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Old 23-03-2020, 12:39 AM   #1
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COVID-19 support thread.

I was typing in my R/V but realised I could really use some 'company' with this. Please, if you're struggling with coronavirus-related difficulties, feel free to use this thread as a place to talk.

I'm massively tired and stressed and overwhelmed at the moment. I know most people probably are!

My partner is immunosuppressed, he'll be either high risk or very high risk. We suspect he's likely to receive one of these letters about shielding. But I'm in and out all the time to work and placement, and I can't stop. Even if I suspended placement, I'd have to work to pay bills and rent and so on. I don't know how I'd live with it if anything happened to him because of me. I'm scared.

I'm either at work or placement every day. I need a break but there's no one to cover. Everything has been scaled right back, very little face to face contact with service users. Everything that keeps many of the people I work with well is gone. I know it's for very good reason, but it's still difficult.

I've been a huge ball of tears this evening. Just needed to put it out there and hopefully feel less alone.



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Old 23-03-2020, 09:44 AM   #2
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Everything is so difficult at the moment - you really aren't alone in this.

Is there any way you can separate yourselves at home more? Sleep in separate rooms, don't share plates and cutlery, be really really strict on hand washing and no physical contact? Could you even move out somewhere else so you can keep working? Or could your partner go stay somewhere else? I know that's not ideal and potentially very lonely.

There's also stuff in place if you have to stop working - Statutory Sick Pay for people like yourself who might need to stop work because of someone in your household self-isolating or Universal Credit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...ed-by-covid-19

Don't know if that's any help at all.

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Old 23-03-2020, 10:34 AM   #3
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I hear how tired and scared you are, and how hard you're working. I'm not sure I can add much other than the excellent advice from np.

I really hope you can get financial help to support you and your partner staying safe. It sounds like an incredibly difficult position to be in.

After speaking to my therapist on the phone this morning, she said our Recovery College online has some really good articles on managing mental health during this pandemic. I don't know if people outside the Trust (assuming you're outside the Trust) can use it but if you want to have a look, it's the Recovery College for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys. I know it's not much help when you're dealing with much bigger issues, but there might be a bit of something useful there. Xx

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Old 23-03-2020, 10:42 AM   #4
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I found some more information about shielding actually from gov.uk:


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What should you do if you have someone else living with you?

Whilst the rest of your household are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves, we would expect them to do what they can to support you in shielding and to stringently follow guidance on social distancing.


- Minimise as much as possible the time other family members spend in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas, and keep shared spaces well ventilated.

- Aim to keep 2 metres (3 steps) away from people you live with and encourage them to sleep in a different bed where possible. If you can, you should use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household. Make sure you use separate towels from the other people in your house, both for drying themselves after bathing or showering and for hand-hygiene purposes.

- If you do share a toilet and bathroom with others, it is important that they are cleaned after use every time (for example, wiping surfaces you have come into contact with). Another tip is to consider drawing up a rota for bathing, with you using the facilities first.

- If you share a kitchen with others, avoid using it while they are present. If you can, you should take your meals back to your room to eat. If you have one, use a dishwasher to clean and dry the family’s used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them using your usual washing up liquid and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If you are using your own utensils, remember to use a separate tea towel for drying these.

- We understand that it will be difficult for some people to separate themselves from others at home. You should do your very best to follow this guidance and everyone in your household should regularly wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and clean frequently touched surfaces.


If the rest of your household stringently follow advice on social distancing and minimise the risk of spreading the virus within the home by following the advice above, there is no need for them to also shield alongside you.


Which means you can still go to work. But I would suggest that you or your work find someone to cover for you for a while if possible, even a few days. You do need a break as well and can't be expected to do everything alone and carry on long term like this when there are added stressors everywhere at the moment. You need to look after yourself too.

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Old 23-03-2020, 12:21 PM   #5
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I've just been told I'm in the high risk category and have to do the 12 week shielding from today.
My husband, who was previously told he was okay to pop out for essentials has now been told he must self-isolate for 14 days from today because of my symptoms, even though he isn't showing any - understandable that they'd rather be safer.

We are pretty screwed now though, as it's just us and we have no way of getting groceries or my medications at all.
There are no delivery slots and my pharmacy doesn't deliver medication.

Feeling a little overwhelmed, so I'm thankful for this thread, Serendipity.



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Old 23-03-2020, 05:38 PM   #6
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Ophiucus - are you a member of any local Facebook groups? I know most of my local towns and villages are setting up networks for volunteers to deliver essential groceries and medication to people who are having to self-isolate, so there may be something similar near you?

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Old 23-03-2020, 08:06 PM   #7
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even im getting freaked out now im hearing my country might be goin into lockdown my pharmacy deliver but theres rules and limits on it and they charge . ive got athsma so i am supposed to be staying in now ,im claustophobic am fine if i know i can get out but nowthats not looking so certain well im so worried im stuggling mentally a bit anyway after a horrendous week and the panic is really setting in . i keep getting cold coz i cant move about enough its sunny and warm enough in the flat according to thermastat thingy but im cold to the extent my core temp has actully dropped half a degree ive lost weight due to stress and anxietyand im starting to feel very trapped

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Old 23-03-2020, 08:50 PM   #8
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Ophiucus - are you a member of any local Facebook groups? I know most of my local towns and villages are setting up networks for volunteers to deliver essential groceries and medication to people who are having to self-isolate, so there may be something similar near you?
I'm not, but I will have a look and see if there is something like that near me.
Thank you!



