"I am a 78 year old married man and my wife is my carer. I am at increased risk if I get coronavirus as I have fifth stage kidney failure, , which means I have to go to a dialysis centre three times a week. In the ambulance which takes me to and fro, and during the four hours of dialysis I wear a mask, glasses and gloves. I don’t know whether they stop me giving or receiving the virus, but they do remind me not to rub my eyes, poke my nose (even at 78 there is still the temptation) and touch my mouth.
At home we have separate bedrooms and bathrooms which helps to stop us sharing any germs we might have. The oddest thing about it all is that my wife, who is 80 and as fit as a fiddle, is confined to the house and garden. But me, who is extremely vulnerable get to ride out and back three times a week for my dialysis, and chat to other people!
My wife keeps the house immaculate, disinfects door knobs, doorbell, phones, iPads and anything touched by us or delivery people. We also store everything delivered in the shed for 3 days, and wash our hands carefully after touching it. Fresh food gets washed and put on a separate shelf in the fridge for 3 days as well. Post is left for several hours and we wash our hands after opening it. The house gets a thorough airing daily, all windows open for as long as possible.
After I had an unexpected six hours in A&E I isolated for a week as much as possible. We washed our hands before handling meal trays and every time we had indirect contact. Sandy was busy with the anti bac spray more than ever.
It’s a funny old world.”