To begin we start with quotes from Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up!”; and “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!”
As we have spent the last six weeks in lock down, our lives have created a ‘new normal’. For us as laryngectomees, this is our second ‘new normal’. We adjust and grew in our first new life, now we need to do the same with a few changes.
Before this change if I wanted to go for a walk, it was simple—fill the camel pac, get some Kleenex, a couple of small snacks and off we go. The only difference being we may use a Micron filter. We would really enjoy the air, scenery, our hiking buddies, all with no limitation.
Now with the ‘new normal’ a walk requires more preparation. First, we should all have a Micron HME to wear. If you do not have them please contact your speech pathologist and they will work on getting them for you! Then you need to wear a scarf over the Micron. Second, you should wear a mask over your mouth and nose, this is recommended by Dr. Brooks, to protect yourself. Third, either sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes.
Now, if you look at my photo, I look all doctored up. Actually, going on a walk with all my gear on was not so bad I could tell the difference in the way I saw things, the way the air felt and the way things smelled. All of it was muted, not as clear, more muffled. Even with the differences it felt good to be out of the house.
Now….. here comes your part: What I would love to see is your photos of your walks and your thought on how you felt during our ‘new normal’.
*Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post to PRESIDENT’S CORNER.
Happy Walking, NU WALKERs