Mostly Apolitical Thread for Discussing/Venting our Rational/Irrational COVID-19 Fears and Experiences in 2020

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We have an outbreak thread but this one is meant as safe space for commiserating along the lines of "My bodega is out of toilet paper" or "I hyperventilated in the shower today because I'm afraid it's all over" or "I'm genuinely scared for my grandmother" and/or - god forbid - to be upgraded to more serious problems as necessary.

Personal experiences welcome, geopolitics are not. Please be kind.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:50 (eleven months ago) link

One of the elementary schools that’s a feeder to mine just had its first confirmed case. I’m not looking forward to the finger-pointing and speculation that’ll ensue tomorrow.

― rb (soda), Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:49 PM

I still do occasional supply/substitute work at my old school, including two days last week. They just had a family return there from two weeks in Rome. None of the teachers seemed visibly concerned, although who knows. At some point, I have to believe school closures will be widespread.

clemenza, Monday, 9 March 2020 03:55 (eleven months ago) link

I went to the Museum of Natural History in NYC today and when i asked the friendly lady manning the non-existent line at the butterfly exhibit "is this a REALLY light turnout for a Sunday," she laughed and said "Oh absolutely. But it's like 55 degrees out and daylight savings so it's not too surprising" and then both of us apparently agreed to not say "and also the pandemic."

I'm getting a Wile E Coyote feeling that the moment of tuna tartare tacos and free jazz at the club on Sunday night may be only allowable until i look down and existential dread and fear of a panicking metropolis is starting to gain steam. Called my mom to tell her she was going to hear a lot of scary things in the next few weeks but that I would do my best to keep it together and not to worry and she suggested I get toilet paper and lentils.

for those stressing, I'm hoping you will please take a few deep breaths (from six meters away) and strive to be human and i will try to do the same.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 9 March 2020 03:58 (eleven months ago) link

I don't feel excessively stressed, but every time I try to talk to my wife and kid about this they seem worryingly nonchalant about it all. Not sure how to convince them to take it seriously without coming off as a crackpot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:00 (eleven months ago) link

You could try telling them that the point of taking precautions like extra hand washing isn't about them saving themselves from getting sick, because kids and young adults tend not to be drastically ill and you aren't so worried about them. Tell them it is about being responsible for not making others horribly sick, like old people and people with chronic health problems - who tend to be kind of invisible in society, who could die or suffer lasting damage from this virus. It might work.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 9 March 2020 04:53 (eleven months ago) link

Anybody having any luck not touching their face? A friend who used to be a model says she had to learn it to avoid ruining her makeup but that's not really an option in my line of work.

Fetchboy, Monday, 9 March 2020 05:19 (eleven months ago) link

it's hard! I just have a habit of doing it and I don't even notice when I'm doing it.

sorry for butt rockin (Neanderthal), Monday, 9 March 2020 05:38 (eleven months ago) link

When I do feel stressed it's salutary to remember EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET has pretty much the same reason to be stressed about it, and I am not special or especially threatened.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 9 March 2020 06:53 (eleven months ago) link

I am really struggling with the not touching my face thing. A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth. (although I feel like its going to take a full face motor bike helmet to stop me from touching mine)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 9 March 2020 07:11 (eleven months ago) link

30 cases in Portugal, which while low is I think higher than average. No shortages of toilet paper or sanitizer or anything else. Doesn't really seem to be registering in the same way as in US/UK.

I went to a coding meetup last thursday and there were maybe fewer people than expected. It didn't occur to me turnout might have been coronavirus related until yesterday.

cherry blossom, Monday, 9 March 2020 07:17 (eleven months ago) link

further cases of desperately needing to scratch an itch on my nose have resulted from not being able to touch my face

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:21 (eleven months ago) link

Have been wondering if any of the arts festivals this year are actually going to happen. There have been some cancellations of opening events because of the weather and now this may mean large gatherings aren't allowed later in the year.
So maybe the 2 events last weekend are going to be about it. I volunteered for the opening of Tulca which was on as part of several events over Galway 2020 when it's normally a festival in November. Then went to am opening that was part of the actual Galway 2020 set up or at least had volunteers with I'd saying Galway 2020 not the gallery name.

