We’re all getting tired of this COVID lock down. Listening to the endless sobering reports and wondering will life ever get back to normal? So this week we thought we’d bring you some happy covid lock down stories.
First of all there was John Burns who recovered from COVID
The 69 year old told his amazing story on Liveline. In hospital for 4 weeks, on a ventilator for two of those, given less than 24 hours to live when his bowel collapsed. However he made a miraculous recovery. So miraculous, the doctors asked his permission to send his medical records around the world. You can listen to it here on Liveline. It’s an 8 minute segment around three quarters of the way in.
Then there’s Foil Arms and Hogg
Our firm favourites, they have a great video slagging off Irish drinking culture but now they’ve produced more comedy classics from the teacher trying to do a quarantine class to ringing your parents during COVID lock down.
Older past pupils of Catholic schools will enjoy the Catholic Confessions where too much drinking gets an online discounted abstinence
Mary Lou on the Late Late Show
Wasn’t Mary Lou brilliant on the Late Late Show talking about her experience of COVID and how she recovered? It’s great to see such a powerful woman. Yes, I have a soft spot for Mary Lou. Because years ago she contacted us about Dual Diagnosis and we went to meet her. She was very kind, intelligent and compassionate. She even talked us into going around the country to speak about Dual Diagnosis and what needs to change.
On the platform with Mary Lou
So we had around 100 people at each event, which were very emotional, raw, outraged and passionate. This tends to happen when people are dying. But Mary Lou managed it so well, showing empathy & consideration, but not letting people take over or speak too long. I was surprised to see her at the Cork event, (picture below) because the Stormont parliament had collapsed that week and she’s the party leader.
When I said it to her, she just laughed and said “
“Sure, why would they want me there, they’re falling over their own feet up there”
I told her I’m not a Sinn Fein voter, but I’d love to see her as Ireland’s first female Taoiseach. Again, she just laughed and said I did n’t have to be a Sinn Fein fan, but we would work together to solve the Dual Diagnosis problem. And in fairness, Sinn Fein have continued to work on solving the Dual Diagnosis problem. So seeing the charismatic Mary Lou recovered and back to herself is a good news story.
Bravo Charlie Tango – Bikers Coming Through
There are over 400 volunteer bikers picking up personal protective equipment and delivering it all over the country. You just email them with what you need and they do their very best. I needed some for the wonderful carers in my parents’ home, so I contacted them and they responded straight away with a delivery two days later. Find out about them, they appear at 1 minute 16 seconds in this video here.
Is volunteering for you during this Covid lock down?
When I thanked Merv, the lead biker he said he was just delighted to be able to help. It strikes me one way we can get through this is to help others. I’ve helped out a couple of Covid activities myself and it really gives me a lift and provides much needed distraction.
Now you may already have too many commitments like work, caring or you may be you’re too ill and that’s ok. Self care must come first. But if you’re feeling bad and drinking too much, with some time on your hands, one way to feel better is to help others.
Lots of opportunities to volunteer
We’d love a few new writers. You could write on how COVID is affecting your drinking. Find out more here. Or check out Volunteer Ireland. There’s lots of opportunities and you can do as little or as much as you like.
So stay safe and don’t forget there is help available if you’re feeling down. Click here for more details.