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

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Sad to report that my friend's wife who was on a ventilator in a London hospital, died yesterday from Covid.

Late 40's.

Sixth person I know personally who had died from it, and I know a few more who are friends and relatives of friends.

I do not know the statistical implications of that, with context that I love in London, a large fairly crowded city, but in my opinion, with one exception, none of these people were likely to die this year.


I acknowledge the damaging social and economic effects of lockdown, but currently think that full lockdown should only lifted when all medically vulnerable people, plus all adults over 45, have had two jabs and then a month for the second jab's effects to fully take effect.

Outdoor socialising in very small groups is an acceptable level of risk, but with masks on for now.

If theatres, galleries etc are to re-open, then have limited capacities, and all customers to be temperature tested and wear masks.
But there is a risk in going, and if someone is any way vulnerable then wait until fully vaccinated.
Terrible news, my condolences.
 

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Sad to report that my friend's wife who was on a ventilator in a London hospital, died yesterday from Covid.

Late 40's.

Sixth person I know personally who had died from it, and I know a few more who are friends and relatives of friends.

I do not know the statistical implications of that, with context that I love in London, a large fairly crowded city, but in my opinion, with one exception, none of these people were likely to die this year.


I acknowledge the damaging social and economic effects of lockdown, but currently think that full lockdown should only lifted when all medically vulnerable people, plus all adults over 45, have had two jabs and then a month for the second jab's effects to fully take effect.

Outdoor socialising in very small groups is an acceptable level of risk, but with masks on for now.

If theatres, galleries etc are to re-open, then have limited capacities, and all customers to be temperature tested and wear masks.
But there is a risk in going, and if someone is any way vulnerable then wait until fully vaccinated.
That's simply dreadful for all concerned. I can't begin to imagine the toll it must take both mentally and emotionally. My condolences to you and your friends.
 

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@Victory please accept my condolences.
 

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It's such a grim situation, we can joke about it but it's still grim. I don't know anyone who's got used to it, maybe it's best if we don't, I don't know. Condolences to the bereaved.
 

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Oh @Victory I'm so so sorry to read this sad news. What an awful outcome I so hoped she'd pull through, It all seemed to happen so quickly. My condolences to your friend.

Sorrywos x
 

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Oh @Victory I'm so so sorry to read this sad news. What an awful outcome I so hoped she'd pull through, It all seemed to happen so quickly. My condolences to your friend.

Sorrywos x
She felt ill so her husband took her to hospital.
36 hours later she was on a ventilator.
10 days later she died.

Her heart stopped, and the doctors fought for 50 minutes to resuscitate her.
At some point they got her heart working again for 15 seconds.

A friend of her's is a doctor in intensive care in London specialising in Covid, I know him.
He was shocked, as he said that her "medical profile" meant she had a good chance of recovering.

He has noticed a pattern; for the last few weeks his ward has been full of overweight men in their late middle age who have "no chance" of recovering.
 
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Sad to report that my friend's wife who was on a ventilator in a London hospital, died yesterday from Covid.

Late 40's.

Sixth person I know personally who had died from it, and I know a few more who are friends and relatives of friends.

I do not know the statistical implications of that, with context that I love in London, a large fairly crowded city, but in my opinion, with one exception, none of these people were likely to die this year.


I acknowledge the damaging social and economic effects of lockdown, but currently think that full lockdown should only lifted when all medically vulnerable people, plus all adults over 45, have had two jabs and then a month for the second jab's effects to fully take effect.

Outdoor socialising in very small groups is an acceptable level of risk, but with masks on for now.

If theatres, galleries etc are to re-open, then have limited capacities, and all customers to be temperature tested and wear masks.
But there is a risk in going, and if someone is any way vulnerable then wait until fully vaccinated.
I'm sorry for your loss.
 