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Old 24-03-2020, 04:14 AM   #9
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if you're vulnerable Sainsburys have a phone number you can call to reguster as vulnerable and that opens up some delivery slots I think.
worth a look if youcan't get out to the shops
can youphone your docs and explain your pharmacy doesn't deliver and you're self isolating. see if they can send scripts to a pharmacy that does deliver
Good luck!

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Old 24-03-2020, 10:35 AM   #10
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Thanks Hilda - I've been trying the Sainsburys number since yesterday and it's just constantly busy. A lot of people trying to get through, I imagine.

I took the advice of finding a group and there was someone who offered help there, which was really kind; so I'm hoping I'll be okay now.



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Old 25-03-2020, 09:15 AM   #11
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https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

The NHS are starting an 'army' of volunteers to help the 1.5 million vulnerable people. People can apply above but I'm sure there must be a way to actually access the help available too. It might be worth a google?

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Old 27-03-2020, 08:21 PM   #12
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Anxiety is through the roof tonight. Any advice?

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Old 27-03-2020, 09:14 PM   #13
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no advice sadly but ive been there feel for ya hugs

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Old 27-03-2020, 10:10 PM   #14
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I may delete this, not sure yet but I just needed somewhere to get things off my chest, if that's okay?

So basically after a steroid inhaler and tablets not helping to ease my breathing and chest pains, along with my heart racing a fair bit; my GP said my next step was to have a nebuliser (spelling?) but she couldn't provide one and I would need an ambulance to help me get to hospital ASAP.
They turned up, checked me over and basically said they weren't going to do that and I was probably just overreacting and they left, after making me sign something on their tablet thing to say I was happy that they weren't taking me in.
Like?? Okay then. Thanks guys.

I mean, I'm honestly used to being treated in a not-so-good way by the NHS (LOT of history there), but this is honestly the end of it for me.
If they won't even help in this situation, wtf is the point of me asking for help at all?



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Old 28-03-2020, 02:52 PM   #15
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I'm sorry to hear that, Ophiuchus. How are you doing today? I know it's difficult but please don't let it put you off asking for help. If you feel worse or don't feel like you can manage your symptoms yourself at home, then do call an ambulance yourself, or use 111.

For those of you struggling with anxiety, is there anything that usually helps? I'm finding it helpful to find things to do that are easy enough but take concentration. For me, that's cross stitch and I've started on a sticker by numbers album (it's quite soothing!) I use the app 'Calm' for mindfulness and relaxation. It's good, and a lot of the resources are free at the moment.

Thank you all for the support and advice, I really appreciate it. My placement has been put on hold indefinitely, which is stressful in itself, but I'm still working. I have had some days off, which I desperately needed, and we're trying to put precautions in place at home. I'm so scared though (for him, not me). I was in floods of tears last night about having to come out to work today. I'm just so anxious.



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Old 28-03-2020, 03:48 PM   #16
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Thanks, Seredipity.
I'm not great, but after that situation I'll just have to manage at home - when you're told time and again by people that you're overreacting (even when you know you aren't), it's hard to keep asking for help, you know?

I'm sorry to hear your anxiety is a struggle to cope with, I can't imagine.
Would crafty-type things help? Something that keeps your hands busy might help keep your head focusing on other things, if that makes sense?



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Old 29-03-2020, 02:22 AM   #17
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I got a really generic pamphlet from the hospital my consultant is based at. I have immunosuppressant infusions due to a rare autoimmune disease that’s caused high blood pressure and kidney impairment. I’ve not actually received a letter or a text to say I’m high risk, but the Vasculitis society website says I am. Very confused and can’t get through to doctors. I really want to take up the temporary registration offer but I don’t want to put anyone else at risk by going and doing that.

Wouldn’t probably be doing much social atm due to low mood the last couple of months but not having the option is making my low mood worse. Guess I’m just ranting. I set up a support group on fb a week or so ago but feel like I can’t rant there cos some of my friends are members too.





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Old 29-03-2020, 10:17 AM   #18
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I'd say you'd be fine to register, Pomegranate, especially as there's an autoimmune concern there.



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Old 29-03-2020, 11:16 AM   #19
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Pomegranate (don’t know if its okay to use your name on here), if you need a chat and don’t feel like you can post on the group you can always send me a pm on facebook if it’d help.

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Old 30-03-2020, 01:36 AM   #20
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Ophiucus, thank you . I meant join the nhs temporary nursing register (I’m in last part of my nursing degree). Realised I didn’t make that clear though. I don’t want to join nursing register if I’ll potentially put people at risk (and Occupational health etc are suspended during this crisis so couldn’t ask them either).

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