CORONAVIRUS! Part 64 (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday)
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Four years since my beautiful little girls were murdered by coyotes in our backyard. Celebrating their lives and honoring their memory today, tonight, and always.
We still miss them everyday.
7:45am: Good morning! The dogs are fed.
We’ve been outside and we got the newspapers.
We are at the Home Office and the dogs are chillin’ this morning.
Let’s talk about Mental Health today!
So, after 5 MONTHS of CoronaVirus Pandemic panic, how you doin’?
If you’ve been following along for the last 63 Blog Posts
you will know that we are really self-isolating with the dogs,
and resisting the temptation to “re-open” too soon.
We only leave the house for essential things (like food).
And we recently admitted to having “Cabin Fever” and being on edge…
while we watch the United States destroyed by an Orange Turd.
5 Stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
(and we know you can experience them all at the same time)
Tuesday afternoon at the DMV: Driver’s license renewal time!
Renewed by mail the last two times, so we had to go in-person to have the vision test, take a new photo and scan the thumbprint. And we upgraded to the “Real ID” too.
Only took an hour and a half! Half assed attempt at social distancing, had to stand in line outside, then get a number around the corner after having our paperwork checked, then inside to an assigned (distanced) chair until our number was called. Business at the counter, and then picture time at the photo window. It wasn’t as scary as going to the grocery store, but this is also why there is no chance of containment.
AND NOBODY SEEMS TO KNOW HOW FAR SIX FEET AWAY ACTUALLY IS!
We feel for all of you who must deal with the DMV.
We did not make an appointment, their website is not user friendly of course.
Filled out the Real ID application online, but didn’t upload the documents (which slows down the in-person encounter) and just brought them with us. The security guy told us that it was a slow day, and the line was much shorter than usual. (Tuesday afternoon is a good time for lines) Also, that people with appointments get priority, but they didn’t have scheduled appointments this afternoon, so an hour and a half was very FAST. We did consider going to Glendale, which is always less busy, but this DMV is so much closer. THERE WERE TOO MANY PEOPLE! Most were too close together in line.
And we got our interim Driver’s License, and they will mail the Real ID eventually.
Mission Accomplished! We drove home and took a nice long hot shower!
Vice-President Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as VP pick today!
On The Menu: We ordered a pizza delivery.
Extra large pizza with sausage and pepperoni.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Fed the dogs, got the newspapers and the mail.
Leftover pizza for lunch.
Scooped the poop. Gardener came today.
On The Menu: Fried chicken breast with BBQ sauce, dill pickle, celery, carrots and cucumber and an iced espresso to drink.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Coronavirus birthday dinner: Sushi feast! Tuna and albacore sashimi, spicy tuna handroll, rainbow roll, California roll, eel&avocado roll, tuna poke, and edamame. First time in almost 6 months! And a 31 Flavors ice cream cake for dessert: Mint chocolate chip chocolate fudge log! Good dinner! Stay healthy everyone!
From an infectious disease doctor here in los Angeles treating covid patients in the ICU:
1. This disease is airborne. It has to be because of the way people are getting infected. Inside with poor ventilation is the most dangerous. Protect your eyes by wearing googles or face shields if you have to enter buildings with no open windows. Grocery stores, etc. Cover your eyes.
2. 6 feet apart is probably not far enough. 10 feet apart might not even be enough. Inside, move as far as possible away from others. Outdoors, sit as far apart as you can. Most of the doctors feel that many of the eating establishments do not have the tables far enough apart. Ask them to push the tables further apart or take it to go. They just don’t know how far away is enough. They do know people have got infected at 6 feet. Ventilation is key but you must still keep a distance.
3. There are at least 20 promising vaccines from multiple countries on the horizon. Even if any of them work, there will not be enough for everyone. Therefore they are looking at a strategy where people will be getting vaccines from a variety of manufacturers. This will take quite awhile. In the meantime, be safe. They also have no idea how long a vaccine would be effective. They say a one year effectiveness rate would be an incredible accomplishment. So…yeah.
4. Some people with the mildest, mildest cases are showing heart disease after recovering. Blood clots and heart disease. If this pertains to you, get your heart checked. Even if you feel ok. Just do it.
5. The flu shot will be in huge demand this year. Again, there will not be enough for everyone. It will have to go to the immune compromised first. Keep that in mind if you plan to get a flu shot.
6. This will likely continue for about 2 years. If you need mental health help, get it now. Prepare yourself for the long haul and help out each other. We are six months in. We have a ways to go.
7. Therapeutics are looking more promising but not a silver bullet. Keep up the social distancing and mask wearing and cover your eyes. They don’t know why some people get it worse who have no comorbidities. They don’t know enough yet about this virus. They do know masks and staying away from people work. Keep at it.
Don’t try suicide!
It doesn’t solve anything.
You just make a mess.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away!
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
You can also chat with them online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.
NOTE: if you TEXT 741741 when you are feeling depressed, suicidal or anxious, a crisis worker will text you back and continue to text with you? Many people, especially younger folks, do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service to ANYONE – teens, adults, etc. – who lives in the U.S. It’s run by The Crisis Text Line and is legit.
Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health has a collection of FREE guided meditations to reduce stress, and also FREE sleep and movement exercises at headspace.com/lacounty or contact them at DMH.LACounty.gov
Phone number: 800-854-7771
Read our previous Blog Post “Depression? Questions to Ask – Before Giving Up” > https://joshwilltravel.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/depression-questions-to-ask-before-giving-up/
City of Los Angeles “Safer-At-Home”> coronavirus.lacity.org
California Senior Citizen Help Hotline: 1-833-544-2374
Help for Senior Citizens during the coronavirus pandemic.
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redcrossblood.org 1-800-RED-CROSS Blood Donor App
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