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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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":

davey, Monday, 9 March 2020 10:12 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

What’s with the toilet paper thing?

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

Panicked people incessantly shitting themselves, I assume.

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

Yeah, but maybe not covid.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (one year ago) link


Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:13 (one year ago) link

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

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:15 (one year ago) link

now is the perfect time to invest in a bidet

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

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

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (one year 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.

— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) March 9, 2020

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (one year ago) link

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


Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:18 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Yerac, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:21 (one year ago) link

Disney hasn't closed or anything yet, right?

they closed Disneyland Tokyo (different situation, obviously)

Οὖτις, Monday, 9 March 2020 17:22 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Mine fits fine and works really well with Ivermectin

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

From the NY Times:

The agency has promised to move quickly on the request and has tentatively scheduled a meeting at the end of the month to consider it.

Maybe this is just bad reporting or summarizing, but it's things like this loaded with "tentatively scheduled" and "consider" that makes it feel to me like there is just no sense of urgency.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 13:38 (one week ago) link

It's a matter of time. We can expect the EUA by the holidays.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 October 2021 13:51 (one week ago) link

Sure it's coming, but it keeps pushing back. I mean, as of mid-September it was still being said that shots would be going in arms by Halloween. Right.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 13:55 (one week ago) link

Hang on, man.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 October 2021 13:59 (one week ago) link

I like to wear the Kimberly-Clark N95 masks that make me look like a duck.

And of course the worms! (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 7 October 2021 14:03 (one week ago) link

Nothing else to be done at this point, it just feels so much less urgent when the 12-16 year old approval was going through. Maybe it's just the reporting that has changed, I don't know. I just know I'm not the only parent feeling frustrated that everything is blazing forward as if the world is wide open again while this process drags on.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 14:04 (one week ago) link

I think it's taking just as long as previous authorizations? The dosage will likely change, so there's that to study. Anyway, know it's coming.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 October 2021 14:13 (one week ago) link

look jon you could just trying writing to Disney to get them to move up those streaming premieres

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:32 (one week ago) link

What the actual fuck is your problem with me?

Posting about my frustration with the process is exactly in line with the spirit and intention of this thread.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:41 (one week ago) link

I mean, look I get it, I'm probably one of the most despised ilxors on the entire board. I'm not dumb. But it's really weird that you seem to have some sort of obsession with bringing up old shit from completely unrelated threads to throw at me.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:45 (one week ago) link

lol sorry cheap shot.

which is what we don't have enough of amirite

i really do sincerely doubt that the FDA is like, folding paper airplanes in their offices right now tho? it's pretty easy to assume other people are incompetent idiots and maybe it feels good to think it but it comes across a little bit 'i want to speak to the manager of the FDA'

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:47 (one week ago) link

I have an 11-year-old, I get it. But honestly -- it's OK! She's going to school, she sees her friends, she's gonna go to Thanksgiving -- it is just not the same situation it was last year. The major material difference in her life is we get takeout instead of us eating at a restaurant and I think I mind that more than she does. We can wait a few more months.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:49 (one week ago) link

My six year has been back in school for four weeks and has caught two different colds--out 4 days so far. We've had to get two negative Covid tests for return to school.

St. Twel'mo, or the Cuneiform Cyclopedist of Chattanooga (President Keyes), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:53 (one week ago) link

I was kind of hoping that masking and distancing would prevent some of other kinds of illness, but no.

St. Twel'mo, or the Cuneiform Cyclopedist of Chattanooga (President Keyes), Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:54 (one week ago) link

The quarantine on our daughter's group home was lifted late Tuesday. The outbreak topped out with two caregivers testing positive. Yesterday we visited her for the first time since Sept 12. It felt great!

Of the two caregivers, one had symptoms similar to a mild cold, but the other was "so weak I couldn't get out of bed" and her doctor advised her to go to the ER for more complete evaluation, though she chose not to go. She was vaccinated, too.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 7 October 2021 16:03 (one week ago) link

Good news re visit

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Thursday, 7 October 2021 16:28 (one week ago) link

A local Catholic university, Dominican, required vaccines and has hit 100% vaccination among students. A neighboring Lutheran university, Concordia, did not, and is hovering around 42% student vaccination. Why the fuck people won't get vaccinated baffles me.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 October 2021 16:41 (one week ago) link

Lol Concordia is Missouri Synod so they’re all anti-vax cultists.