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In my area, the vaccinations are up and running for the largest priority group, number 6 - aged 16-64 with health vulnerabilities. I've been offered one! I'm hoping my jab next Saturday might include 'extra special' fat-eating nanoparticles courtesy of Mr B G :)
 

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In my area, the vaccinations are up and running for the largest priority group, number 6 - aged 16-64 with health vulnerabilities. I've been offered one! I'm hoping my jab next Saturday might include 'extra special' fat-eating nanoparticles courtesy of Mr B G :)
I am always so surprised where different countries are with their vaccination admin stages. Canada is very slow and has not completed stage 1 which, afaik, is completed when everyone over 80 has had the chance to be vaccinated
 
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I think planet Earth should be called planet “ stupidity “ !

There are raging arguments about school teachers being as valuable as health care workers and school teachers should be pushed to the front of the line for vaccinations.

I think teachers are very needed, but obviously there are people who think teachers are not worthy.
 

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My condolences to the family @Victory

As for teachers getting the vaccine, well, I think ALL frontline workers, teachers, nurses, police, supermarket workers, anyone who has worked through the pandemic in a public facing role, should have been vaccinated after the very old and vulnerable. Because, as they haven't, the powers that be run the risk of total collapse of infrastructure, should another similar pandemic break out. Not one of us will be willing to do all this again without any assurances of being in the frontline for vaccination.
 

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My condolences to the family @Victory

As for teachers getting the vaccine, well, I think ALL frontline workers, teachers, nurses, police, supermarket workers, anyone who has worked through the pandemic in a public facing role, should have been vaccinated after the very old and vulnerable. Because, as they haven't, the powers that be run the risk of total collapse of infrastructure, should another similar pandemic break out. Not one of us will be willing to do all this again without any assurances of being in the frontline for vaccination.
They probably will be I would guess?

The first 7 priority groups *are* the elderly and/or vulnerable, around 16 million folks.

Edited to add: I got the number wrong, it's around 22 million.

Frontline NHS workers (including nurses) have already had their first jab and we are now on 'group 6' in England. Group 1 & 2 are now shortly to get their 2nd dose. I guesstimate end of March-early April for all the 7 groups to get their first jab if they want it, maybe earlier if we're lucky. Hang on in there!
 
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I had another anti masker at work today .. actually I had three, the first two eyeballing me in a defensive fashion. I was polite to them. The third looking for sympathy because "People keep looking at me in a funny way?". I was polite to him. Another yesterday who's slightly famous in Britain but I don't want to identify him, he was telling me about his two new Cromer business's he can't run at the moment because of lockdown and his kids are suffering because of it etc etc. I didn't point out the irony that other people are also strutting around like Liam fucking Gallagher, not wearing masks as a symbolic gesture or some such similar crap. I was polite to him.
 

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I had another anti masker at work today .. actually I had three, the first two eyeballing me in a defensive fashion. I was polite to them. The third looking for sympathy because "People keep looking at me in a funny way?". I was polite to him. Another yesterday who's slightly famous in Britain but I don't want to identify him, he was telling me about his two new Cromer business's he can't run at the moment because of lockdown and his kids are suffering because of it etc etc. I didn't point out the irony that other people are also strutting around like Liam fucking Gallagher, not wearing masks as a symbolic gesture or some such similar crap. I was polite to him.
You have the patience of Job, and it does you credit, sir.
 

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She felt ill so her husband took her to hospital.
36 hours later she was on a ventilator.
10 days later she died.

Her heart stopped, and the doctors fought for 50 minutes to resuscitate her.
At some point they got her heart working again for 15 seconds.

A friend of her's is a doctor in intensive care in London specialising in Covid, I know him.
He was shocked, as he said that her "medical profile" meant she had a good chance of recovering.

He has noticed a pattern; for the last few weeks his ward has been full of overweight men in their late middle age who have "no chance" of recovering.
I'm very sorry Victory X .. take things easy for a while.
 

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Sad to report that my friend's wife who was on a ventilator in a London hospital, died yesterday from Covid.

Late 40's.

