#newRoutine: Illness & Self Isolation

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It’s been about a week since I last updated this series. At the time we’d just settled on a new routine with minimal transitions.

The routine worked really well for 4 days, then last Friday my flatmate and me started getting sick and we entered self isolation for 7 days.

Being unwell.

Of the two of us I had the more pronounced symptoms. A couple of days of fever and some breathing issues.

However what become most painful most quickly was my throat / tonsils. With white spots on my tonsils and intense pain we guessed I had tonsillitis again.

We got in touch with 111, who in turn arrange a chat with a Dr. They agreed about the tonsillitis and prescribed antibiotics. Some friends collected the meds for us.

That was a few days ago and I’m now feeling way better. The fever has stopped and I am more mobile than I had been.

My breathing isn’t quite normal at the moment. However it doesn’t seem too bad. Hopefully it will pass.

Isolation routine

For the past week of isolation we haven’t had any external visits. I’ve been keeping to the routine as well as I can (with lots and lots of help from my flatmate) but in general we have focused on getting to the end of each day more than anything else. Energy levels have been generally low and at times I’ve been too unwell to do anything other than sleep anyway.

We’re coming out of isolation on Friday. We have been able to arrange a support visit via one of the agencies who did support before the pandemic.

They are going to pop to the shops for us, and then hopefully support me with some exercise. Nothing to fancy but it will be my first proper trip out for a few weeks so I am looking forward to it.

We’re also lending the carer a bike. Something to make thier life a little easier.

It’s nice to have something to look forward too.

Hopefully we will be back to routine with external support on Monday. The new routine was working well so i am optimistic it will prove to be sustainable.


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