Thursday, 23 June 2022

Covid Week

 

I lost it with the neighbour’s Charlie this morning and shouted across the gardens like a loon
“ Will you shut that fucking dog up ?” 
A pure case of transference , but it has worked for a hour or so.

I’m still symptomatic of covid, and unfortunately it’s been a rather difficult week. I’m still breathless at times even though I’ve spent what feels like hours in a hot shower and under tea towelled menthol infusions .
Nights have proved to be especially difficult .

I can only liken the sensation to be breathing through a rigid and very long tube which is hardened with secretions like amber, where coughs have not the power of the ability to make things clearer.
By rights any ordinary virus would have broken by now into its snotty stage, but my secretions remain like toffee, and I am tired all of the time as well as headachy. 
Occupational health hold me to re LFT test today and tomorrow 
Today’s positive test flashed up in seconds 
And so I’m still isolating .
Ma Manley at the Still House left me some covid tests out this morning as I had run out. 
After I had collected them Mr Poznan cheerfully popped his head in through the passenger door window to say hello and got a shriek of “ Ive got covid!!!” in return .
He’s got a terribly weak heart and looked rather grey after I had bellowed at him.,
Bless him.
This is all a bit tiresome
But I know I’m one of the lucky ones
Sainsbury’s have delivered my food and the sun is shining 

It could have been a whole lot worse.

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  1. I wish I had a magic healing power, take care of yourself,

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    1. I’m trying, I’m sick of d4inking lemon water

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  2. Yes, thank goodness you're fully vaccinated, or it would have been a hell of a lot worse. Maybe it's time to paint a big red cross on the door like they did during the plague, lol. But seriously, I hope you get some relief from the breathing trouble, the heat can't help. I get a lot of sinusitis and find Sinutab helps clear the tubing and get rid of the headache. Might be worth a try. xx

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    1. I’ve tried otrovine , that’s helped

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  3. Hang in there, John! I hope some relief comes for you soon.

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  4. So sorry that you still have covid. I wonder where you picked it up? My son had covid a few weeks ago and thinks he picked it up on a packed train with people coughing all around him. I wish I could make you feel better. I hope you have something tasty to eat from the delivery (can you smell and taste yet?). Take care John. Hopefully you are now over the worst of it. x

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    1. Who knows Simone , masks seem a thing of the past

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  5. Tiresome yes, but just rest. I've known more that one person who planned to take advantage of being Covid isolated at home to get things done, and some made a good start but failed to proceed as they weakened.

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    1. I have books to read but no big jobs to do ..I really don’t think I could physically do something strenuous anyhow

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  6. I'm so sorry that you've got what sounds like a bad dose. Back in March/April I felt like a deep-sea diver whose in/out breathing tubes were not working properly. The only way I could breath out was by coughing, then it was like a valve was shut and I couldn't open my throat to breath in. But I was lucky, it didn't go to my lungs.
    Very early on in the epidemic there was an Italian woman on the news, and her lungs were gurgling. She sounded like she was drowning. I've often wondered what happened to her. Thank goodness for the vaccines, and thank goodness for the scientists, of which a very clever nephew is one, working for the Oxford lot.

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    1. Yes I really recognise this , everything for me seems upper respiratory rather than pulmonary in nature

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  7. It could be worse, but it still sounds uncomfortable to be so sick in the summer.

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    1. I bored at complaining about things

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  8. I'm so sorry you're still feeling so poorly. I wish I could do something to help.

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  9. Having had it twice can empathise. Hope you feel better soon - and take it easy over the coming weeks as the post-viral fatigue can knock you back too.

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    1. Luckily I go part time from 1 st of July P

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  10. Hope it clears up soon, John. It is good you know what to do but contact a doctor if you don't improve. Feel better!

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  11. Really hope you feel better soon. Take it carefully and slowly.

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    1. If I take things any slower I’d stop dead

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  12. I hope so much you feel better soon.

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  13. Hang in there, dear man. May you see and feel progress every day.

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    1. I’m sure I am better than I was on Monday

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  14. Charlie must be pretty vocal when copulating to cause you to shout like that.

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  15. Thank goodness you are fully vaccinated. I can't imagine how much worse things could be. This is bad enough as it is. Constant dog barking is infuriating. I hope your neighbor has got the message.

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    1. I have a plan
      https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deterrent-Adjustable-Frequency-Ultrasonic-Waterproof/dp/B09ZP4RXJH/ref=sr_1_18?crid=RFOROA8V1SN1&keywords=barxbuddy+anti+bark+dog+training+antibarking+device+ultrasonic+to+stop+dog&qid=1656011074&sprefix=%2Caps%2C83&sr=8-18

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    2. If it works, it'll be worth every penny! xx

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  16. John, I am so sorry that you have Covid and have been ill. I haven't been checking blogs for about a week and am now finally catching up. You are in my thoughts and I hope this finds you feeling better. (I went back and read all of your posts). Congrats on the new pup!

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    1. Mick, thank you, it’s nice seeing you getting out with a gin

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    2. I love a good gin!!

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  17. I remember one ICU doc describing people's lungs as filled with jelly and that's what made breathing so hard.

    https://www.studyfinds.org/covid-filling-patients-lungs-with-liquid-jelly/

    Be careful and see a doc perhaps.

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    1. Yes the secretions were not mobile and very sticky ….on a small scale mine are similar, I just can’t clear them

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  18. Some bloody vaccine. I suspect your immune system is buggered. Good luck but two doses of the Covids would tip me off that I'd been conned. I am vaccine free despite the pressure to get jabbed. I've been fine so far.
    The nonsense that it would have been worse is just that. One can't prove a negative.

