I hope my special day brings some health and happiness to everyone
It’s my birthday today ~ both mentally and physically I feel terrible.
My symptoms are a bit like that of the dreaded corona virus, but my constant hacking cough isn’t dry and I don’t have diarrhea. (I know, too much information.) I think I’ve got influenza.
However, catching the virus is not on my agenda.
I HAVE JUST HAD A DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS. I DO HAVE CORONAVIRUS. OH CRAP!
Spiritually I feel good. I have the support of some very good friends, although I will not be meeting any of them face-to-face for some time to come.
I have enough supplies to fort up for 6 weeks or so, but my fresh food will only last for a week. After that it’s going to be a boring diet of canned and dried goods.
The message from the British government is stay at home. Right now I think that’s a good idea for everyone.
just a nice picture for my birthday
When the English winter comes howling in.
I didn’t want to be in England over the Christmas Holidays, and I’d prefer not to be here right now either. Next year I’m determined to spend a part of the winter in the sunshine.
Northern England in particular is a miserable place to be in winter. Right now the temperature outside is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s still dark, there’s a strong wind, and a mixture of rain and wet snow is falling. In the next couple of days the weather here is going to get much worse with 80 mph winds and a lot of snow expected. The sea is vicious and cold.
Drivers are being warned to stay off the roads, and only to make the most essential journeys. Our rail service is in chaos, and there are long flight delays at our airports. We do not handle snow very well at all, and the high winds can actually blow over trucks. Some of our most important bridges are closed.
There is an epidemic of a particularly nasty strain of the flu, (Aussie flu H3N2), which can be fatal in itself. Influenza can lead to several other fatal illnesses; bronchitis, pleurisy, and pneumonia. Our health service is overwhelmed; the hospitals are full and people are being advised not to visit their own doctors except in cases of an emergency.
The thing is, the cold, damp, and dark English winter weather makes people prone to catching nasty winter diseases; colds, flue, bronchitis pleurisy, and pneumonia.
I had this Aussi flu just after Christmas, and I was very poorly for a couple of weeks. High temperature, hacking cough, tiredness, aches and pains, headache, insomnia, nausea, diarrhea, and an inability to eat ~ I have lost 10 lbs since Christmas.
Trust me, you don’t want to catch this Aussi flu.
Trust me, you don’t want to be in Northern England in winter either.