Coronavirus #EasterSunday #Fears #Family #Keepsafe #Grandparents #Grandma #Hospital #Anxiety #Worries

Easter weekend started off so well with the promise of sunshine, lovely food, Zumba in the garden and barrel loads of chocolate, and a new book review.

Saturday I received my first Canadian review for my YA fantasy The Curse of Time Book 1 Bloodstone. I was thrilled and posted about it on my Facebook feed.

But, this is what happened around lunchtime Easter Sunday.

My mum hasn’t been too well and in the morning her face swelled up from her right cheek all the way up to her eye. I saw how bad it was whilst skyping with her at 1pm. (My mum and dad live in Edinburgh.) I mentioned I’d google her symptoms and get back to her with some advice.

Well, I did just that but when I tried to call her back her phone was engaged. I rang and rang. I called her on the landline and on her mobile – still no reply. My mum never keeps her mobile on! It turns out she had been calling the 111 number for 45 minutes. That doesn’t bode well if you are gasping for breath and needing urgent care. Eventually, she got through and was advised by the doctor to go to the Royal Infirmary Hospital.

At last I managed to talk to her just as she was about to leave the house in a taxi. My dad was throwing a nervous fit about her going to hospital at this time, so near the peak of COV19. Rightly so. But, as she has glaucoma, not going could mean she might go blind.

He was also upset that he didn’t go with her. My lovely dad even called himself a coward. Poor dad, he’s thirteen years older than my mum. At ninety one, he’s no coward. Far from it, I reassured him that he did the right thing staying at home. Bless him.

So, what next? I called my brother who like me was worried, and a little upset that mum had gone out gardening and been bitten by something… Instead of staying away from unnecessary chores. Normally, mum and dad have a paid gardener to do their garden upkeep, but with the Coronavirus…

On the way to the Royal Infirmary the taxi driver kept mum entertained. He was a very chatty guy, (as is my mum who loves nothing better than a good old natter,) but his speciality is: doom and gloom. Poor mum had to listen to his thoughts on deaths, suicides, and all manner of Coronavirus horrors. Not really what you need whilst on the way to hospital.

When the taxi driver arrived neither he, nor mum could find where she was meant to be going. Her destination for treatment wasn’t A & E, thank goodness. She had to go to another part of the hospital, another building, a fair step, so it’s just as well my dad didn’t go with her. He would definitely have slowed her down.

No one else was there Thank God – No CoV19 patients – which I was worried about. The first thing they asked her to do was to clean her hands with the hospital gel. Good to know. She saw the doctor straight away who checked the swelling on her cheek and prescribed her antibiotics. And she was out of there as fast as her 78 year old legs could take her.

I suspect in a weird kind of way it was a little adventure for her. Being cooped in day after day does strange things to your mental health. And mum loves to chat and go out. Now she’s home, as a precaution she’s washed all her clothes, taken off her shoes and coat and washed her hands.

Hospital is really not the place to be going at the moment. But I understand that she had to go. Sometimes there is no choice.

Phew, now I can relax a bit. Please God. Keep them safe and well.

All seemed calm until…

The evening… when my youngest remarked that she didn’t feel well. This kind of announcement pre-coronavirus would normally be met with a general look of concern and a “What’s wrong?” But nowadays the response is heightened to: sheer panic, searching looks and examining symptoms. It seems that she has a stomach ache – I reckon anxiety has brought this on – about life in general, her study /work worries, and sadness at not seeing her Grandma’s and Grandpa. Grandma’s going to hospital probably triggered this. But, nevertheless I will be keeping an eye on her. Worrying times.

How was your Easter Sunday? I hope it was okay?

There are no certainties in this strange world we are living in. All we can hope for is that we stay safe and well, care for each other, and let kindness prevail.

Stay safe, don’t go out unless you have to. And only go to the hospital if your doctor advises you that you must.

I discovered these posts on Levine Lowdown – about the political, economic, and mental health aspects of Coronavirus by Guest author Sam Zweck and The Positives of Coronavirus. Please do read:

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Hi. Welcome to my blog: M J Mallon - Kyrosmagica Publishing. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer, my first YA fantasy novel The Curse of Time - Book 1 - Bloodstone is set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on my blog and on Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.

13 thoughts on “Coronavirus #EasterSunday #Fears #Family #Keepsafe #Grandparents #Grandma #Hospital #Anxiety #Worries”

  1. I’m so glad your mother got the hospital and back okay. Hopefully your youngest has just a touch of spring allergies or something. Take care, and congrats on your Canadian review!

  2. An awful lot of drama for an Easter Sunday, and none of it the good kind! So glad it turned out well in the end, and hope everything continues to stay that way! Take care of yourself, Marje! And ALL of you stay safe!! 🙂 <3

    1. Yes too much drama by far. Feeling a lot better after my daily walk Marcia. All is well and hope it stays that way. Mum is on the mend, daughter fine. Hope you’re okay? Stat safe. Xxx

  3. Oh my. Not a good end to your Easter weekend. Such a worry, especially at this time. I’m glad your mom is feeling better and hope your daughter is too. Thanks for the shout out. I wish I could post the review on .com and .uk but because I don’t buy enough on those sites, I wasn’t allowed to. Now let’s hope those Canadian readers buy it!! They certainly have lots of time to read right now. Hang in there and stay safe!

  4. Hi Marjorie, I am so glad to hear your mum and daughter are on the mend! What an awful end to your Easter break. Take time now to relax and mend . I have had a similar Easter with my Mum in law. We will all support each other 💜💜💜💜💜

  5. Hi, Marje. Phew! Talk about stressful times. Our Easter Sunday was without incident. I do worry about my mom who’s a lung cancer survivor and has C.O.P.D.. She lives alone, and my siblings and I normally visit her several times a week (we live close to each other), but with the coronavirus we haven’t seen her in weeks. We talk on the phone every day, but it isn’t the same thing. I also worry about my brother who’s a doctor and is on the frontlines. I pray for them to make it through this okay. I’m glad things turned out well for your mom and that both your parents are home safe. Your daughter was most likely reacting to the stress of the day. I’m happy she’s doing better, too. Take care of each other, and stay safe! ❤
    Congrats on the new review! 😀 xo

    1. Hi Vashti. Yes it’s a worrying time. Hope your mum and brother will be okay. I also have several family members who I worry about as they are in high risk category, my brother, mum and dad, and youngest daughter who has asthma. Everyone okay now. Take care and thank you so much for your congrats re the new review. 🙂 x

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