Lockdown has been a serious business, sometimes we have to dig deep for the humorous moments. When we started talking about Moments of Care we uncovered a little of what has been going on for people when we are helping each other out with the shopping. It turns out the little things really matter.
So if you're shopping for someone take our advice: Always check what type of cheese/bread/teabags/potatoes/ham they want and if you are the one having shopping done for you it's ok to be fussy.
Here are a few tales from our community of carers.
"When my mam was still alive she would ask for a tuna or egg sandwich from a shop “But no mayonnaise, I don’t like it”. Almost impossible!! When she moved into her nursing home I visited her one day to find her eating a tuna mayo wrap!!"
"My hubby dislikes tuna full stop yet one time when he was in hospital I arrived to visit finding him tucking into a tuna sandwich lol."
"During the lockdown I have done shopping for 9 people. I have got the wrong ham, cheese, bacon, biscuits, bread and chocolate. At one point I had to Facetime one person when I got to the meat section so as to get the right ham (which in my defence they didn’t even stock).
"I have a friend who has got me things from one of the larger supermarkets. Potatoes being one item as I prefer a yellow flesh spud to a white one."
"Things I need from the large supermarket which I haven't ventured to as of yet (a friend or my neighbour go each week so they get what I need) I go online and do a screenshot of what I need then send them the pics."
"Unfortunately the people I shop for don’t do technology really. I have taught 4 of the 9 to video call which hasn’t been easy but we have had a laugh."
"My Mum is shielding and it took 4 attempts to get her the right tea-bags! She wanted Twinning’s Decaf. The first carer bought Twinning's Caffeinated. The second bought Clipper Decaffeinated, and so on. She’s very fussy about her tea."
"I wouldn’t know where to start to ask someone to get our shopping! Our daughter is on a strict diet, so to rely on someone else, would make me feel so fussy! No gluten, no dairy, no refined sugar, no e-numbers, no soy, no artificial sweeteners, no MSG, no complex carbs - what are they? We’re often asked - what’s left?! It’s not so complicated once you’ve got used to it - but I can remember the minefield it felt like at first. You wouldn’t believe how much stuff has sugar in it!"
"A lady I chat to is shielding and one of my friends is shopping for her. She’s very particular about wanting tinned spaghetti - but not the hoops. I’ve heard both sides of this story in phone calls. I’m very understanding in both cases of course!"
"You think you’re quite easy going and not fussy until you ask someone to get you bread and milk - 3 different types of milk and 2 specific types of bread (Supermarket Diva!)"
Sometimes a chat about the less critical things in life is a little light relief. If you're not part of our Facebook Group yet do give us a try.