Just seen the headlines for an article in the irish independent repeating some of the myths including some of what Trump has been saying. Not sure how good that paper ever is as a news source since it seems to follow it's owner's agenda.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:42 (eleven months ago) link

after about the 10th attempt I've finally learned how to pronounce the word "epidemiologist" properly, now got my chat authoritative sounding shit bout COVID-19 card.

calzino, Monday, 9 March 2020 08:49 (eleven months ago) link

hell of a time to have a really intense sinus headache

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 9 March 2020 08:50 (eleven months ago) link

A Doctor friend said one of the biggest benefits of wearing a mask is to make it much harder to touch your face, or at least the nose and mouth.

My buddy is an ER doc and recommends against wearing a facemask. He wrote a really good article, "As an ER Doctor, I Need You to Know These Things About Coronavirus": https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/884d35/er-doctor-healthcare-workers-coronavirus

davey, Monday, 9 March 2020 10:12 (eleven months ago) link

good article davey, i'm already planning on sharing it with one of my more fearmongering friends

the beginning of last week was tough, not because of the disease itself, but because of the panic. i'm a bit hypochondriac, have some fairly nasty paranoid tendencies, and have panic disorder. this has been hard for me. on the other side of it i do work for a healthcare organization, though not in direct patient care, so i do have access to reliable information. i've also shut off most forms of social and other media (years ago) and, at least when it comes to stuff relating to my profession, am decent at understanding what is reliable information and what isn't.

the panic comes in waves, and though i try not to let it affect me i feel like it's important for me to at least acknowledge what i'm feeling, acknowledge what's going on around me. the way people are talking, the nervous jokes (deflecting with humour)

i fairly quickly concluded when shit got real that i was probably going to get COVID-19, probably sooner rather than later, and i was probably not going to die from it, and while i still take safety precautions the idea that we could effectively halt the spread of this in it tracks never struck me as particularly plausible.

there's a certain balancing act going on here - on the one hand not giving in to the panic, which is for me personally probably a greater threat than COVID-19, and on the other hand not working on diminishing what is absolutely a global public health crisis. human beings aren't necessarily good at dealing with crisis, aren't necessarily good at differentiating "ok this is a serious and major thing and we have to address this seriously" from "OMG we're all gonna die".

on a personal level, i'm going to be fine, most of the people i know are going to be fine. i have one co-worker i worry about; she's young (barely sixty) but is in pretty poor health and has a lot of trouble breathing. that's part of "taking this seriously", thinking about the very real possibility that a person or people i care about will die from this. on the flip side maybe nobody i know well will die from this, it'll just be musicians i like and whatnot.

i'm weirdly enough more inclined to leave the house since it's started getting serious. i can and often do work from home, and i figure it's only a matter of time before the company i work for starts asking me to. i'm expecting cabin fever, and leaving the house while i can will hopefully minimize it.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 10:59 (eleven months ago) link

honestly as a data analyst i'm really worried about that 3.4% number i see going around, and i'm not sure darragh does a great job on that front - he cites a number of 0.06% but then later on cites an overall mortality rate of 2.3%. this is some pretty wonky stuff, the difference between case mortality and overall mortality, and it's tempting to get into an extremely wonky argument about statistical methodology, but i don't see that argument remotely being productive. statistics, in a situation like this, seem mostly totemic in nature, either a ward or an excuse for panic. i don't cite numbers or percentages when talking to other people.

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:11 (eleven months ago) link

Find it very hard to avoid touching my face. Have taken to tying my hair back on the way to/from work to avoid needing to put my hands near my face, also less keen on using self-checkouts & other people seem to do the same. I don’t go to Starbucks but other people have told me they won’t accept people’s own cups anymore, so I’ve stopped bringing my folding cup with me.

gramsci in your surplice (gyac), Monday, 9 March 2020 11:16 (eleven months ago) link

Toilet roll thing is hitting here. Panic buyers clearing teh shelves. Hope it is just a temporary thing but not sure exactly where the supply levels lie wherever they're getting them from. I assume it is going to return to normal and not be blocked by international exchange somewhere down the line. people not trading the necessary commodities that go into the production etc.

I mean if society is going to collapse i would hope it would be with clean bums. Maybe we need a rise in bidet production?
THink somebody I know had a hose bidet substitute tehy got cheap in Dublin on Facebook last week. Maybe that's the future?

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 16:56 (eleven months ago) link

Luckily I’m already obsessive about not touching my face with unwashed hands / not touching other things after touching my face.

