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I just have to say what a nightmare booking the PCR was! I tried to book online using my phone but it insisted part way through the booking process that you type in the code they email to you. Going to your email on your phone loses you the place on the booking site so you have to start the process again and the code you previously retrieved from your email is invalid for the new booking process so they want to email you a new code which would repeat the blasted process. I gave up and phoned 119.

There you go through nine questions with each question listing up to 6 options which you have to listen to in full before choosing your option just to speak to someone to book your PCR. After the first nine questions and choosing my option each time it cut me off rather than put me through so I had to go through the whole nine questions with lists of options all over again!

In contrast, once I was at the test site the staff couldn't have been more helpful. I hadn't done a PCR so needed more guidance than by now they are used to I suspect but they were great. And the result in just 24 hours was quick and such a relief. To think many of these people are volunteers working in high risk environments and they're working through Christmas and on to do these tests and get people their results asap. It's amazing.

We had a virus that lasted for over three weeks.  Very bad sore throats, constant coughing etc.  our lateral flow tests at home were negative.  Eventually my husband tried to get PCR tests.  They wouldn’t deliver due to how long we’d been sick.  We couldn’t book tests at the covid stations either.   When my husband saw the GP about something not related to the above, he told her about how sick we’d been.   She thought it was crazy that we’d ran out of time for PCR tests, and, we could’ve had covid.  She thought the  system wasn’t working

My wife and I were waiting for a knock on the door and there to be 14 monks outside with two stretchers. However there is no way it was Covid. Temperature normal, oximeter 96, blood pressure 120/60, resting heart rate 71, flowmeter  400. Just a bad cold in nose and throat.

Sunny Clouds:
How boring.

Oh well, you can big it up if you play with language.  We keep calling sars-cov-2, and also the condition it usually causes, i.e. covid-19, just 'coronavirus'.

But of course coronaviruses are a sort of virus, of which sars-cov-2 is just one (with some variants).  Others include various versions of the common cold.

So anyone here who thinks what they had was 'just' a nasty cold can impress people by saying they were stricken with coronavirus.

On the other hand, I try to be careful to play down anything that could possibly sound like manic exaggeration, so even if I end up in an ICU, it has to be 'just a cold, I don't want to trouble you'.  Another priority if I get lurgified is to stress any symptoms that couldn't be attributable to bipolar, even if it's the ones that could be blamed on my moods that are the more relevant ones.  Very important that I should never sound 'delusional', particularly saying anything that could sound like 'delusions of grandeur'.

I've cancelled my sons and their families coming here on Wednesday. My face is so painful and not being able to breathe means I am struggling to sleep. Decongestants are no longer helping. I did phone the surgery on Thursday to ask for some stand by antibiotics but was given the nurse practitioner and she wasn't having a bar of it. My GP would have allowed me some. Tmi sorry but thick green snot means I am fighting infection which definitely could be viral but potentially may be bacterial and the pain in my face is significant. I'm gutted not to be seeing the boys. I've only seen them once this year and da2 who lives in Wales I didn't see at all last year due to lockdowns. I'm feeling so ill 😥


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