Window of Hope…?

21 March 2020… A very quiet day today following the requirements of social distancing and self isolation… All household chores completed and now relaxing with some music.  For the last 30 years I have loved listening to Oleta Adams, first heard her on the radio singing “Get Here” when I was working on the oil platform BP Clyde in 1990… her voice has been with me ever since, never get tired of listening to her music… her first break came singing with Tears for Fears on the track “Woman in Chains” never been available to enjoy a concert but that might be on my bucket list… The virus has claimed more lives today, think we are in for a long stretch of despondency and hard choices going forward… Please follow the recommendations and think of others before making decisions that will impact others… we are all in this together…

It’s Good to Share…

20 March 2020… End of a difficult week for most people, the virus has altered so many of the population’s lives and the outlook is just as gloomy,  difficult to put an end date to all this upheaval. Great start to Friday for myself, ventured out for my daily hour at 8:00 am with the intention of collecting my medication from the Superdrug pharmacy, spoke to them on Monday and they confirmed that they were collecting the prescription, today is Friday and lo and behold they had not even picked up the prescription, I got the feeling that the pharmacist did not even care…after a few choice words I decided to walk and collect the prescriptions myself…Took them to Boots across the road and voila my medication…Really did not make my Friday start well… the antidote to my disappointment was to come home and take my wee mate Alfie out for a walk… lovely stroll in the sunshine with Alfie, he sniffed and watered every tree, post and blade of grass and his tail wagged throughout… At home now and far away from the panic buyers, hoarders and selfish individuals that walk the aisles of the supermarkets!!!

Share and Share Alike…

Boring…Boring…

19 March 2020… Today will go down as one of the most boring days I have ever known… Socially distancing myself from everyone, just Alfie and Charlie the cat around, wife in work all day and to cap it all another load of bollocks delivered by Boris the buffoon…Time to retire upstairs with Alfie…End of the week is nigh, out for 1 hour in the morning to pick up medication and give Alfie a walk then more isolation from the madding crowds…​

Protection, Prevention of Coronavirus Covid-19

Community Spirit Rules…

18 March 2020… Another day with mayhem all around us, the UK Government trying to find out what the other hand is doing… then I get the phone call that I expected…Rehab classes postponed until the end of May… Drat… Highlight of today has been a drive out in the CAT to post a letter… It has also been announced that all schools in Wales will close at 3:30pm on Friday for the foreseeable future… Life is about to get hard and difficult for everyone, but let us all have a little community spirit to try and overcome this period of uncertainty…

Together we will get through it…

Loo Roll? Discuss…

17 March 2020… St Patrick’s Day today, a disappointing day for the Irish around the world and at home, COVID-19 really has turned peoples’ lives upside down and the horizon looks just as bleak for quite a long time… I may be considered in the “with health conditions” category as besides the Aortic Valve Replacement operation I also have Type 2 Diabetes which is classed as a chronic illness, it might mean 12 weeks of self isolation…hmm… The burning question I have today though is why is everyone buying up every toilet roll in sight…I did venture out early this morning and there were individuals before 9am with trolleys full of toilet rolls, nothing I have seen with regard to symptoms of COVID-19 alludes to having to repeatedly visit the bathroom, there is no mention of diarrhoea or any associated issue within the symptoms posted on the NHS website and other media outlets… Let us hope that this confinement and restricted access to all parts of daily life hurries up and leaves our shores without major damage to human life… Remember the symptoms listed below…

Where do you use the toilet roll?

Rehab Rules…

16 March 2020… On a day that many people are now housebound due to self isolation or are “working from home” I decided to end my isolation for 2 hours and attend the Monday session of Cardiac Rehab. A smaller number of fellow rehabiteers showed up but enough for some banter and exercise… A full hour and I can assure you that I felt the effort when I got back to my cave. The rest of the day will be spent indoors with Charlie the cat and Alfie, both will be sleeping so very little company… Perhaps a film this evening, I am looking forward to another boring day tomorrow… Stay safe and remember… Let’s be careful out there!!!

Road to Nowhere…

15 March 2020… I have spent two days indoors, due to the AVR operation I could be classed as “at risk”, I do not have the recognised symptoms, but I am reluctant to spend any great deal of time mixing with large gatherings of people. Life in the UK is going to get a lot harder, more deaths since yesterday and the number of those tested positive is growing daily. Compared to the rest of the countries affected by the virus the UK appear to be doing far less to try and contain the spread to the masses. An update released in the last hour does not give me confidence that this is going to be over anytime soon… Take care everyone and remember to follow the guidelines so that protection is total…

Reduce the Risk by Following the Advice…

Stay safe…

14 March 2020… As the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic widens all cardiac surgery patients should be looking after themselves even more…The British Heart Foundation advises that individuals with heart and circulatory conditions should be extra vigilant as the threat of Coronavirus increases. I am following their advice this weekend by not going out, spending the next 2 days indoors. Some medications prescribed after heart surgery gives the runny nose and cough as a side effect but it does not affect everyone, I am one of the exceptions and have put up with it now for the past 2 months, you get used to it but it is tedious… Please heed the advice and take care of yourselves during this extremely serious turn of events that is affecting the population.

Basic protective measures

Let’s Walk for Sports Relief…

13 March 2020… Lovely spring day today, just the weather for getting out and about with my wee mate Alfie. The local school that I am Chair of Governors had planned a walk to support the annual Sport Relief charity cause… The planned walk amounted to around 3.5 miles along the coastal path. I decided to take advantage of the weather so I accompanied the children and staff on their sponsored walk… By my reckoning the walk for me was about 8500 steps… total steps for the day 11,078 steps so that is my exercise for today and tomorrow completed… Well done to all the children from Penygaer School for their efforts and I hope lots of money is raised for charity…

CAT got the Cream…

12 March 2020… The AVR journey I am undergoing is not like anything I have experienced in my somewhat long and diverse life… Today has been one of tiredness and lack of interest in what is going on around me…The only highlight today has been the CAT passing it’s annual MOT without any issue… I have managed a walk to the shopping centre and a short walk with my mate Alfie… not much interest in anything else…

The CAT…
The DOG…