Arthritis and COVID-19
As everyone is already aware of COVID-19, I thought I would come on here to ask how people are feeling about the current situation. COVID-19 stopping everything in our lives is already hard enough but to live with a chronic condition makes it increasingly difficult. Many of you may have received a letter saying you should remain inside because you are high risk, I received a letter answering possible questions about that letter but never received one myself. Over my JIA journey I have found it incredibly hard on my mental health and found that a psychologist helped me a great deal. When the pandemic began i was completely blindsided by the fact that my appointments would be cancelled, this meant no more important meetings with my psychologist which I relied on to keep me going through the arthritis, and to also have a pre op appointment for my jaw being cancelled broke me. Knowing I was in such pain, having no one to speak to and also not being able to receive the help I needed has become such a struggle for me. Everybody in the country right now is finding this pandemic incredibly difficult but it won’t compare to the difficulties that patients with chronic illnesses are facing. Many of our treatments are being delayed, we have nobody keeping us updated on our health and we cannot advance in our improvement in our condition. I mostly wanted to come onto here to ask if anybody is feeling incredibly down by what is going on because of the lack of support and if there treatment has been incredibly affected?