Scott Breslin has turn into apprehensive about leaving his bed room since Covid-19 pressured the nation into lockdown.
The coed is paralysed from the neck down and appears like a prisoner in his Glasgow residence.
For the final seven weeks Mr Breslin, 35, has been shielded from his household and has solely had private contact along with his 24-hour care group.
He stated: “I’m simply making an attempt to close the world out to guard myself. I am in my very own wee bubble.”
Mr Breslin instructed BBC Scotland the pandemic has induced him heightened nervousness.
He stated: “As quickly as I begin speaking about coronavirus I get knots in my abdomen. It impacts your consuming and your sleeping as properly.
“There’s a worry of leaving my room, simply in case.”
Earlier than the restrictions have been launched Mr Breslin visited his father Mark, who lives 100 yards away, on daily basis and so they watched Countdown collectively.
He was additionally coaching to be a counsellor and had an lively social life.
Now he solely will get up for a number of hours on alternate days and returns to his “security zone” about 15:00.
However regardless of his new routine, which he compares to the film Groundhog Day, he’s cautious of the restrictions being eased too quickly.
Mr Breslin stated: “I might reasonably they remained in place than extra folks dying.
“The second wave of Spanish flu worn out greater than the primary. You might be imagined to be taught out of your errors, not repeat them.
“I might reasonably be secure and alive than exterior and lifeless.”
Mr Breslin was solely 16 when he was stabbed on his method residence from a celebration within the metropolis’s Cardonald space in the summertime of 2001.
The unprovoked assault severed his spinal twine and left him unable to maneuver his arms or legs.
He later labored with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit to spotlight the devastating influence of knife crime.
Earlier than lockdown three carers labored each day shifts in his flat in Penilee, the place he has lived for the final 14 years.
However to minimise the chance of an infection one now stays in a single day and wears full private protecting gear (PPE) to cowl a 24-hour interval.
He stated: “They’re there simply to be my fingers, legs and all the things I must survive.
“My care group has been nice and so they have been those who’ve stored me going by means of all this. The one factor that has come out optimistic is how a lot they’ve supported me.
“It will be a alternative of this or going right into a care residence and I do not fancy being in considered one of them the now.”
‘Appears like jail’
Regardless of preliminary shortages of hand sanitizer Mr Breslin stated his care group has not skilled any points acquiring PPE.
The Scottish Unbiased Residing Fund has additionally supplied further funding to allow them to get taxis as a substitute of utilizing public transport.
For buying he depends on his sister and meals packages.
Mr Breslin obtained a shielding letter from the Scottish authorities, which instructed him to remain indoors for 12 weeks.
He stated: “That is when my launch date is. It appears like I’m in a jail.
“It’s simply surreal. It’s type of like we live in a film. You might be watching stuff on the TV however nothing is occurring exterior.”
Mr Breslin’s father can also be shielding, as he suffers from continual obstructive pulmonary dysfunction (COPD).
And he stated not seeing his family members and lacking events, similar to his niece’s birthday, is the toughest factor to return to phrases with.
Mr Breslin stays linked on WhatsApp and Fb, enjoys listening to Radio X and is grateful for on-line streaming companies.
He stated: “Cash Heist might be one of the best factor I’ve watched lately. That is actually good.
“If this occurred 20 years in the past we might not have these telephones, the web and Netflix. We might be caught watching our 5 channels.”
One other optimistic is that he’s consuming extra fruit and greens and no takeaway meals.
Mr Breslin added: “That is the one factor I can actually do, to be trustworthy. I am unable to exit a jog or something like that.
“I’m fairly restricted due to my lack of motion.”
Hospital go to
The coed has solely left the home as soon as since 23 March, to attend a vital appointment on the Southern Common’s spinal unit.
Mr Breslin placed on a masks and visor earlier than earlier than pushed to the hospital and admits he was so anxious all through the entire expertise that he went straight to his room when he obtained residence.
Trying forward he’s frightened in regards to the lockdown being eased too quickly and fears the general public are actually not taking it as significantly as they need to.
He stated: “I see folks stopping on the street speaking to one another and I wish to shout ‘social distancing’ out the window.”
Mr Breslin plans to renew his research in Glasgow when it’s secure to take action.
However, not like many for the time being, he’s optimistic about his future job prospects as a medicine and alcohol counsellor.
He joked: “There will likely be loads of work after this.”
— to www.bbc.co.uk