Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Day Six


Same as everyday so far I wont bore you again, but we woe early for tests etc.
I'm not feeling great today, however have no symptoms of sneezing or anything, I can just feel that I have an illness like a bit stiff and tired with a muffled head. I can't work out if the achy body is from sitting around for five days or whether its because I don't feel well but it's making me want to just put the tele on and watch repeats of come dine with me and dinner date all day.
I'm really enjoying wearing no make up and not putting heat on my hair everyday- although I don't look great I dont care when I'm in here just tied my hair up and been using face masks aswell. My skin is starting to feel so much fresher because I've not gone without face make-up for this long for about six years!!
So considering I don't have much to write about today I will give you a preview of the room-


Monday, 28 July 2014

Day Five

The problem with having blood tests every day is that they begin to hurt when they do it in the same arm so today I requested they use my other arm and I remembered how blood tests are supposed to feel - painless!
The day began as the others but they seem to be waking us up earlier and letting us sleep later- they came in at half 11 last night and woke me up before 6 this morning, it's then difficult to sleep after that when they are coming in all morning leaving the light on and there is a lot of nurses about so they all talk outside the rooms quite loudly. They are all very nice and friendly but sometimes slightly inconsiderate as I heard one of them shouting lazy when he saw another volunteer trying to sleep.
The food was nice today, a chicken wrap then Roast dinner for tea. with lots of snacks, I'm beginning to collect a little pile of things I haven't been able to manage like crisps and muffins, I'll probably have a night when I feel ill an just pig out!

I don't feel ill yet but I can kind of feel it lurking over me in the back of my throat and in my head. I think a few people are starting to feel it, we have to fill out a symptom diary two or three times a day but I can kind of feel symptoms about to come but not enough to write down yet..

We were given coffee or tea for the machine today as we weren't allowed any hot drinks until now! It's wierd what people miss so much, I wasn't quite as excited but We have a group email thread where everyone is chatting and everyone was made up haha

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Day Four


Again we were woken before seven for out blood pressure and throat swab etc. Then at around two all had to push our beds so they were sticking out our doorways because we were being 'innoculated' which I am quite confused because I thought we were given the virus two days ago and yesterday.. so I dont actually know what that was, but today we all had to lie on our beds with our heads sticking out the doors. The plus side to sitting outside our rooms is that we get to have a good chat with the other volunteers. 
We were made to lay on our backs with goggles on, it was possibly one of the strangest experiences of my life having about five doctors crowded around me counting down to put drops up my nose, then sat with a nose clip on for half an hour. I had a moment of 'what am I doing here' haha but soon got over it. 
The dinner tonight was deffinately the worst I've gotten so far I actually only eat the sausage.. this is an 'all day breakfast'....


I was woken again at almost 12 for some more checks, I suppose this is what were being paid for because they do just come in all day and we have to be ready at all times. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Day three


Another day is almost over and they actually don't seem as long as I initially thought they would! I probably wont be saying this after ten days here but with a morning filled from 7 - 2 ish having doctors coming in to take vitals and heart rate, blood etc. I'm not yet bored.. or ill but we will see how those things progress over the next week!
A mixture of reading/ netflix/ phonecalls/ doing facemasks ect has seemed to keep me entertained so far

We were given another dose of the virus today and we are asked twice daily to fill in a form whether we are feeling any symptoms such as sneezing and sore throat.

Breakfast


Lunch

Dinner
Fish and chips that I accidentally ate before I took the photo- probably the worst meal I've had so far yet but it came with cheese and biscuits and these snacks - the pumpkin seeds raisins and cashew nuts was the best snack yet ��

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Day two

We were woken before 7 to have general exams such as our ECG - we have quite a few of these so far they stick stickers over your chest and arms and it monitors your heart I think, then just like ear breathing checks and a blood sample through out the morning we were having these sorts of tests and nasal washes until about half one when the doctors came round one by one and infected us with the cold! Everyone was called to sit outside their rooms which was nice to speak to the other volunteers for a bit even if we were having our nostrils sprayed up with a virus!

I am so full up today- i've not eat eveything yet - but this is what weve been gives for todays food
Breakfast 
Plum 
Blueberry Muffin
Weetabix
Fresh Orange juice

Lunch
Chicken Wrap
Sunbites
Peach Yogurt
Belvita biscuits 

Dinner
Shepards Pie
Cheese and crackers
Wine gums
Melon

I would recommend Netflix as I have spent most of the afternoon watching Orange is the new black while I wait to feel ill.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Day One


So we were awoken to meet at 6.45 this morning and brought back from the Travel Inn for blood tests, nasal washes and a nasal swab. The nasal swab made my eyes stream with water, however at least I didn't faint after the blood samples like another volunteer.
We were rewarded with a bag of breakfast consisting of frosties, pastries, fresh orange and a plain bun with jam then sent back to the hotel, so I sat in my room having a chat and watching the tele with another Volunteer. Feels a bit like a holiday so far as all other eight volunteers in the hotel are the same age- around 22, mostly students and almost all have come from Manchester.
I was sat in the hotel when I got a call saying that my blood has been tested and I am fit for quarantine.
The people sent home have had things detected in their blood such as smoke or have been drinking a lot recently therefore are less healthy since the first screening.

I was given a mask and some cute shoe covers and taken into quarantine and am sat watching come dine with me
Its a bit weird having the blind open and a big window that everyone can see in but i'm sure ill get used to it. It's quite cosy and actually very relaxing! 

Arriving

I am currently sat in a hotel room after the worlds longest day! I got the train to Euston station then a taxi - the taxi man said it would be £15 and it was £40!! 
So I got to my destination at half 5, after a few examinations I was left in a doctors room with a vegetable lasagne by myself until about ten and none of the doctors let us know what was going on. We were asked to fill out a meal booklet and tick what we want for each day

They had over invited 8 people so tomorrow with the test results they will be sending eight of us back home! 
It will be a nightmare if I have to go back after coming all this way! But hopefully I wont have to ill find out tomorrow.. Can't complain with a night in here though!