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A Harsh Reality by UKPH.
Imagine you are at home with your partner and 2 young children. you are all young and healthy with decent jobs, a loving home and drive a nice car. You've been mostly socially isolating apart from going to the supermarkets, the ques you hear someone coughing in front of you, you think about it for a minute but dismiss it as a bit of the old covid paranoia.
You see that same person a couple of times in the supermarket and think to yourself they look a bit sweaty but again don't register it. as you pass you smile nicely at each other observing the social distance guidelines.
You go and pick up your essentials including the pack of pasta the previous person picked up but decided against as they already have some so replaced it back on the shelf.
You drive home thinking how nice it is the traffic is calm. A few days pass all is going well but you notice everyone in the house is feeling achy and has a sore throat. Overnight your partner takes a turn so goes and sleeps in the spare room, you can hear continuous dry coughing throughout the house.
In the morning, your children are rough and snuggled on the sofa but your partner hasn't come downstairs so you head up to see if they want a cup of tea. As you open the door you get a sense of foreboding, as you open the door you hear a rasping noise, its your partner, they are shallow breathing, pale, sweaty and are trying to mouth words at you but this exhausts them!
You panic, you don't want to disturb them as they are so busy but you have no choice, you dial 999 for the first time in your life. The call taker is calm and advises you that help is being arranged but they are busy so someone will be there as soon as they can but in the meantime if anything changes ring them back and then cuts the line.
After almost 2 hours you get worried and call back. withing a further 25 minutes a huge wave of relief floods over you as the crew pull up outside, but after a few minutes you wonder where they are, the ambulance is still outside. They are putting on their PPE this takes several vital minutes to do, only one crew member walks in though? you think its odd but you take the first crew member upstairs who's calm, friendly and you are sure under their mask they have that warm caring smile, they walk into the room, see your partner and radio the second crew member straight away requesting them.
They do some basic checks, the atmosphere has changed from friendly relaxed to a sense of urgency, professional and everything is done quickly and precisely. they explain that the partner is going to hospital and needs to go urgently so they begin getting ready for the extrication to the truck. whilst they do that you organise your older child who is 16 to look after the 11 year old. you get your shoes, jacket and phone and are standing by the door as the crew bring your partner of 18 years, your high school love downstairs.
The crew pause by the door and give you a pained look, you can see it in their eyes.Are they tearing up you think to yourself? They sadly explain that they are unable to take relatives with them as they will not be allowed into the hospital. you're confused, you break down fall to your knees in the doorway and cry. The crew load your partner into the ambulance and as they shut the back door you catch your last ever glimpse of your partner who is now not aware of what is going on. The funeral is held a short time after this event but as you all still have symptoms you are not allowed to attend.
This is the very sad and harsh reality of what is currently happening in the UK and around the world.
There is no excuse we are still heading on the upwards curve. you have to stay home! else this could be your situation.
Source: UKPH Facebook