Letters to the editor – 30.4.20

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A different way of life will be a blessing

Yes, we do have both an evolution and a revolution in progress, and possibly with long lasting and, very necessary changes, coming into our lives.
One thing I’m hoping that will be a result of this is that everything will be far less in numbers and in costs too, should parliaments and councils go virtual and work by modern technology, saving a whole lot in fuel by not have to be scooting around on daily basis.

In fact we all need far less of everything in life, we spent our lives accumulating, but its only a burden to us eventually. I look forward to a quieter way of living, with less worldly goods and chattels etc, and indeed, our lives will become a lot less stressful our lives, of that I’m sure.

I was impressed with the profound article written in The Oban Times recently by Morag Munro of Harris, which showed a very loving and spiritual message, and, which we should also try and bring into our lives and families more and more, instead of the usual burdens etc
Aonghas Eoghainn Mhoir
Gerraidh na Monaidh, Uibhist a Deas

Diabetes guide for people self-isolating at home

Social distancing is challenging for everyone but for those who are also managing diabetes 24 hours a day, or caring for someone who is, keeping well can be even tougher.

That’s why Diabetes UK has developed a new guide for people with diabetes who are staying at home.

We want to do all we can to support people at this time who might be feeling isolated and who can’t access their normal support. Routine and non-essential appointments may have been cancelled or postponed, so it is even more vital to carry out checks at home such as properly looking after your feet every day and keeping a close eye on blood sugar levels.

Our guide offers tips on everything from ways to keep active at home, eating well, looking after yourself and connecting with others.

To download your free guide visit www.shop.diabetes.org.uk/products/staying-at-home-and-managing-diabetes

If you have any questions or concerns about managing the condition in this difficult time, please call the Diabetes Scotland helpline on 0141 212 8710, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm.

Remember, it’s important to get information on coronavirus (COVID-19) from reliable sources. Links to up-to-date government information and advice can be found at www.diabetes.org.uk/coronavirus
Angela Mitchell, National Director, Diabetes Scotland, Glasgow.

SSEN expands its priority support service during crisis

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is extending the support it provides to those most vulnerable by expanding the eligibility of its Priority Services Register (PSR) to include customers at increased risk of severe illness during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 750,000 customers already receive additional care and support through SSEN’s PSR – a free, tailored service. In addition to those self-isolating or shielding for 12 weeks, customers are eligible if they: are deaf or hard of hearing; have a disability; live with children under five; are blind or partially sighted; have a chronic illness; use medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity or are over 60.
Julie Walker, SSEN.