COVID-19: How Are You? (Your Personal Notes; Queries; Reports)

Sollywos

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Got the call this morning inviting me for the jab (AstraZeneca) on Sunday morning. I'd been concerned that I'd have to go to the nearest hub thingy, which would have presented problems as I don't have a car, but I'll be able to have it at the surgery which is about fifteen minutes walk. Mind you snow is forecast so things might change. Normally I'd welcome the snow but you'll understand if I'm feeling a bit wary just now!

Sollywos x
Snow nowhere near as bad as forecast so no problems getting to the surgery. It's the nearest to a social occasion I've had for a year. Who would have thought that being in a queue of old people standing 6ft apart would seem almost like a party? I mean it wasn't as if we were even chatting to each other, no balloons, no cake, but even so. :)

Furthermore as it's been a long time since I've had to go out in the wind and snow, and as I took the opportunity to dive into Poundland* for some milk, a tin of salmon and a bar of chocolate, it felt a bit like an adventurous 'hunting' trip as well.

Oh yeah ..... nearly forgot I had the jab (barely felt it going in.) So far no side effects.

*My visits to shops have been very few and far between over the last year.

And I still feel a bit bad about getting the jab ahead of shop workers.

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Snow nowhere near as bad as forecast so no problems getting to the surgery. It's the nearest to a social occasion I've had for a year. Who would have thought that being in a queue of old people standing 6ft apart would seem almost like a party? I mean it wasn't as if we were even chatting to each other, no balloons, no cake, but even so. :)

Furthermore as it's been a long time since I've had to go out in the wind and snow, and as I took the opportunity to dive into Poundland* for some milk, a tin of salmon and a bar of chocolate, it felt a bit like an adventurous 'hunting' trip as well.

Oh yeah ..... nearly forgot I had the jab (barely felt it going in.) So far no side effects.

*My visits to shops have been very few and far between over the last year.

And I still feel a bit bad about getting the jab ahead of shop workers.

Sollywos x
Don't worry, Solly, we shop workers would rather that the really vulnerable got the jab ahead of us!

We'd just like to come in ahead of the 50 year olds. Although I will anyway, being a 60 year old asthmatic.
 

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Sick of this situation. Just feel like a rant at the sky for whatever it is worth.

I have been lucky, I really enjoy my job and my team. Going into work is fun and we used to get the job done and have a real laugh in the process. Coronavirus forced us all to start working from home. We still get the job done and I'm in touch with my team most days on video calls. The feeling was this was short-term and by summer/autumn last year we would be heading back to normal. That obviously didn't happen.

Now the company has survived and delivered with everyone working from home for almost a year. In truth, in terms of work, it has had little or no impact, other than we no longer go on site to deliver - everything we used to do, conferences, etc... are now just done on video calls. As a result the company is seriously looking at never going back to the enforced office working, with at the least a 50% working from home option. I prefer being in the office but the majority of staff prefer the home option approach.

Because of this, several of my team are now talking about moving out of the city where we work to go and work remotely in the country - meaning not only will we not have the same fun at work, but also socially as friends we'll rarely see each other. I know we are all in the same boat, but this direction we are headed towards everyone just living and working at home in isolation, no need to actually see people in person is very depressing. I know it has its benefits as well, but I'm just sick of all this change and where we are headed. Technology is great but it doesn't replace the human interaction.

We really didn't know how alive we were pre-2020...

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I’ve noticed that modern work in this new remote environment can be more stressful. Gone are the days when we could casually gather and discuss what may be coming up and now these are the days where already-scheduled workload requests pop into your messages with a true Pavlovian Ping.
A feeling of lack of control in one’s work life can be a great stressor. We’re probably all turning into domestic cortisol factories now.
 

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Don't worry, Solly, we shop workers would rather that the really vulnerable got the jab ahead of us!

We'd just like to come in ahead of the 50 year olds. Although I will anyway, being a 60 year old asthmatic.
I’d like to see essential shop workers get priority over teachers for vaccination as they have wider risk of exposure and transmission. There. That’s my two pennorth.
 

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Thanks Sollywos,

I guess the demand out strips the supply of vaccine.

