Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Confusing or what?!

Well, I'm getting more confused by the minute with all this medical stuff.

Husband went for his pre-op assessment today, he had to go alone due to Covid restrictions.  I normally (in pre-Covid times - remember those days?!) go with him to all health appointments....a case of having to as he never asks relevant questions, doesn't really take in what he's being told, and forgets to tell me everything that was said.  Fortunately, he brought a load of paperwork home with him, which I've just sat and read through, and it's all quite confusing and even contradictory.

He has to self isolate for 14 days from this Saturday...ok, I was more or less expecting that.  A note stapled to the front of the paperwork states he must not leave the house for any reason.  However....he has 2 further hospital appointments next week, one connected to his upcoming operation, the other for an unrelated matter - he was told at the assessment that he can still go for these appointments, as they are in a sterile and safe hospital environment!  That's all very well...but he has to drive there, park in a public car park then walk past numerous other people to get to the places he has to go - so how does that work then?  How is that self isolating?

Apparently, I don't have to self isolate - it says so in the paperwork - but we are supposed to stay apart from each other, preferably in separate rooms and using different bathrooms.  Impossible, we only have one bathroom, so I'm going to have to clean it after every use.  Lovely 😡.  But seeing as I don't drive and there's no public transport here, I can't go anywhere anyway.

He has to go for a Covid test 3 days before his op, and then go into strict isolation until the day of the op.  But a neighbour is taking him to the hospital....she won't have been isolating!  And I don't have to have a test, despite living with him whilst he's self isolating, so let's hope I haven't got the virus.

My head is exploding.


  1. The rules are so confusing. Today I was trying to reconcile 2 cases at work. Person 1 was contacted by test & trace as he'd been in the same area as someone who had a positive test. He was to,d to have a test. It was negative but the letter still says to isolate for 14 days. Person 2 has been with a person he knows to have since had a positive test. He got a test himself. It was negative and he was told he can return to work. It doesn't make sense.

  2. Can I join the confused club please? We've just gone into Tier 3 lockdown, and the rules are even more bewildering than before. I think I'll just lock the door and never leave the house - lol. I'm not sure even the Government knows what's going on. xx

  3. It's actually quite simple. Your husband needs to wear a mask when travelling with the neighbour and in his travels through the parking lot and hospital. Wash/sanitize hands at every opportunity.

    That's what my patients do.

    1. I was under the impression that masks protect others, not ourselves. And the note stapled to his paperwork specifically says 'Do not leave your house', yet he's told he can, twice. So I do find that confusing.

  4. Sounds like the staff are as confused as the general public about all this Covid stuff.
    Actually I don't think anyone knows their arse from a hole in the ground. ;)

  5. These rules are confusing and some of them are contradictory. I guess all you can do is follow them to the best of your ability.

  6. It's the only way to make sure the necessities are done but no other risks are takes. I see it as 'totally isolate apart from these very few necessary exceptions' rather than 'totally isolate . [ contradiction ]. . .
    It seems that the exceptions are necessary and it sounds like you're organising it the best way you can so try not to stress ((hugs))

  7. It's a nightmare. I hope that you get through it ok.

  8. Gosh no wonder your head is exploding. What a pity you don't drive things would have been so much simpler. I think you just have to take a deep breath and be as careful as you possibly can be and try not to stress too much.

    Good luck with it all and don't forget we are here if you need to come on and let off steam ... a good AAARRRGGGHHH is sometimes very good for the soul :-)

  9. I am as confused as you and thoroughly sick of the whole thing.
    You can only do what you can do and don't worry too much.
    Easier said than done but good luck with it all.


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