Hi everyone, I'm new here.
I joined because I'm terrified about the way things are going. I have a mental health condition which makes wearing any face covering for any longer than a few moments very traumatic. I can cope at work, as they're very reasonable and I pretty much only wear it when I'm stood right next to someone and then take it straight back off. I can tolerate it for a short time but it needs to be in my own control if that makes sense? I need to know that if I start to feel panicky and short of breath I can remove it without facing harassment and abuse. While my colleagues are understanding I really doubt the public will be and I've already heard some awful stories about people with things like asthma being abused in public for not wearing a covering on transport and even of them being filmed and made an example of.
I'm now terrified to go to the shops and law hasn't even come in yet. Luckily I can avoid public transport entirely but I do need to buy food and all the online order slots seem to be booked for weeks (unsurprising really). I also need to be able to collect my prescriptions and my pharmacy is inside Tescos.
I've spent all week worrying about this. Can't eat, can't sleep, can't think straight, went home sick from work and am now on restricted duties.
My absolute biggest fear which is consuming everything right now is of this being extended further and I will end up a prisoner in my own home.
I know there's hidden disability lanyards you can get and I have a visor as a back-up but I'm worried not even that will be enough to keep the hysterical, interfering idiots away from me. I don't want to have a fight every time I need to buy food, loo roll or medicine.
I might be overthinking it but I just wondered if anyone else was feeling the same and what they have found helpful?
This may not be the right place but I've already tried mental health forums and even there people don't seem to understand (some do but there's still some who believe in the hysteria too).
Thanks either way and all the best with the protests, I wish I was brave enough to join one! :)