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Topic: Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

  1. Moonstruck
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    7 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi randomx....unfortunately we can't just "get on with things" much as we would love to. Our Premier up here in Q and her Medical Officer won't let us.....they are relishing their power and control over us all. The threats, fear and possible punishment that awaits us if we don't follow their rules are rammed down our throats with no let up...no lightness, no hope, no optimism......

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  2. randomx
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    7 September 2021 in reply to Moonstruck

    Yeah , hear ya moon. lt must be killing business up there too. And here , number 6, gotta be a world record. l think it was ltaly did 3 and refused to lock down again from there.

    Hopefully now that we're finally getting the vaxing numbers up , we start to see some changes eh.

    rx

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  3. randomx
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    7 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Well , l am now vaxed one.

    lt feels strange doesn't it l mean with all the fuss the news and everything of the last 19mths, it all turns it into some big thing doesn't it.

    My d couldn't get hers bc they didn't have any Pfizer but ldk wth they didn't just tell me that the other day instead of 20 mins just on her appointment ad then another 15 today just bc her medicare number was wrong, then they say they don't have any after all that , ahhhhhh. !!!!! So she has to book in all over again in another town .

    rx

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  4. Sleepy21
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    7 September 2021 in reply to randomx
    Hey rx, how u feeling? Is it sore or ok? I'm having trouble getting ,y second dose booked in, they are hard to deal with. They booked one for me then texted me it has to be cancelled, they are reserved only for second doses....mine was a second dose so bit silly
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  5. randomx
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    7 September 2021 in reply to Sleepy21

    Hiya sleep

    Actually l feel a bit dizzy tbh . but not sore at all as yet. l had the AZ even though l'm not near the age they're now saying this wk, should be right bc with other countries it's 40 and above. There's still a pfizer shortage right now so l wanna leave that for the people that really should have that one.

    But that doesn't surprise at all , sorry sleep l hope you can sort it out. My daughter rang trying to book us somewhere earlier and it was just ridiculous , l hear ya. The local clinic 5mins walk away from my place, told her bc we aren't l forget the term but like we haven't used that clinic yet , well her or l haven't needed to go to the doctors yet . But they wouldn't book us in . Instead we had to book in 35mins away over in one of the other towns .

    rx

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  6. Fearless7
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    8 September 2021 in reply to randomx
    Hey Randomx, I also got mine at a pharmacy. I was with my 19yo son and we went together. I found it so less stressful than the dr's surgery. I had booked one at the doctors surgery a few weeks before but chickened out and left before I got the jab. They were not supportive or kind even though I expressed my anxiety about getting the shot. The pharmacy was calm and no one there and it was peaceful. It's now two weeks since I had it. I felt crappy the next day but good since. My head has been in highly anxious state but it's all in my head - physically I'm ok just the normal twinges our bodies get every day. Good luck - stay positive x
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  7. randomx
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    8 September 2021 in reply to Fearless7

    Hi Fearless , thx for that.

    Yeah l hoped a pharmacy might be less stress too. They were good l must admit, really nice. l thought all the fuss was over nothing but there turned out to be a lot of people waiting so they were that busy after all. My d is 20 though and l was a bit annoyed that after all that they wouldn't do her just bc of a damn number. Buttttt, l suppose they're told by Govs .

    Feel pretty wrecked today, it said that's pretty common next day. l was gonna work but nope forget it.

    Take care

    rx

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  8. Moonstruck
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    8 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi all....for what its worth, I seemed to find it a breeze compared to some stories I'm reading on here. Some months ago when the AZ arrived here in our Q city, my GP surgery simply rang up one day out of the blue saying "We've got some vaccine, would you liked to come in and get some?' oh Yeah Ok, may as well. They reminded me when the second one was due and that was that!

    Zero side effects, absolutely none. didn't even feel it nearly as much as an ordinary blood test in my elbow...no pain, no swelling, no tiredness....didn't even know it had happened. So hope is works out as smoothy for you all...

