• Ruth Towell

Lockdown Reflections - Katy

Updated: Jun 19

As we are standing on the turning point of the lockdown being eased in the UK, I decided to embark on a new portrait project. Capturing this moment in time, with reflections from individuals about this season and thoughts about how a post-lockdown world might look.

Each portrait is a window into an individual's life, shot through the window of their home capturing the invisible separation that lockdown brings.

This is Katy, have a read of her story:

"Lockdown's been a bit of a weird one, hasn't it? Life on the frontline has been especially weird.

I usually work as an ODP (operating department practitioner). We are a little-known group in the NHS that care for people having surgery, a bit like theatre nurses. But because of that virus that everyone's talking about, I'm doing a new temporary job in intensive care, caring for really poorly patients with Covid-19. It's certainly been scary, doing a job I don't know, and such a critical job at that. Also, alarms go off A LOT in ITU, so I always feel a bit on edge. I do feel grateful, though, as I've learnt things I'd never normally get to learn. Plus I can leave my house for work! I am looking forward to getting back to my normal job though, if I can remember how to do it...

I think most NHS staff have found their new-found "hero" status hard to deal with. We've had more free stuff than we know what to do with and people are applauding us. We're hugely thankful, but we feel we're just doing our job. The definite downside is that I have had people imply that they don't want to meet me (socially-distanced) due to my contact with Covid patients, which is hard.

I'm sharing lockdown with my husband, Richard, computer whizz and all-round good egg. He's even let me give him a (very average) quarantine haircut. We're newly married, so lockdown has been an interesting learning curve. It's been hard at times, but we've had fun thinking of inventive stay-at-home date ideas. They've mostly involved food. He's been working from home, and I feel really sorry for him, as he doesn't like being cooped up inside.

One skill I've picked up is that I'm now a boss at video chat (and, to be honest, nosing into people's living rooms). I'm glad that I have the support network of my family, friends, church family and church services, even if everything has moved online. A definite plus is that I've learnt to rest more, but sometimes I do feel a bit guilty that I haven't made great use of my free time, that I haven't learnt to speak another language or perfect my cross-stitching.

There's already a lot of fear and paranoia around and, after lockdown, I worry it'll get worse. But I do also hope there'll be a new-found gratitude in the simpler things and a lasting respect for the NHS. But mostly I'm looking forward to seeing my family again."

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