The Easing of COVID Restrictions and My Fourth Vaccine

Last updated: April 2022

As Covid restrictions ease here in Ireland, my anxiety levels are doing the opposite. I understand that we can’t live forever in a lockdown, we as a world need to get back to "normal." Unfortunately, I am still immunocompromised, and being perfectly honest, I am afraid to go back to "normal" while Covid is still here.

I am terrified of getting a cold or any sickness, and even more afraid of getting Covid

I know that this new variant is said to be less scary than others, but in my opinion that only applies to people who have regular working immune systems. What about us? The chronically ill and immune suppressed people. My immune system is not regular. I take biologics which are immune suppressants and currently I am receiving steroid injections. I’m pretty sure steroids suppress your immune system too!

After Christmas, there were talks of another lockdown because of cases getting so high. Two weeks later, all restrictions have been lifted. It’s like Covid never happened. People are still wearing masks but there are no other restrictions. This is great for people who do not have the same worries as I do. It’s also great for the economy. I touch wood as I write this but luckily, I have not caught Covid yet.

I got sick around the same time as Covid. In a way, I was lucky because life here in Ireland was different, just like my own life was. I wasn’t missing out on things because of my illness but because of Covid.

Now that things are back to "normal," even though Covid is still a thing

I find myself missing out on more now than I did before. My friends are back doing the regular things, having fun, going out on the weekends. But I am too afraid to. Afraid for two reasons. One, I don’t want to catch Covid. Two, I’m so afraid of being out and feeling so miserable and in so much pain that I will have to go home. So now, it’s both my illness and Covid that are stopping me from living my life to the fullest.

In the past few weeks, there have been times when my friends have gone out and I really wanted to, but I felt too sick too. I want to be able to do the same things as my friends, like all other 24-year olds. But at the moment that doesn’t seem possible.

Luckily, all my friends, family, and boyfriend are vaccinated. They all understand that I am immune suppressed, so they are mindful of me. If they’ve been somewhere busy or are feeling unwell, they let me know. This reduces some of my stress in relation to Covid.

News about my second booster since I have ankylosing spondylitis

I received a text yesterday stating that "You are at risk of serious illness from Covid-19. Book your fourth vaccine here." Therefore, I am afraid of the world going back to "normal." Like I said above I understand that the world needs to go back to some sort of normality. In my opinion, the restrictions should have been eased out slowly rather than stopping them all at once.

I’ve booked my fourth vaccine for next week.

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