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Tears, Fears & Flowers

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Well, when I listened to the Dr John Campbell update today I started crying - he told us that in Spain they are using an ice-skating rink as a morgue. Also in Spain, staff deserted a residential care home and left people unsupported (I believe several were found dead).

Then the news that in London they are creating a hospital from a big conference and exhibition centre - ExCel. There will be two wards with 2,000 beds each (4,000 beds!) and two morgues. Here's a short video (1 min) from one of the workers.


Four thousand beds.......... and two morgues........... in London. The Army are helping to set it up.

Our county hospital, in Cornwall, has one major hospital - it has 760 beds. Even the largest regional hospital just over the Tamar in Plymouth has 1,000 beds.

It's beyond my imagination - I remember seeing the awful pictures from China of huge hangars filled with 'beds' with really sick people on them.

The Government put out a call for NHS volunteers - to help with driving, delivering meds, phone chatting, delivering food etc. They were aiming for 250,000 - and in 24 hours they have had 405,000 people come forward. Plus 7,000 retired medics who've stepped forward too. Final year doctors and nurses are going to be given responsibilities too.

Tomorrow I'm donating blood. I've had a text every day with reminders. Today I had a triage phone call.............. it's all very surreal.

Half a million people have signed up for Universal Credit (the UK social welfare system).

There are big questions being asked now about who has the virus and is asymptomatic and/or carrying it. There are questions being asked about the numbers, because we all now know that without the testing, we just don't know the numbers.

Some people were wondering why I chose to wear a mask at work. Actually I'm carrying one in my pocket and popping it on when I'm shopping too if the 2 metre distance looks dubious! Why wouldn't you wear a mask? That's my question. I don't know if I've been in contact with an infectious person - I know plenty of people who are flouting the distancing rules. It's transmitted by droplet - a mask makes me feel protected (and stops me touching my mouth and nose!)

I'm not working with people who are Covid-19 positive - if I was I would be wearing a surgical mask and splash guard (hopefully) provided by my employer. The cotton masks are for my everyday use.

I did my research



There was very disturbing news that the 'rules' about the need for masks were changed because they simply cannot provide everyone with the masks - so tell people they don't need to wear them!

There was a terrible story on the morning news of an intensive care nurse in the North of England who told us that they were now being told to SHARE masks. SHARE masks!!!!!! Can you believe it?!?!?!

I used my walk home from work as my 'permitted walk' this morning - and walked the 'long way home' - I went past a guest house that always has fresh flowers (and veg when available) outside, with an honesty box. So I bought myself some daffodils.

I had a letter from the the landlords saying that our community facilities are being locked up - so that means I have no access to the laundry equipment. Sigh. I did some hand-washing and hung it out in the sunshine today. I'll have to manage this.
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    the good and beautiful will help you stay sensible/safe, but not frightened. 🌈
    300 days ago
    Well, the situation is a pandemic, and taking care is good. While some aren't masking up, I think you know best for yourself. I hope you'll stay informed but not get overwhelmed by "too much" info. The flowers are lovely, and I hope focusing on th
    300 days ago
    We have to understand that there are simply not enough swab kits to test everyone plus the labs would be swamped in very short order. Besides, unless one has symptoms the results would be negative. Masks may be needed in some situations and obviously for health workers but for general use not generally a good idea because for many they can give a false sense of security. The same applies to hand sanitizers; they need to be available where hand washing is not available otherwise careful hand washing with soap is the best way to go. Physical distancing is equally or even more important.
    Keep taking your walks Gill, being outdoors in nature is incredibly healing and life affirming. emoticon
    300 days ago
    Beautiful daffodils. Take care of yourself, both in body and in mind. Stay well.
    300 days ago
    Sending hugs. You will find a way to cope, as you always do, but sending you extra hugs anyway...
    301 days ago
  • LORI-K
    I hope you stay safe across the pond. Sending positive thoughts your way.
    I wish I could go back to the summer a few years ago when I stayed in a little cottage on the beach in Sennen Cove. Walking alone at sunrise and finding seaglass in the sand. Wonderful memories of a much better time in the world.
    301 days ago
    I was in the ExCel in 2014 when London hosted the World Science Fiction Convention. The building is huge - over a quarter mile long, probably closer to half.

    I am hoping I don't need to go shopping very soon. I know the stores are no longer open 24 hours so they have time to re-stock and give a more thorough cleaning, but none of them are designed to be very antiseptic,

    Nice flowers! That's a good neighbor you have.
    301 days ago
    An eloquent summary of the situation here Gill. I applaud your efforts to keep yourself and others safe. I'm doing what I can too, but the pictures of poor people crammed like sardines on the Underground each morning are heartbreaking. How long before the ExCel is overwhelmed?

    Surely it's safer not to wear a mask at all than to share one?????! Good grief!

    Small acts like bringing home a bunch of daffs are more important than ever. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    301 days ago
    emoticon Gill.

    You are a kind and gentle soul. This situation is tough.

    Glad you took the opportunity to extend your walk home and came home with the lovely daffodils for your table. You are wise to protect yourself given the unknowns.

    301 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    The situation is awful worldwide. It's scary. I practice social distancing and stay self isolating myself as much as possible. I'm in the at risk group with asthma and that scares me
    301 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    So chilling. We're next. Here we (US) have the wannabe autocrat and he doesn't do the one autocratic thing he would have been justified in: lock down the whole country weeks ago.

    301 days ago
    Good idea with the flowers. They are lovely! Stay safe.
    301 days ago
  • 10XPERLB
    emoticon It's a terrible state of affairs around the world, please allow yourself a little happiness despite all that's going on to keep your spirit healthy...
    301 days ago
    I know . . . it is surreal. Our systems for health care, unemployment and other assistance are totally overwhelmed. **SIGH**

    That’s the problem . . . w/o testing the REAL # of those infected is unknown. That’s scary. So you’re right. You have to go on the assumption that ANYONE in your environment is carrying the virus, symptoms or not.

    WHATTTTT???????? Share masks??????????? NO words.

    I share your concerns.
    301 days ago
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