Since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year, we have been restricting our movements in general in line with the guidance from the Government of Ireland. This morning, we have had to go one stage further.

Andrew has not been feeling terribly well over the last few days and, this morning, woke up with aches and pains all over his body, with pain when he took a large breath. He telephoned the out-of-hours GP service and they have requested a Covid-19 test for him: he is now to self-isolate at home. Obviously, he was concerned for me as well. Since we have no vehicle of our own, he is now waiting for a test at home from the ambulance service. This will take longer than if he had been able to go to the testing centre in Port Laoise. Had he been able to do that, he would probably have got a test appointment for today. As it is, it is likely to be a few days.

Of course, this has a knock-on effect on me. I now have to restrict my movements too. Since he is self-isolating, I have moved a load of my clothes from our room to the spare room. I’ve also made sure that he has plenty of things he needs like a supply of Diet Coke, and some biscuits to eat (for now). Proper food will come later. I have contacted my dialysis unit so that they know, and they are due to ring me back this morning to sort out what the protocols are now for me with regard to my dialysis.

In a couple of hours, it will be time for the webinar with HIV Ireland, which I will now have to take from the sitting room instead of the spare room (Andrew’s office) as it is now full of my stuff and not very professional looking!

Differences between self-isolation and restricted movements

For anyone wanting to know what the differences are between self-isolation and restricted movements, the best thing to do is to look at the advice from Ireland’s HSE. Obviously, follow your own government’s guidelines in other countries.