Cars, Covid and the best laid plans
Jun23

Cars, Covid and the best laid plans

Isn’t it funny (not in a good way), how outside circumstances constantly change plans? I remember this being a problem when my kids were very little. I learned not to tell them about any plans, so I didn’t have to deal with the inevitable disappointment when somebody got ill and forced our plans to change. It’s also been an issue throughout the Covid pandemic – due to lockdowns, cancellations, people being ill...

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My second bout of Covid-19
Jun21

My second bout of Covid-19

On the evening of Tuesday 14th June, I tested positive for Covid-19. It’s actually the second time I’ve had Covid, but as the first was in April 2020, when testing wasn’t a thing, I’ve never actually tested positive before. I started feeling under the weather on the Monday morning. My throat felt strangely dry and tight. It wasn’t sore exactly, but it felt like a struggle to get my words out. I also felt...

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Covid-19 returned to our family
Nov09

Covid-19 returned to our family

Covid-19 recently hit our family, having hit us for the first time in April 2020. (There was no testing then, but I had textbook symptoms. It is possible the rest of my family had it in milder form.) I know so many families have been through it lately. So this isn’t a ‘poor us’ post. It’s just about how we managed. We were lucky in many ways – as my family didn’t get too ill and also because we have...

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Double Covid jabbed
Jun29

Double Covid jabbed

It felt like I was the last person of my age to get my first Covid jab. Once I’d got it, I felt happy that I was that little bit safer. There had been such a strong message about the importance of that first vaccine and how it would make such a difference to the virus. But as soon as I’d had my first jab, that message changed a bit. The Delta variant started rearing its ugly head. And everyone else was getting their second...

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Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’
Mar30

Covid-19: ‘I never felt ill’

It’s been three months since my dad came out of hospital after a month with Covid-19, including time spent on a ventilator. Since then, he has made a remarkable recovery. Within about six weeks, you would never have guessed he’d been ill. He’s got no long Covid. No depression or PTSD. It is incredible. For me, I still get a couple of flashbacks a week to things that happened when he was in hospital. These memories...

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