Stroke as an immune response
I wish more people understood the consequences of stroke (probably) caused by immune response, and I wish they were able to compute the fact that if a perfectly healthy thirteen year-old managed to have a stroke that was (probably) caused by an immune response, it could (probably) happen to them. I've had people tell me that my disabilities aren't that bad. I suppose everything's relative, but those people haven't seen the years of therapies and hobbies to help me learn to speak/use my right hand/walk, how heavily I sleep because the areas of my brain that actually function as they should have to pitch in to compensate for the bits that died from having the oxygen cut off by a blood-clot, how much time I spent sleeping in the earlier days (pretty much constantly). I am flattered that they think my disabilities aren't that bad, because it proves that my coping strategies and brave face do their job most of the time: I can party with the abled community! That's by-the-by, anyway: I need the general population of this country to realise that they are not just risking a flu-like illness when they flock to the beaches on sunny days: they are risking organ-damage as a result of Covid-19, and they are risking damaging their brains. Brain injury could lead to a number of inconveniences from- mildly- alterations to their senses, like smelling burning when nothing's on fire, to - going by my own (early- thanks therapies and hobbies) experience- losing their ability to walk, talk, eat, memorise ANYTHING new, use one of their hands, see, process information logically (still improving), wake up even when there are loud noises like a smoke alarm (I don't do this now but there are things that I still sleep through: I need Radio X on my radio alarm clock because Radio 4 and LBC don't wake me). Because part of my brain is dead (that's just fact; don't feel sorry for me), the areas that function work overtime to compensate for the bits that don't function. I suppose an obvious analogy for this would be that if you had one arm tied behind your back, the other arm would become really muscular from doing twice as much and get tired far quicker than it did when you could use both arms. Imagine it on a really big scale: you can't use one arm, one leg, one eye, half of your tongue. You're still not close to how hard it is to have a brain injury.
DON'T RISK COVID-19 FOR THE SAKE OF A DAY OUT AT THE SEASIDE. EVEN IF IT'S NOT YOU THAT GETS COVID AND EXPERIENCES SERIOUS SIDE-EFFECTS, YOU COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF SOMEONE ELSE GETTING IT AND LIVING THE REST OF THEIR LIFE FIGHTING AGAINST THEIR BRAIN.