Lockdown Blood Donors

Amazingly, and perhaps somewhat terrifyingly, the lockdown is releasing a little. I’m starting to see more shops opening, especially trade businesses. I’ve been quite lucky that with electrical engineering being considered an essential service I have been able to acquire supplies.

The next challenge however, was blood donors. How do you carry out a blood donation when you are in the midst of a pandemic?

Well my donation, not at my usual venue I might add, went very well. Here’s a basic running order.

On arriving at the venue there are marked waiting spots on the floor. There were 4 people in front of me so we had actually run out of marked spots, but we formed a queue – keeping 2 metres apart.

At this point I must point out, let’s call him “Mr Smiley”. The man who arrived a few minutes after me, tried to walk straight past me waiting in the doorway, and then snarled when he was told to socially distance. Mr Smiley should have donated 8 pints.

On getting to the front of the queue we were interrogated by one of the donor carers about contact with COVID-19.

Upon passing triage we were then made to use hand sanitizer and then take a seat in one of the three seats in reception (2 metres apart).

The next step was being called through into a queue of seats – four in total. As the person in front moved, you moved into their seat. This in my opinion was the weak point in the chain. COVID-19 survives on surfaces and having every single donor sit in the chain of seats didn’t seem too smart. I used my own hand sanitizer in-between seats and kept my hands well away from my face.

After passing this stage of the queue we then reached the point at which we would normally join blood donors. Checking in, getting our drink and information leaflet, taking a seat until we were called – but unlike normal blood donors where there are pretty much limitless seats; here there were 9 – all equally spaced.

Once my name was called I was taken into one of the booths and from that point it was just like a normal blood donor session – except that the staff all had masks on and the general level of cleaning was much elevated (cleaning all the chairs between patients in particular).

I was again reminded how important my blood is. As an O- donor it’s pretty special. A 7% group of people whose blood can be given to anybody without blood typing – often used in A&E and rapid response where blood typing the patient isn’t feasible.

What makes me extra special from the blood donors point of view is I’m also Cytomegalovirus negative, which means my blood is also suitable to be given to neo-natals. The donor carer explained how the box system works.

They have an allocation of whole blood donors a day. Those go into red boxes. Once that target is met your blood will go into a blue box where it will be used to manufacture platelets and other blood products. When you’re “neo” though you never get a blue box – the blood gets tagged with NEO and it goes in a separate box which rushes through the supply chain. This is why I usually receive a text within a week saying my blood has been used. It’s very much in demand for the various maternity hospitals and for young recipients.

So I’m special. It’s my duty to donate. But everyone’s blood is needed so if you can please donate!

“Keep Alert”

I really don’t understand how stupid this government is. They’re beginning to ease the lockdown event though we are still seeing fresh cases of the virus. The only justification they are using for this is because the R base count (infection rates) is lower than 1 which means each person with the infection is infecting fewer than 1 other person.

I’m now concerned that this is putting me at risk of infection as I have previously had pretty much totally unencumbered work with nobody nearby – I can actually do my work totally unaccompanied if required (and often do – I hold keys for a number of buildings). Boris is releasing this immediately after a Government sponsored mass gathering (VE Day) which could have increased the infection rate – especially after people were seen doing conga lines, but we don’t have 2 weeks for it to show.

Another three weeks

We’ve now been told we are looking at another three weeks of social isolation and distancing. At least.

That takes it right up to my Birthday! I suspect I can rule that one out this year.

Today I continued to service and test fire alarms. Still we continue to be an essential service and still we continue to do it, even if I’m now having to take extra precautions.

My hands are now so dry with all the washing and hand sanitizer. It’ll be lovely to get back to normal.

Desolation

Rotherham

I had to go to the bank yesterday. It’s on one of the main streets in the town centre.

This is what COVID-19 has done to us. The town is empty. Most of the shops are shuttered up. I had a choice of hundreds of parking spaces.

The roads are incredibly quiet at the moment although there seem to be a few people on them who have been, how shall I say it, scooped out. Totally empty upstairs.

I truly hope we start to come out of this soon, because I don’t think a lot of businesses will be there in 4 weeks time.

I’ve already suspended all accounts for new customers and I’ve shortened all long term accounts to 7 days. Cashflow is not happening. I’ve got plenty owed in, but it’s not coming in.

It’s a bit scary out.

Having spent time now doing my work (as a key worker, I have to keep fire alarm maintenance up to date) I have noticed that the few drivers on the roads tend to be a bit nuttier than usual (including myself, it seem to be having an effect on me too).

Small incidents which would normally result in a quick pap on the horn are now turning into major road rage events and the speed limits on many roads seem to have become somewhat flexible. I’ve just driven up Penistone Road and I was the only one keeping to the 30 limit – most people flew past me at over 40mph!

I’m also curious as to whether all those poor doggies are appreciating the extra walks they’re now getting? I’ve never seen so many dog walkers around and about the area!

The idiots, however, are the groups of youths congregating on corners. They are far more common than I would appreciate and it’s scary that they could be a hotbed of infection; then going home to infect their parents and grandparents.

Well we head into the School Holidays this coming week. I presume very little will change, although I’m as busy as ever. I’ve picked up new work where the existing service company have decided to take the long holiday.

And thus… we are locked down.

The windbag toff last night announced a lockdown. It was inevitable after this weekend’s ridiculous and extremely irresponsible behaviour by many who thought it would be a great idea to fill our parks and national parks.

Therefore, we are now all grounded.

No leaving the house except for very limited tasks.
All the restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and clubs are closed; except for takeaway.
All non-essential trips are banned.
Social gatherings aren’t permitted; and no more than two people can gather together in public.

I just wish I could explain to the groups of students walking through Sheffield today that this IS a thing now. I saw at least 10 groups of students with more than 3 people together. Grrrr!

If people don’t pay attention it WILL be taken further.

On another note, not that you will have noticed, but I have changed my kris.blog account to now be hosted on Microsoft Office 365 instead of Google Apps. I have a Google Apps account already, and I thought it was a bit silly paying for a personal Office account AND TWO Google Apps accounts when I could just pay for one of each.

Honestly… Microsoft is the better platform though. I love Android, but Google Apps is bloody clunky!

Lockdown Incoming

It appears that some idiots aren’t taking the phrases “social distancing” very seriously. Large groups congregated over the weekend and the floppy haired fop who pretends to be prime minister is now threatening an Italy style emergency powers lockdown.

This, my friends and followers, is fucked up.

Personally, I’m existing in Animal Crossing for the foreseeable, and only performing servicing works (no new install work). I’m also trying to wash my hands whenever practicable, although it’s difficult when all the retards have bought all the alcoholic hand sanitiser.

One day they will realise that in a situation like this things such as hand sanitising only works if WE ALL DO IT!