Decision making beyond COVID-19 for MS patients can be really challenging. In fact, it has forced me to replan my life. At first this unnerved me, but now I have embraced it.
I have found that entering confinement does not imply to be alone or let ourselves be inactive. For me it was a unique opportunity to enjoy the privilege of being with my family every minute of the day, which I was hardly able to do before, even at the weekend. I dedicated myself to doing things out of my comfort zone that ordinarily I would have put on hold. Reading, writing, and listening to music are some of the things that have kept my brain active during this time.
I have also found Zoom an essential tool in my day-to-day work. It has allowed me to make friends even without leaving the house. It has also enabled me to avoid feeling isolated from those I used to spend time with on a daily basis. In fact, I have felt a real sense of community, despite not seeing as many people during this pandemic. Knowing other people are also in good health makes this new reality a little bit more bearable.
Adopting these new found techniques during the pandemic has helped me keep track of my MS and allowed me to stay busy and remain occupied. Although there are risks associated with making decisions around COVID and maintaining my MS care, as it involves what once were simple decisions to require more thinking, this period has helped improve my decision making process.