Dear readers I write this blog on Christmas Day, a day when people are expected to celebrate and be happy.
Sadly because of the government’s cruel Universal Credit system and the torturous PIP and ESA DWP ‘medical’ assessments thousands of people won’t be able to celebrate, cook a Christmas dinner and exchange gifts.
This year is tougher than normal because we are still in the middle of a pandemic that the government is trying it’s best to ignore.
Today the UK’s official Covid death toll has surpassed 70,000 on as 570 more people died today.
Let that sink in 570 people have died from Covid 19 on Christmas day. Also a total of 70,000 people have died as a result of Covid 19.
Meanwhile the government continues to ignore this, they just don’t want to know and they certainly don’t want to help.
70,000 families will be grieving as will their friends. But hey let’s ignore them and continue to put the public at risk.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the government actually tool some positive action, set an example to the rest of the world and protected people. This won’t happen though.
It appears that the government is in some sick competition with America about how many people will die from Covid 19.
Then we have the thousands of people now unemployed as a result of the pandemic. Now facing the inhumane universal Credit system, many can’t understand how they’re expected to survive on so little money.
Thousands of people won’t be able to give anyone presents this year, heat their home and have a Christmas dinner.
This year the queues for food banks and suchlike places have more than doubled. Families are queuing for hot meals in city centres and children and their parents are hungry because they don’t have the money to survive on.
How sickening it is that I have to use the world surviving… People shouldn’t be surviving they should be able to live, be happy and have enough money to be able to feed themselves and their children.
I want to be positive I really do but it’s extremely hard to find the good in all of this. We shouldn’t be celebrating the fact that food banks are opening and organisations and charities are working extremely hard to find food to give to hungry people.
Theres a reason why the government likes foodbanks. If given the opportunity one of their Tory MPs will see this as a photo opportunity.
Foodbanks save the government thousands of pounds every year. They also take the responsibility of feeding people away from them and moves it to the foodbanks and organisations to do this.
No wonder Tories smile so much at the thought of another foodbank opening.
Basically what I’m saying is yes please support your local foodbank but please remind the government of their duty of care towards the people of this country.
Normally we would see the government’s opposition making a speech or statement about the terrible neglect of the poorest and most vulnerable of this country. This year it’s virtually silent.
Sir Kier Starmer quite rightly made a speech about Brexit, but he failed to address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable of this country.
As a result thousands of people are feeling neglected and unimportant and totally pissed off with the political system in general.
So what do we do now? We support each other in whatever way that we are able to.
A friendly word, a smile can sometimes be enough.
We have to be there for each other because this damned government will never never care.
A huge thank you to everyone that reads and supports my campaign and blog. Your kind words and support have kept me going throughout my own covid 19 nightmare.
Sadly I’ve got pleurisy again, thanks to long covid. Hopefully I’ll be better soon.
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Dear readers I need to apologize because I’m late publishing my blog this week.
There’s no real excuse for this but I’ve had a stressful week and I haven’t been sleeping well. I find it hard to write when I’m over tired.
This week I was reminded of one cold Thursday morning outside Ashton Jobcentre.
The demo started as usual, we were helping or something and handing out food parcels.
Whilst we were doing this I noticed a woman with three children walk out of the Jobcentre, walk past us and she then approached me.
I asked her if she was ok. Her story was particularly heart wrenching. She was a victim of domestic violence and she was struggling to get help from the DWP because she had to leave in a rush.
As usual the DWP failed to recognise and appreciate her situation. They suggested to her that she should have gone back to her abuser to collect her ID.
Theres no excuse for their lack of caring. There’s no way that she should have to return to her abuser.
I advised her on what to do and I put her in touch with all of the relevant agencies that could help her.
I asked her if she needed a food parcel, she said that she did and that she hadn’t ate for days. She had just managed to feed her kids with the very basics, bread and some biscuits.
I gave her a good parcel, she was so thankful because so far no one had been understanding of her situation.
She then took her kids to the steps outside the old cinema. They all sat down and started to eat some food directly out of the tins.
I’m not lying when I say that this broke my heart. How have we managed to elect a government that is extremely aggressive towards people who are struggling, disabled people and unemployed people.
Let’s move forward to 2020.
Nothing has improved, the hostile environment created by the government is even worse than ever.
People are still dying as a direct result of this uncaring governments actions.
There is no excuse for the government to behave in this manner but they do because they can.
