Mental Illness

Escaping The Housebound Chains


I am living in my little germ-free incubator as the result of being housebound for nearly a year. But everything is changing; I now have a support worker to take me out and get me used to public transport and busy places again. We took the bus to town on Thursday, which was nerve-wracking but a huge step forward. The trip was essential, as I needed to get to the opticians. My eyes were straining in my current glasses when I was working on the laptop.

I am pleased to say that I managed a 35-minute bus trip each way and coped with the stress of the shopping centre without a panic attack, but I hated it at the same time. The town was too noisy; the hustle and bustle of people created too much sound and movement all around me. It was a sensory overload that wore me out very quickly. The main thing is, though, I coped with it and celebrated with a bar of chocolate that night!

A major downside of being exposed to people is exposure to all their bugs and germs. Friday I woke up with a sore throat and Saturday I woke up with a full-blown head cold. What a price to pay for getting out of the house!

I am not best pleased but decided to consider it as a ‘battle-scar’ from my brave trip into town. Next trip will be Monday to pick up my new glasses. Here’s hoping I get there and back without bumping into any new germs!



Photo Credit: (c) Can Stock Photo

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