So, yesterday I went for a COVID test. There have been a number of positive cases in my office which, consequently, has now been closed for an indefinite period. I wasn’t identified as a close contact but had developed a slight cough and sore throat. Normally I would think nothing of this but we live in a strange new world now. An online test was booked and I drove to the mobile testing unit, 15 miles away in the car park of a local leisure centre.
Upon arriving I noticed a steady flow of cars entering and exiting the site. I was waved through to a lane where I was told to lower my drivers window a couple of inches so a staff member could instruct me as to how the test would proceed. I was then given a self testing kit and asked to park up in a separate area. When I’d completed the test I was to switch on my hazard lights and another staff member would tell me what to do next.
The test itself was simple but unpleasant. It involves inserting a swab, similar to an elongated cotton bud, down my throat, and holding it against both sides of my tonsils for ten seconds apiece. This caused me to gag and my eyes began to water. I then had to repeat the procedure up both nostrils. The swab was then placed in a vial and secured in an ziplock bag which was then placed into another airtight bag and sealed. As you can see by the photo, I was not a happy camper.
Results take 24-48 hours and I’m currently self isolating in our bedroom while poor Fionnuala sleeps on the sofa. None of us are allowed outside at present. Oddly, I’ve felt much better since the test and am hoping and praying it comes back negative as soon as possible. There’s a little kernel of doubt, however, that I push to the back of my mind whenever it threatens to raise its ugly head. I’ve been reading, blogging & writing to pass time but do feel a burden on my family.
All comments will be much appreciated to help me pass the time and I’ll let you know the outcome when I receive it by text or e-mail. It’s a pain but can I ask you all to get a test if you develop COVID type symptoms, no matter how mild. Your actions will protect others and could ultimately save lives. It won’t be the most enjoyable experience of your life but it won’t kill you either. COVID can and will if given half a chance.