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (eleven months ago) link

What’s with the toilet paper thing?

honky wonk badonkadonk (crüt), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:00 (eleven months ago) link

Panicked people incessantly shitting themselves, I assume.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:03 (eleven months ago) link

As a person with a chronic lung disease I am:

- increasingly worried that this will hit me hard and at best will further damage my lungs and shorten my life
- pissed off with people growling at me because I cough a lot and they think I'm part of the plague
- a complete hypocrite who growls at everyone else with a cough as I'm scared that they have the plague
- thinking about the benefits of self-isolation in terms of reading and video games :)

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (eleven months ago) link

xpost The best I can tell it's people worried they'll be stuck inside with ... not enough toiler paper to last two weeks?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:04 (eleven months ago) link

Def. have noticed places out of hand sanitizer, and signs limiting purchases. Also other signs, like the one at the vet this morning declaring it a "no handshake zone." Proactively and helpfully, all of our doctors, dentists, etc. have sent out texts and messengers saying, please, if you're sick, stay home. (And affirming that that is always appreciated).

I'm a little annoyed because my kids were both sick last week with mundane stuff, and now, when I want to be at my sharpest and most vigilant, I have a stuffy nose.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:08 (eleven months ago) link

my spouse hesitated about kissing me this morning and I was like "dude, you've stuck your dick in me, I am pretty sure you've got whatever I've got."

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:09 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, but maybe not covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (eleven months ago) link

;)

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (eleven months ago) link

we have not been touching our top faces. only our bottom faces.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:15 (eleven months ago) link

now is the perfect time to invest in a bidet

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (eleven months ago) link

have a wedding planned in june and an out-of-town bachelor party planned for april 2nd. not gonna lie, i'm slightly nervous about that second thing. hopefully, the panic will subside by the time june rolls around, and i'm going to that party unless the faa grounds flights (sorry, not sorry colorado). but covid has been a fun additional source of stress during an already-stressful time.

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:16 (eleven months ago) link

The Bidet: like a wet kiss for your bottom face.

Waifu-ed Around and Fell in Love (Old Lunch), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:17 (eleven months ago) link

cancellations are really bumming my kids out - mariachi performances, purim celebrations, soccer games, etcx.

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (eleven months ago) link

Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does. pic.twitter.com/m6vU5RTQHJ

— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (eleven months ago) link

if they don't get their Disneyland trip at the end of this month the tears are gonna be epic

xp

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (eleven months ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

So far not much here has changed, as far as I can tell.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (eleven months ago) link

my work is definitely going to close when the virus picks up steam here and I can't do most of my job from home as things stand (and this will not be remedied in the near future). this is going to definitely create an "interesting" time for me, probable extra paid holiday from work followed by "too much fucking work" when I get back

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:20 (eleven months ago) link

it's a good thing that Paul Gosar was a dentist then.

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:21 (eleven months ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

they closed Disneyland Tokyo (different situation, obviously)

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (eleven months ago) link

definitely create an "interesting" time for me

Maybe you'll finally get to watch "The Irishman" in one sitting.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (eleven months ago) link

JUst seen it confirmed taht teh St patrick's day parades are bing cancelled. Heard Dublin, Cork, sligo so far.
BUmped into someone i know this morning who was coming from a meeting about the local one and told me taht our local community centre had definitely pulled out but the town as waiting for the decision from teh council.
I thought it was pretty likely that if there was a panic over the last week a large close crowd event like that next week may not be likely to go ahead.

Stevolende, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:23 (eleven months ago) link

Pretty sure the St. Patrick's Day response here will be to drink *more*.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:24 (eleven months ago) link

They won't need to dye the river, it'll just turn that color from all the covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:25 (eleven months ago) link

Went to Costco and the big asian grocery store in town. Costco seemed to be out of toilet paper but didn't notice anything else weird.

The asian grocery store was pretty cleaned out though - 90% of the rice was gone, all of the dried chinese noodles were gone except the very thin ones, and like 75% of the all the huge chinese preserved vegetable aisle was empty.

I'm kind of fascinated by what was gone and what was still around - I imagine some of it is supply issues for chinese products, the fact that the vast majority of customers are chinese, etc. There was still lots of thai/vietnamese rice noodles, korean sweet potato noodles, kimchee, pansit noodles, and some stray bags of basmati, sticky, sushi, and brown jasmine rice. My son and I were also the only people there not wearing masks this time.

joygoat, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:26 (eleven months ago) link

I'm not very observant, so on Saturday I learned that brown basmati rice is a thing.

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:28 (eleven months ago) link

that's interesting, I shop pretty much only at Asian grocery stores (south but mostly east) here and I haven't yet seen anyone in a mask, nor any shelves unusually out of stock.

