My 500th post!
Hi all, I recently noticed that I was approaching 500 post conversations and comments and so here it is, my 500th since I joined the forum and soon after became an Online Community Champion.
I hope you’re all keeping well and managing to stay healthy despite all that’s going on in the world. For those going through treatment at the moment or in the early stages of recovery from your transplants I can imagine how worrying a time this is for you.
My transplant was just over 8 years ago so my immune system has hopefully built up some resistance to most infections. I’ve also had my childhood immunisations again a few years ago too. Even so, the risk of contracting Covid-19 makes me nervous, and despite the time since my transplant I still received shielding letters from the authorities. In the first lockdown I didn’t shield totally, but with infection rates this time much higher I’m following the shielding guidance more rigidly.
My employer has thankfully been sympathetic and as I would normally be based in the offices of a large construction site, I’ve actually been banned from site! In recent weeks the site has had a number of positive cases and others that have had to self isolate due to contact tracing, so I’m glad I held my ground and didn’t return in the new year, choosing to work from home instead.
Having had a shielding letter I’m not sure where I sit on the priority list for vaccination as my GP possibly views me as clinically extremely vulnerable, even though my transplant was well over the 6 month threshold. I know that my GP is now vaccinating the over 70s and the CEV group is the next cohort they say they will be contacting. In theory I would be a priority 6, but it’s possible that I may be registered at priority 4, maybe due to my age or my high blood pressure increasing the existing risk from my transplant. I ran the Covid age calculator and those three factors calculated my Covid age to be 75!
I’m hoping that I will be contacted soon and have no qualms about having the vaccine despite the scare stories being spread by those that choose to cause mayhem. I’m satisfied that sufficient research has been done into the vaccines to ensure they are safe and pose no more risk than other vaccines.
I can’t wait till all this is over and our lives can become more normal, though like us as transplant patients I think everyone will have to become used to a ‘new’ normal. I’m not sure things will ever go back to the way they were pre-Covid.
So to all of you, whatever stage of treatment or recovery you’re at, I send you all my best wishes and hope that you all stay well. I will continue to support you alongside the other Online Community Champions and the brilliant Anthony Nolan team.
Here’s to another 500 posts!!
All the best,