Ben my eldest is 20 today. 20! I know, hard to believe! Along with millions of others he is having a birthday in the house. He is making the best of it, but it is not the same as spending it with his friends and girlfriend. He did however point out that he had planned to be working today so he could spend next weekend with his girlfriend for her birthday. So he has got some presents, he has been for some exercise with his brother and laughed with his friends via technology, and we are going to have a takeaway later. It could be a lot worse.
I have spent most of the day sat in the garden reading. My lungs are still causing me a problem, even the short activities like emptying the dishwasher or taking out the rubbish makes me breathless, this is then accompanied by a headache and chest pain. I am not coughing as frequently as I was, so that is an improvement. A few more days of rest and I am sure I will be back to my normal self.
It was lovely sat in the garden earlier listening to the children laughing and playing in their gardens. It was so relaxing listening to the chatter of children, whilst watching the birds feed of our bird table, flying to and from the bird table and into the hedge when they heard a sound.
It can be so hard staying at home on a day like today, but so important. If you are getting the urge to go and sit in the park or go for an outing to the shops, then please pause and think. Imagine being in a hospital bed for 2 weeks struggling to breath wearing an oxygen mask, been attending to by Nurses and Doctors in masks and goggles, not being able to talk to your family. Please imagine that when you get the urge to leave you house for no good reason. It might be you in that hospital bed, or someone you love or someone you met that you passed the virus onto. Staying at home is the single most important thing you will ever do. There is nothing more important than saving someones life. For 30 years I was a nurse, and on a few occasions I have participated in actions that have saved peoples lives, I can tell you nothing compares to it. I have also cared for people that have died before their time, and that is heart wrenching, and I remember every single one of them. I am lucky, there are not too many to remember.
Please do something amazing, be a hero and stay at home.
As someone said on Facebook today, the sun will come out again, there will be another Easter, Ben will have another birthday.