Friday, 9 July 2021

Always read the small print

 To say that our daughter is finding it tough dealing with being in isolation with two energetic under 5s singlehandedly, whilst trying to also work from home and keep her husband supplied with food, drink and paracetamol is an understatement!  

We promised that they could have Coco come and spend the day with them as a little break from routine and something to look forward to so we dropped her off then came home for a coffee.

A little later Rachel rang 'I've tested positive' she said in a shocked voice.  The company that her husband works for had sent someone to their home yesterday to do a PCR test on her because they knew that his result had been positive from work.  She was surprised because she had a test on Tuesday which was negative and hadn't left the house or spent any time near to her husband since he came home from work that day.  He is quarantining in their play room and their paths have not crossed at all. 

Five minutes later she rang again.  'I'm not positive, I misread it' Phew!  The message said 'If your test result is positive you must report it on the following website ...' in her panic, she only saw 'your test result is positive' not that small but very important word 'IF' and when she read the whole message to the end she saw that it did indeed say 'Your result is negative for the virus'.

There was a brief moment when she thought that she could now mix with her husband and he could help out with the childcare duties but now she knows she definitely has another 6 days coping on her own.  Six long days ...


4 comments:

Patio Postcards said...

Oh thank goodness for Rachel's negative test. You would think they would lead with that info at the start of the test results!

Ruth said...

It's easily done, but thank goodness it was indeed negative. Poor Rachel, so much on her plate right now.

Barbara Eads said...

That's a good lesson. I know that I am guilty of skimming things that tend to be important. I just need to slow down!

alexa said...

Oh my goodness, that must have given her a fright :(. Hoping all will be well with them, and the days pass quickly.