We are approaching the end of March 2020 and this weekend we should be away with friends from the The Dunedin Chapter ,
I so enjoy being part of this group. It is our biker family. From the second we joined we felt part of something. A warm welcome always awaits us, a support network is available in variety of ways. Help with the physical Harley-Davidson® motorcycles; buying, servicing advice, etc. Things to do; runs, rallies, etc. Friendship; many friendly faces, great companions, lots of advice, etc. Socialisation; we all get together and have meetings, weekends together, nights out, lunch meetings, breakfast clubs, chippy runs, etc. All in all I love belonging to The Chapter. We are now on to our second Harley-Davidson®, I have been on motorcycles since I was under 5 years old, on the back of my brother when my feet couldn’t reach the footpegs. I have been a pillion to my hubby since I was 17 years of age and I’m now nearly 54. We have had motorbikes the majority of our married life. Fifteen months ago we thought we would dip our toes in the water and visit West Coast Harley Davidson for a look at the bikes and what they had to offer. before we knew it we had decided it was time to get ourselves a Harley, it was a little Street Rod. We thought best start small and not break the bank. Just to see how we would like the ‘Harley way of life’ and boy do we love it. While we loved the wee bike, it was just that, too small and So a few months later we traded it in for a beautiful fatboy low. We got this one at Edinburgh Harley Davidson
This weekend a trip to Aberdeen had been organised by our Harley Davidson enthusiastic friends. We were all getting together to stay a night in a hotel and have a night out and raise money for the air ambulance. The plans were, to take a drive up together on the Harley Davidsons if the weather was warm enough and I was feeling up to it, if not take the four wheels and book in to the The Craighaar Hotel in Aberdeen
I was so looking forward to going to Aberdeen. Due to my health, the neuroendocrine cancer, the carcinoid syndrome, the treatment I need and the fact that I get fatigued very easily I don’t go out that often. I find life difficult, some days a general task feels like I am walking around with a 25kg bag of sand on my back. Needless to say I am very familiar with my own surroundings and am used to being in the 4 walls I live in. I can be home for three weeks without crossing the door. My district nurses come to ‘service’ my peg. Change my dressings, administer my octreotide injection and deal with any other at home health condition I may require. They are wonderful and I couldn’t do without them.
Although I am used to spending time at home on my own, with the company of my two Labrador’s within my four walls I do spend quality time writing, which I enjoy a great deal and I have embarked on a course which I love the challenge.
Suddenly the world has been hit by an eerie storm, one which we have never seen the like before. The human race has been struck down with Coronavirus. The arrival of the Coronavirus is here. For a great deal of folk it has been fairly harmless, however for many it has proven deadly. To find out a little about coronavirus visit – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Countries such as Spain and Italy are ahead of the UK and have many deaths and have put in strict measures. Here in the UK, we have had to take on a different way of life. Schools have been closed, where possible people are working from home, people are instructed to stay home unless exercising, which is only once per day. Social distancing has been put in place, with everyone to keep 2 metres apart. All these measures have been put in place to try and Stop the spread of Coronavirus. This virus is escalating and getting out of hand, we need to self isolate and stop it. Many people have it, are in hospital, some very poorly and on Ventilators. It’s all such a worry. People are wearing gloves, masks and using hand gel in abundance. Hospitals are running short of ventilators. There are more people needing the machine that the country has; something has to be done.
A team put their heads together – staff from formula 1 Mercedes , staff from University College London hospital (UCLH), and a team from university college London to adapt and improve existing CPAP in a process known as reverse engineering. Basically they have helped create a breathing aid to help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care. You can find out more at the following – Mercedes F1 team helps create breathing aid
Life has become very strange for many people, our country is in lockdown, bars, cinemas, restaurants and many shops are closed. Public gatherings are banned. Plus many more other measures are put in place. Some people feel sorry for themselves and are sitting at home whining and moaning, complaining they are bored and wishing they could get out of the house. Whilst its understandable that they may be bored, sitting at home when they are used to working several hours per day and keeping busy. Or going out and having fun, playing sports or going to the cinema, etc. However, these restrictions have been brought in for our own good and it won’t be forever. We should take time at home, learn a new skill, cook, draw, do a bit of gardening, enjoy reading a book, do some knitting or sewing, play old fashioned board games. And most importantly our thoughts and prayers should go out to people that are in ICU beds in hospital, on ventilators, fighting for their lives. This virus not only attacks the vulnerable like me, or the elderly like my 87 year old father, it sadly took the life of a young lady of only 21 years of age with no known underlying health conditions, it also took the life of a 54 year old doctor, the youngest person to die has been 18 years of age.
I did read a couple of pieces of good news the supermarket Asda is donating £5 million to fareshare and The Trussell Trust to help the country’s most vulnerable people through COVID019 Asda will prioritise access to stores for NHS staff as of next week every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am – 9am in larger stores. Well done Asda
I know the next few weeks are going to be very trying for us all. The NHS are doing a fantastic job in looking after the patients in the hospitals, at home, etc. Carers are looking after the vulnerable the best they can. Supermarket staff are stretched and pushed to the limits at times, the shelves look like its christmas, with the exception its not happy, clappy cheerful customers, its frightened folks walking into the unknown.
For me tomorrow Ive got my amazing district nurses coming to do my dressings, service my tube and give me my two weekly octreotide. Tomorrow the nurses will be gowned up, masks on. Whatever will my labradors Buddy and Bella say, they won’t be getting their treats for mummy being a good girl and getting a very large needle jagged into her.