Happy New Year to you all.
As I think about what I can achieve in 2021, I reflect on what 2020 brought into my life.
I started this blog in March 2020 and published my first book, ‘Our Family’s Journey Through Disability and Cancer’ in October 2020. I also started a new job and enjoyed many special moments with my family while in lockdown. I have seen my daughters use their creative skills to keep them busy and happy in this pandemic. I have enjoyed many evenings watching Netflix and catching up on dramas on various TV Channels with my husband.
We also have had several stressful and worrying moments that included a family death and experiencing the journey of cancer again. Sadly a dear friend was also diagnosed with cancer at the start of the pandemic. Her strength, faith in God and sense of humour is one I admire and continue to learn from. I miss not being able to see her or give her a hug because of the year we had.
I want to thank everyone who has read my blogs or bought my book. I am hoping my blogs and book will help others through difficult times, whether it be the challenges of the pandemic or challenges in coping with mental and physical health. I am hoping to publish my second book this year.
I received my Covid -19 vaccine on New Year’s Eve. It was a significant event for me. Like everyone else, my family have had several restrictions placed on us during this pandemic.
We start 2021 with uncertainties around the opening of schools, the vaccination programme and the rising rates of infection with the new Covid strain. Our NHS is being stretched with the massive increase in hospital admissions and the lack of staff in hospitals due to staff illnesses.
Despite the UK’s high death rate of over 70,000, there are still some who doubt the seriousness, and even existence of the virus. Some feel wearing a mask, being in lockdown and the need to isolate if one has symptoms, are the government’s and scientists’ way of controlling their lives.
The impact of this pandemic has been beyond what we imagined a year ago. It has taken away so many lives prematurely, regardless of age or underlying health conditions. It has also brought about a new chronic medical condition called, Long Covid Syndrome, that can affect anyone, regardless of age, underlying health problems, whether an individual needed hospitalised or not while infected with Covid-19. It’s a condition that is still being researched and the list of illnesses associated with this continues to grow. You can read more about it using this link.
I am a doctor in General Practice. I come across at least one person experiencing ‘Long Covid Syndrome’ and at least one death probably caused by Covid 19 on most days that I work. Covid 19 is real and its impact on our health and economy is not to be ignored or thought of lightly.
My family and I stay up to see the New Year in every year. This time as we watched the fire works in London and heard the chimes of Big Ben on the television screen, it took us a while to shout out ‘Happy New Year’ . We couldn’t help but reflect on those who lost their lives in this pandemic. We also thought about the NHS workers who died. At least 207 NHS and health care workers lost their lives last year. Despite the lack of Personal Protective Equipment, they continued to work. We also thought about how cancer has brought so much sadness into our lives again.
My wish for 2021 is for this year to be a better year; for us to have our ‘normal’ lives back. However we cannot achieve this individually. We are in an era where working together, being thoughtful, looking out for each other and following guidance closely is the best way out of this nightmare.
We all want a better life this year, let’s do our best to make it happen.
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