With astonishment I noticed earlier that we haven’t reported in the blog since February. I had started a post in the middle of March, but then I rejected it because of the rushing events at that time.
As you can all guess, many of you know, we were of course not in Scotland. But I will start before. (little note: The following is my view of things, Neele has experienced many things personally and also geographically (2 different states or places of residence) differently)

The beginning of my personal corona phase actually started quite early.
Because I live near the border, I often watch Danish TV stations and there Covid-19 (was so named directly there) was an early topic. The first sports events and big shows like the national preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest were already held in camera, then the lockdown was announced in a press conference broadcast on all channels (from then on, all x press conferences were always accompanied by sign language interpreters).

4 days later the Danish-German border was largely closed. Especially in Northern Germany this was a much discussed topic due to the anniversary of the „100 years referendum on border demarcation“. (If you are interested, let us know!)

The beginning of my personal corona phase actually started quite early.
Because I live near the border I often watch Danish TV stations and there Covid-19 (was named like that right there) was an early topic. First sports events and big shows like the national preliminary round of the Eurovision Song Contest were already held in camera, then the lockdown was announced in a press conference broadcast on all channels. 4 days later the Danish-German border was largely closed. By the way, in Northern Germany this was a much discussed topic due to the anniversary „100 years of referendum on the demarcation of the border“.

Then I was approached by a handicapped journalist I know through Twitter, who has been living in Bologna for a few months. There the lockdown had already taken place and she was trying to get international voices on how disabled people deal with the situation. We chatted via Skype for almost an hour, and I noticed that in Germany people were still relatively distanced and relaxed about the issue, while in Italy it was already dramatic and tragic.

When the borders all around (including the German-Danish one now) slowly closed one after the other, the situation hit me personally.
One evening Neele asked me if we shouldn’t cancel the trip to Scotland before Easter, even if we could still get through. I agreed immediately, as I had had the thought for quite some time, but I didn’t want to deprive her of her anticipation. So in the end, this year’s Easter tour, we report regularly in the AsbH compass, fell flat. Nevertheless we are currently planning our travel activities again.

Afterwards the first restrictions were announced and in the first 2-3 weeks I also kept very strictly to the rule that you should stay at home if possible. In the first week I even cancelled the allowed physiotherapy from my side and organized my purchases through Whatsapp by my acquaintance / circle of friends. The first time I discussed Covid-19 during physiotherapy, I began to wonder whether I belonged in the so-called „risk group“ with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. This was also discussed internationally and finally I felt it was a matter to be judged individually.

This led to the fact that I now went shopping myself 1-2 times a week, practically there are 2 grocery stores directly opposite the physiotherapy.
Apart from that I lived, like all of us, in my own four walls and had a long productive-creative phase, cooked often and experimentally, read a lot, watched a lot of Info-TV („DR1 and TV“, Danish channels) and Skypeed very often with Neele.
For a short time there was talk that she (she lives together with her parents) would come to me, but for various reasons it was discarded on the evening when Schleswig-Holstein closed the inner-German border for tourists.

While I noticed through the social media how elsewhere the ceiling fell so slowly on the head of many people, I still felt comfortable and had almost more to do than usual. Neele, on the other hand, was annoyed by the large number of events she had to cancel.
My political work, however, left me no time to mope. While all the committees on which I have been sitting since autumn 2016 failed, life in the municipal party politics shifted to videoconferencing. Depending on the situation and circumstances, this resulted in 1-5 conferences a week lasting several hours, along with preparation and follow-up work. So there could be no question of boredom.

But with time I noticed that this cramped „every day is almost congruent“ was nagging at me and I had let some things slide, which now fell back on me and which I had to straighten out again in the following time. I managed this with time, but for a good 2 weeks I was in a chronically bad mood.
The daily Skype sessions with Neele, but also phone calls with my parents and my sister living in Berlin became more and more an antipole, which brought me out of my depression. In addition, the number of infections in Flensburg stagnated for more than a month and life, which was socially relaxed the whole time, thanks to the mentality, kept its pleasant forms.

Then the first restrictions in Germany were relaxed. While in many federal states people breathed a sigh of relief, in the far north people rather wondered whether it wasn’t still much too early. Nevertheless I kept my daily rhythm, on the one hand because I was used to it, on the other hand because it was quite pleasant.

Even if I might have the possibility to stop the mask duty for me medically, I do not do this out of solidarity! During bus trips of up to 20 minutes or while shopping, it does not bother me. However, I do not yet know what it will be like on train rides. These will finally be on for me at the end of June. The first committees are now running again under the appropriate precautions, other meetings will continue to take place online, as they are almost more efficient this way (no private discussions on the side, more concentrated work).

In terms of society as a whole, I see things very ambivalently. On Twitter I read about many negative effects in other parts of the country regarding social inclusion. Also the fact that in Schleswig-Holstein there is a 5 month break including schooling (in homeschooling it often went wrong) is very questionable. However, my personal experience is much more positive. The social togetherness, which is close up here anyway, has improved again despite the distance.

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Since inserting pictures at the right place with the new WordPress editor is a matter of luck (we are still learning how to do this), the planned pictures are now coming en bloc.

P.S.: Thanks to Thorsten, who first noticed that text parts were double 🙂

(The article will also appear in slightly modified form in ASBH Compass 3/2020)

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