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How lockdown has opened up a virtual world

Over the last few months Theresa Sullivan has been exploring what's on offer online, from musicals to museum tours.

Since the outbreak started, I’ve been using my computer to do things I’ve never thought about or knew how to do before.

Viewing the first MRI machine

One of my favourite finds is virtual tours of museums, like the Science Museum, where I could view the first MRI machine. I was interested to see inside an MRI without being put inside it.

Usually when I have a scan I close my eyes before the face mask cover is put on and the table moved inside. I dislike having MRIs and always try to make a list of jobs to do in my mind to distract myself. However, viewing the MRI on the virtual tour still interested me a lot.

The shows have still been going on(line)

I used to go to theatres a lot with the family and especially liked going to pantomimes. On YouTube, I’ve been enjoying Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ channel.

I’ve watched Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and from his TV show, the Dorothy auditions for The Wizard of OZ, which is a special film in mine and my daughters’ lives. I can use YouTube on the television too so I can watch in comfort.

Shopping and socialising

I’ve ordered birthday cards and presents so that no one misses out during lockdown, and have accessed website for things like clothes and plants. I’ve been taught how to use Facebook and just recently learnt how to insert photos. My daughter has set up Zoom for me so I can chat to family and friends, and take part in the quizzes which seem to be popular right now!

I’m sure that even after lockdown, I’ll continue to use some of these new resources. I’m learning new skills, reaching out to even more people than before and enjoying some of my older hobbies from the comfort of my own home.

Theresa's story was first published in our MS Matters magazine. Read the latest edition and find out how to get it delivered to your door.