Joey Corona (Euler), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:29 (eleven months ago) link

Probably also touching my face the average (160 times an hour, I've read). Yesterday I donned one of my dog's neck bandanas inside the apt, so at least I noticed each time I rested my chin on my thumb. I imagine I'd get habituated to that, too.

Sanpaku, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:32 (eleven months ago) link

I've long been in the habit of touching my face with my knuckles, or the back of my hand. Like "The Thinker."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:34 (eleven months ago) link

I have a work trip that I spun into a vacation for my spouse and I (me?), heading from SF to Paris then Amsterdam next week. We are both wondering aloud if this is a good idea or not.

As for the workplace itself, we are extremely deadline-driven in my dept and if we close it will have an enormous, unpredictable impact on them. it's definitely making me anxious.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:43 (eleven months ago) link

I'm slightly nervous about flying this week: first to Raleigh (for a Destroyer show lol), then NYC. But other than sanitizing the airplane seat table, what can ya do?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 March 2020 17:51 (eleven months ago) link

In case that seems clueless, I realize I am still taking a risk by not going to the doctor, it's just a matter of trying to balance risks. Don't know if I'm making the right call.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:43 (five days ago) link

I've been to the GP twice since the original (UK) lock down and, to be honest, it seemed as safe as anywhere.

No routine appointments - everything triaged via the phone. Nobody in the waiting room - some people waiting outside. Face coverings. Use of different doors than usual to avoid wondering through the building.

A subsequent visit to hospital was remarkably unstressful (few people hanging around etc). I'd at least talk it through on the phone with someone.

djh, Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:55 (five days ago) link

Yeah, I've been to the doctor, dentist, eye doctor, etc., as needed this past year, and so has everyone in my family. Our reasoning each time was always that hey, you never know when these places might get shut down for real, so might as well go while you can. We've also used Teledoc once or twice, which was a great experience.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:59 (five days ago) link

Ugh, I really hate those last two posts of mine, I feel like they came across as dismissive of the reality that lots of people do have cancer young (and I certainly know people who have.) Was just trying to say that throughout the pandemic I've been scared to go to the doctor and nervous about the long-term effects of not going, and that's the sort of calculation that can work out fine for the individual if you're lucky but is disastrous if you have a whole country full of people making it at once.

I should probably start going to the doctor; my parents have had to a couple of times, and it's worked out fine for them.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:00 (five days ago) link

every time I go to the doctor, I get worse news about my health, which isn't surprising because I depression ate really badly and still am, so COVID giving me an excuse not to go and get bloodwork done was something I took wholeheartedly

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:02 (five days ago) link

Part of why I haven't made it to the doctor is that my doctor retired rather than work through the pandemic (as did my dentist), and lockdown has made me even worse than I was before at dealing with things like finding a new doctor.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:10 (five days ago) link

I've kept up doctor/dentist/eye doctor visits as needed, thankfully no problems with any of them. (Even had an ultrasound followup on my hernia surgery given some lingering pain -- thankfully nothing major found.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:14 (five days ago) link

x-posts. I didn't read those two messages as dismissive, btw.

djh, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:14 (five days ago) link

My dad has had multiple procedures, my neighbor got cataract surgery, multiple ppl I know have had babies, I've been in a hospital for check ups and appts 4-5 times...unless you have your own reasons for being extremely cautious, it seems like normal medical care is still happening and is okay?

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:20 (five days ago) link

I don't have any good reasons, I'm just scared of covid and have been locking down as much as humanly possible. Skipping one set of checkups seemed like no big deal at the time; now that it's been a year of lockdown I'm reconsidering.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:27 (five days ago) link

after a year, yeah, please get those checkups done. To echo Ned, my dentist, blood work, PCP, etc. followed every procedure; in some cases I waited in my car until my turn.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:37 (five days ago) link

Ok, will do. Thanks, everyone, for the advice and reassurance.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 25 February 2021 21:44 (five days ago) link

More good news

New: The FDA just approved Pfizer’s request to store its Covid-19 vaccine for two weeks at temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers.https://t.co/7tfvuzeVTk

— Berkeley Lovelace (@BerkeleyJr) February 25, 2021

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:16 (five days ago) link

That should reduce a lot of logistical tightrope walking and make distribution much easier.

