Tuesday 24 March 2020


I've been off work with suspected C19 and I'd like to tell you that it's no 'walk in the park'. I'm late forties and always considered myself fairly fit and healthy so expected light symptoms.

Nothing prepared me for the pain in my limbs and chest and for the difficulty I would have in breathing (at one point Morticia almost called for an ambulance cos I could barely breathe). I've slept loads, I've never slept so much in my life. But I'm one of the lucky ones, I'm over the peak and on my way to recovery - my chest still hurts and I'm still getting tired but I'll be better soon.

So please, listen to the advice - if you're asked to stay home them stay home. If you have to go out then social distance. This isn't in place for a laugh, it's serious stuff. I'd hate to think of anyone who is weak already having to deal with this horrible virus.

I chronicled my week dealing with these symptoms...

Day One
So I am isolated - not so bad so far, the cough is annoying but I've been drawing most of the day. Moricia's dad came to visit but I had to ask him to keep away (he's over 70). Found out my neighbours across the road are also in isolation.

Day Two
The aches have arrived and they are bad. My lungs feel like they're on fire and I feel tired.

Day Three
I thought yesterday might be the worst but I woke up this morning with a sore throat and the aches were worse. The cough has been light throughout so far but I'm finding it painful and difficult to breath.

Day Four
Slept long last night. Woke up with a headache that won't go. Been napping on and off all day but on the whole I think I'm  feeling a bit better.

Day Five
It's Mother's Day and I can't even visit mine. Feeling a little better but still feeling really tired. Morticia isn't having the greatest Mother's Day since we can't go anywhere. The morons are out in force (apparently) ignoring the government advice. It'll be a full lockdown soon at this rate, some reckon on Monday.

Day Six
I had a phone call from work apparently checking up on me. I think they believe I'm either faking or taking the piss or something (that's the impression I get). Make no mistake, don't take this virus for granted. The effect it's had on me took me by surprise. The aches were beyond awful, the breathing and chest ache was so bad at one point I was getting concerned that I might end up needing medical help. Thankfully symptoms are disipating slowly and I'm on track to recover.

20:30 - The Prime Minister has just announced that the country is now on complete lockdown.

Boris said people would only be allowed to leave their homes for one of three reasons.

To shop for "basic necessities", to exercise once a day "for example a run, walk, or cycle". This must be done alone or with members of your existing household.

Any medical need or to care for someone vulnerable.

Travelling to and from work for those who cannot work from home.

The Prime Minister confirmed that, to enforce these new rules police will  be given powers to enforce them and will be able to issue fines or disperse any gatherings of more than two people who are not from the same household.

Day Seven
Got a text from the Government, apparently everyone is getting one.

I'm supposed to go back to work tomorrow (I'm a key worker), let's see how that goes.

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