Maybe the next vaccine from Johnson&Johnson coming on line will help.

I am happy you got yours !
 

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I’d like to see essential shop workers get priority over teachers for vaccination as they have wider risk of exposure and transmission. There. That’s my two pennorth.
Both groups are at risk. Both should be vaccinated at some level of priority

If you mean teachers in the UK at the moment, then they are not in contact with the school kids but they might be in a month.
 

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Had jab today AstraZeneca 8th Feb hardly noticed it going in, no effects at all,
72 year age group back in 12 weeks for booster.
My mother (74 yrs old) had the AstraZeneca jab last Friday morning. She had mild pain in her arm a few hours later. She then got a banging headache all night long and couldn't sleep. But it went away on Sat morning and now she feels right as rain.
 

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Cromer crew taking the piss this morning:

"Omg it's all planned! The government are wearing us down by controlling the snow, it snowed on this day 8 years ago! Coincidence I think not! Because there are 8 federal reserve banks left in the world that the world banking system wants to take over and the snow is there secret weapon to go unnoticed in taking these banks "

"Boris again ffs"

"There'll be them Microsoft chips in the snow as well .. wake up sheeple!"
 

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I had a minor scare a week ago when I found out that someone I work with had tested positive. I did not have "close contact" with this person as defined by whatever yardstick my employer uses, but we did pass close to each other a couple of times the day after the test.

I only go into the office twice a week these days, so I waited until this past Thursday to get tested - just down the hall from my office. The results came in yesterday. I'm negative.

Although I'm below the 65-year-old threshold for eligibility for a vaccine, I am overweight and have hypertension, so I will qualify in my area by next week. I never thought I'd be relieved to be a fat man with high blood pressure.
 

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Mr Zebra and I are struggling to know what to do or think about this anymore. Too much information, too many conflicting views has just left us exhausted, depressed and confused.

We just want to know who to trust about all this, but don't know who. Certainly not the government or media. There are so many scare stories about the vaccine that neither of us want it (I don't even know what effects it would have on me with my existing issues and all the medication I'm on). We don't think it's been tested for anywhere near long enough to know what the effects are down the line.

But we're scared of not having it, and getting the virus. Scared of getting ill or injured in case we have to go to hospital, because that seems a sure fire way of picking up the virus. My anxiety is through the roof because of all of this.

There doesn't seem to be a way out, and it is getting terrifying. How do we know who to trust?
I had the jab 1 week ago .Working in Residential Care I thought it would be best. Also, as you suggested...I don't want Covid ! ... The way I thought about it is that of all the people who catch it ...you have no idea if you will just lose sense of taste/smell or have serious problems.(I lost my uncle to it early on ). I think that makes the risk seem more "Real" perhaps than other's who do not know anyone who died ? Not sure. Also it seems the best idea as most people may not get it as badly as they would have otherwise. My "other half" wants his .(..he has years of experience in ITU/ Coronary Care etc Also a lot of interest / knowledge in science generally) . I don't suppose it will make you feel any better about it but I do think it has had a lot of checks...Faster yes....However a lot more money has been thrown at it worldwide. Take Care .
 

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Well, tomorrow it will be 37 years to the day since my wonderful Trina and I became an item. Normally I would spend it in a pub with a couple of friends who knew her and understand what I have lost. Usually a pub with live music - often friends I might be able to persuade to play her favourite song 'Brown Eyed Girl'.


She seemed to think I looked like Van Morrison. I didn't think so until some years after she passed I was walking down the middle of Bold Street in Liverpool and a passer by insisted I was himself. I love that city. For some reason it's inhabitants seem to like me.

As it is a couple of bottles of Prosecco and a lot of phone calls will have to do. I won't be sad - wistful maybe - but I will be celebrating the years we had even if i have to do it without human contact.

Tonight I have been sat here playing the '78 Fender Precison she bought me that same first year. Goodness knows how - we were stoney broke at the time and we had been selling duplicate LP's for booze money. Best not enquired in to ;) .
 
