2019

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

So. Things have got a bit scary out there with this Coronavirus/Covid-19 stuff.

I’m possibly, possibly not at a higher risk because of it. It’s hard to say because I don’t have any of the health conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes that are being said to increase your risk. And I’m not elderly. But having a neurological condition does put you in at risk group and qualify you for the flu jab. And it’s known that respiratory stuff can be difficult to clear for wheelchair users as a group (although for me, personally, I am not fully reliant on my chair and I can cough). So it’s fair to say I am probably at something of an increased risk but not as much as many others with disabilities or health problems.

I’m reducing how much I’m going out and seeing people – I did most of my normal stuff this week but not all of it and I’m not planning on going anywhere this weekend. Just doing lots of writing instead today and hopefully catching up on all the blogs I want to write over the next few days. I don’t anticipate going anywhere beyond a wander in the fresh air over the next week or longer. I did say I wanted to tackle my TBR mountain this year…

But I can’t completely self isolate because of the carers. From last night to next Sunday night the plan is I will have 9 different people here, most of them only once. I could technically stop them because my only care need is my compression. But I can’t stop my compression because the minute I do my lymphoedema will start to deteriorate (and as I recently changed care agencies it’s been a bit unstable anyway). That would put me at risk of cellulitis and other complications, some of which can require hospitalisation or even be life-threatening. And wouldn’t take long to undo all the work the compression has done.

I think at the moment having the carers is probably ok but that there may come a time when it isn’t (or more likely when the agency struggle to do it). I need to balance the risk we know definitely exists (deterioration in my health) versus the potential risk of the virus

So I’m almost in the position where I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t…

One Comment

  • Vidya Iyer

    Scary stuff indeed. Hope it is still a “do” and safe so far, fingers crossed-situation.. and the TBR mountain is to become a hillock by the end of all this .

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