Covid-19 in the Hospital

So I just read an email that was sent this morning to all staff at my hospital…Apparently a patient who had been in a normal ward for 6 weeks has tested positive for Covid-19. Prior to that he had already had 3 negative tests…So they are investigating how he got it and they have to quarantine all the staff that have been near him during this time. Since I have just started, it is extremely unlikely that I was exposed. But it makes me wonder, am I really safe at work?

I like talking to people and socialising at lunch..it’s great to make friends…but who knows…would the person sitting across from me be positive for Covid?

To help myself feel better, I do remember to scan the QR code that each break room has and I register what time I was there. I wear my mask in the hospital..I am constantly cleaning and sanitising my hands…But who knows?!

I am sure I will hear more about this tomorrow… so far no one in Pharmacy has tested positive as of yet, but I think there are some staff in precautionary quarantine until they get their results back.

What a ‘unprecedented‘ time we live in. (ALWAYS wanted to use that word since hearing it so much these days lol ..XD)..

Stay safe~ and wear your mask!

ps. It makes me feel better that I am living on my own and am at no risk to anyone around me. I haven’t been allowed to see any of my relatives since I moved out. I guess that’s all that I can be grateful for :)!

pps. Can’t wait to be able to play badminton again T_T..I am getting fatter each day T_T…oh yeah I met a colleague that plays badminton! Super excited…..

Recipe for Burnout

Covid is a great excuse to become burnout in my opinion. Asides from work, I usually make time to go to the gym around 3 times a week for classes and try to play badminton 1-2 times a week. I would visit my elderly Aunt and Uncle whenever I had time and also visit my sister and her baby whenever I could. Due to Covid restrictions, badminton, gym, and social outings were gone from the calendar and I didn’t visit my aunt and uncle as much because I could be a risk to them. Take away all the things I did out of work, it just left me with work..and more work. Oh yeah, also study… I am almost finishing my graduate certificate in disability studies…

If anything, I had to work more hours, longer days without break. So of course, I am not a great machine that can keep going and going. I stopped working. Literally. Couldn’t work, because I had become so sick. Sick of the unpaid overtime, sick of not being able to say no to an extra shift because I felt guilty, sick of looking after sick people. It’s a real thing.. this vicarious trauma…

Due to the stress at work, I was so exhausted when I got home, but I would still force myself to do some work out. Gone were all the things that I had preached on this blog and to others… Healthy Eating habits? I craved and gave into KFC every time the migraines came back…I have never spent so much money on SNACKS and they aren’t all healthy snacks either :(. I have been so busy at work, I don’t even drink enough water because that would mean having to go to the toilet!! I am just overeating snacks… and it’s terrible! I’ve also been splurging on things I don’t necessarily need with my new credit card.. Oh..what I have done.

Anyways, I am not writing all this JUST to complain about my situation, because I know we have it pretty good in Australia. It will get better, I hope, because the situation is ever changing! Just as fast as we were put into restrictions, the restrictions are being lifted faster than I imagined too. Life will become better soon. But until then..Just keep fighting on, because it can only get better from now.  Take time to look after your mental health, have you done something just for you today?

Maybe, it’s okay, that I am acting the way I am now…As long as I realise that I can’t stay like that forever! Now that I am aware, I will be more conscious when I go pass KFC or purchase something I REALLY do not need.

The easing of Covid-19 Restrictions in Australia

Considerations needed before lifting the restrictions in Australia during the pandemic.

Now, more than ever, I think it is really tough to have the top job in Australia, because you have to make difficult decisions of whether you choose to open up the country again or to stay in lock down to prevent the spread of Covid 19. There are both good and bad points about lifting the restrictions in Australia and this post will examine this in greater detail.

Scott Morrison who is the current leader of Australia has made some pretty sensible decisions during this global pandemic in my humble opinion. One decision that I praise him for the plan created to lift the restrictions that have been implemented in the  last month or so. He has left it up to each state and territory to make their own decisions to which phase of the restrictions that they will lift and when. This is good news for Australia’s currently ailing economy because millions of workers have been out of jobs and many are currently only surviving on government handouts. However, the large amount of money that has been set aside for government handouts is not an endless supply and sooner or later, the government will run out of money to support those people. By lifting the restrictions, it means that people can go back to exercising in their gyms, partake in religious activites, and enjoy recreational activities like going to the cinema. I believe this will have a positive impact on mental health, which unfortunately has declined dramatically due to the social distancing restrictions leaving people socially isolated from their normal support networks or from losing their jobs. Sadly, the number of calls to police for domestic violence related incidents also have more than doubled in places like Melbourne, which has been in strict lock down for weeks.