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  9. missep123
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    8 September 2021 in reply to Moonstruck

    Hi everyone!

    My partner decided to get AZ because the pharmacist across the road was administering it. He really loved that it was so easy to go and come back and he had a good experience. He had flu symptoms for a couple of hours but then he was better. It's great that it was so easily accessible.

    I hope everyone is coping during this lockdown (I know it is very challenging, I definitely go through 'slump' days). I try to keep telling myself one day at a time.

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  10. Needleina
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    8 September 2021 in reply to randomx
    Pleased for you RandomX I know this was a huge deal for you. Sorry about the stuff up with your daughter.
    Hope you are feeling ok. My symptoms didn’t kick in til 24 hours but it seems there is no rhyme or reason about timing or symptoms. Water was my best friend ( something I don’t drink enough of normally. )
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  11. Needleina
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    8 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Sorry I’m a bit behind on reading the posts. I see it hasn’t been kind to you on the side effects. I am not one to get sick and ( I guess this might be you too) any symptoms of illness at anytime does my head in. I had a fever, exhaustion and ( another Horst for me) didn’t eat dinner nor much the next day. Ice blocks - those tube ones- were good with the fever as I don’t even take over the counter pain relief- yep I’m totally weird! Lol

    Rest up is all I can advise- might be a few days. Treat yourself kindly.  I’m now into the ‘watch for blood clots with a vengeance” phase but I’m a worried about everything. I can’t imagine a life without worry though I reckon it looks good looking at others - but that might be the other man’s grass is always greener haha. Sending hugs. 

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  12. Elizabeth CP
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    9 September 2021 in reply to Needleina

    From my experience and that of everyone else I've spoken to the side effects of AZ only last for 48 hrs. There were no side effects from the 2nd shot.

    I am finding the lockdown difficult because it feels never ending. I am really upset about the selfish people who deliberately break the rules leading to increasing transmission which makes the lockdown longer. I'm not referring to the many people who are doing the right thing and following the rules yet end up infected or in isolation because they unknowingly go to work or the shops or some other legal destination at the same time as a positive case.

    My hsb requires surgery which was supposed to be done ASAP but this outbreak seems to have delayed this. I'm sure he is not the only person in similar situations.

    I plead for everyone to do whatever they can to reduce the spread of this virus soo we can all get back to a more normal life. We are all impacted by these outbreaks but in very different ways. Be kind to each other as we all need kindness to cope.

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  13. Needleina
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    9 September 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP
    You sure are right when you say this lockdown has gone on forever. I remember way back in around March when ScoMo said we could be doing this life style for as long as 6 months. September’s ( plural lol) have come and well virtually left. I too get angry with those out rule breaking and especially those that look for the loop holes 🤦‍♀️
    Hope your husbands op gets done sooner than later. That’s another waiting game you don’t need. Be kind to yourself.
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  14. randomx
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    9 September 2021 in reply to Needleina

    Thanks for the nice thoughts people. Bodies not use to drugs,hate to think what's in that stuff strongest thing l've taken as long as l remember would be Panadol , however that's spelt .

    Anyway , l was jumping out of my skin this morning sun was shining couldn't wait to get out to work and amongst it after all that laying round yesterday haha.

    On another note , Gladdy was making some supposedly big announcement today. Ahhh lock down will ease when vax are at 70% ummmm. Well hasn't she been saying that for the last mth or two anyway we know that's the plan already. ldk what was suppose to be some big announcement about it.

    rx

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  15. blondguy
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    9 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hi RX and thankyou Needleina for your super helpful input..and Welcome!

    just sharing my status with the vaccine....just had my 2nd dose of AZ a couple of weeks ago...just felt mega tired afterwards for 24hours but no big deal

    me thinks that there is a lot of 'overthinking' going on with the vaccine...Im not an expert yet having the vaccine is a much better option than being in an Intensive care ward.......or on a ventilator.....ewww

    my kindest thoughts

    Paul

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  16. Sleepy21
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    10 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    Hey rx, glad u weren't sore, was the dizziness okay? I'm pretty medically avoidant, don't like taking any meds but in sotuatiom where no choice I will try.... I forgot about vaccination after it happened ! I felt quite tired after but not too bad.

