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A woman was totally baffled when she sent her friend an image of her positive lateral flow tests, only for her pal to reply asking if she was 'happy' with the results.
Helen Phillips, 34, from London shared a photo of three lateral flow tests she had taken - all showing two lines and indicating she had tested positive. But her doctor friend mistook them for pregnancy tests, leading to an awkward, but hilarious mix up.
Helen had sent the photo to express her disappointment in missing out on an event she had spent months organising. Her friend replied: "How do you feel?" Which seemed like a reasonable enough question. But when she asked if Helen was happy about the result, she was confused, explaining she wasn't 'ecstatic' she had covid.
It was at this point the friends realised they had their wires crossed, with both left in hysterics at the confusion.
In the message exchange, Helen's friend asked after receiving the photos of the tests: "How do you feel?"
Helen responded: "Okay to be honest. Sore throat and a minor cough. Was tired last week, but nothing major."
Her friend replied: "Are you happy?"
Helen, confused, responded: "About having covid? I'm not ecstatic about it but as long as symptoms stay minor."
Confused, Helen's friend finally realised the misunderstanding and said: "Oh!!!!! I thought they were pregnancy tests."
"The tests must look quite similar, because I think I've seen other people online make this mistake," said Helen.
"But I do think it depends on context. Surely if I was going to tell my friend that I was pregnant, I wouldn't send her a picture of three pregnancy tests.
"I think I'd have a nicer way of announcing it. I'd sent the picture without an accompanying message - you'd think if I was telling her I was pregnant, there'd be a bit of context.
"We both found it really funny. And when I sent her the message, it was morning. She said it certainly woke her up. I thought she'd know me well enough to know I wouldn't announce my pregnancy with a pee stick!"
"I'd been planning this event for months, and typically, the day before I tested positive for covid. I took five tests just to be sure," Helen added.
"I'd just been tired for like a week, so I hadn't really had any other symptoms. But I had to take a test before going to the event.
"I'd actually organised the event, so I just knew I'd have major FOMO when all the pictures from the event get uploaded.
"So, before I sent over the photo, I'd been talking about how much I was looking forward to the event.
"Later on, she did say 'I'd wondered why you'd mentioned having a cough and sore throat, but I just went with it!'
"She was surprised I hadn't caught on when she asked if I was happy. I couldn't believe she didn't catch on from the pictures of the covid test.
"I thought she must have recognised these tests, but apparently when you're working in a hospital, they don't see these types of covid tests - but they do see a lot of pregnancy tests."
Meanwhile, Helen's friend puts her misinterpretation of the picture down to an early morning start.
The doctor said: "I didn't really think much of the pictures of the test to be honest; I was half asleep and we've been best friends for years, it's the sort of thing she'd do.
"When I realised they were covid tests I properly woke up from laughing - it was 6am when it happened. Good way to start the day really!"
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