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:35 (five days ago) link

And I'm thrilled to learn my sis will get her first shot Sunday, so that'll mean all my immediate family will be covered.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 February 2021 01:03 (four days ago) link

Lily Dale, get that stuff done-- speaking as someone who had cancer in his thirties, I kick myself for not getting regular scopes and blood work done, mostly because I either didn't have health insurance or was frightened of what tests would reveal.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Friday, 26 February 2021 02:30 (four days ago) link

I’ve been going to one doc or another at least once every two weeks bc of some stuff that happened to me in the summer and the only thing that makes me uncomfortable is weirdo patients in the waiting room, and that’s only been once or twice. I otherwise feel way more safe there than any other indoor situation other than home!

Clay, Friday, 26 February 2021 02:46 (four days ago) link

xp Thanks, table, I will, as soon as I can. I guess I hadn't really thought about how long it had been until I saw Josh's post.

Lily Dale, Friday, 26 February 2021 03:05 (four days ago) link

I've been taking my partner to get blood tests done to rule out some stuff recently and I've been blown away by how meticulously strict both the GP surgery and the bigger health centre have been. The former has a security guard operating a strict regime and it's made me feel much more confident about going along. Even though all I do is walk them to the place so they don't get anxious and then just wait outside, I can see how efficient and thorough everything has been.

Make those appointments and go. And if you are worried about feeling unsafe, practice saying things out loud before you go so you've got some stock phrases ready. "I'm not comfortable with this any more so I'm going to have you to stop and we can reschedule" isn't a phrase any reasonable person can push back on.

boxedjoy, Friday, 26 February 2021 10:48 (four days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fNmw3e1LHQ

i dig the kid pointing out the dicknose librarian and shaming the cop

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:08 (four days ago) link

i have definitely been in quarantine too long because him saying "agent J... well done" got me a little weepy.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 26 February 2021 19:10 (four days ago) link

so:
mother-in-law second shot - serious fatigue on the day after, wiped for the entire following day but was up and out and about the day after (moderna)
mother - no symptoms, no reactions (pfizer)
partner - we're currently in her "day after" and it's been rough. she got woken up during the night with headache that has stuck around since then. she has since developed (for the pat 12 hours or so) a light fever, a huge lump and red rash at the injection spot, bad fatigue, body aches, chills and overheating switching back and forth, difficult focusing, the whole menu basically (moderna)

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 26 February 2021 23:57 (four days ago) link

So my Friday night ritual has evolved to 1) watching a silent movie while drinking; then 2) watching 80s and 90s music videos on YouTube while drinking some more. Tonight I got into the U2 back catalog. Will I sleep again without heavy sedation?

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Saturday, 27 February 2021 04:56 (three days ago) link

Will I sleep again without heavy sedation?

their back catalog isn't THAT bad

fbclid=fhAZ3l (f. hazel), Saturday, 27 February 2021 05:01 (three days ago) link

"Bad" is not the relevant word. I knew what "Two Hearts Beat As One" meant to me as a yearning adolescent, and I re-listened to it anyways.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Saturday, 27 February 2021 05:19 (three days ago) link

Tonight I got into the U2 back catalog. Will I sleep again without heavy sedation?

So would you say you're...

https://magnetmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/U2.jpg

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 27 February 2021 11:50 (three days ago) link

Mom got her first jab two days ago. She's survived five bouts with cancer, including stage iv ovarian, and like the tough lady she is, she told me today, "I slept for a day, read on the couch for a day, and today I feel fine— we need groceries, so I'm going to Costco."

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:53 (two days ago) link

i'm sorry for posting this here, because it's overtly political. i don't know where else to put it.

are there any U.S.-based groups for people who lost family members to COVID? any political-minded groups, I mean? I very much want to stand with other people who are sick of hearing the GOP mock our grief, mock masks, mock the whole goddamn thing. they would never do that to a group of cancer victims, heart, lung, pancreas, any kind of "normal" horrific death. but it's ok for them to do it on Covid, and they get rewarded for it - laughter, applause for Ted Cruz's stand-up routine about how wearing masks "is dumb".

are there any people here that would stand with me, some day? i want to get a large group of people together, masked and socially distanced, and demand that ted cruz speak publicly with us (or me. it'll probably just be me, still)

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:32 (two days ago) link

my dad is on ECMO, i hope he survives. but i'm getting ready for what's likely, and the perpetrators of the crime are still getting rewarded

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:33 (two days ago) link

Karl, much love to you.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:41 (two days ago) link

