Here’s a question for a dreary, rain-soaked summer afternoon – what happens when a carer gets swine flu?
Prompted by a tweet from @carersdirect about the need for carers to have a plan of action in place, ready to roll at a moment’s service, I figured I’d share a few thoughts.
Rachel and I have already discussed what will happen when swine flu strikes.
Let’s face it, the chances are at some point over the next few months one of us (if not both of us) will succumb.
Option one is to start living life in a bubble.
But option two – carry on regardless and if I catch it then so be it – seems to be the more realistic.
I go out to work five days a week and travel on public transport (I have train trips to London and sunny Sleaford to look forward to next week), which means my chances of exposure are pretty high.
The fact that I genuinely believe I won’t get ill…ever…isn’t enough to make me immune.
So a plan of action is required.
We haven’t yet got as far as devising a list of bullet-points – but it is a slow, dismal afternoon so I might be tempted to complete one. We have, however, had a few initial discussions and thoughts and ideas of how we would sit out the full onslaught of the worst that swine flu has to offer.
But we probably need to sort something a little more concrete out sooner rather than later. And we probably need to share this information with close family, friends and neighbours too.
Perhaps I should also post it up here?
The only sure fire certainty at the moment is that we won’t bother looking on media sites for helpful tips and useful links. The general tone amidst the screaming headlines and scaremongering paragraph of unsubstantiated anecdotes seems to be “DON’T GO OUTSIDE! ARE YOU MAD? YOU’RE ALL DOOMED!”
So what does happen when a carer catches swine flu?
They carry on as best they can, they muddle through and with help from family, friends and maybe even their local social service, they get the job done.
Same as it ever was.