Checking In on My Life With ALS During Lockdown

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Oh my! We’re still facing challenges brought on by the pandemic and most likely will continue doing so for some time. Right now I’m feeling the loss of being able to sit down with friends to chat and catch up on the little things in our lives. My many ALS friends and I do check-ins with each other but social distancing, email, and flat-screen video chats just don’t feel the same. But they’ll have to do for now.

Connections are important. So, let’s have a virtual chat together right now! I’ll start by answering four basic questions. Then, I invite you to share your answers in the comment section below.

How are you feeling?

I’m feeling pretty good. It took a little while to get used to the new sequence of things in order to follow the guidelines. But now, wearing a face mask, using hand sanitizer, and observing social distancing has become my new normal. I’m also trying to stick to a daily routine of activities, keep busy with projects, and have regular check-ins with family and friends.

What does your typical day look like during lockdown?

Living with ALS, my days are not much different now than they were before the pandemic. I still spend a lot of time at home and try to avoid situations that put my immune system at risk. Only now, I don’t have in-person meetings or get-togethers with my fiber guild friends.

I enjoy writing my weekly column and ALS blog posts along with moderating the ALS News Today Forums. The forums give me a front-row seat to all the latest news about ALS and I get to meet and welcome new members.

During the day, I alternate my hours on the computer with short bouts of exercise. I use nearby chairs, the kitchen counter, my bed, and the floor as my workout areas.

After dinner, my husband and I like to watch a movie. Right now we’re watching Netflix’s sci-fi series “Dark,” which involves time travel. The whole notion of traveling back in time to change events or go forward to warn our future selves is appealing. Especially now, with all the negatives surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, I harbor a secret desire to be a time traveler.

Any special projects you’re working on right now?

I’ve been invited to be a guest speaker later this month for the Fox Valley/Lakeshore ALS Support Group in Wisconsin. They will be Zooming me in!

I’m creating a simple PowerPoint and will be sharing tips on living well with ALS during the COVID-19 crisis. I look forward to meeting the group’s members and answering their questions.

What’s the first thing you want to do when it’s all clear again?

So many people are worried about gaining weight during the lockdown. I’m not. I worry about putting on pounds after this is all over because I really miss the restaurants. In fact, I’m beginning to have some crazy food cravings: barbecue ribs and side of cowboy beans, or a fluffy cheese omelet, or even a pizza with all the toppings — fresh out of the pizza oven. I think we’ll all go a little bonkers once this is over!

Meanwhile, we need to support and cheer each other on. Together, we can survive this pandemic and live well with ALS.

I hope our little “chat” helped you learn more about me. I’m looking forward to reading your answers to these same questions and learning about you.


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Julianne Vander Meulen avatar

Julianne Vander Meulen

Glad you're doing good Dag. Life is pretty much the same for me except not getting to physically be with my friends, except for one, and I'm SO grateful we get together once a week. Life is much harder without the physical contact of others. Virtual definitely helps but leaves a lot to be desired, like HUGS!
Big hugs to you!!!

Dagmar Munn avatar

Dagmar Munn

Big thank you for checking in, Julianne! Yes, we're all doing "pretty much the same," but everyone is missing physical contact. And, with everyone wearing a mask - - I miss seeing & giving smiles too :-) Hugs back to you across the miles!!!

Barb avatar


I feel so isolated... no human contact. Keeping up with exsecise water walking is a lifesaver gets me in the sunshine and moving, I highly recommend it!
Your blog also helps to keep me connected, thank you

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Dagmar Munn

Hello Barb, and thank you for joining us at our virtual table. :-) So many of us share your feelings of isolation - - not only from living with ALS, but also during these challenging lockdown. I'm glad you are continuing to exercise! And outside (yay!), and in the water. Hopefully, you do have a circle of support - - of positive people - - either in-person or online. If you have to depend on online, why not join the ALS Forums? We are a friendly, supportive ALS community; our members live all over the world. In the forum, you can share tips and ideas for how we all can live with ALS and through the pandemic. Thank you too, for being a loyal reader :-)

Susana Rave avatar

Susana Rave

Hi all,
I have continued to work, albeit a modified schedule,during COVID. I miss going to restaurants,museums and Disneyland. My husband and I received annual passes as a Christmas gift and were only able to use them twice. We had an Alaska cruise scheduled for June but unfortunately it was cancelled so hopefully we can try next year.
To stayed entertained we watched Downton Abby, the Brittish series, and it was enjoyable.
Stay safe and healthy everyone. This too shall pass.


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