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Day 27 – Be kind.

So over 100 people died overnight and the mortality rate is curre tky at 13 percent.

Now that’s out of the way. I’ve had a slightly more positive day. My energy has still been very tired and exhausted but I have felt a bit better in myself. We went out today to go to the supermarket. Still nothing new in terms of what’s open.

One thing I have seen is that all of China is just believing what the government is telling them. We are kept up to date by one of the investors in the school. He relays to us what he hears. Now I understand he tries to keep everyone calm but for eyerone else, we know better and can see videos of police abusing people, that chinese people have spoken out about more people dying before being taken by the government. So we have to take everything he says with a pinch of salt.

One thing I want to stress. Is be kind. I was offline for so long and I’m touched by how many people have checked in, were reading my blog and checked that I was okay when they hadn’t heard from me or read my blog. Coming back online, seen what happened to Caroline Flack, recently the anniversary of my adopted brothers suicide. Social media has made it easier and easier to abuse people. I read so many statuses about being kind and checking in on people, but then they make jokes at others expense, on twitter some guy posted a statistic on suicidal teen rates, then decided to rip someone for having a sex change and name calling them. This isn’t a two way street. You can’t have it both ways. It is simple. Be kind. Since I’ve been in China I have been talking to a few people back home and other places who are struggling with their mental health. Some people seem okay and when you ask twice you found out it isn’t the case. You never know what’s happening in anyone’s lives, and just because you’re struggling someone else may be to. And a problem shared is a problem halved. I worked for a mental health charity, and I’m surprised none of them who I considered friends have checked in on my mental health or just asked how I am since I’ve been here after opening up about my mental health. But it is what it is.

Been mentally preparing ourselves for a possibility of being in isolation until May. It’s been hard but we are getting there.

Emily made a chocolate banana cake today. And oh my god. I ate 3/4 of it and I’m splurged over the sofa currently. In need of being rolled to bed. I made a prawn chilli spaghetti yesterday which was incredibly simple but veeeery tasty!

I’ve managed to order some presents for Emily for her birthday now I’m just hoping they are delivered okay because of what’s happening and that shops or restaurants will be open again by the time it’s her birthday.

There aren’t too many updates really. We’re both feeling a little down, Emily more feeling sorry for herself and I’m exhausted. We’re standing by each other and helping each other through.

To everyone who has dropped me a message, you have no idea how much I appreciate it even if it is just a little message.




Published by Zac France

Rugby player and basketball player. Finding my feet in China.

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