Members 70. Seventy

“If only I could spend all day, everyday working on the novel instead of nursing, firefighting the business issues etc. Lockdown is perfect! I could have produced several novels…”

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Members 69. Half a century

Try to shake the wrong hand or hug the wrong person, you might get shot. Get too close to somebody in a queue, and you’ll get side-eye. Take a moment right now. How will you feel about getting on a bus, or a train, or a plane? What about sitting in a cinema for a couple of hours with a hundred other people?

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Members 64. Updates

It’s time to talk about almost anything else, I think.

So – a variety of updates this week:

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Members 63. WTFJH?

I’m not, by nature, alarmist. However, Italy is on its knees, with Spain not much taller. France, Germany and others are closing their borders. Are they closing their wallets too? The southern economies were teetering anyway, and all rely on tourism. As Easter approaches, it seems there will be no season in 2020.

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Living the Dream – 80. Lockdown

Before the Lockdown

Adamantios (his real name) took me through the CT. I’m sure he was speaking English, but when it comes to the medical terms, Greek remains the lingua franca. Spondylolisthesis was one of the more entertaining tongue-twisters.

I’m not sure I can accurately explain the breadth of the issues, nor indeed the intricacies of the solutions proposed. The recommendation was to operate. Then it wasn’t. Then it was again. I was getting dizzy. Poor Mags was increasingly confused and most important of all; in agony.

First hints

On Tuesday the 10th, as a response to Corona virus, the hospital limited patients to one designated visitor, who should wear a mask. Then, on Wednesday the 11th, all visiting was suspended. Margaret’s birthday on Thursday, she would be allowed no visitors. Tough.

The operation was now scheduled for Friday the 13th. Well, it would be, wouldn’t it?

Postponed

Then, on the morning of the 13th, Mags awoke with a sore throat. An ear nose and throat specialist examined her and declared the operation off, prescribing a course of antibiotics for a week. Moments later, Mags’ doctor informed her she was being discharged.

Put simply, while the pandemic rages, Mags is safer at home than in hospital.

Time for me to step up. “Nurse Lennon, your patient.”

As I type – the patient has survived 30 hours plus with no mishaps. That’s a start, I suppose.

I have learned a few things.

  1. Nursing is hard. Really hard. A professional nurse is nothing short of a superhero. Likewise those people who are full-time carers for a loved one.
  2. My fear of needles is personal. Turns out I’m fine sticking them into other people.
  3. There are always people worse off. With all that is going on – our problems shrink rapidly.

Lockdown

Right now, the government of Cyprus has effectively closed our borders, and all non-essential business. “Lockdown” is the new buzzword.

Dramatic times.

Now – how’s the patient?

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