Am I sequestered? If you don't count wine and Cheetos, yeah. Pretty much. Still go out to store (for wine and more Cheetos, of course) Tried the Flaming Hot Cheetos. Love them, BUT parts of me didn't like them so much later in the evening and the next day, I'm going to have to pace myself with those. I've been watching the wild fires where my friend Clayton lives. Looks like Tucson has taken a hit, in fact Arizona has. And now they lead the nation in increases of COVID cases. Whew! Armageddon. And with the cries to defund the police! NO wonder people are arming up. Imagine calling 911 and being put on hold for 3 days. Got my arms.
A friend has been asking what my early life was like (yeah, she's years younger) I talked for a while about life in the last century (1900s, NOT 1800s) and in the early part of the 2000s. America still tends to react with vigor to any crisis, at least as defined by the media. The reactions are rarely helpful e.g. toilet paper shortage. I'm going to research what happened after the Spanish Flu pandemic. Nobody gets Spanish Flu these days. WHY? How did that happen? Do we have to wait for the herd immunity or will a magic vaccine be developed. One great fear for me is that a not fully tested vaccine is released and people flock to get it, then problems appear. Think for a minute how serious that could be. So maybe I'm not going to rush to get vaccinated.
Seems like we are beset by disasters, plagues, riots, fires, pestilence, floods etc. Is this a world reset?
It's interesting watching the contrast between those who advocate continuing the sequestration for COVID 19 and those who want to open up the economy. IT's as if there has never been a tug-of -war between lives and economy. The healthers somehow think that destroying peoples live because they are broke, business failed etc. and getting sick is a no contest. How many of those severely affected by the sequestration commit suicide? Don't those deaths count in the equation? As with the H1N1 flu (Spanish Flu) what happened afterward? Did it go away or was the immune rate greatly increased as people's bodies adjusted? By the way, 50 million people died from that flu. There were criminal actions by governments (In the US, people who talked about it were thrown in jail) that led to these high death rates, yet, nobody paid.
So the stationary bicycle has become an occasional ride. I REALLY NEED to lash myself into more of that. I wonder how I can hook up the bicycle to the TV such that if I don't ride I don't watch. Not mechanical enough for that. Yesterday I went to a birthday party. That is in the top five of ways to get the COVID 19. I was among the oldest there, so I did the expected thing- sit and carp. The gal the party was for is starting Chemo tomorrow, her second go-round. This may be her last b'day party. Makes me sad. Think I'll have another whiskey.
I have been bad. For some strange reason, rather than blogging, I've been doing other sequestration stuff like binge watching stuff and enjoying the fruit of the vine. Well some of it is whiskey.. That's my new diet. fewer calories than wine or beer and good kick. Being unsociable is now the IN thing, huh? Being more sedate has required me to watch those pesky daily calories. I noticed that when my PJs got tight. IMAGINE THAT! I did get out the stationary bicycle and my intent was to ride it while binge watching. Good idea, huh? That lasted for three episodes of Money Heist. I found my self skipping lots of scenes with sappy background in that. The plot really started to drag and I'm not sure I'll watch Part 5. Especially when one of my favorite characters got killed. I am lucky that my financial advisor bought Netflix and Zoom. Those have done well enough that enough I can see my way through this and keep up my medicinal buying.
Cinco de Mayo without much Mayo. Margaritas kill COVID 19, right? Been binge watching stuff, like 8 hours a day. EMERGENCY I ran out of Cheetos and the grocery store is scary. These masks are heaven sent for ugly people. Don't know what you have until it's too late.
Wow! Three weeks and the COVID 19 is still the big topic in the news. This is the longest attention span Americans have maintained in decades. So I bought stocks. With the market in the toilet it's the time. Real bargains on Boeing and American Airlines. Too late for Amazon. If I win, it means MORE WINE. Am I sequestered? Well yes for the most part. Still have to shop for groceries at times. Seems kinda funny to see all these people walking around in masks. Some look like med staff, others like bandits. MY mask has huge lips on it. I'm trying to send a message. Stay healthy
Time to go fly my kite! Weather is perfect and it's a great outdoor activity. If you have kids, they'll like it too. People strolling by walking their dogs or their kids. I think this is a time out for America.
