#CPChatNow Recap- 5/13/2020

The #CPChatNow recap returns as we recap the happenings of last week’s chat. To quote the late WWE Hall of Famer, Gorilla Monsoon, it was A Happening! Members discussed the latest in their life at home and positives that were happening during quarantine. This is #CPChatNow co-host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride on this week’s recap.

First, members discussed a hot topic these days, wearing masks and the annoyances that brought:

zach tweeted his face mask is fogging up and it slides off his face, i tweeted i have worn one, but it is hot

Next, talk turned to how things have gone when members have ventured out and what the experience has been of others observing social distancing (or not):

i tweeted i had been to a park, grocery store, and fast food restaurant. blemi tweeted she had only been to grocery store, the vehicle registry, and her parent's place and that she missed people. zach tweeted he misses human interaction.
zach asked about social distancing in different settings stating he has only been walking down streets and in a park. blemi tweets that she wears a mask because people don't observe the 6 foot rule, i tweeted we stayed away from people at the park but others didn't, the grocery store wasn't that packed, and the fast food restaurant was in and out

Finally, let’s end this recap with some positivity! Zach asked members to share some positivity:

zach asked members to share positive news. blemi tweeted about seeing rob's family, chris tweeted she passed her mock class and did the paperwork for her teaching job

This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question: What positive things have happened to you during the quarantine? Please share your answers in the comments and join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern on #CPChatNow.

extend the conversation graphic. multicolored #cpchatnow logo in the upper right hand corner. the question: what positive things have happened to you during this quarantine? the word positivity above a field of daisies and a blue sky

Thanks for reading and join us each Wednesday at 8 Eastern on Twitter at #CPChatNow!

-Devin

#CPChatNow Recap- 04-01-2020

Throughout the night Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 participants in the live cerebral palsy Twitter chat #CPChatNow discussed various aspects related to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Here with the details, I am chat co-host Zachary Fenell. Sit back and enjoy your weekly recap.

#CPChatNow participants discuss how they are holding up while practicing social distancing.

As I mentioned, this marked the third week practicing social distancing. I asked how everyone was coping. My co-host Devin Axtman noted his hamstrings getting tighter. Long-time regular Blemi replied she is getting weirder by the day.

Meanwhile Tonia described things for her as “pretty much business as usual.” She did express gratitude that her sister, who also has CP, received paid medical leave from her cashier job. Not everyone proves so fortunate.

Jorge checks in with #CPChatNow.

Essential member to our community and an essential employee to his community, Jorge Oteiza remains working. Although closed to the public, interaction with co-workers still leaves Jorge at higher risk to contract Coronavirus compared to those who can work from home.

Regarding staying home, the prior week’s extend-the-conversation question asking “How is CP impacting staying at home?” kept the dialogue moving.

#CPChatNow participants discuss how CP impacts them staying home.
Devin discusses how cerebral palsy helped to prepare him for staying home.

Props to Devin who first proposed the question in his March 25th, 2020 #CPChatNow recap. Tonia’s reply offered a great perspective. She stated staying home is good for her CP, noting the alternative would involve dealing with dangerous germs and/or exhausting herself.

Additionally, Devin provided new perspective. He mentioned staying home isn’t as big of a deal for him since he is used to staying home after surgeries. Essentially, you could say Devin’s cerebral palsy served as a positive in that way. To keep the positive vibes flowing, share some good news. Consider that this week’s extend-the-conversation question.

To answer this week's extend-the-conversation question, share some good news!

I think everyone could use the good news. So go ahead and share by leaving a comment below. Then remember to join us each and every Wednesday on Twitter, starting at 8pm ET.

Until then, remember. Don’t blend in. Blend out!

-Zachary