Sixth person I know personally who had died from it, and I know a few more who are friends and relatives of friends.

I do not know the statistical implications of that, with context that I love in London, a large fairly crowded city, but in my opinion, with one exception, none of these people were likely to die this year.


I acknowledge the damaging social and economic effects of lockdown, but currently think that full lockdown should only lifted when all medically vulnerable people, plus all adults over 45, have had two jabs and then a month for the second jab's effects to fully take effect.

Outdoor socialising in very small groups is an acceptable level of risk, but with masks on for now.

If theatres, galleries etc are to re-open, then have limited capacities, and all customers to be temperature tested and wear masks.
But there is a risk in going, and if someone is any way vulnerable then wait until fully vaccinated.
So sorry to hear of your loss.
I spoke with a buddy of mine today who attended a funeral week before last for someone close who had passed due to Covid. The same day he had a call informing him that his best friend had unexpectedly died from the same cause when it was thought he would recover. Then over the weekend he felt unwell, took a test which proved positive.
When I spoke with him he said that recent events convinced him he would also lose his life and has spent the last week in utter despair and anxiety. He found he couldn’t sleep and when he was so tired that he found himself on the verge of dropping off he fought it in fear he would not wake up. His mental health is shot through but he can acknowledge it and is able now to start reasoning with himself.
He told me that throughout he has not left his bedroom for fear of infecting his wife who recently tested negative; it makes my experience of the disease, which was not pleasant, pale into insignificance. I do believe though that getting out most days into the countryside to walk the dogs, miles from anyone other than my wife who was also positive, massively helped me; both physically and mentally.
 

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He found he couldn’t sleep and when he was so tired that he found himself on the verge of dropping off he fought it in fear he would not wake up.
Thanks.

The same happened to a friend.
Scared if he slept he would not wake up.
My guess is some primal survival mechanism does this.

Your walks are definitely a positive.
I have to do more.
 

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I think planet Earth should be called planet “ stupidity “ !

There are raging arguments about school teachers being as valuable as health care workers and school teachers should be pushed to the front of the line for vaccinations.

I think teachers are very needed, but obviously there are people who think teachers are not worthy.
My 31 year-old daughter-in-law, who is a primary school teacher, had her (Oxford) vaccine last Thursday.
We had a family catch-up Zoom meeting yesterday and she admitted to feeling headachy and a bit feverish for around 24 hours afterwards, but was obviously very relieved to get the vaccination.
 

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It's such a grim situation, we can joke about it but it's still grim. I don't know anyone who's got used to it, maybe it's best if we don't, I don't know. Condolences to the bereaved.
It's one of the ways we deal with things, it's OK. My Grandad could make you roll about with laughter telling you how he got buried alive in WW1, and how they used to shake hands with Fritz (a dead German who had become part of the parapet) when they went up to the firing positions. Things may be bad but bad is a relative term.
 

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I think planet Earth should be called planet “ stupidity “ !

There are raging arguments about school teachers being as valuable as health care workers and school teachers should be pushed to the front of the line for vaccinations.

I think teachers are very needed, but obviously there are people who think teachers are not worthy.
I saw a couple of reports on TV where one individual was calling for teachers to go to the front of the queue for the jab, whilst another, a West End minor actress, was insisting that anyone with relatives in a care home should be at the front of the queue.
Obviously both parties in these interviews had a vested interest in their particular groups being advanced, but when the interviewers asked which of those currently in line for the jab should be precluded to allow their particular group of concern to go forward they had no reply.
At the time my 88 yo mother who has dementia, is pretty much house bound and has self isolated since the start of this has not had her jab; the local community nurses had run out of supplies and they didn’t know when more resources would be available. Mum finally got hers on Friday.
My sister, Mums carer, is Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and has not had hers as she carries an epipen and has to have hers in hospital, as such she will have to wait for her consultant to apply for an appointment on her behalf and has been told she will have to travel from Bermondsey to St Marks Hospital in Watford to receive hers, a situation which makes a mockery of her self isolation for the past year.
It would be a blessing if everyone needing or wanting a Covid Jab could have their jab imminently, but alas the resources are not available so we all need to be that little bit patient.
 