Good luck ZS, your fury is righteous. Without presuming to know your situation or be preachy: please try to make sure you find time to take care of yourself and get some sleep, eat a little, get a bit of a walk in and find a few moments to disengage as best you can. This shit can demolish you just by being near it.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:32 (two days ago) link

thank you forks, i appreciate it. not preachy at all, it's just good advice. luckily it's about time to take my dog out and it's a nice day, so i'm going to do that in a minute, eat a snickers bar, and play some dragon quest XI. i've already done my ted cruz chores today, including writing to my reps. i saw 2 typos after i had already sent them all individual, but i'm trying not to beat myself up on that. i will shut up about this for today, but it would me a lot if anyone can retweet or like this, just to keep it in the algorithm for a bit longer

My letter to my reps @DickDurbin, @SenDuckworth, @RepMikeQuigley, and the nearby @Marie4Congress, regarding @tedcruz's mocking of COVID victims and masks. Please read, retweet, and help me get their attention. pic.twitter.com/hxpxoV28lA

— Z_tbd (@weinventyou) February 28, 2021

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:37 (two days ago) link

"it would me a lot if anyone can retweet or like this" is kind of like the ultimate accidental typo truth bomb

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:38 (two days ago) link

heh, yeah, but rarely for such good purposes

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:44 (two days ago) link

ZS, so sorry

Nhex, Sunday, 28 February 2021 22:55 (two days ago) link

There's a meme on Twitter about whether you've been in a restaurant since late February/early March of 2020. I haven't, but that's gonna change this week.

I wouldn't otherwise be doing this but it's part of a job interview.

I may still beg off, I dunno. I don't want to hurt my chances.

Probably overthinking but it's weirding me out a bit.

I got my vaccination appointment. Getting the Pfizer jab on Thursday through the city.

On the other hand, I also got a jury duty notice today, my first ever (!), and wrote on the remarks section that I'm immunocompromised and don't want to risk getting Covid...hopefully the courts and the public health department aren't talking to each other about such things :-P

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:25 (yesterday) link

awesome tabes! glad to hear :) (the first part at least)

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:31 (yesterday) link

jury duty is fun and interesting (but I wouldn't want to be locked in a room with complete strangers rn)

good luck dan

mother-in-law second shot - serious fatigue on the day after, wiped for the entire following day but was up and out and about the day after (moderna)
mother - no symptoms, no reactions (pfizer)
partner - we're currently in her "day after" and it's been rough. she got woken up during the night with headache that has stuck around since then. she has since developed (for the pat 12 hours or so) a light fever, a huge lump and red rash at the injection spot, bad fatigue, body aches, chills and overheating switching back and forth, difficult focusing, the whole menu basically (moderna)

was fine on my first moderna shot, got fucked up for a couple of days by the second this week: nausea, stomach pain, mental exhaustion* without being able to sleep, one 3am bout of seizure-level tremors combined with freezing chills

* good to know this can be worse than regular pandmeic brain, 50 weeks in

grab bag cum trash bag (sic), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:37 (yesterday) link

I'm really stoked that I might be able to hug my mom again sometime soon.

Ooops, I'm crying.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:38 (yesterday) link

Very happy for you table!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:45 (yesterday) link

Good for you table.
sorry you're having it rough sic

my partner was laid out for about two and a half days, she's about 90% now.
i had a sore arm for sometime after but that was it. looking forward to an exciting array of terrible symptoms ahead.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:59 (yesterday) link

Last week I heard the phrase "Moderna Arm" for the first time.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 March 2021 21:04 (yesterday) link

I kinda want the J&J vaccine now because it's one and done.

so tonight that I might ramona quimby (f. hazel), Monday, 1 March 2021 21:09 (yesterday) link

In about three weeks my mother, father, and the inlaws we see most often will all have had their second shots. Based on my mother-in-law's ancestry my spouse and i are both eligible for vaccinations via a tribal medical clinic (and she double checked to make sure we weren't depriving anyone more in need if we did this), possibly in two weeks or so.

Assuming all this works out, can we actually be in contact with our family members some time in the next two months? Is there any hard data on this yet? Do we have to wait until my aunt and uncle - who live next to my parents - get their two shots as well, since my parents are incapable of being in contact with them?

I've been living under such a sense of dread and fear for so long that I don't want to blow it now, but how much more vaccinating would we need?

joygoat, Monday, 1 March 2021 21:23 (yesterday) link

Vaccinated people can hang out with other vaccinates with reasonable certainty. They shouldn't feel frightened.

i think you should be fine.

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 March 2021 21:39 (yesterday) link

congrats btw!

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Monday, 1 March 2021 21:40 (yesterday) link

Yay!

Yay!


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