Had a long telephone conversation yesterday evening with Elder Son (the one who lives about 3/4 miles from us) on CV related behaviour.
Two of their children are disabled, the 18yr old having respiratory difficulties. They are also concerned about us as we are both over 70 and both had spells in hospital with heart problems last year. He and DiL have conferred and come to certain conclusions as to how we can best support each other.
The results of their deliberations are:
To take their middle child out of school to reduce the risk of him bringing any bugs home to infect the more vulnerable ones, for DiL to take unpaid leave from work for the same reason (she is a bank teller, so lots of personal contact, and handling grubby cash etc). Elder Son has already been working from home for a week.
For us, as far as possible, to immediately self isolate (not that difficult, as all our social groups are now closed until whenever) and maintain a strict hygiene routine around any necessary contact with others. That would make it possible for socialising to take place between the two households at either house, or outings to the park and the cliffs.
He has offered to shop for us, but as he is already buying for what is a household of 4.5 adults that is likely to cause ‘bulk buying’ problems in the supermarket. The newly announced shopping arrangements for vulnerable groups will mean we should be able to shop for ourselves, especially if the promised priority access to online shopping comes into being before yesterday’s purchases are all used up.
We have not heard from Younger Son for over a week, he lives and works in London, and his job is likely to be imperilled by the international travel restrictions. DiL was already working for from home part of the time, and will no doubt increase that. I am going to miss seeing our 3yr old grandson - they were due to visit in May, I was just waiting for a specific w/e to be finalised. No chance now 😢