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Topic: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

  1. Needleina
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    2 September 2021 in reply to Added
    I find medical anxiety such a conundrum, being anxious about that which can actually help the health that make us anxious. Vicious circle but that’s the nature of the beast.
    I will write more as I go. As an anxious person I already know my 42 days vigilance is til the 24th October.
    My concern is that if I get symptoms and present at hospital and it isn’t the clots, I won’t feel right about going again if I get symptoms. The nurse and dr said to just go everytime. They were kind and said no one will treat me as the boy who cried wolf.
    Going to hospital if I get symptoms will also be hard even though I know there is a treatment there. I guess you understand my drift.
    This is a supportive place and there is always greater strength in groups. Keep safe and happy.
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  2. randomx
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    2 September 2021

    l get medical anxiety myself too so does my gf. l wish she could be here though although she doesn't have much faith in the vax and probably won't even get it but l suppose l should so she could come, and maybe l'd talk her into it too while we're there. l might use the pharmacy as it feels far less doctorish .

    A customer waiting to pick up a job said yesterday Vic regional should be easing restrictions next wk and he should be able to pick it up, does anyone know if that's right? l find it a bit of a tall order right now as cases rose yesterday.

    At any rate , l think l'll try to make that jab call this wk , sometime , and drag myself off to it. Hopefully medical anxiety for a few minutes replaces Covid anxiety. Although l actually have lock down anxiety far more than Covid anxiety, maybe it'll replace that too.

    rx

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  3. Elizabeth CP
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    2 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    I hope everything goes well with your Vaccination. I am glad we got ours in April as soon as we could book in.

    Yesterday the premier said Regional Vic will most likely have restrictions eased next week except for Shepparton which will stay under strict lockdown until the situation is clear there.

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  4. randomx
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    Thanks for that yeah l hope too. Don't know why l feel this way about getting it. Gf said just tonight she won't get it point blank , refuses. She doesn't trust it. l've been trying to talk her into it she's in the middle of Sydney right now butttt, no luck. l wish she would but alas , once she makes up her mind on something that's it l'm afraid.

    Yeah right , regional sort of makes sense , certainly where we are anyway there's no cases for 200k . Although the way this thing pops up l don't suppose that means all that much from day to day.

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  5. CMF
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    3 September 2021 in reply to Needleina

    Needling,

    Well done and thank you for sharing. Sounds similar to my experience. Spoke to my Dr chickened out, booked, cancelled, re booked and didn't confirm till last minute. I too got AZ and when Dr asked how I felt I told him very anxious. The nurse was lovely and put a gentle hand on my shoulder at the end saying I did great.

    Proud of you Needlina, I understand how you would have felt, but you did it!

    Cmf x

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  6. randomx
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    3 September 2021 in reply to CMF

    Ahhhhhhh, l was near the pharmacy this morng thought go in and see if they vax, yep, next minute l'm booking in my daughter and l. Quite a saga though isn't it crikey surprise surprise , she said going through the doctors is far worse though so at least that's something. Saw clips of other countries jabbing people by the 100s just walking in off the street a nurse races up jab , next. No fancy little trays { which l hope they're reusing here too btw } , no booking forms song and dance nothing. Jab , next !

    Anyway it's next wk , bit nervous too, how ridiculous is that.

    Wondering how or should l try more , talking my gf into it. l'm worried about her l really wish she would , her immune system will be lower than ever right now. Tried giving her a little nudge last night she was pretty point blank though, no way.

    rx

  7. Needleina
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    3 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi RandomX
    I think it’s normal to be a bit anxious. It helps us be a bit aware and that can’t hurt.

    With your gf it might just be best to get yours and your daughter’s. Why I say this is my husband did try to encourage me to get one when he did. I wasn’t ready in myself. I actually began to feel pressured and resentful that he couldn’t see where I was coming from.
    After his vax he stopped advocating I get it. In fact we stopped talking about it all. Then my son was getting his and I felt I needed to support his decision to ( even though it was killing me). It’s an important personal decision. Im really pro choice about all medical procedures and medicines- I just don’t choose them for me . My personal medical anxiety runs so high I don’t even use Panadol.
    Hopefully she will see the benefit in her own time- least she knows most of all she has a supportive partner. Wishing you an easy smooth vax day. Once I’d had it I felt it was in and I couldn’t change things and weirdly that has helped calm me (a bit lol).

