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“I could have been so much worse if I was not vaccinated”

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Killarney woman who contracted COVID appeals for unvaccinated to get the jab

By Michelle Crean

A Killarney woman who this week ended up in hospital battling COVID is appealing for people to get vaccinated.

Lotte Lyne from Rathanane, Kilcummin, says although she had her vaccines, she still ended up catching the virus – but fears the outcome could have been much worse if she hadn’t her jabs.

On Saturday November 27, Lotte came down with a fever, was feeling very nauseous, and lost her sense of smell and felt very unwell which lasted about five to six days.

Then, she told the Killarney Advertiser that all those symptoms stopped, but her breathing was affected and she then developed a chesty cough.

“I ended up in A&E Friday with oxygen levels affected and difficulties in breathing,” Lotte said.

“They put me on two antibiotics and sent me home again. But over the weekend, I was struggling to keep up my oxygen levels and had difficulty breathing. We had to call an ambulance on Saturday. The paramedics where great and felt my vitals were all stable so I got the option to stay at home as I could well end up waiting in the ambulance for many hours if I went to A&E. I chose to stay home, but I got worse again from there and spoke to my doctor Monday and she felt I should be in hospital. I was still reluctant to go as I did not want to put the health services under more pressure.”

However, by Tuesday she had declined further, and her doctor told her to call an ambulance, even though Storm Barra was raging across the county.

“I had to come over during the storm,” she explained. “Paramedics gave me oxygen straight away on the way over and it immediately improved my oxygen levels, but in A&E if oxygen was removed it dropped again. My blood was also off so they needed to rule out a clot in my lungs with a CT scan. Thanks be to God it was clear. They put me back on oxygen and admitted me to a COVID ward. I have a bit of an infection in the lungs but not bad at all, so treating that with antibiotics. My oxygen levels are stable all day without the oxygen, but my breathing is still under pressure.”

Lotte suffers from asthma and that, she says, is what caused the breathing symptoms due to COVID, and she’s been put on two weeks of steroids for that.

“I could have been so much worse if I was not vaccinated, I truly believe that I would have ended up in ICU and who knows if I would have survived. That is why, even though I got COVID and I got quite sick, I am so grateful I got the vaccine as I know it prevented a far worse outcome,” she said.

“My message to the unvaccinated, maybe they are standing on the sideline still, maybe they don’t trust the vaccine, or they don’t feel they need it, what I want to say to them is that they need to be logical, use their critical thinking and follow the documented science. Don’t just listen to everyone and everything on social media, be critical, follow through to the source and use common sense. Look at my story and please, please just go get the vaccine as soon as possible, it is the only smart thing to do. Don’t wait till you get COVID and then realise you were wrong because it will be way to late then.”

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Do facial treatments hurt?

It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it […]

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It can be difficult to book your first facial, as you aren’t sure what your skin needs or what’s involved, but don’t worry, as that’s our job to make it an easy process.

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Summer weather tends to bring with it oily skin and breakouts, but it’s often less acne prone in the winter. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting regular facials throughout the year however. The best way to see the benefits of a facial is to get them consistently. A good facial will have the products tailored to your skin type.

You have nothing to loose but excess oil and dead skin cells. I have a feeling men are more sensitive than women as they always ask about the pain involved first!

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Plan ahead for College Open Days

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors
 

The College Open Day season for 2023 entrants starts in earnest in early October.

From then on, the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Agricultural colleges will showcase what they have to offer to potential students. Further Education Colleges tend to host their open days from January onwards. Thankfully HEIs are back to hosting in-person open days but many are offering more specific information sessions on particular courses and departments virtually. College Open Days give students and parents a great chance to find out lots of interesting and detailed information about courses of interest and the many supports available, as well as giving the opportunity to get a feel for the college by availing of campus tours. You will find a complete list of the open days in the events sections of www.qualifax.ie and on www.careersportal.ie so take some time to make a list of the ones you want to attend.

Prepare and plan 

Do some basic research on the courses on offer. Check the entry requirements for each course of interest as you will need to meet these to be eligible to compete for a place on the course. Check out the modules and whether Erasmus or travel abroad options are available, as well as work placement. Don’t ignore a course or open day because you don’t expect to get enough points. You may do far better than you anticipate.
Have a good look at the college website – register for the open day in advance, download the schedule of talks and make note of the ones you want to attend. Make sure to download a map of the campus so you know exactly where to find the talks and presentations of interest. Jot down any questions you have as you will hopefully get a chance to talk to college staff and/or current students. Plan to arrive in plenty time as there are likely to be very large crowds attending. On the day, try to gather information about accommodation, clubs and societies and student supports. Many HEIs run talks for parents and on grants, HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) so check them out. Make sure to get contact details for any staff members which may be important later for follow-up questions.

Atmosphere

There is nothing like a College Open Day to give you a sense of what the campus feels like. Soak up the atmosphere and consider if the size of the campus is the best fit for you. Larger campuses can be intimidating for some students while exciting for others. Smaller campuses can feel more comfortable and manageable. You will know what feels right for you. Bear in mind that open days have a festival feel to them and regular college days are not always like that. This may be your only chance to visit the campus before you register there as a student so make the most of your day and enjoy it!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore. For more careers information see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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