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T1 with Keyworker Partner (C19)

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by johen, Jun 2, 2020.

  1. johen

    johen Type 1 · Active Member

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    I am interested in hearing from any T1's that have keyworker partners during the pandemic. How have you managed? Have you isolated from the key worker (as in 2 people living separate lives in separate beds and no intimacy) or are you working it some other way?
    When the lockdown was announced my hubby (who works for London Underground) told his boss that whilst not in the extremely vulnerable category, I have 3 things on the "at increased risk" list. He has since been furloughed but they'll be calling him back in after the end of June. While he has been at home we have existed closely in our "bubble" but soon need to assess what we should do after he returns from work. Would it be enough to remove work clothes in the garage, come in and shower and then we can be close or do we need to be distant all of the time? WWYD?
     
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    Carlton1512 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My wife works at a hospital looking after the nurses/Dr's etc children in the on site nursery. We haven't changed anything really. The only thing she did was when she got in, was to get changed and immediately wash her uniform.
     
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    johen Type 1 · Active Member

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    Interesting @Carlton1512 as I know of a couple who are leading separate lives as in my initial question, though this would be horrifying to my hubby and I who are very close and I dont think I could go a DAY without his hugs. Back in March, a diabetes nurse advised me that if he had to go into work, to stay apart from him, separate beds etc.. but I did wonder what everyone else was doing.
     
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    Carlton1512 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I think it's down to personal judgement and of course its not for me tell you what's best. When this Covid-19 thing first started we were really concerned (me particularly as I thought I would be sleeping in the shed), but we've been fine. I'm still minimising my contact with the outside world, just going out once a day for exercise, not going into shops etc. and generally avoiding people (which isn't a bad thing sometimes!). None of the nurses & Dr's have said to my wife that we should be separated, my diabetes specialist who works at the same hospital and knows my wife has not said that we should be separated either.
     
  5. UK T1

    UK T1 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's obviously a personal choice, but perhaps get in touch with medical teams if you have them for your other conditions? I think you said you have three from the list, if you have a consultant for any of them check what the latest advice is perhaps via email? I'd list your other conditions as the fact that you have three might influence their decision. I will admit I was very surprised to be told to shield just over 2 weeks ago (under 40, no other conditions, HbA1c usually around 47-52) so my other half has asked to continue working from home as he has been doing so far (easy to do so for him, I appreciate it might not be for your husband).

    If your husband can wear a face mask, uniform etc which can be removed and washed straight away, and is able to work where he can definitely have physical distance from others then I would have thought that should go a long way to minimise risk.
     
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