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  8. Needleina
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    3 September 2021 in reply to CMF
    Thanks for your kind words CMF. We both deserve to be proud. Least here I know others get where I’m coming from. My family shake their heads- in a kind way :)
    This morning I woke up and thought I was the lucky one in terms of reactions. Just had a sore arm. Then almost to the minute at 24 hours I have developed a slight fever. I know this is normal ( I’ve read the info sheets over and over telling myself). I’ve googled it all over the net. I don’t take Panadol or similar so have the cold towels and they are working a treat- that and ice cream and Coca Cola.
    I’m staying away from Gladys and Fb today as it just builds up anxiety with some of the comments.
    Hope your day is good.
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  9. randomx
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    3 September 2021 in reply to Needleina

    Thanks for that.

    Yeah l've thought as you say it'll have the same effect on gf too if l nudge anymore . She hates anything medical too especially something as new as this. She does take some stuff but only things she's 100% about. l'll try that then anyway , l'm hoping she'll swing around at some point .

    l'm not crazy about it either earlier l'd made up my mind l won't bother . But with things of late and everything now , other people , loved ones , hate it but l'll do it.

    Well done anyway to us eh.

    rx

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  10. Sleepy21
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    3 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi rx, I was nervous and got it last week, they asked me which side I sleep on, I sleep on left but still got it there, did hurt a bit to rest on but after 3 days felt good again On

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  11. randomx
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    3 September 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hi sleepy , well done then eh.

    And l mean too, how silly are we gonna feel if we went and caught covid when there's a vax right.

    Glad you feeling better hope your getting some sleep. l hate the thought of what's in it myself that's my thing, wonder if anyone even knows. Still , if it works well ! That and l just hate anything to do with medical.

    God on you anyway sleep good for you.

    rx

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  12. Added
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    3 September 2021 in reply to Needleina
    Yes, it really is, but you have done well getting your vaccination and I hope you are feeling ok and maybe even feeling better that you have done it... mine is booked in a couple of weeks - will be getting it at my local GP... I am nervous, but know that I must do it so I can start to feel safe.
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  13. randomx
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    3 September 2021 in reply to Added

    Strange , saw news a clip tonight where a lot of medics and ambulance drivers refuse to get vaxed , wonder why that is !

    rx

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  14. Hanna3
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    3 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    I've worked in hospitals most of my life and I've known doctors and nurses who refused to get treatment themselves when they needed it.

    There's always a mix of opinions in any group of people I reckon.

    I wouldn't read anything into it. Same thing happened in a the USA with some First Responders.

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  15. randomx
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    3 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Funny thing. Just googling something about the vax and people do ask what's in it. And they have a list of the ingredients right there of what's in them.

    rx

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  16. Needleina
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    4 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi RandomX

    There is so much about Covid on the net, some probably true, some highly likely try, some true and some not. My experience with Google is you can find anything you want to support your headspace at the time. I wear my Google Queen crown with pride lol.
    I did read all about what was in the vax and I googled side effects and what the side effects were cause somethings I’d never heard of.
    Right now as you can imagine I’m googling for people’s actual experiences as a result of the vax. I can find so much about blood clots cause that’s what I’m concerned about. But I took a moment also and noticed so many people not saying they had it - but I don’t read those cause I’m in stressed mode.
    Feeling physically fine except for a sore arm now after my vax.
    When I got my vax I asked to see the phial the dose came from but was told it wasn’t possible due to hygiene and storage. The syringe did have a tag on it of batch, date etc and the nurse let me photograph that.
    You do whatever makes you feel right about getting your vax. I’m not advocating not going ahead with it but I am saying do it on your own time. I’m also saying good on you cause I know how hard tackling our anxieties are. Treat yourself kindly.

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  17. randomx
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    4 September 2021 in reply to Needleina

    Hi how you doin.

    Haaa, don't worry l have about as much faith in Mr Google as l would a house brick. Matter of fact the house brick is probably more reliable , l know. Was just saying it was there , true or not don't know or care tbh but who knows in this instance, jsut scanned it over about .100th of a second.

    But yeahhhh, the problem is if l did what l think then l wouldn't get vaxed, can't explain it but my gf feels the same . l wasn't checking that out though what will be will be on that front. l have very reliable sites l use if l do wanna know anything Covid or stats , which l really only check out the stats now and then tbh and that's only bc of friends in a few different countries. And what news clips we get here that might interest me for some reason or other , if l just happen to notice one those, bout it really.