It’s certainly not going to get any better. We are in the midst of a pandemic, more and more people are loosing their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
This week I’ve had quite a few newly unemployed people email me to ask me about how they’re supposed to manage on the meagre payments that they receive via Universal Credit.
It’s horrible that anyone is in this situation. Universal Credit doesn’t benefit anyone except the government.
To say that it’s a huge shock to newly unemployed people is an understatement. So many more people are now struggling to eat properly, pay their rent and survive.
It’s a reality check that they certainly didn’t expect. So many of these newly unemployed people had previously believed the government’s lies about how wonderful Universal Credit is.
Add into the mix the thousands of people that are ill with Covid 19 that are so scared of loosing their jobs that are forced to return to work when they’re unwell.
We’ve also got Long Covid to contend with. I doubt that the DWP will recognise this though. This is another battle that we have to now fight.
We also have thousands of people that have died and will die from Covid 19.
I’m extremely worried that their deaths are being ignored and normalised by society. This is extremely cruel and callous.
Please, let’s not forget about their deaths, most of which could have been prevented if the government had responded correctly when the virus had arrived in the UK.
It’s all wrong, none of the above would have happened if we had a caring goverment, but that’s not likely not happen in the near future.
As the Christmas period looms on the horizon, please spare a thought for all of us that can’t celebrate Christmas because of the expense. Also remember that so many people won’t be celebrating Christmas because they’ve lost a loved one due to Covid 19.
The Christmas period is such a hard time for so many of us. Let’s not forget about them.
The above statistic is horrific but true. This is exactly why the government hasn’t reacted responsibly and stopped the spread of covid 19.
Each and every death is saving them money and they don’t care what people think about this.
Let’s continue to fight for the living and dead. We cannot allow the government to treat people like this.
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Dear readers and subscribers it appears to be Thursday once again. I hope that you are all ok and as well as you can be.I’ve had a pretty busy week having a telephone consultation with my respitory consultant, blood tests and talking to my GP.
For covid survivors I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a doctor that listens to me and echoes mine and my consultants concerns. This is a rarity though.
Why is this a rarity you might ask, everyone should be treated this way. The sad reality is that they aren’t.Helping a patient with Covid 19 is extremely hard because they’re dealing with the unknown. Covid also presents itself differently with each and every person that catches it.
There isn’t any real ‘normal’ symptoms with Covid 19 because of this.For me, covid hit my lungs pretty hard, most likely because I already had mild asthma.
Covid likes to find a person’s weak point and attack there.
For other people they can get more neurological symptoms and not the classic symptoms. For them getting help is extremely hard.
Like my doctor said, so many doctors haven’t got a clue about how to deal with it unless they’ve had the time to research it themselves. I can imagine that finding the time to do this would be hard for them.
This leaves us with a massive problem though. Thousands of people with long covid symptoms are being ignored,some are being told that there’s nothing that can be done for them when that’s not true.
I was both unlucky and lucky enough to be admitted into hospital and this fast tracked me to the follow up care that I need. This is why I consider myself lucky in this respect.
But still thousands of people that are suffering with delibatating symptoms are being ignored, left on their own with no support at all.
Every covid survivor deserves to be listened to and to have their symptoms investigated. It’s vital that this happens. The fact that it isn’t happening is a complete travesty.
Then we have the families of loved ones that have died from Covid 19.They’re not being listened to at all.
The government is so far refusing to meet with them to discuss their needs and concerns.
Why the government refuse to meet them is unknown as of yet, but I do believe that they’re avoiding any contact with the public but my be is that they don’t want anyone challenging their extremely bad decisions
.Also add into the mix the farcical second lockdown. This lockdown won’t be successful because schools are still open etc. Unbelievable isn’t it.
We’ve also as a result of this got the real possibility of a lockdown over the Christmas period. To be honest I don’t mind this because we need to get this virus under control but so many people will suffer as a result of this possible decision.
Basically the government has done what it does best… Mess everything up, ignore the public and walk away.
This leaves the public to do the best that they can with very few resources if any.We are facing very bleak times and are going to do this with little or no Government help and it’s extremely worrying.
We have thousands of people that will be facing destitution in the coming months and they need help and representation.
We then have the terrible decision to remove Jeremy Corbyn from his position. They then allowed him to return but without the whip.
This is exactly what we don’t need at the moment. Jeremy deserves to be given the whip etc back.
The labour party should be united to fight the Tories against their terrible decisions that they’re making about the pandemic etc.
