I am in my early 70s, have CLL and am on Watch and Wait. I thought my husband would be supporting me while I go through CLL. However, he has been diagnosed with advance Prostate Cancer and I will probably outlive him. We do not have any family (kids, siblings) or other relatives that live near to us and our friends also live a long way from us, mostly in different parts of the country. We do not drive either.
My question is this. I feel I will be in lockdown forever and eventually by myself. However, I will need medical services especially to do with my eye sight. I have not had a new prescription for glasses for a few years and I know I have a degenerative eye disease and need stronger glasses. I also have gum disease so must see a hygienist for this regularly. I also need a new partial denture as well.
As I do not drive or feel safe to take a bus or cab to get to the dentist or optician, will it ever be safe for me to use these services again, let alone resume a life? I would love to go back to the theatre, for example, but cannot see that happen or even to my club. I use public transport to get out and about but how can I feel safe when there may be anti-vaccers or those in the early stages of Covid on public transport, all squashed together?
My hospital support nurse may be clinically efficient but is cold like a bowl of ice-cream, so cannot talk to her. I do not know if I need words of encouragement or do I have to now accept a life of being locked-in forever more.