Monday 2020/4/13 Easter Monday, tidied up at home to try to find some parts to repair and old radio. A patch of dry skin on my elbow cracked and bled a little. I put some Sudocream on it and thought nothing much of it. Got a bit sore later in there evening, so I went to bed to sleep it off
Tuesday 2020/4/14 Awoke at midnight in pain from my elbow. Pain worsened though the night and I got little sleep. Phone consultation with GP where he would not believe I hadn’t fractured my arm. Begged for and got antibiotics. Collected them from the pharmacy and began taking them. Went to bed early (7pm) and slept little.
Wednesday 2020/4/15 Almost no sleep all night due to pain and fever. Called NHS111 and was told to go to hospital A&E. Went to Queen’s Hospital, spent much of the day there having blood tests, X-Rays and IV antibiotics. Would have been kept in under more normal circumstances. Got home, still didn’t sleep well.
Thursday 2020/4/16 Arm still sore, but signs of improvement. A little more freedom of motion.
Friday 2020/4/17 AM : Arm much better, less pain deep inside. Some extra reddening of the skin.
By midday, arm had swelled by 3cm circumfrence, very red. Back to hospital. More blood tests and IV antibiotics, possible cellulitis. Home around 11pm.
Saturday 2020/4/18 Arm still very swollen and red. Swelling reduces somewhat throughout the day.
Sunday 2020/4/19 Arm broadly arm shaped again. More mobility. Sleeping much better.
Found out another acquaintance had died, this time not from the virus. Rest well Marc. Marked science reports.
More marking today. Looked over presentation for interview.
Student mentor session in morning, remote job interviewing afternoon. It went well.
Getting ready for the Icon ConserveAtHome talk [YouTube link]. Gave that shortly after finding out I didn’t get the job from previous day. As expected. Imaged Venus and the Pleiades
Lazy day. Went for a run. Imaged Venus and the Pleiades again, did a better job this time.
Did some work in the garden, chopped wood, cleaned out the small shed. Took two hours of exposures of M101 – pinwheel galaxy. Very faint, needs a lot more time for good results.
Started planning a series of videos for conservation people.
Went to shop. Fixed a radio I’d bought over 5 years ago in Minneapolis.
Lazy day. Went to shop – saw three people the whole time I was out. Shop now has plastic guards for the staff, and a gallon container of sanitiser with a pump handle. Fixed another radio.
Self Isolating before it was popular. Monday 2020/3/16
Went to work for a meeting and to start shutting things down. No announcement had yesterday been made, but it was obvious something was coming.
Stayed home, took part in some teaching chats. Did some admin. Took dog to park.
Sister’s birthday – one for her to remember. Had to go to work to check on some parts, effectively pointless as co-worker had no interest. Saw both Alan and Tony, neither should have been on transport due to their ages. Shut down the lab. Announced I’d not be in for at least two weeks – working from home
Working from home, more teaching chats and worked on tomography code. Took dog to park. Got the email I’d expected, work is closed for the foreseeable future. Work from home where possible.
WFH. Catching up on email backlog.
Took down tree behind the shed. Last meter or so was still standing. Cut back brush growth and took tree down to just above ground level. Set up telescope, clouded out.
Took dog for long walk, central park and chase. Telescope set up, 3 hours on M82, and 20 min on comet C/2017 T2 PANSTARRS.
Christmas is always a bitter-sweet time for me, I’m not one for big family get-togethers and my family seem to enjoy dying at the end of the year too. Over the years at least four have popped their clogs between Xmas Eve and New year. Let’s hear a hearty FUCK CANCER here too.
This year we house sat for a friend in West Norwood, meaning we got to look after a cute cat and have a quiet Christmas after a busy and stressful year.
Iceland served up a fine selection of nibbles and a marmalade glazed ham. Marmalade made another two appearances as we watched both the Paddington films, they were much better than I expected them to be.
Good Omens was excellent.
Not to be outdone by the Cat, the Dog also appears.