Stories

The unintended consequences of Governor Sununu’s stay at home order has been far-reaching — from tens of thousands unemployed, tens of thousands with reduced income and hours, empty and nearly bankrupt hospitals, needed medical and dental procedures postponed, “non-essential” businesses on the brink of bankruptcy — and most in our state are unaware of the collateral damage that our fellow citizens are suffering. Please read and share these stories, and even add your own. 

The impact of fitness centers and boot camps being closed

I am in the process of starting my own personal training business. The forced closing of in person operations for fitness centers and boot camps in NH is jeopardizing my ability to get my business off the ground. I need to interact with people in person to market, sell and provide personal training services. I have worked so hard on my business startup and I am on the brink of signing on new clients, but I need to do in person talks in order to do so. I wrote this presentation yesterday. Today I made the presentation virtually for the

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Hernia not fixed

It’s a simple story. I have a hernia. In February I saw a surgeon, and scheduled an appointment to have it fixed. That was supposed to happen in three or four weeks time. But, Chinese Virus Time intervened.. I wait for something to break, either my abdomen, or the rules keeping me from having an hour long out-patient procedure before the thing blows up down there, and I have to spend a month or two in a bed. Peter Gallaher Nashua, NH

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Emotional suffering

I am an HSP (highly sensitive person) with a general anxiety disorder. I’ve lived in New Hampshire for 15 years. I have grown to count on simple activities to help me learn to appreciate the positive things about our area: a stroll along the beach, a visit to our favorite local brewery taproom, a swim at the YMCA, a hike at my favorite local trail network, visits to museums, and attending Renaissance faires and steampunk festivals. I can’t do any of these things at the moment because even my favorite local nature reservation trail system is closed. I have been

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Who would’ve thought?

I’m a mom of 3 boys ages 8 and under. I’ve worked in the restaurant business for the last 18 years. (Additionally, during that time I was a radio personality in the Boston market for 8 years). … Not only has this [lockdown] affected our family financially but what toll is this going to have on our children? They can’t even play at the taxpayer-funded parks without the cops being called. I regretfully voted for this governor, a mistake that won’t happen again. Bethany LaBonville Manchester , NH

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Older folks are suffering, too

You know most of us older folks who are the ones this shutdown is supposed to be “protecting”–we can protect ourselves, ok?–we are suffering so much more from the social isolation and lack of places to go and things to do. We have too much time on our hands to worry about things & nothing to distract us from the ticking of the clock on the wall. We worry about the health of our community; emotionally, socially, physically and financially. The massive unemployment. The massive government spending that makes very little sense, throwing money at a problem that is mostly

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Hospitalized and kept from family

I am one of the “lucky” people who has to be hospitalized for pregnancy during Covid long-term. While I have been here, I am missing my very young children terribly, who are not allowed to visit. I had been told I could go outside of the hospital for fresh air, but that I couldn’t have my children come by OUTSIDE to say “hi” to me while I was out.  Yet, the same day, the hospital allowed a restaurant to set up camp on its property to make and serve food to employees all day. That completely violates the “no visitors”

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Persistence doesn’t pay off?

This is the 3rd time I have opened my business. The first was lost due to domestic violence, and I would say the second was taken due to the residual effect of the same situation. This time I opened this business completely on my own. I am not a quitter. I have no intention of giving up. Working solo in this business, I don’t believe my business is at high risk for the Covid-19 virus. I am at risk of closing due to this shut down, as I am a self supporting individual. Jo-jo Clark Brookline, NH

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Lost job

I was employed as a housekeeper at Lovett’s Inn and Restaurant until March 9. The guests that weekend cancelled and then the inn was shut down and the restaurant could not serve food. Eventually they did take out, but not that much. Because of this shutdown, my coworkers and I have no job. This is a new business in an historic inn and this shutdown could put business owners under easily when they were doing so well and getting a lot of steady customers. So now I have no work to go to, I am not making money, and I

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Autistic child not receiving services

My one-year old daughter has been diagnosed with autism. Because of the stay at home order, her therapists have all closed their offices. They have deemed that due to my daughter’s short attention span (she’s a one-year old with autism) that she is not a candidate for tele-health. Because of this, my daughter is not receiving any services. I am a desperate mom of a special needs child who just wants to give her child the best opportunities to succeed in life. I am afraid that the longer this stay at home order is in place, the more my child

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My mom is dying

My mother was admitted to Elliot Hospital last week. She has dementia, low blood pressure, possible lung cancer, and diabetes. She does not have COVID-19. And neither do I. I have been unable to see her in the hospital. I rarely get to talk to her on the phone because she is sedated. They are denying that she is. I am not only her son. I am also her health care proxy and power of attorney. Even so, Elliot Hospital is denying my entry to see my own mother due to a virus that neither of us have. I contacted

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