In saying that, Australia has just started entering the cold, winter months, where the   threats of influenza and other illness will also be another issue to consider. By relaxing restrictions it can mean more clusters of Covid-19 are able to break out and there will not be the restrictions that have been in place to help stop it from happening. When rules are relaxed, people can become complacent again, and lead to a second spike in the number of new cases in Australia. There is the risk of many people dying from the disease, and this is especially the case for those vulnerable people, such as the elderly or those with chronic health conditions. Another issue to consider, is the risk that we will again run out of personal protective equipment that protects front line workers from contracting the Covid-19 virus and whether or not the health care system will be able to cope with the subsequent outbreaks.

The risks of benefits of lifting the restrictions put in place to stop Covid-19 is one that needs to be carefully considered and implemented. There is a need to restart the economy and to help get people back into the workforce as there is only a limited amount of time that the government will be able to support so many people. However, careful plans to ensure that a second outbreak  in Covid-19 cases doesn’t happen is also essential to have.

Being Foot Shy

Basically during this time while we are in semi-lock down, I have not much to write about in my life…so please excuse me while I write about something that is probably considered quite bland for your everyday read… xD… However, it is in these times that what used to be everyday occurrences can become the highlight of your day… or the topic of your blog…

I went to the shops today to buy some work shoes…The shopping centre looked a lot different than the last time I went..  Many clothes shops, toy shops, shoe shops, jewellery shops, basically nothing that was classified as ‘essential’ was closed. It was sort of a bleak sight I suppose…but I guess one that is needed to stop people flocking to the shops to go shopping for those ‘non-essential’ items.

Luckily for me, I had checked online whether the shop I needed to go to was open. As I am on my feet all day for work, having comfortable shoes is a necessity. I was just really glad that this shop was still open, the shop’s name is ‘Athlete’s Foot’ and they measure you up for sizing and help choose for you a shoe that will help stabilise your feet or support your feet is you need it. The person who helped me was super helpful and helped recommend a comfortable yet professional looking black leather shoe. While I don’t mind buying certain things online, such as electronics, stationery, or turtle accessories. I have personally not had much luck buying clothes and shoes. If something did fit by sheer luck, I would make sure to keep buying the exact same one!

That’s why when the physical shops close, it means I won’t get much shopping done…because I am one of those people that really need to try on some clothes or shoes before buying them…because the shoe or clothes might LOOK great, but probably won’t for me….Anyway, so this “Foot technician” I think called Ben, helped me do some measurements to my feet with this “Foot scanning and recording thing” (sorry the name of it is beyond me), which tells you all sorts of things about the way you walk and the where the pressure on your feet is located. To do this scan I had to take off my shoes and socks, I couldn’t help but worry about all the germs that were on the floor and just crossed my fingers I won’t get any foot infection from walking on the ground and thing.

On a side note, for some reason today I was wearing my white duck socks…so embarrassing…I should have remembered to wear a more professional looking sock…normally no one would ever know its a duck sock with my shoes on…but anyways… LOL.. the other thing was I realised I haven’t cut my toenails for a while and eww the small nail on my right foot looks soooo gross…I felt sorry for the poor technician looking at my disgusting feet T_T. If only, they recorded and saved these measurements so that I wouldn’t have to continually take off my socks and be embarrassed. Anyways, I digress. After the testing, he brought out 3 different brands of black shoes and said all the pros and cons of each shoe. I then tried on two of the three, one on each foot and walked around in it. Both felt good and it was kind of hard to choose, it only came down to how it looked…the one on the right foot looked slightly more professional and looks less like a sports shoe than the other one…and that’s the one I decided to get…!

Tomorrow will be my first day wearing my new shoes…albeit being a bit squeaky..here’s hoping that my feet will be happier and less sore after a day at work. And that folks, is the highlight of my week. Buying some work shoes…before they also probably will shut due to COVID 19. Who would have thought life would come down to this? ? ? ? Work is literally life now.. 😦

Keep safe and keep dabbing into your elbow when you sneeze.

 

Thx. JL