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Believe it or not I managed to go out yesterday. I lasted a little over 2 months without leaving my apartment. I did order take out four times. It was expensive, but I justified it somehow.

So, I get in the car and it won't start. It had been over 2 months. I get the auto club to give me a boost. He told me not to shut it off for at least one hour. Then I couldn't get the wiper fluid to work. The windows were seriously filthy. They had been covered in snow and ice and then after that melted there's still the fact that I live in a busy area and the dirt was so caked on that I could not drive it. I took the jug of fluid and paper towel to it. I only did enough area so that it was safe to drive and then took it to a gas station 30 minutes away and used the supplies they have there. The reason I went to that one was because it had a bunch of different shops all in one place. I lived in that area for 12 years. It used to be a mall, but even though it isn't any longer, there are still plenty of shops there.

When I was finished, I was too tired to shop. As I was about to get back in the car, there was a man washing his windows and he gave me a nod. I asked him if he would take a look and tell me where the fluid comes out so I could unplug the holes. He showed me and then I can't remember why but I tried a different lever on the handle and fluid cam flying out. :rolleyes: That's okay though because I had to keep the car running for an hour to charge up the battery anyway. The guy was so good looking that I almost told him so. Then I guess the boost from the auto club gave my electric window motor a boost as well because it had not worked properly and now it does. I went to McDonald's and then home.

Today, I wanted to go shopping but did not have the strength. So, again had McDonald's and came home. Then, at 9:00pm, I decided to go to Safeway (grocery store) I was just going to get stuff for breakfast but I got enough for at least 2 weeks. There was no shortages of anything in the store. All the shelves were stocked and I got a huge bag of 30 triple roll rolls of toilet paper.

I'm going to the big store (Costco) tomorrow if I can find the energy again. I can't remember exactly what I did but I do remember dropping something really heavy on my foot. Pretty sure I broke a bone or two. It was really difficult to get my boots on.

It will be above 0 here for two more days that's a big change from -42. I hope to get fully stocked by then and I also got a bunch of advise on what to get for computer supplies from a guy on another forum I used to frequent. It shut down too, sort of. lol

I don't know where this boost came from that has brought me back to life, but I hope it lasts long enough for me to get everything done.

I was watching "Irish people try..." clips on youtube and Dermot said, "As long as you're not hurting anyone, do whatever makes you happy." For some reason, that hit me big time and I am going to try to do that because even though I come across as a happy go lucky person most of the time.... I don't remember a time in my life where I put myself first. I don't ever remember being truly happy. There are situations where I had a good time and felt happy in the moment, but I have never really felt like I have lived a happy life or even had a few years of true happiness. I'm going to try to take his advice. It isn't easy to do. I have to keep reminding myself several times a day that it's okay to be happy and do what I want.

I"m turning 62 in a couple of months. It's now or never.
 

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He showed me and then I can't remember why but I tried a different lever on the handle and fluid cam flying out. :rolleyes:
I didn't leave my car for two months but when I did drive it again it felt weird and unfamiliar. I came back from the shops with a warning alarm beeping all the way and I thought I was going to have to take it for a service.
I had the handbrake on.



Edit: ^^This sounds like I lived in my car for two months. I meant that the time I left it unattended without driving it was shorter than two months.
 
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I keep thinking I’m younger than I am and should really be paying more attention to what my body is telling me. Namely, ‘You’re seizing up. Go out for a walk, get your muscles moving and fill your lungs with fresh air’. But apart from the lockdown, the stress of work fills my day, it always seems to be rainy and miserable at lunchtime and I’m knackered when I knock off to make dinner.

Haven’t been asked to have the jab yet so my great outdoors experience is masked shopping a couple of times a week for an hour or so.
 
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