Deadly, invisible & silent was the ‘social’ disease that struck me down in my teenage prime.
Read my personal story, I want to help you #stayathome #helpmyNHS #socialdistancing
As a teenager, it’s a natural end to school life or sudden free time to celebrate with friends. As a parent of two children I know it is hard to say no at times, but now is the time. I am sharing my personal story to warn you of the deadly consequence of socialising with friends at this horrendous time in our close and wider community where infection can spread without anyone knowing. We can make a difference and I personally now fully intend to.
I just turned 18, finished my A-Levels and celebrated with friends with party after party gathering in pubs and restaurants with many people out enjoying the celebrations. It did not turn out as expected, I contracted a deadly disease that resulted in me waking up on a normal day, to then feeling unwell, to then suddenly feeling like I had the flu. My life was swept from beneath me within 12 hours. I contracted a deadly disease that can spread silently through social mass gatherings, through saliva and coughs and sneezing.
This personal story is not to draw attention to myself or to say it is in any way the same as Covid 19 but simply to say you have a choice to make and a chance to influence others to #stayathome and practice #socialdistancing.
If I can influence 1 person it was worth sharing this story.
It will only be for a short time.
It is our time to save 1 person’s life: each!
On the ‘wake up’ from a coma in hospital, if that is the correct terminology, I realised the magnitude of what had happened. What if I had stayed at home instead? Who else got infected? What is everyone had stayed at home? Did we wash our hands? Weeks ahead I realised I was one of the lucky ones but unfortunately, that comes with a lifetime of guilt, how did I not lose a limb or have brain damage, how did I survive, why me and the realisation that not everyone gets to be the lucky one.
The 1st doctor saved my life, the other doctors and nurses made sure I kept my life.
It is time to practice social distancing and protect our community, support our NHS and key workers TODAY.
Just listen to Ulster Hospital’s Respiratory Consultant https://twitter.com/publichealthni/status/1241328639733641216
Portia Woods 21st March 2020