Mum had the day off today. Yesterday her slight tickle had felt a bit more if a cough so she came home early. She spoke with dr friends last night and came up with a plan. Don't panic my friends- mum just feels like she is getting a seasonal cold.
This morning she rang and spoke with her boss to say she wouldn't come to work. She then rang the gp. She got straight through and the gp rang her back at 8.30am for a quick phone appointment. She agreed that it was probably a cold but for mum to get swabbed as she is a hospital worker, so that she can return when well.
At 2.30pm mum put her jacket on and a face mask and went to the gps for testing. She stopped at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription that had been faxed. Mum had rung them and they had it ready and mum arranged that she would call them as she arrived. Mum stood way back from the front door, and the pharmacist came out and left mums prescription outside the door, so that mum could pick it up with no contact. No id or anything was needed - kiwis are pretty trusting like that.
Swabbing took place in the deserted gp carpark. The dr in ppe just took a quick swab from mums nose and throat. All done in two minutes - she said it was a bit gross and made her want to gag but, really not so horrible.
So dont worry, mum was home 15 minutes later avoiding the people out exercising and getting fresh air. She truly feels fine, just a cough and a bit like a cold. The worst bit was the walking about in the face mask, it made her a bit hot and bothered and was relieved to get home and remove it.
She also has not been stealing supplies. In the past month, she had kept her own gently used masks and put them aside in case this very problem arose.
So now she is waiting results and advice from her dr. She us going to have to wait until she is well to return to work. Luckily I will assist her in getting better.ĺ