North Staffordshire paramedic off with covid feels like she’s been ‘hit by bus’



A North Staffordshire paramedic has told how covid has left her feeling like she’s been ‘hit by a bus’ on her birthday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service hero Nicola Griffiths has revealed she is currently off work after contracting Covid-19.

The mum regularly shares stories about the trials and tribulations of working as a medic on the frontline in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, especially during the pandemic.

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And the 44-year-old admits to being surprised herself by how poorly she’s been after contracting the virus.

Writing on Facebook, Nic, from Newcastle, said: “So the amount of Covid patients I’ve been to over the past couple of weeks has taken its toll.

“I tested positive for Covid and I’m gutted. I’ve tried so hard to keep myself and everyone else safe. It seems this new variant is more contagious.

“It’s my birthday. My wonderful partner and children had made special plans due to it being the first one since my eldest son, Sam, passed away eight months ago.

“All plans are now cancelled due to me isolating and to be honest I feel really rubbish! I have no underlying health conditions but I’m feeling breathless, aching and lethargic already with quite a nasty cough!

“I really didn’t believe Covid could have had such an impact on me but I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus!!

“If I move my coughing starts and I become very out of breath, I’m exhausted, no energy, aching, my taste and smell have nearly gone completely!

“I’m fed up, I’m angry at the universe, I’m beyond sad missing my son on my first birthday since he passed!

“My anxiety and mental health have taken a downward spiral!

“But I’ve had lots of beautiful get well wishes and birthday messages, some lovely gifts and this is what I must focus on!! Even when I’m at my lowest you wonderful people of Newcastle manage to still make me smile with your caring words!

“This is why I love this community so much!! Please everyone take precautions, be sensible and take care of each other.”

Nic’s battle comes after she revealed her colleagues are working nine hours without a break and taking hours to reach stricken patients as they are bombarded with emergency calls.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service ordinarily receives 4,000 calls on a ‘normal’ day. But on Monday, September 6 it received 6,392.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “As a service we’re experiencing another surge in demand.

“It is taking longer than we would want to get to many patients for which we apologise. Despite this, our staff and volunteers are working tirelessly across the West Midlands to reach patients as quickly as possible.

“If you have called 999 and an ambulance has been arranged for you, please do not call back asking for a time of arrival as this could delay us speaking to another patient who needs our help. Only call back if the patient’s condition worsens or you no longer need our help.”





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