And of course the worms! (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:12 (one week ago) link

In the past 18 months my wife's uncle died (lewy body dementia), her grandfather died (heart failure), a very close friend's wife - only married for two years - and a former colleague's husband both died of cancer, our dog had to be put to sleep, my wife had her cancerous thyroid removed, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, her mother's husband was diagnosed with one of the non-trivial skin cancers, and my father was diagnosed with alzheimers. Our kitchen is being remodeled but everything is backed up so we've been living in a weird hovel situation for two months, we had a terrifying covid exposure a week and a half ago, and I broke two ribs in a bike accident last Friday. All on top of the entirety of the pandemic.

Honestly the only thing I'm kind of feeling hopeful about is seeing my 6 year old starting first grade and getting to play with kids in person after being stuck at home with two introverted old people for 530 days. Last year we would have been absolutely horrified at the thought but this year, even though things are objectively worse, it's really the only real hope for the future I'm able to see on a regular basis. Once he gets vaccinated it's going to be a massive positive shift.

joygoat, Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:57 (one week ago) link

jfc joygoat, that's a lot. sending you and yours some good juju.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Thursday, 7 October 2021 18:02 (one week ago) link

xxp They seem unpleasant. Everyone knows ELCA is where it's at.

xxxp Fucking hell, jg. Respectfully for the grief of everyone involved, that is an absolute meat-grinder of a time.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 7 October 2021 18:04 (one week ago) link

joygoat, that's terrible. Wishing for some other bright spots you can latch on to.

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Thursday, 7 October 2021 18:35 (one week ago) link

joygoat my heart aches for you, that is brutal :(. well wishes to you

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Thursday, 7 October 2021 19:27 (one week ago) link

Dittos, Joygoat

And of course the worms! (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 7 October 2021 19:55 (one week ago) link

thanks all - two years ago any one of these things would have like a striking singular moment but they've all sort of blurred into one giant pile of things, you know?

I guess the gist of where I was going was inspired by eephus!:

I have an 11-year-old, I get it. But honestly -- it's OK! She's going to school, she sees her friends, she's gonna go to Thanksgiving -- it is just not the same situation it was last year.

Kid is in school, it's OK! That had a huge impact on us, so long as he doesn't get covid between now and whenever he can actually get vaccinated. But we live in a place where the precincts around his school went 80%+ for Biden last year and everyone seems quite eager for their kids to wear masks in schools. And there's a family from kenya living next door for a year and their son is my kid's class and they just want to play together all the time which is so good for him. Very different feeling from last year.

joygoat, Thursday, 7 October 2021 20:01 (one week ago) link

really sorry to hear about all that joygoat, i can't imagine. take care

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 7 October 2021 20:02 (one week ago) link

Unfortunately, I can imagine what all that feels like. It's kind of like those Ironman triathlons, except it's less physical, and more emotionally and psychically draining. Hang in there, joygoat. Better days will come.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 7 October 2021 20:34 (one week ago) link

better days to you

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Friday, 8 October 2021 05:53 (one week ago) link

So...I waited a while to get vaccinated because I barely leave the house. I got my second shot on 9/10. And a week later, I started coughing up blood. Not a lot, but, like, threads of blood in my phlegm, especially first thing in the morning. Naturally, I was somewhat disturbed by this, so after about four days of it, I went to my doctor, who sent me to get a chest X-ray. That was on a Wednesday. The urgent care clinic I went to three days after that, on Saturday, took more than two weeks to get my results back from the lab, and finally faxed them to my doctor last night. But meanwhile, the blood stopped the day after I'd first gone to the doctor. I was in the shower and I coughed up a pretty good-sized red-brown lump, and there's been no problem since. And my X-rays were negative - no sign of lung cancer or anything else. But it sure feels like the blood clot - or whatever the hell it was - was a reaction to the COVID vaccine. And I had no other reaction: none of the fatigue, or sore arm, or swelling, or fever, or anything else anybody has reported.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 21:21 (one week ago) link

Weird indeed. Maybe just a strange outlier?

