Thankful Thursday #43

Thankful Thursday #43

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today I am very thankful I found ways to cope with this “new normal”. Of course Corona didn’t disappear magically and I am still afraid, but I am living again. That’s a lot!

I am also thankful for all the people who support me during this time, on- and offline. Surely life is difficult for all of us now, but they take the time to help me. I was able to help others as well, and for that I am grateful too.

I hope all of you are healthy and well. These are strange times, but we are not alone.

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22 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday #43

  1. That’s good to read, I’m glad you’re bearing up. Even though I myself shut my one blog in December and then had to take my other one offline and leave for good in January, I do occasionally take a look at blogs I used to be reading on WP.com and was quite worried when I read your ‚Speechless‘ post. I didn’t want to intrude, so I didn’t ask.
    Stay safe (you as well as your loved ones)!

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      1. Oh, thank you! Basically I am and was holding up quite well, though they cut down on my assistants (so they are here less often because they are needed elsewhere) und from quite early on disabled people who use assistants were told to isolate themselves by the authorities in my city, but it didn’t get to me as much as it gets to other people because I didn’t have a social life of the intensive kind other people miss. Personally I think the hardest part has just started because people start to become careless and ignorant and certain people in power (i.e. Mr. Laschet and Ms. Gebauer) don’t seem to care, so people like me and the kid (who is not going back to school until autumn because they won’t have him) and a lot of people I know are left on our own. I do suppose it’s nice for other people to go back and have a chat and coffee in a street-café or go back to the gym, have a meet-up in the park et cetera, but they potentially put me and the kid in danger and as it is now it is totally up to us with no support whatsoever to avoid that. But we used to have a round-up of (former) bloggers from the disability community who assembled a sort of weekly newsflash of what its like to live during the pandemic for them (and discuss this unholy triage thing, which hopefully none of us will ever have to experience) and aside from that I kept in touch with some of the people from my closed blogs and give them updates right from the middle of a sort of Hotspot, so its not like I felt isolated either on- or offline. But I sincerely understand those who in the face of the situation became silent and (some oft them) shellshocked, especially those who sort of rely on their families and couldn’t see them or have them help (my assistants could come because of an “Arbeitsbescheinigung” in constant reach) or those living in homes and institutions.

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      2. Like you say, things are difficult for those who are used to close contact with their relatives and friends. We are still careful, especially where our parents are concerned. I will never take having family and friends in my life for granted again.
        I also have a bad feeling about reopening so quickly. And there’s nothing wrong with protecting the vulnerable in my opinion.
        I don’t know about the kid, but communication has become very difficult for me with the masks, because I often can’t read lips. It’s bad he loses so much school time until then, this must hit him really hard.

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      3. If you want the kid’s opinion: His worst fear is that the authorities might take away his Realschulplatz, which hopefully won’t happen. It’s not his fault the interpreter mustn’t come. But he’s keeping up okay at online classes and such, though I find it hard to interpret those given by the school, because I am not trained to do that and I don’t understand some of the teachers very well myself. When the announcement came that Friday evening that the schools wouldn’t open on Monday back then me and a few other adults quickly improvised a chat classroom for the kid and a few other disabled kids and one kid with a vulnerable father. They are of similar age, still it is rather demanding, though we managed to keep everyone sort of up to the level they would have if they were attending school. That means at least he had some sort of school routine still.

        Yeah, it’s difficult with the masks. He can’t do anything on his own anymore and just recently he became really upset because he can’t even buy himself a kebab. I can’t be of much support to him when it comes to that because the masks prevent me from understanding people too in most cases. I had my auditory canals infected and bleeding in March and it didn’t really make any difference to me because I’m used to read people’s lips and sign anyway, but with the masks now I occasionally notice that I have no clue what is going on at all.

        I guess word got round to you about those masks witn the sewn-in clear ‘window’ (I think some sort of plastic) enabling people to see the wearer’s mouth, but of course literally nobody has them.

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  2. We’re Thankful that you’re doing fine, Viola. We’re all in this together and in our Country it is going to be ‘normal’ soon. The shops are open again and everyone is out on the streets. Still have to keep the distance and conform the rules, but at least everything is coming back to life again😸Pawkisses for a Happy Caturday. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞

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