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April 2020

I'm glad we're opening back up

I don't post about politics much. It's because I don't like fighting with people.  The whole shutting down the country and now opening it up again was about politics.
I love the way people get brainwashed.  We never closed the country to get rid of the virus or even to keep people from dying.  We closed the country to flatten the curve, to reduce the number of people who needed personal protective gear, and to give our scientists a chance to learn more.  It's been pushed so hard that we should stay home, now people don't want to go out.
I like Governor Abbot (Texas) a lot. More than most lawyers and more than most politicians, though I have liked a lot of politicians through the years, campaigned for a few (Reagan/Dole).
I was raised to respect our countries leaders, even if we don't agree with them.  I've respected all our country's leaders, even if their actions were not with respect.  Sadly, if our president says the sky is blue, there are people who will immediately believe the sky is bright red, they hate him that much.
My dad was diagnosed with congestive heart failure when he was 46 years old. He and we were told that he would die if he caught anything like a cold or the flu. He didn't go out (and he was on oxygen, and that was LONG before the portable oxygen concentrators) and we didn't go visit if we were sick. People came to the house every day and brought him lunch. Lots of people that mom and I didn't know about -- I was working about 30 minutes from the house.
I'm 60 and diabetic.  I have to take care.
I'm glad we're opening the country back up. Not working is driving my husband crazy -- so crazy that he took everything out of our storage shed today and had me tell him what I wanted to keep.  We did get positive news today but that doesn't mean he will be able to go back to work.
I was in tears to see that the Perry dog show is going to reschedule. Happy tears. I don't know when I will feel comfortable enough to go to a dog show, but I have friends who aren't making money and I know are going as crazy as my husband is, who make their living at dog shows. I don't know which one of them will go and who will send their dogs. I also have friends that go to dog shows to have a good time. Again, I don't know who will go.  I know I won't.  It means that the AKC can take people off of furlough and start working again.

Our national specialty is going to be an anniversary year, but I had already decided not to go.  It's in October and they are still trying to have it.
The Dallas shows are still on the calendar.  I'll probably go, but I'll do it the way I did the Dallas show when we had canine influenza.  I'll groom at home and only be on-site when it's time for me to show.  I will wear a mask.

Opening Texas is a good thing.  I didn't go to a state park today and probably won't -- but I didn't do that before.  Our stores will be open for drive-up service on Friday -- not all of them, the craft stores didn't open today as they didn't get enough warning.  I probably won't buy anything but I didn't before they closed.

I probably will buy something from Nordstrom and will do pickup but I did that a lot.  I will go to the Nordstrom cafe as soon as it opens.  That's my almost weekly treat and I miss them so much, not the food, but the people.

Everyone just settle down.  And do what you can do.  If it is stay home, stay home.  If it is go out and do what you did before the closures, do that!

Current Status and Thoughts - Covid19 and Diabetes

Scary times. I'm 60 and diabetic so I am at high risk of ending up in the hospital and on a respirator. I'm also high risk for dying. Frankly, I don't want to take up resources a younger person might need, especially if those resources are in shortage. I don't want to be unconscious in a hospital where my husband can't visit. Of course that time when you are on the vent, is the best time to visit, but there are a few days after where company is nice. I have talked about the possibility of having it with my primary care physician. Back in February and today. Both times he said my respiratory symptoms are my normal spring pollen symptoms and at this time he doesn't recommend testing. Here's the deal: They have their own lab, so if he doesn't think I need to be tested, I don't need to be tested. I didn't put it as this succinctly, but a friend did. The virus is just like Schrödinger's cat. You can get tested and be positive. But that could be a false positive. You can positive and not have symptoms. You can be positive and have symptoms. If you don't have symptoms, you should self quarantine for 2-3 weeks. If you do have symptoms, you should treat the symptoms and self quarantine for 2-3 weeks. You can get tested and be negative. It could be a false negative. At the moment, I'm in Texas and Dallas County and my movements are restricted. Basically in quarantine for 2-3 weeks. You could get the virus two days after you get tested -- see above. I do think that shutting things down enough so that every one is quarantined for 2-3 weeks. I do think this is something we're going to have to live with. I think the things we have done have not only allowed the virus to stop circulating is also allowing the flu virus to stop circulating. We're going to be wearing face masks for a while, and that when we see a community outbreak, we're going to have to shut down community down for a 2-3 week.