Don’t know what to do, scared and anxious
24 May 2021 at 7:08 pm #54621
Hi guys, my daughter is sick atm and the docs think it’s COVID. They’ve asked me to do a test on her but I don’t drive so I have to wait for the home test to arrive. Besides a fever and a cough and sniffles she’s ok in herself so I’m not as worried about her. We home ed so we don’t have school friends to fall back on.
I’m worried…well, terrified…because if it’s COVID and I get it, what if it becomes severe and I have to go to hospital? I have no living family left and no friends who could take her overnight. I’m currently taking PPIs for gastritis and I read that if you get COVID while taking them it can make the possibility of severe infection much higher so now I’m out of my head with worry. What do I do if I have to go in? Is there someone I can talk to, some agency, someone who can look after my daughter? What do I do? Is there anything that can help us?
If there’s anything, I can relax but atm I’m having constant panic attacks and I’m a mess. This could just be some mundane childhood cold and I’m sitting here crying non stop and feeling like the world is crashing down onto me.
Thanks for reading.24 May 2021 at 7:51 pm #54622
try not to think of the worst. my kids had covid last year unfortunately. ages 7 and under. they were fine. looked like they had mild flue. were back to their lively selves after 2-3 days.24 May 2021 at 8:11 pm #54623
When your kids got it, did you also get it? If so how was it for you?
I’m not as concerned about her health tbh, I can see she’s actually ok even though she’s sick. I’m worried about the fact that, should I get sick and it become serious, she has no-one to look after her and no-one she could safely stay with. I was trying to find out if there were any places I could turn to in order to find her a safe place, should I go to hospital.24 May 2021 at 10:36 pm #54625
my kids live with their mum. so they isolated for 10 days when they had it. saw kids again after isolation finished. their mum temporarily stayed in another flat with them, as they all live in overcrowded place.25 May 2021 at 10:58 am #54630
I’m Michelle one of the Moderators here. This is something that lots of parents have been concerned about over the last year. You may be able to get some guidance with your query via your boroughs Social Services department. You should be able to get contact details of your local department via your local council.
It sounds as though your situation is causing you to feel very anxious which again I think lots of parents have experienced. You’ve mentioned feeling panic. It’s something that you could speak to your GP about and some of the following services might be helpful when you’re feeling this way:
SANEline – SANE’s freephone helpline is open 16.30 – 22.30 every day on 0300 304 7000 to talk about how you’re feeling http://www.sane.org.uk/
No Panic – No Panic specialises in self-help recovery. Services include providing people with the skills they need to manage their condition and work towards recovery, enabling them to lead more fulfilled lives 0844 967 4848 https://nopanic.org.uk/
Giveusashout – A 24-hour 7 day a week 365 day a year crisis text service, delivered by Mental Health Innovations. A team of trained volunteers support anyone in crisis (texter is phone based, volunteer on a computer), and the aim is to help the person in crisis identify coping strategies and get them from a hot place of crisis, to a cool calm place where they can safety plan. TEXT SHOUT 85258 https://www.giveusashout.org/
I hope that helps a bit
Michelle25 May 2021 at 9:52 pm #54639
Hi, I caught covid from the supermarket in October, my then 7 year old caught it from me a week later. She had a fever and a rash. I am probably a bad example but maybe a more realistic one if you think you may get a more severe version than the majority of adults. I was floored for a week but able to be mum stubborn and feed here and do the half sleep thing we all do when our kids are ill. I had the same panic about being hospitalised but did not need to be. Best advice I got was take each hour day as it comes because there are literally no 2 cases the same when it comes to covid and the anxiety /stress can make you feel worse any way.
Contact your councils family services team to see what support is available worst case scenario to put your mind at ease. But most of all stay strong and speak to your gp about the stress/anxiety for some help. Regardless of whether it is covid or not you can’t look after your daughter to your best ability if your stress/anxiety is making you ill yourself.
I hope it helps and you find the support you need