    Atm l do like to get the numbers each day right now bc l'm hoping for an improvement but I keep it very short and not so sweet though. Mind you , at a few points last yr there it all become just so unbelievable about what was actually happening , for awhile there l was glued l must admit.

    Thanks for that anyway and l hope everyone are getting by.

    rx.

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  18. Added
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    4 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi Rx, yes I heard that too, but I didn't go into it deeply, because for me, I know that I must get the vaccine or live with unbearable fear for ... who knows how long. Now that I've made up my mind, I'm sticking to it because the indecision doesn't help.

    I think we all have to do what feels right for us.. I hope you are feeing Ok and coping ok with any anxiety levels you may have.

    xJ

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  19. Added
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    4 September 2021 in reply to CMF

    CMF - this is exactly what I did, its interesting to read that others feel exactly the same as I have... and that is just what my Dr has said - everyone is in the same boat feeling the same things..... and it helps to know this :))

    xJ

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  20. Moonstruck
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    5 September 2021 in reply to Added

    Hi Added.....

    I hope you will not take offence at this, but I have to say I can't agree with "everyone is in the same boat and are all feeling the same things".

    From the many folk, friends, family and casual acquaintances I have spoken to, either in depth or more casually, it is obvious that we are all feeling vastly different emotions and are poles apart in whatever "boat"we are in.

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  21. CMF
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    5 September 2021 in reply to Moonstruck

    I agree Moon.

    I cannot do what I enjoy ie walking around a shopping centre,going to the office but my partner who cycles can still do that, he still goes to his mum's once a week for dinner cos she lives 2 doors away. He can attend his workplace. I'm isolated. Can't do what I enjoy on weekends. Alot has changed for me. We're even told not to enter supermarkets now, which was an excuse for me to go out. Not much has changed for him. In fact, he can cycle almost every day, dream come true. I'm tied to my desk. Working in my home and doing remote learning.

    Very different boats for us.

    Cmf x

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  22. CMF
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    5 September 2021 in reply to Moonstruck

    Hi Added .

    I understand what you mean re many of us in the same boat re feelings toward vaccine, as we've seen here.

    As far as Covid goes I'm afraid we're in different boats.

    Cmf x

  23. Added
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    5 September 2021 in reply to Moonstruck

    Yes, I understand what you mean... I was thinking more about the feelings and indecision we have towards vaccination which is what I have discussed with my GP - if we are for or against it, it is still a big decision that possibly takes many hours of thinking for most of us. I agree that we are all facing different challenges due to varying degrees of isolation, loneliness, work, financial stability. Jx

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  24. Added
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    5 September 2021 in reply to CMF

    Hi CMF, Thanks for pointing this out, I was really talking about the vaccine, but I know that we all have very different experiences during this time. I do still go to the supermarket but try to go very early. Also, I tend to go for a lot of drives and just sit in my car this helps to relieve my feelings of isolation.. My family lives far away, my sister in Queensland, one son in regional victoria, and my other son in Canada. They are facing very different versions with a lot more freedom. I am in inner city Melbourne and feel very isolated from my family.

    Jx

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  25. randomx
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    5 September 2021 in reply to Added

    Hi added

    l was just reading about Canada's situation now the other day. Sounds like they're pretty well open internationally if your vaxed . Although they're coming into a nasty 4th wave atm but didn't see any mention of new lock downs.

    rx

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  26. ecomama
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    5 September 2021 in reply to Moonstruck

    I agree Moon, we may be all 'dealing with a pandemic' but clearly we're all in VERY different boats. Even ppl in similar "boats" can be dealing with it in very different ways.

    I couldn't believe I was hearing some people were BORED, omg I would give my eye teeth to experience boredom during this pandemic. Made me so angry to hear that some of my work colleagues had all this extra time while I was working triple time doing THEIR WORK, grrr.

    But perhaps we're suffering GIGS a tad here and there when we compare our situations with others (which is a useless pursuit from my POV).
    Grass Is Greener Syndrome.

    I just got on to my bosses and pointed out some of these imbalances and almost have it rectified now lol.

    Just to spice things up in our household again, early yesterday morning, another son alerted us all to a notification of him being a close contact of a close contact, so off we all went to do our dutiful testing. So we all had to be tested. That's twice in less than 7 days now. Wouldn't matter if we were vaxed or not, testing is mandatory for us in these instances.
    All because we're lucky enough to be out there in the field working. Hmm.