    I don't mind it now that I can get out qnd about more, have found some ways to try and get out to nature and also socialise in covid friendly ways

    II became quite a hermit for a bit, didn't know how to adjust to our new times and was scared of transmission so just stayed Home endlessly

    I need that two hours of exercise. Sun and Human interaction is more essential than I ever understood before this ti,e

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  17. Fearless7
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    10 September 2021 in reply to blondguy
    Hi Blondguy, Thanks for the rational take on the vaccine. My health anxiety has been in overdrive since I got the AZ 18 days ago. 'Enough already' I tell myself. "Just stop thinking about it!" I say again. But yes the overthinking is clouding our ability to see the true picture of the benefits of being vaccinated. Thanks - take care!
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  18. randomx
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    10 September 2021 in reply to Fearless7

    Yeah that's what l was starting to think too Paul so l thought ah well , just get it.

    Hiya sleepy . Nah no soreness , just that flue like body thing. Funny though l've still been a bit hypo today too really , woke up full of beans. Feels like l've taken vitamins haha , don't think that's the vax though just a good lay around n rest. But yeah , smoked a bit of dope over the years and certainly don't mind a drink but meds, never touch them really , cold tablets from the supes about as strong as l go, only get a cold every 3 or 4yrs though so can't really even count those.

    Glad you didn't get any side effects , so nice that you can get out again too. And you bet sun air nature people, natures medicine fantastic after going through it all yet again, great stuff. And your vaxed , nice sleep, look after yourself eh and hang in there , give yourself what you need as best you can.

    rx

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  19. Needleina
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    12 September 2021 in reply to blondguy

    Hi everybody ( oh that sounds like I’m now in Gladys mode haha). Thank you all for sharing your vax journeys wherever you are in the road.

    I am now at the stage where I am in hyper alert I guess you’d call it. It’s like all my other regular stresses are pushed away cause I’m just calendar focused on watching for clots. I know this is irrational due to the odds but I can’t stop myself from focusing - arggghhh and reading about it.


    I have different counts-day 4 til day 30, (most common )then one to day 42) then the absurd one I found to day 80 which is virtually the 12 weeks til the next vax 🤦‍♀️

    Every twinge I stress over. I also stress cause the mere thought of having to go to hospital sends me in a spin. Taking the vaccine, as hard as that was, is supposed to keep me out of there. My dr told me I would definitely know if it’s something wrong but I have an unbelievable tolerance of pain- major surgery once and not a single pain killer after ( yep in case the meds kill I me I won’t take anything).

    I do have brief times when I’m not thinking about it but at the moment it’s messing with sleep still.

    The nice part though is I feel I can express it here- no judgement, no solutions ( my husband likes to offer solutions) just ideas and experiences. Thank you everyone. You are helping me more than you could imagine. I’m grateful for you all and hope I too am helping you along your road.

    Be kind to yourselves.

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  20. randomx
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    12 September 2021

    l can't work NSW out.

    Saw a clip last night of Bondi yesterday and it was packed. Surfers swimmers people sun baking , wandering about all over the place, people everywhere. Not a bad lockdown if you happen to live near Bondi .

    l've had the impression from pressers though the place was locked up like Fort Knox.

    rx

  21. randomx
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    12 September 2021 in reply to Needleina

    Ha , l've actually forgotten all about that stuff N , and l'm well under the age mark they're normally using in Australia now so l suppose l should be keeping an eye out.

    Just wondering anyone know about the 12wk or 6 wk to the second vax thing. ? When l got mine they told me they've changed it to 6 wks now for the AZ , so l get my second one in 6. Maybe l should wait the 12 , thoughts ?

    rx

  22. Needleina
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    12 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    My dr said my next appt would be in 6 weeks as that’s the new recommendation. I don’t live in Sydney and our cases are not that high and as I really don’t go anywhere the dr said we could play it by ear. Apparently 12 weeks might ( no one really knows for sure I guess) mean I don’t need ( another 🤦‍♀️) booster as early. Having said that the LGAs between us and Sydney are creeping up in numbers so I might do the 6 weeks.

