Thank you for being so open and brave in sharing your feelings with us, you aren't alone and others are feeling the same in these uncertain times.

    Keep being your super strong self, lockdown should ease again next week if cases remain low. I'm personally finding it challenging not having gyms still open, but I know I'll be okay.

    If you need to talk with someone give the Beyond Blue line a call 1300 22 4636. A chat can really help when we're in a bad headspace.

    Let us know your thoughts.

    Regards,

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  29. randomx
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    10 June 2021 in reply to Mimsy19

    l might be wrong but l thought l heard they aren't now only mask up indoors.

    rx

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    hi rx i think as of this morning still required outdoors but it does keep changing.
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