    By last night that contact had returned negative.
    The other one was positive but he's very well and so is his family. All quarantined at home.
    No others seem to have contracted it working 8h next to him all day.

    If we had some BALANCE in the news, then it could allay anxiety.
    Another reason why I don't watch it.

    Love this light relief rx "l have about as much faith in Mr Google as l would a house brick. Matter of fact the house brick is probably more reliable"... agree. Needed a laugh today rx thanks lol.

    EMxxxx

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  27. Added
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    5 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Thanks for that info Rx... my son lives on Vancouver Island so luckily not too much in the thick of it... his whole family is vaccinated and they seem to be living a near normal life... (whatever means, or is going to mean?)

    Jx

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  28. Fred Flinstone
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    5 September 2021

    I am in Melbourne. Coped ok with last year. Threw myself into work to keep it going (working from home).
    But this year is so much harder.

    Seems the governments at all levels learnt nothing from last time and there is no plan to get out of it other than endless lockdowns and ongoing vaccinations.

    I am a person who works to live, not lives to work. I go away most weekends as a break from work. Always do long weekend trips and always have holidays planned which gives you something to look forward to.
    I go fishing and boating to really relax and de-stress.

    Also travelled a lot for work.

    For nearly 18 months now all of those breaks and ways to de-stress outside of work have been taken away by lockdowns and 5 km travel limits. Have hardly been into the office in 18 months so stared at the same 4 walls of the house the whole time.

    It has basically been impossible to plan to do anything outside of work so there has been nothing to look forward to.

    Have had both jabs now….but still locked up and can’t travel 5km.

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to focus on work and maintaining social Interactions.

    However I do understand that I am in nowhere near as bad a situation as many people out there in Melbourne.

    This is more of a vent than anything, but I guess any suggestions on how others in similar situations are coping would be useful.

    And maybe hoping that some of the heartless leaders in other states may somehow grasp what those in Melbourne and Sydney have actually been through and are continuing to go through…. If you haven’t lived through it I don’t think you will ever truly understand.



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  29. randomx
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    6 September 2021 in reply to Fred Flinstone

    Yeah ,

    l was not bad last yr more so just totally flabbergasted at what was actually happening all over the world and right here. And l have it pretty easy up where l am thank the Gods l don't live in Melb anymore. So l thought well , once it actually all sinks in , ok , l'll do the time we'll just have to. But this yr and 19mths later hell yeah , it's becoming a whole new all game now.

    This last few mths it's becoming serious for me too and my daughter as this lock down is the first one we've had like this up here. Ironically even that seems ridiculous bc it's 19mths on yet now , we have the severest up here we've ever had.

    Many many angles too and it's all just become far bigger than it was last yr. Finally l see dozens of shops cleaned out that just couldn't hold on and many businesses too. My daughter thought last yr ok cool , she was gonna have a gap yr anyway. But this yr she was ready and jumping out of her skin to get started after yr 12, she's decided what she wants to do and chomping at the bit. She's also gotten 4 jobs in the last 6mths, didn't starat any of them , more lock downs. Her new course , after having 2 cancelled last yr, won't start until Feb , and you have to go in and be there it's hands on , can;t be on line, but she doesn't even know if it will even begin. Fell so bad for her. That;ll be 2 yrs of total blank and nothing for her by then , at 19 , may as well lock her up in chains it's just as bad. So sad for so many younger ones .

    It's also effecting me far far more this yr , and my customers ,l have a home business, and everything else l do , even my gf being here whom can;t even get here now. And very big plans we had especially for the second half of this yr , right now , they just aren't gonna happen.

    There's so may angles to it all now , after all this time. Not to mention even Sydney , all this time yet locked down now more than ever before, 19mths later.\

    Damned if l know. They gotta look at other countries and the best of what they're doing that's working to whatever degree , pick one and just do it.

    rx

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  30. randomx
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    6 September 2021

    Here's an example , the US open tennis , looks like it's a capacity crowd , and yet they had , self inflicted l know but none the less , the worst Covid in the world.

    Yet here they are now with a full crowd, looks like it anyway. Many other countries are life as usual now or pretty close , or so it seems on clips and from a few friends os. Maybe it's just vaxing l don't know but we've gotta do whatever it is and get th on with things.

    rx

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