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  23. Moonstruck
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    12 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    People will stand oppression for just so long...then no longer! I think your NSW Gladys has realised this....something our Q Premier is stubbornly resisting as long as she possibly can..

    .also one wonders what kind of a Governor our State is going to have when Medical officer Jeanette Young takes over in November. apparently the role of Governor doesn't require her to publicly speak all that much which is a good thing as Jeanette only knows one phrase she continually drags out...from Day One to just this morning..

    ."we're not out of the woods yet"... {get another script writer Dr)

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  24. quirkywords
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    12 September 2021 in reply to randomx

    rx

    I had mine AZ 6 weeks apart and was fine. It is confusing as they said 12 then 8 then 6 then 4 and there is a talk of a booster one next year.

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  25. Hanna3
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    12 September 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Hi I think people best to get doctors advice re AZ second dose. I'm in an area with a lot of covid but both GP and pharmacist advised me to wait the full 12 weeks as only about 60% immunity at 6 weeks but about 81% at 12 weeks. They advised me to wait it out.

    Everyone is going to need a booster in a few months too.

    Yes the different advice is confusing.

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  26. Elizabeth CP
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    12 September 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    AZ effectiveness is better if you wait 8-12 weeks between doses. This is what they found in the UK. So waiting longer between doses (up to 12 weeks) is best normally but if you catch Covid you are better to have had the 2 doses so if you are at high risk of getting covid due to your job or lots of cases where you shop walk etc getting the 2nd dose earlier is better. Each person should make their own assessment of what would be better depending on your risk of exposure in the next month or two.

    I am finding the rapid escalation of cases here in Melbourne very depressing. It feels as though there is no hope and no end. I am fully vaccinated so low risk of Covid but the ongoing stress of caring for my hsb with no decent breaks is really hard. Fear of going to an exposure site and having to isolate as that would mean losing what supports we currently have. Medical treatment my hsb needs is now on hold. It feels never ending.

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  27. Hanna3
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    12 September 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Hi yes I know we have to weigh up risk factors with the time between jabs of the AZ, which is why I think people need to get the advice of their doctor and/or pharmacist. I'm high risk and thought of getting it early but was advised to wait the full 12 weeks.

    I have no idea when we will get out of lockdown in this part of NSW. It's tough for everyone but this plague is world wide and it keeps mutating especially in south Africa where most people have been unable to get vaccinated.

    These are very tricky times. The whole world is stuck in it. At least people here can offer support to each other. I find it helps to remember the whole world is in the same situation except those in poor countries are much worse off. We're lucky to be in a wealthy country! 🌻

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  28. randomx
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    12 September 2021 in reply to Elizabeth CP

    Thanks for the info people very appreciated. From what l got a chance to read about a bit tonight yeah it's all said much the same too, 4 to 12 wks around Europe and 4 to 6 is fine but 12 wks is a little more effective that's all. So it's reassuring to hear also that people right here and their different doctors and info along all the same lines. l;m gonna change my 6 wk 2nd shot to 8 to 12 wks. Just bc we have no cases to speak of where l am but as people here are saying too, depends, earlier if things get worse between now and then, hope not.

    But yeah, it is pretty disheartening l know with numbers not improving. We can at least draw a lot from Europe and around the world though , most seem to be open again and managing .

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  29. Added
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    Its really helpful to read everyones experience with the vaccine... and happy to hear that you are all doing pretty well. I got mine today - so far just a bit of a sore arm, but like a lot of you, I am in hyper vigilance mode and my health anxiety is in overdrive.... hope I can get through the night without too much panic!!!
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  30. Sleepy21
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    Good to hear Added! I have such medical anxiety!! Nice that ppl,hear understand, this time requires empathy

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