Instead it’s divided the party and members are leaving. Would it be too much to ask for some real united opposition?Can they please stop this witch hunt and focus on the government’s faults instead?
I urge them to think about this.
Thousands of people have died as a result of contracting covid and their families need help and support.
Thousands of people are ill with Covid and they need support.Thousands of people suffering from long covid need support.
They all need this support to come from the government’s opposition.We need this now.
I’m eight months into my long covid battle and it’s been awful. I’m trying to keep strong and fight back but it’s hard at times.
I don’t think that I could have done it without the help and support from my online friends
.For those without this online support it can and is a very dark and lonely place to be. Please spare a thought for them.
I’m going to end it there because I have to go and collect my meds.
Please keep safe you are important and I do care about you all.
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Dear readers this week’s blog is going to be rather short and I apologize for this.
The other week my daughter brought a virus home from school. This in itself wouldn’t be problematic but combine this with my long covid and respitory problems because of this it’s been a nightmare.
I was prescribed some meds which have worked to an extent but I still feel terrible. As a result it’s impacted my life dramatically this week and all that I’ve been able to do is nothing. A flat nothing except essential tasks.
I know that I should probably go back to the hospital but I’m putting it off because they’ve got much sicker people than me to deal with.
The reality is that long covid sufferers like myself are left to it with very little or no support. If you haven’t been admitted to hospital then it’s extremely hard to get someone to listen and to help you.
Unluckily I was admitted to hospital so I have been able to access some very basic tests and have been allocated a respiratory specialist that I’m still waiting to see.
I’ve tried all of the alternative remedies out there and none of them work. Some slightly ease the symptoms but the only things that really work are time, antibiotics for any infection lurking and a nebuliser on bad days.
To access any of these you either have to have access to a decent doctor and a local hospital. By decent I mean a doctor that actually recognises that long covid and related problems are an actual thing.
This sadly isn’t as easy as you might think. Often when you get covid 19 you also can get some really strange symptoms that there’s no explanation for.
My strange symptoms have been high temperature but not skyrocketing high, hallucinations in the early stages, really strange aches and pains, fatigue, breathlessness and a crappy immune system that can be set off by the slightest thing.
When the decision to have another so called lockdown not once were people with illnesses, disabilities and long covid taken into account.
The government shuts pubs, restaurants, gyms etc but they refuse to shut the schools, colleges and universities.
It’s a total misconception that children are being adequately socially distanced. The covid 19 and other viruses are running through these establishments at a high rate. This then returns home with the pupils, teachers, teaching staff and school staff and is passed onto any person living with them.
It’s extremely dangerous but so many people are failing to see this. We aren’t even an afterthought we aren’t thought of at all.
It’s also extremely frustrating to see that so many people in my area at least don’t believe that this virus exists or if it does it’s not harmful.
It’s all a conspiracy they say, wearing a mask takes away our freedom! They fail to see that wearing a mask actually does help to give them the freedom that they crave.
Then we have the news of a vaccine that’s on the way. It’s supposedly around 90% effective and it should be welcomed. But it isn’t by many.
Like anything new it’s ok to be suspicious but this vaccination has been tested adequately. I can’t however comment on any side effects but to be honest I’d give anything to feel well again.
Whilst the schools etc are still open the virus will still be spread amongst our communities. Add into this the people that refuse to wear a mask etc and so many more people are going to become ill or much worse die.
This week saw the death total for UK hit 50 thousand. Yes these people died from Covid 19 related illnesses but people still insult the dead and their families by saying that its all a lie.
It isn’t a lie, people are dying and they need to take this seriously.
I’m sorry for repeating myself again but people do need to hear this. It’s extremely important.
As for me, I’ve not been able to go out anywhere except for my local post office which isn’t far.
I struggle walking there and back, breathing isn’t easy when your mobile but it is what it is.
I wear a mask whenever I do go to the post office and I’m very strict about using anti bacterial hand creams etc.
I stay away from any crowds of people because I realize the risk of catching something else.
I’m not contagious anymore but so many people are vulnerable and we all need to look after each other.
What I do want is a proper lockdown with the full support of the government for workers and self employed people.
I want people to realise that long covid is a serious thing as is having a weakened immune system thanks to covid 19.
I want people to realise that we don’t get well overnight. It takes a long time and its a struggle to do so.
For some catching covid 19 is the only way that they’ll start to realise how awful it is.
