Coronavirus Diary 79 – I have Covid 19 :-(

Morning everyone, I hope all is well. I’ve been quiet but not away. Some of you may have noticed that my 9 year streak of posting at least twice a week has recently been broken. This won’t be my longest post ever which I am sure will be a relief to everyone.

After my close call in August with the emergency services for an ‘S’ type situation, I finally got the opportunity to get some medical tests done trying to get to the bottom of my weird food intollerances. It all snowballed out of control really and I ended up having about 50 tests including for cancer which I was worried about as my illness really is weird and has similar symptoms…. plus every single person in my family has died from it, many at a young age.

I got the all clear from all my blood and organ tests in a few days and am perfect in every way 🙂 but had to wait another week for the cancer results. In the meantime a very dear and witty Excluded friend organised for me to have my first night away from home since 2015 I think.

It was such a great thing to meet them and the next day their family. We had a bit of a VIP day and I felt happy for the first time since January 2020.Last Wednesday my cancer checks came back and if I read them right, I am totally in the clear… at least for tummy and beneath! What brilliant news that was at midday but then at 2pm I started getting really quite ill and after 2 or 3 days of testing on Friday morning I finally tested positive for Covid 19.

I’m actually writing this partly to say hi (and morbidly bye lol if it all goes belly-up) but also I am so exhausted, I can’t get off my home-office chair. I’ve had my 2 vaccines and still rarely go out and am about the last person who still wears a mask even outside in streets as I knew being a medically vulnerable and shielding type person I would get it bad and so it has turned out.

Today (Sunday ) is day 5 which is a bit of a key day especially for people with chronic chest issues. I’m feverish, shivery, achey and sore and have zero appetite which is handy as everything tastes yucky, even water. You can see my very messy bed and 4 pillows showing what a fight it is to breath and sleep even before I woke at 4am which I am sure will help on the exhaustion front.

Hopefully if it doesn’t all go wrong, I will be past the worst on Tuesday and clinically on the mend by thursday/friday. I know I never have things easy and after 2 weeks of cancer checks and worries to find out you have a bad case of Covid is a bit much so a little part of me is expecting to get diagnosed with Aids or some other ghastly illness by Friday tea-time.

Having shielded alone for 15 months and been Excluded without any help from the government since being pushed under that train in February 2020, I can safely say that if this is it, then it was in no way worth being pulled out again.

There is likely no way in the world I can reply to any comments straight away but I just wanted to say Hi. If I have anything to do with it, Boris and Rishi are going to need a bigger dose of Novichok to get rid of me!

It might be a little while before I can post regularly again, let’s hope this won’t be my last! As Elvis would say…. thank-you, you’ve been a wonderful audience.

About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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7 Responses to Coronavirus Diary 79 – I have Covid 19 :-(

  1. Get well soon Stefano! You’re a fighter through and through! xo

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  2. Contractions of Fate says:

    So sorry to hear that, I hope you make a full recovery very soon. I know what it’s like struggling to get a breath, so best wishes to you.

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  3. Hope you recover quickly!

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  4. Sorry to read about your illnesses,tests. Will miss your posts but it’s time for a break. Rest up, take things easy, get well soon. I will look forward to when you can post again. Keep positive, keep strong. Go Bless and I pray for your recovery. Mary

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  5. Oh Stephen…one has to ask why? You fight for the underdog and now this! EVERYONE i KNOW WHO has Covid had their shots! Maybe its a government plan to kill the weak ones off. Ill be praying you have a speedy recovery. Everyone here coughing for 5 weeks now and Im still not sure where in my body the dreaded C is. Head high, stiff upper lip….really hate it when my mother in law says that. I find my tea dribbles all down my front when I have a stiff upper lip! Hang in there!

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  6. I hope you’re feeling better soon.

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  7. Ankur Mithal says:

    I hope you feel better soon. As your post is two days old, I hope you are already on your way to recovery.

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