Will be getting my booster shot tomorrow.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 21:46 (one week ago) link

Damn, unperson. Be well.

Ned, be prepared!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:01 (one week ago) link

xpost - Oh wow, that sounds stressful, but I'm glad you are doing better and that it doesn't seem to be anything severe.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:05 (one week ago) link

Huh, that's weird. Honestly, the one time I ever had anything like that happen was when I had pneumonia. After a night spent more or less banished to the basement, feeling like shit and coughing, waiting for my giant antibiotic to kick in, I finally coughed up this huge, gross ... well, basically what you described, unperson. And after that I was mostly all better.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 22:17 (one week ago) link

Some time around the start of the pandemic I began giving myself a haircut. I figured I had the clippers, I don't have too much hair and I keep it pretty short, anyway, so how hard can it be? It turns out (in my case) not that hard. A few youtube videos later I was off to the races and have been cutting my own hair ever since, with pretty consistent results. There's something satisfying about giving yourself a haircut every few weeks, or whenever you feel like it, really. Keeps you feeling nice and tidy in the face of so much out of your control. Well, today it finally happened. I spaced out and forgot which clipper attachment I had on the clippers, and before I knew it, the damage was done. For the first time since March 2020 it actually *looks* like I gave myself a haircut, in the worst possible way. Like, scissors and no mirror bad. Like someone pulled a prank bad. Like I just got out of the hospital for a procedure bad. OK, maybe not quite as bad as all that, but still not good. Though honestly, I find it pretty funny. It was perhaps inevitable, and I have no one to blame but myself. I wonder if my family will even notice? It's just about hat season, anyway.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 14 October 2021 16:17 (six days ago) link

Go like Monster-era Stipe and let it all go!

Got my booster this morning, along with a flu shot. Amazing how simple an experience it is, didn’t even feel a jab.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 14 October 2021 16:20 (six days ago) link

I'm going to start airbrushing a streak across my eyes and no one will even notice my hair.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 14 October 2021 16:30 (six days ago) link

i started shaving my own head in apr 2020 and have just been a soccer hooligan looking ass dude ever since, honestly fine with it

gbx, Thursday, 14 October 2021 16:52 (six days ago) link

has definitely led to some confusion as my employee badge is like a cheery bearded guy with a full head of hair, not someone that'll glass you for chatting up his uhhh bird or w/e

gbx, Thursday, 14 October 2021 16:54 (six days ago) link

Allowing foreign fingers to style my thinning hair remains one of life's lasting pleasures

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 October 2021 16:58 (six days ago) link

I cannot wait to get a professional beard trim again, sigh. Maybe in 2023.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:02 (six days ago) link

My wife shaves my head for me about once a month.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:05 (six days ago) link

i got this guy and honestly it rules

gbx, Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:25 (six days ago) link

same! i posted that on your favorite little gadget or tool hoonja-doonja (physical world edition)

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:33 (six days ago) link

Ha. I bought the exact same one at the start of the first lockdown last year. Less than £30 in the UK

groovypanda, Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:39 (six days ago) link

I've been using the same Remington scalper for years. Once a week. Beard once a month or so. Job's a goodun.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:45 (six days ago) link

I went to a work event this week - 30-40 people in a relatively airy room ... but not ventilated enough really ... so I felt a bit anxious - and I really noticed that others weren't wearing face coverings and so didn't myself. I think, in hindsight, if I'd walked into the room with a face covering, it might have changed the dynamics/expectations ... in a slightly different way than being in a room and thinking "Oh, I need to cover".

djh, Thursday, 14 October 2021 19:38 (six days ago) link

Officially boosted, thus immortal. (This may be wrong.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 October 2021 20:16 (six days ago) link

good morning!

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 14 October 2021 20:21 (six days ago) link

I should hope!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:23 (six days ago) link

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