Yesterday evening (Monday 23rd March) I got a text from the NHS Coronavirus Service stating that I had been classified as Extremely Vulnerable and that I had to remain at home for 12 weeks!
It is a little worrying that I have been classified as such, but I guess as my immune system is compromised I kind of saw it coming.
It doesn’t sound too bad, but it does have implications.
It means I cannot walk my dog.
I cannot leave the house.
And it means Barbara (my wife) has to shield me from contact as well, which in reality means she needs to work from home for the next 12 weeks and needs to minimise her contact with other people as well.
Fortunately, we have the support of friends and family who will help out with shopping etc.
As Barbara is due to go into hospital for the Lumpectomy, we have sent Teddy (our dog) to the dog sitter for the week until Barbara is fit enough to walk him.
So I need to keep busy over the coming weeks and so am looking for a few projects to do and some goals to achieve.
I will be able to go out for treatment but imagine that some of the outpatients appointments will now be done over the phone, time will tell.
A side from this I am actually feeling quite good, my back pain is reducing and I was walking further. I will have to find another way to exercise!
A copy of the text is below, and I imagine I will get a letter at some point.
“NHS Coronavirus Service: We have identified that you’re someone at risk of severe illness if you catch Coronavirus. Please remain at home for a minimum of 12 weeks. Home is the safest place for you. Staying in helps you stay well and that will help the NHS too. You can open a window but do not leave your home and stay 3 steps away from others indoors. Wash your hands more often, for at least 20 seconds.
Read more advice about staying safe at home.
We will send you more messages with information.”
It was quickly followed up by another message.
“NHS Coronavirus Service: Do you know how you will get your medicines while you are staying in your home? You can order repeat prescriptions online via the NHS app or your GP’s online services.
Read more information about online services
Please ask your family, friends or neighbours to pick up your prescriptions from a pharmacy. Just remind them to leave the items outside your door.
The NHS is still here for you – you will still get the care you need, but the way you receive it might change. More will happen over the phone and internet.
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