I went home with a chill after the market that Fiona and I held on March 8th 2020. I stayed home as I had a cold and rumblings of the virus frightened me. I felt very vulnerable due to my low immune system, so cancelled going to both really big and exciting fundraising events I had planned to attend.
I am relieved I did though. Every day, and sometimes in the night I would wake up with palpitations as I was so anxious. I had a tight chest but I had a runny nose and swollen glands so felt fairly sure it was just a cold. Anyone else think every little symptom of anything might be the virus? I know I wasn't alone.
My son had to stay home from work to protect me. He has been brilliant. He has ensured that he has done every single thing in his power to keep me safe.
Because of this, 26 days now into my self isolation, hearing neighbours chatting away outside, going to their essential (I'm sure) workplaces, popping out to the shops, taking a walk, exercising the dogs etc etc .... I feel safe, I have been indoors long enough to know I have not got the virus because neither my son or myself have been anywhere to catch it. So this morning, waking up with a raging headache, I am relieved to know I just have a headache. The huge anxiety has gone, but around me, now, over 500 people are dying a day.
I pray everyone is trying their best to stay safe. I know many family and close friends are. My Ugandan family is also in self isolation, although that comes with many more difficulties than it does in our country.
Now is the time to grow your own soul in ways you haven't before. I am sure everyone is looking at life through very different lenses right now. I know I am.