Has the world gone mad? My last blog was only two weeks ago and I was reminiscing about my cruise telling you my operation was coming up and resting up so I would be fit for whatever lay ahead. Well was I the innocent one? I never imagined the mess of life as we know it that a tiny international visitor called Covid-19 would make to our lives. Who would have thought that from remote China it could spread around the world so quickly and so plunge the world into chaos? It wasn't in the news when I left on the cruise, barely made the headlines two weeks later and today is the ONLY news.
Some of the passengers on the Ruby Princess on the cruise after the one I was on became victims of the Covid-19 and unlike my cruise where we were held up for medical testing for three hours before disembarking were permitted to come ashore without questioning or facing testing and many of them are in hospital or in compulsory lockdown now. Not a nice ending for what should have been a great holiday to New Zealand for them. I was so lucky I went on the cruise when I did. Since then I have been mostly voluntarily in isolation at home except from last Sunday to Wednesday when I was in my local hospital with the leaky blood vessel problem. I know I am vulnerable because of other factors so want to stay safe.
It is twelve days after my hemi (right side) thyroid operation. No I am not fixed yet. However the specialist on my two week visit says I am cancer free. I did have four days in hospital this week. Only in hospital for an overnight stay for the actual operation and then home. But a couple of days later my neck began to swell. I waited a few days thinking this was normal then a few days realising it wasn't and then last Sunday took myself off to hospital. I had a tiny blood vessel bleeding into my neck where the operation had been. Various procedures were tried and the swelling lessened and I was sent home again. My specialist said the problem will resolve itself in 4-6 weeks. I certainly hope so.
So here I am. Like many of you I have an active social life and I am missing that but there are all those one-day-I-will-get-around-to-it jobs plus craft projects, autumn gardening chores etc. so I have plenty to do. We have had some hot weather and now cooler weather and alternate days with or without sunshine so the garden is very confused. I have orange blossom and jonquils trying to flower and it is the wrong season. I alternately wear long or short sleeved tops and go out with a light jacket just in case. I can say this is not normal in March when we should have those long hot Indian summer days.
But in view of the social isolation rules at present in place it does make the beach much less attractive and in a way being isolated in your home and mostly inside seems less of a chore. We will get through this. We will come out the other side. In Australia the numbers are still rising. As yet I dont know anyone here acute enough to be in hospital but a second cousin in England has her husband in hospital and he is frail and in his eighties so will have a struggle ahead of him. And people on my Facebook page are asking for prayers for someone they know who has the virus so it is only have matter of time I guess before someone I know is one of the less fortunate ones.
Our church is closed. Even funerals have to observe the social distancing laws and weddings are mostly being postponed as where is a place big enough for a hundred people to have four square metres each to participate as guests? I do feel sorry for people who have booked overseas holidays or are overseas trying desperately to come home. There are thousands out of work or on indefinite leave while we all wait for the virus to peak. It is not an easy time to live through. I am lucky in a way that I am almost vegetarian these days as fresh foods are more available than processed foods. So I can manage for a while at least inside or out in my garden without going stir crazy.
Not a great beginning to my new cancer free life but it will have to do.