I’m thinking for many of us that 2020 is looking like being a less than stellar year. For some it has led to fear and uncertainty about their employment, or perhaps a business they own and those they employ within. For others, COVID-19 has been a diagnosis directly impacting upon their health, or worse still, causing loss of life.
Once the virus started to impact here in Perth I was sent home to work early on. Being in one of the higher risk groups, and starting to get colds at that stage (in summer no less) it was agreed I, and others like me should work from home to minimise our risk.
During this time, now four months, I’ve had endless colds I just couldn’t fight off for some reason. More recently, I have been losing my voice regularly, I think ten times in the space of five weeks. Thus, my doctor decided a sputum sample was necessary.
I handed this in on Monday; when depositing into the sample jar at home I didn’t have much light so didn’t notice anything awry at the time. When dropping it off at Western Diagnostic I noticed my sample had blood, to say I was on edge was understating things; not the first time I’d noticed blood or pinkish phlegm since being off too. I didn’t know if anything might come if it, off was I just being a worry wart? Clearly something showed up, the doctors surgery called on Friday asking me to come in and see her next week. Deep breaths. What awaits me?