I am CEV, shielded for two years, with no access to health care at all, except in an emergency. Recently I received advice from NHS Scotland, saying the CEV list had been revised and many names removed, because the threat from Covid is much less severe, due to the vaccination programme.
Unfortunately, I am one of those, who will remain on the CEV list.
I have however, received four vaccinations and expect to receive receive a fifth very soon.
Last month I caught Covid from my asymptomatic granddaughter and had to go into hospital to have an infusion of anti virals, which was administered within eighteen hours of testing positive. It was an unpleasant three weeks, as I had a reaction to the infusion, but I survived. In fact I was actually relieved that I had caught it, as my extreme vulnerability was affecting my mental health.
The advice for me now, is to remain cautious, but not to let Covid rule my life.
I have caught up with all my missed hospital appointments and treatments, I shop at quiet times, use Scan and Go, no queuing at checkouts, have been out for meals, and am back at church.
However, as I am immunocompromised I must continue to be cautious. Fortunately, I have continuing access to free testing and anti-virals , but continue to wear a mask.
My family have been wonderful trying to keep me safe, by working from home and not socialising etc.. I told them it was time to get out and try to enjoy life again and stop worrying about me.
Before I was vaccinated, I was told I would probably die if I caught Covid, hospital wouldn't be an option, but here I am, post Covid, trying to get my life back on track.
Despite having pretty severe reactions to the first two vaccinations, I insisted having the next two. On balance, the chances of dying from Covid, were greater than dying from the vaccinations. I researched the science and weighed up the pros and cons.
I am 67 years old, so quite young and acknowledge that the last two years were horrendous for me. I am not reckless, but I have lots of living to do, whilst remaining optimistically cautious, despite my poor prognosis.
I too felt extremely sad, but I have decided that the only one, who can make me feel better, is me. I still have anxious days, but I will not allow Covid to rule my life.
NittWitt , I hope you find a way forward.?