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As it is a couple of bottles of Prosecco and a lot of phone calls will have to do. I won't be sad - wistful maybe - but I will be celebrating the years we had even if i have to do it without human contact.
Bless you Cochise, seems like you are making the best of things.
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I did the home blood test thing and sent it off...

My blood doesn't have enough antibodies so they don't want it :(
 

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My mother (74 yrs old) had the AstraZeneca jab last Friday morning. She had mild pain in her arm a few hours later. She then got a banging headache all night long and couldn't sleep. But it went away on Sat morning and now she feels right as rain.
My mother had hers (AstraZ) on Friday too (in Barnard Castle, of all places). She said she felt quite ill on Saturday with flu-like symptoms but was fine the next day.
 

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My mother had hers (AstraZ) on Friday too (in Barnard Castle, of all places). She said she felt quite ill on Saturday with flu-like symptoms but was fine the next day.
My Dad was about the same after his jab, felt a high temperature etc fo about 12 hours but he's better now.
 

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I hope today isn't too hard for you, Cochise. Anniversaries can be tough.
 

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Nice to see that many are getting their shots. Canada is not really near anywhere to supply it to the public. I think there've been maybe a couple 100,000 done (yep, just verified on CBC vaccination stats) - that's 0.53% of whole population - and most in long term care homes. I don't even think that everyone working in the healthcare systems have been completed. Ontario was distributing it in hospitals for healthcare workers (because of refrigeration issues) and then moved it to long term care homes. That's about it. With Canada having supply issues, it's pretty slow. They were just approved a week ago that Canada can manufacture the Moderna vaccine, but that will be at least 6 months away as the site has to be upgraded for drug manufacturing.

I will be very surprised if I see it for myself before summer at least.
 

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I'm diabetic so was expecting to be nearer to the front of the queue, but over here in France my doctor has quoted Q3 or Q4 before any chance I'll get it. If I was in the UK I think I'd be eligible already.

No vaccines over here and nothing on the shelves of M&S either... Couldn't even get a haggis for Burns Night this year. :(
 

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The Mrs's best mate, 'big gay' Stu has tested positive :( .. he's a local community care worker who I've worked with in the past and he was the man who first introduced me to the Mrs 15 years ago. I knew he was high risk because of his line of work but I didn't have the heart or any right (unless you count the whole ' trying to stay alive thing') to ask her to stop socialising with him .. anyway, he doesn't seem to be suffering in any way thankfully .. the Mrs put him on the phone after his Sister phoned us asking where he was because he didn't turn up for work today and his company had phoned her after knocking on his door without any answer .. we feared the worst (trapped in a snow drift?, beaten up by gay bashers again? etc) but facebook has a good tracking system and she found he'd been online there in the previous 3 minutes so that was a big relief. He answered her next attempt to call him, told us he'd tested positive and then said he was low on electric and cigarettes and told us his company code so we could get him some leccy .. except the shop he gets that from was closed, I checked online and phoned them. Tits. So we phoned him back and his landlord is sorting that out tonight .. hopefully. We did him an emergency pack so it was a sheet of paracetamol, a sheet of cough sweets, some powdered chicken and leek soup, a bar of fruit and nut chocolate because he likes his chocolate and three face masks in case he's forced to go out. I said "Do you need any porn?" to try and cheer him up and he said "No. I've got loads of that.". I haven't got any gay porn anyway and the Mrs said he wouldn't like the pack of dirty playing cards because there's women in them?. Anyway, he's OK and will phone us if he needs anything. And we got him two packs of Winchester Blue smokes.
 

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I'm feeling a bit rough with flu-like symptoms after having my jab on Sunday. I was fine for the first 24 hours but then on Monday I started feeling really tired and dizzy ..... after coming indoors from building a snowman!! Thought at first that that was the cause, maybe 70 year olds aren't supposed to build snowmen?

However I think it's more likely to be a side effect of the vaccine.

There again .........

"There'll be them Microsoft chips in the snow as well .. wake up sheeple!"
:hahazebs::hahazebs::hahazebs:

Sollywos x
 

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Sollywos was it the moderna one?
My daughter's online friend in Mississippi had the same symptoms and then passed out in the shower.
 
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