As for the vaccine. It’s going to take quite a while for it to be rolled out to the general public. It’s being offered to vulnerable groups of people first and quiet rightly so.
Please don’t become complacent because a vaccine is on the way.
Please keep safe. I know that as a single parent it’s doubly hard to do so but it’s so important.
Continue to look out for each other, help and support each other.
I’m going to end this blog here but please know that you’re all in my thoughts.
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Dear readers its Thursday again. Time passes so quickly, in a blink it appears to be another day. I remember being a kid and wanting desperately to be an adult. How stupid was I.
I’m much the same as last week, but I managed to get my meds so hopefully I’ll be feeling a lot better soon. I know that I keep saying this and I do think that I’m being a bit over optimistic when I say this. As long as my daughter is at school the more viruses she will bring home.
Today didn’t start well. Almost as soon as my daughter arrived at school her school bag broke. Wonderful, I can’t budget for things like this and some would say that we shouldn’t be wasting our money on ‘frivolous’ things like this.
The fact is that essentials aren’t exclusively food. Essentials also mean gas, electric, clothing for children and ourselves. Now that charity shops have shut down once again because of the second lockdown the option to buy clothes and such essentials at a cheaper price has been taken away.
Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree with the second lockdown, only it isn’t a lockdown is it. Schools are still open and debt collectors are still knocking on doors demanding money often with menaces.
Schools especially secondary schools aren’t providing adequate social distancing for both pupils, teachers and all school staff. There isn’t the room to do this and you wouldn’t believe how many people really think that these measures are in place.
To be honest how are they supposed to know the truth if they don’t have a child at school or have friends with children at school. The mainstream media have made it sound like it’s totally safe for our children to attend school.
It isn’t safe though and the government knows this. They don’t mind our children being used to continue with their herd immunity plans. They know exactly what they’re doing. They know that our children will pass covid onto family members but don’t expect them to care either.
The Tories have always seen the working class as an expendable commodity and I know that I keep saying this. They’ll use us until we die and even then they’ll try to chase up any so called deaths from grieving relatives.
It doesn’t end there though. They’ve fine tuned the DWP to harass both disabled and able bodied people so much that thousands have died as a result.
The DWP also has no soul, they don’t care about a persons circumstances either.
From this Monday anyone who doesn’t attend or participates in a telephone assessment for ESA or Universal Credit will have a very high risk of having their payments either reduced or cut off altogether.
What if a person is unable to talk on a telephone? The DWP don’t care. They tend to ignore a persons disability and circumstances and there’s lots of reasons what someone can’t use a telephone.
The burden will now be on disabled people to prove that they have a good reason for missing a telephone appointment. If the DWP doesn’t accept their proof then they risk having their social security payments being stopped.
This will affect thousands of disabled people including many people with mental health problems. But don’t expect the DWP to care about this either.
If anyone is affected by this please contact Debbie Abrahams either on Twitter using #DWPcutmysupport or email her at debbieabrahams.org.uk
Thank you to Debbie for continuing to push DWP related issues on behalf of us. She makes such a big difference.
As for the second lockdown.. It isn’t really a lockdown when schools are open and I urge everyone that has Facebook to join the BRUTUS page for details of campaigning for the closure of schools.
Although we do need this lockdown its important to check on each other to make sure that people are coping. Myself and others have been isolating since March but just because we’ve managed to do it doesn’t mean that everyone can cope.
Be kind, check on people, a smile can make such a big difference to someone’s day.
There’s also no need whatsoever to bulk buy toilet rolls etc. It’s complete madness.
People with disabilities need to be able to buy toilet rolls and I wish that people would stop being so bloody selfish.
Like thousands of others I wish that I could make my daughters life much better and everything that I do I do for her, for her generation so they won’t have to go through what we are going through now.
I also wish that I could do more to help more people. Having Covid 19 has really set me back. I survived it, I’m luckier than most people but the legacy of it lives on. To be honest I’m really fed up of it now.
I need to get well again but that’s a never ending battle whilst my daughter continues to go to school.
Over in America, Trumps having a strop because he can’t have everything his way and he could well loose the election.
Why is this important? Because it will affect our country in quite a few ways, trade wise and for other reasons. It will also help to stop the division and hatred that he’s stirred both in America and in the world in general.
I really hope that he looses and he can slither back to whence he came.
I’ll leave it here for now, but please note that I’m here for you and if you want to chat please contact me via messages on here or on my Facebook and Twitter profiles.
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