What an awful experience, I'm relieved for you that you tested negative for covid19, viral infections are still very nasty so i hope you feel stronger soon.Apologies in advance but rant ahead -
Okay so I never thought I was going to post this but for the last week I have been really unwell. I had aches/pains, feeling hot (without actually having a high temperature), stomach pain and tingling all over my body. I spoke to two different doctors, the first one last Thursday told me that I didn't have classic Covid symptoms and advised me to ring back if I got more severe symptoms. When I got worse on Saturday the second doctor told me I probably had gastroenteritis. Neither recommended going for a Covid test. On Sunday evening I still had all the same symptoms. Around midnight I woke up with bad chest pain (along with all the other symptoms), by 5am I was in agony as it felt like someone had repeatedly stamped on my chest. I called 111 and the doctor told me he was going to get me an ambulance as it sounded like I was possibly going to have a heart attack in the next hour. I was filled with complete anxiety, scared of what lay ahead.
Upon arriving at the hospital around 6am, they didn't know whether I had Covid or not so they put me on the ward with all the Covid patients. As I was deemed too high a risk to be put with the 'normal' other patients. Over the next few hours I had various blood tests, ECG's, blood pressure tests, temperature checks, a cannula inserted into my arm and a chest X-Ray. After about an hour of being admitted I was told it was time for my first Covid test. Please bear in mind I have a phobia of choking and I find it very difficult to swallow tablets generally. So having a swab put in my mouth made me freak out a bit, aside from all the additional anxiety I had from being ill all week not knowing if I had Covid or not, doctors not taking me seriously and a possible heart attack. The test was very difficult and I hadn't had a drink since 10pm the previous night, so my mouth was very dry. The test was horrid, it took a few attempts but I finally managed. Around an hour and a half later I was told my Covid test wasn't conclusive enough and I would need to do a second one much to my horror. I asked the nurse for a drink of water, thinking it might help if my mouth wasn't as dry as the first attempt. She refused saying water could wash away some of the potential Covid. Then the other nurse came to take my second test. She starting shouting at me, telling me to put my hands behind my back (I felt like I was being arrested!) as she told me she thought I might get violent with her due to my earlier struggle with the first test. I was crying hard at this point and I tried to reassure her I wasn't but I was just really scared/anxious. She told me to get a grip and that I wasn't helping by prolonging the procedure whilst shoving the swab repeatedly in my mouth.
To cut a very long story short my Covid test came back negative and all my other tests were clear. It turns out I have a very bad viral infection and I need to rest for the next two weeks. A lot of the chest pain was to do with my anxiety around my initial symptoms. So I was allowed to go home seven hours later. During my time on the Covid ward new people were being admitted every 25 minutes which was scary to see and nearly all of them around me were positive, so I was really worried I may catch something. One guy who was in the bed opposite me was 34 years old. He came in coughing and within around an hour he had an oxygen mask on as he could barely breathe. It was heartbreaking to see.
I think the point I am trying to make here is that it angers me so much that all these influencers (Niomi included) for the last few months have been swanning around without a care in the world. Breaking rules, not wearing masks or staying at home. Thinking none of this guidance applies to them. Moaning about how the restrictions are making their lives difficult. After having such a horrific time in that Covid ward yesterday, I wish more people would realise how deadly this virus is and how it is very real.
Sorry for the rant but I was angry with Niomi before but experiencing this has taken my anger to her and these stupid influencers to a whole new level.