As I was in hospital when everything kicked off my children were in lockdown by the time I emerged. I am shielding for post treatment reasons (although these are not on the guidelines, but my GP thinks it is wise), but as my SIL works for NHS England and is doing a M. Res in public health he has discussed with other members of the family. My two older grandchildren (8&6) were concerned enough that I suddenly needed an operation, and then shielding on top…we made it a priority for them to speak on Zoom so they could see I was ok.
@Adrian my family have a warped sense of humour, and it really helped us through. Looking back to when I was being treated I remember more of the fun we had than anything else (Elder son laughing to his dad, “Hey, mum thinks she can’t cook Sunday breakfast because she has cancer!”…but he still took over )
@Nichola75, it is difficult for those who have only had to cope with lockdown to appreciate what shielding entails, in fact I suspect most do not know that there is a group shielding or why. They probably just think of the vulnerable group as the elderly. I agree that there needs to be more publicity and information around shielding, and why everyone has a responsibility to keep to social distancing rules.
@BobK99 @Erica stay safe, stay well, and everyone, make sure you treat yourselves and families…chocolate, a film, a good book, a phone call.
PS I am loving the old films on Talking Pictures (when they have subtitles) and was drawn back to my childhood when I watched The Five Pennies this week…Satchmo and Danny Kaye