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    1. A friend and colleague has just lost an unvaccinated son to covid at 30 . Given my demographic I am so thankful I’ve had my jabs . The new variant which maybe what I have contracted is a nasty piece of work .

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    2. The vaccine was intended to reduce the severity of the disease, not prevent it.

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    3. And it’s done it’s job well

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    4. I think that some corroboration is required here. Comorbidities involved, a copy of the death certificate perhaps.

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    5. Adrian, you're being a twat again!

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  19. Sorry you had to come down with it John. I had Covid in January and I have never been so sick in my life. I was in bed for two weeks and didn't start feeling half way normal until the end of March. I am still not 100% back to my old self. Fatigue and brain fog still is bothersome. I guess I am what they call a long hauler! Thankfully, I am not as bad as some others I've read about. I never went to the doctor. Actually, I was too sick to go, but I later had bloodwork done that confirmed I had the antibodies. The best prescription is rest. You need a lot of rest. Take Care.

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    1. Yes, I understand what you describe , I can honestly say I’ve not felt consistently so unwell in a long time

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  20. Do you have any way to measure your oxygen level? Perhaps someone in the village has an oximeter to lend you or will buy one and deliver it to you. They are widely available and not expensive here, and may be in your area, too. Please be careful and don't assume that just because you are in the nursing profession that you will know if your O2 dips too low. I hope you feel better soon.

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    1. I second that. We nurses are the worst at seeking help sometimes. Sending good wishes xx

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    2. Jenny , I know….but my temp is down now and last night I slept better than I did on Monday and Tuesday so I wont

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    3. Shelly you are right

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  21. Wishing you a speedy recovery. And hoping it doesn't turn into long covid.

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    1. Oh lord , don’t wish that one on me

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  22. Hope you feel better soon John. My DIL tested positive today. She's quadrupled jabbed but as a cancer survivor she's still high risk. It's still doing the rounds so take care everyone xxx

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    1. My previous “ bout” was nothing like this one..I have slept a great deal of the afternoon

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  23. I’ve dropped anon commentators ban , to let several people who have personally emailed me to quote again,
    One personal insult from anon , and it will be reengaged

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  24. Anonymous8:39 pm

    Hang in there, John, and you definitely have something to look forward to with your new puppy! Thank goodness for the vaccine! So far I've escaped the virus but my daughter is a frontline medical worker. She's a nursing supervisor of one of the COVID wards at Northwestern University in Chicago. Unfortunately this pandemic has taken a toll on her mental health and she suffers from PTSD. She's planning on coming back home to California.

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    1. PTSD will be something we will hear time and time again when acute nurses,itu staff and covid nurses start to cope again

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  25. 2 years ago last February I awoke and felt like I was trying to breathe through a cloud of talcum powder-and then muslin-At the time I thought I was having a panic attack-After about 3 days it passed luckily x

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  26. Anonymous9:16 pm

    I found the sterimar (?) aerosol saline spray useful when I had covid. Helped to clear things out and keep things moving. Sympathise on the loss of taste and smell. Mine was gone for 10 days. Spicy curry helped as my tongue could detect the spice rather than relying on the tastebuds. Hoping you heal quickly. Steph.

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  27. Barbara Anne9:45 pm

    Wishing you well, John, and am glad to hear your feeling somewhat better.
    We have a home (wrist) BP moniter and an o2 fingertip monitor, along with a digital thermometer because we nurses want to know what's up!

    Hugs!

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  28. Sounds b***** awful, you don't need me to tell you to rest and plenty of fluids, so I won't!! But I will say Take Care.

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  29. Anonymous9:58 pm

    Been reading for a while, ssshhh don’t tell the dogs but Albert is my favourite x hope you are on the mend soon, you’ve got a lovely new puppy to look forward to! x Sally

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  30. Yes, hydrate. Nap. Know we all care.

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    1. Since I got up at 8 pm I’ve slept 5 hours in three naps

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  31. I think it may be best to phone Nhs helpaline-As you may need oxygen John xx

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  32. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling. I have never had vivid and hesitate to advise, but ginger works well on common colds.. For me. I brew a root.

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    1. Wouldn't you think that after all this, auto correct would recognize covid as a word?

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  33. Sounds ghastly John.
    I wonder f you might have a 'double whammy', Covid AND the very nasty respiratory infection/flu that's doing the rounds here. I haven't had Covid, but I've been knocked flat by this incessant coughing. Most of the family has had it, and my DIL, who's a fitness/healthy eating guru is bedridden with it.

    I hope you start to feel better soon.

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  34. Horrible, it seems to affect people so differently. My Dutch neighbour who still has it, walks past the house most days to say hello, without looking any different to how she normally looks. If I get it, I want her version!

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  35. It's frightening when you can't breathe properly, especially at night. I've found sitting up in bed, or hunched over at night helps a lot. Even getting up and moving around and then napping in the day. Take care of your patient, as you are your own nurse. Wishing you better very soon.

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  36. Oh, jeez. For me it was like a bad cold, but it did indeed take longer to get to the snot stage.

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  37. Anonymous8:58 am

    So sorry to hear you've got covid, John. We went on a break and when got home tested positive. Very nasty thing and knocked me off my feet. Have never felt so tired. Rest up and what wonderful news about the pending new addition to the family! : ) Hope you feel better soon. Louise

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  38. Here's wishing you a solid recovery! xx

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  39. Hope you feel better soon.

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  40. Anonymous12:55 pm

    I hope you are doing better. COVID is such a strange disease and being quarantined along sucks (I know!). Get well soon!

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