Now Our Phone System is Virus Compromised

Why my phone would not work yesterday, as mentioned in my previous post. All the anxiety, discomfort and total disruptions to our lives has little to do with the actual viral illness (as yet), but everything to do with the pandemonium surrounding the threat of it spreading.

I live a couple of hours from Sydney and the attached is exactly what I was experiencing while trying to make calls on my mobile yesterday. Since several were to my daughter-law up the valley to see how my two teenage grandchildren with cf (impaired lung capacity, immune system, etc) had fared after their very busy Saturday during which they dropped off and picked up Emily’s birthday present of new iphone (no hugs or kisses, all outside at a ‘social-distancing’ distance), I was freaking (still am) that even my voicemails were not returned. To be honest I need to know that all that disinfectant spray hasn’t made them ill, since I had sanitised absolutely everything. More about that later.

Oops we forgot for a moment.No group hugs for now, even between family members, even if they had all just travelled down in the same vehicle.

I had been trying to return call to chemist about my meds weekly delivery, but my phone cut off repeatedly as soon as it started to dial, and this was only a local call. Then I couldnt get through to the specialist who is booked to do my heart scan today, and they are only 20 mins away. Same when trying to check on transport. I thought my mobile phone was faulty.

Up till now I have rarely used my landline, because I couldnt see the numbers on the handset. That is all sorted since the new phone came esterday afternoon. The attached article also explains why my phone cut to voicemail very quickly, and why I missed an important call from Andrew at Telstra, whose subsequent voicemail was garbled.

None of this stress is directly attributable to CV19, but to all the hysteria around it. That is what is going to kill me.

https://ausdroid.net/2020/03/24/telstra-mobile-telecommunications-network-you-are-calling-is-temporarily-congested/

Published by Eunice C English

FormerFreelance journalist. Poet, writer, artist, photographer. Retired and coping with Parkinson's Plus, macular degeneration and other boring stuff but life is still interesting, if a bit of a challenge!

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