Workspace reconnection loop


I tried installin php 7.2 using ondrej’s repository. I ended up with an error concerning the libapache2-php7.2 module and the apache2 service would not start as the test failed. I tried installing the apache2 that was on ondrej per a suggestion i found in another post. Kept getting the same error.
I went to lunch thinking i could mull it over and redo the installation using regular php7.0 that iv known to work properly. Alas when i came back the workspace was in an endless “reconnecting” loop and would not accept any commands nor could i download my files as it keeps saying giving the 499 VFS connection does not exist message.

any helpful ideas on recovering my files? As iv understood from other posts i will require be needing a new VM installation.