Wife is Self-isolating and it’s Really Cheered Me Up

London UK, January 15 2021,  Mobile Phone Or Smartphone Screenshot Of NHS Advice To Self-Isolate Is Covid-19 Test And Trace Is Positive

Early on Monday morning of this week, Mrs B got ‘pinged’ by the NHS COVID-19 app to say that she must self-isolate for a period of five days.

Now as it turns out, this is because her work colleague who shares an office with her, has tested positive for COVID-19. However, it’s a five day isolation not the usual ten, because it’s been five days since they last had contact with each other. Or so we understand.

Still with me? Good!

Fortunately we’ve both been double-jabbed and Mrs B isn’t displaying any symptoms. Added to that we’ve both tested negative using the rapid lateral flow test kits that we have in the house (Mrs B’s employer insists on weekly tests due to the nature of her work) and today, just to be sure, she sent off a PCR test sample for analysis.

So that’s where we are. Awaiting the results of that test which, all being well, should be returned to us by the end of the week, ideally with a negative result.


Mrs B has the ability to work from home, so that’s what’s she’s been doing since Monday’s app alert and that’s the bit about this whole affair, that’s cheered me up!

I’ve been working from home since March last of year. We don’t have any family in the house apart from each other, so most days, it’s just me and the dog with virtual meetings over Microsoft Teams with my colleagues – which isn’t the same of course.

On the whole, I enjoy working from home, but it can be quite lonely at times. So whilst Mrs B is isolating this week, I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to share my day, face-to-face with another human being.

Amazing how much positive difference this can make to one’s mood.

So fingers crossed that neither of us develops any COVID symptoms and that Mrs B’s PCR test comes back negative.


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