Marie Louise McConville: Cabin fever setting in after testing positive for Covid

Having dodged Covid for 22 months, it landed on our doorstep with a vengeance this week
Marie Louise McConville

Well, it had to happen eventually.

Twenty-two months after the pandemic hit Northern Ireland, Covid-19 came knocking at the McConvilles' door and somehow forced its way in.

Having managed to avoid it for the almost two years, we stupidly thought we had got away with it until I came down with what seemed to be a cold.

By that evening, my throat was like barbed wire and my head felt like a car was sitting on it but I just thought I had taken the flu.

Darren, the voice of reason, insisted I do a lateral flow and it didn't take long before the two dreaded lines appeared.

The following morning, we repeated the test and got the same result and that was that, like Rapunzel I was banished to our bedroom to live a life of isolation.

As the day progressed I began to feel more unwell with bad flu-like systems and then the aches and pains came and went but I'll be honest and tell you, the physical symptoms were nowhere near as bad as the emotional ones.

Having explained to the kids that morning that mummy had Covid and had to stay in the bedroom and worse still, no one was allowed to touch her or kiss her, it was just plain awful.

There were lots of tears from the kids that day, on and off, as they sat on the staircase shouting up to me.

I was spoilt rotten by lots of displays of emotion including many beautiful drawings being flown in through the bedroom door and some cuddly toys donated in case I got lonely.

Darren basically ran a five-star service with tea on tap and my favourite snacks and meals left at the bedroom door. He was also available for chats and to offer much needed words of support through the door.

Meanwhile, I drifted in and out of sleep, completely exhausted, with a burning cough, taking painkillers to see if they would help with my head.

After one day, I was struggling.

The following day, matters got more complicated when Darren became unwell with a sore throat, a cough and sneezing and soon, he also tested positive for Covid.

The next few days are a blur during which Abbie also tested positive.

We were left with no option but to struggle on and pray James didn't get it.

And, as the battle continues today, I will admit that cabin fever has set it, the diet has gone out the window and patience is in short supply.

But I know that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we're hoping after this, Covid doesn't come back to visit - he's not welcome.

One thing is for sure, we are thankful we are vaccinated and boosted.

I would not want to fight this virus without that help - I don't even want to think about what might happen.


Am I the only person who detested Fraggle Rock?

If I'm not mistaken, it used to be on TV on a Saturday and I just couldn't entertain it.

All those scraggly little puppets just melted my head and it looks like they might be around to do it again as the kids' TV show is being brought back to life - unfortunately.

Originally created by Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock will run on Apple TV+ for 13 episodes.

Fans have been told they can expect "hilarious adventures".

Count me out - I'll stick with my own adventures.


There was some simply spectacular news from the land of movies this week with the announcement that the brilliant Bob's Burgers has been made into a film.

Now, I'll admit, not everyone has discovered this little gem but I guarantee that when you do, you will become hooked - instantly.

The animated series is based around the life of Bob Belcher and his family including wife, Linda and children, Tina, Louise and Gene.

The family run a hamburger restaurant and every day, they invent a hilarious `Burger of The Day'.

So far, there's been some fantastic options including the `Can I Have Your Slaw-tograph' burger, the `Thank God It's Fried Egg' burger and the `Social Swiss-Tancing' burger.

The show follows the every day life of Bob, who suffers from a bit of bad luck and his hilarious wife, Linda and their three mischievous children including Gene, who will do anything for anything.

It really is a fantastic show and Gene is a firm favourite of mine.

And now, I'm over the moon that the show has been made into a movie which is due for release in the US this May.

Can't wait for it to make it over here - I'm more than ready for some much-needed laughter.

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