The changes taking place under the shadow of COVID-19 are pretty amazing. People are discovering that most of what they need is at home. With the average American attention span of 3 weeks, I wonder what next crisis will be presented by the news media. They can't keep beating this. Wuhan is supposedly healed and the curfew has been lifted. What happens next there will be interesting, though we may not get the real story, just the party line. Meanwhile, New York has plateaued, maybe. Arizona has declared that anybody coming to the state from NY, NJ or Conn has to self-quarantine for 14 days. As if that will work. I can't imagine the governor thinking that people from there will do that. They didn't do that in their home states, why here?
So what am I doing? Binge watching stuff and eating bonbons. The weather has been great for getting out, so I have been doing that. It is strangely quiet taking a walk without traffic. Here we are with gas prices lower than they've been for years and no place to go. If this is the start of the stay-at-home decade, perhaps it's a good thing. We were at a run-amok pace with the service economy representing 85% of the jobs. We made nothing and fed off each other. Somehow that seems like a shaky basis. Time for another glass of wine. Where's my remote?
I just got this from my friend RL Clayton. Thought I'd pass it on. I'm looking for my heating pad now.
Advise from a retired respiratory nurse.
CORONA Common Sense
Since they are calling on Respiratory therapist to help fight the Corona virus, and I am a retired one, too old to work in a hospital setting. I'm gonna share some common sense wisdom with those that have the virus and trying to stay home. If my advice is followed as given you will improve your chances of not ending up in the hospital on a ventilator. This applies to the otherwise generally healthy population, so use discretion. 1. Only high temperatures kill a virus, so let your fever run high. Tylenol, Advil. Motrin, Ibuprofen etc. will bring your fever down allowing the virus to live longer. They are saying that ibuprophen, advil etc will actually exacerbate the virus. Use common sense and don't let fever go over 103 or 104 if you got the guts. If it gets higher than that take your tylenol, not ibuprophen or advil to keep it regulated. It helps to keep house warm and cover up with blankets so body does not have to work so hard to generate the heat. It usually takes about 3 days of this to break the fever. 2. The body is going to dehydrate with the elevated temperature so you must rehydrate yourself regulaly, whether you like it or not. Gatorade with real sugar, or pedialyte with real sugar for kids, works well. Why the sugar? Sugar will give your body back the energy it is using up to create the fever. The electrolytes and fluid you are losing will also be replenished by the Gatorade. If you don't do this and end up in the hospital they will start an IV and give you D5W (sugar water) and Normal Saline to replenish electrolytes. Gatorade is much cheaper, pain free, and comes in an assortment of flavors 3. You must keep your lungs moist. Best done by taking long steamy showers on a regular basis, if your wheezing or congested use a real minty toothpaste and brush your teeth while taking the steamy shower and deep breath through your mouth. This will provide some bronchial dialation and help loosen the phlegm. Force your self to cough into a wet wash cloth pressed firmly over your mouth and nose, which will cause greater pressure in your lungs forcing them to expand more and break loose more of the congestion. 4. Eat healthy and regularly. Gotta keep your strength up. 5. Once the fever breaks, start moving around to get the body back in shape and blood circulating. 6. Deep breath on a regular basis, even when it hurts. If you don't it becomes easy to develope pneumonia. Pursed lip breathing really helps. That's breathing in deep and slow then exhaling through tight lips as if your blowing out a candle, blow until you have completely emptied your lungs and you will be able to breath in an even deeper breath. This helps keep lungs expanded as well as increase your oxygen level. 7. Remember that every medication you take is merely relieving the symptoms, not making you well. 8. If your still dying go to ER.
I've been doing these things for myself and my family for over 40 years and kept them out of the hospital, all are healthy and still living today.
Thank you all for sharing. We gotta help one another.
I use a Netti pot to clear my sinuses then lay down with a heating pad over my face and a zinc lozenge in my mouth. Deep breathing bring the heated air into your lungs. Viruses doesn't like that. This works really well with colds. Should work with COVID 19.