A Melbourne mum with MS has had a “gutful” of rule-breakers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following an MS relapse, Victoria decided to speak up and penned an open letter to any naysayers during the lockdowns in Victoria.
Here’s what she has to say:
“I’ve had a fecking gutful of people skeptical of Covid. That includes people not wearing a mask in public – and yes, it is an offence not to in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, so spare me your human rights defense (and I’m a card carrying Leftie) – to abusing shop staff, not complying with public health & social distancing policies, escaping isolation, partying with mates or running a state boarder.
“Spare me your “it’s only as bad as the common flu” bullshit. If you think that, fine: stay the hell at home and don’t put me, my family or friends at risk.
“Covid is not as bad as the flu – it’s far worse. How do I know this? Oh, because the MS societies of Australia, Europe, the UK and the International Body send me regular updates and protocols for my family and I to follow.
“They are unequivocal in their belief that the flu does not kill like Covid, which not only attacks your respiratory system, but actively targets whatever immune deficiency or chronic health condition you have the misfortune to have: MS, heart disease, diabetes, cancer … whatever.
“I say this because since Friday I have sat in a makeshift ward at Royal Melbourne Hospital with an MS relapse, and every few hours I hear the call: Covid Met call, Ward X, Bed X.
“A Met call is the medical emergency directly before a cardiac arrest. You don’t even hear calls for the next step on from a Met call – those poor bastards are already in ICU with one-on-one care. I hear the Met call several times a day; like 8-10 times during daylight hours.
“I’m in a makeshift ward because my normal ward is now classified as ‘hot’ i.e it has an active case of Covid.
“My meds on Saturday were due at 5am but they didn’t arrive until 5pm. Why? Because they were meant to be sent down from a ward but that turned out to be hot. So the next ward was tried, then the next and the next. In the end they needed to be dispensed from the pharmacy.
“It’s not just the normal wards that have Covid patients; there’s also dedicated Covid wards and that’s in addition to the ICU beds. It’s the same in hospitals all over Melbourne and beyond.
“So spare me your Covid isn’t real bullshit. If you’re so f*cking confident Covid isn’t the killer most people with half a brain cell know it to be, meet me at the cafe downstairs without your mask and listen to the calls for yourself.
“Only I won’t be there because I’m not a fecking idiot.
“And no worries about the MS relapse. I’ll likely be home tomorrow, so all good. But don’t think I came in here lightly. It took hours of personal soul searching and consultation with my neuro to decide that yes, I did require hospital treatment. And by God did I hug my boys tightly before I left. I told them this was not a normal trip to hospital. There was potential (and still is) that I could be infected while here and not come home.
“It would have been irresponsible of me to not have it in the back of my mind that this could have been the last time they see me. That is the reality for all you naysayers who think this is just some seasonal flu.
“Anyway, I made sure I told those boys how loved the are … and to remember to wash their teeth!! Much love to each and every one of you. Stay safe. And wear your bloody mask.