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About melmichigan

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    married 26 years to my wonderful husband
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  1. I'm off on a tangent with post-apocalyptic sci-fi. I am on the last of seven books in the series Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury. 🙂 The audible versions are very good.
  2. Or you can use your own devices that xfinity doesn't have the passwords for. 😉
  3. My conservative small district, that won't even participate with the local CC middle college program because of fear of loosing money, is starting an online academy next year because a full 25% of students remained virtual all year by choice.
  4. I believe I read that people with B.1.1.7 have a lot higher levels of the virus in the respiratory tract, but I can't seem to find the source.
  5. Your graphs look very similar to ours. It’s hard to ignore the trend we are seeing with B.1.1.7. I’m glad you have stay at home orders. The local health department was able to convince school boards to close our schools, and the governor has asked for voluntary action.
  6. The state as a whole is still very much in need of more vaccines. My area of the state is an exception when it comes to vaccines.
  7. I included the state hospitalization graph above, which looks very different. My local hospitals were never at 43% covid cases before. This was the state demographics over 1,000 hospitalization ago (less than a week ago in time), it has since worsened for the younger age groups because they tend to wait longer to seek medical care and arrive much sicker than the older population, and isn't representative to my county, which is even more disproportionately younger. I don't want to seem like I'm singling you out @Penelopebut the constant disregard for the d
  8. We have 17% of the county fully vaccinated. We have 30% with the first of a two shot series. We have 59% of the 65+ and up vaccinated (have a large number of retirement and nursing homes). Sadly, they can't give shots away now. They had opened large venues to try and quickly vaccinate, as they opened shots to anyone, and they can't fill the spots, so they will be switching to local providers soon in an attempt to vaccinate more people. They are even going door to door for shut-ins. We have a big problem with vaccine hesitancy in this area, even before covid, so I doubt we'll ever see eno
  9. You hit a sore spot, I really don't need reports. Our local school moved most students virtual three weeks ago, with an attempt to keep the elementary open, they are now all closed until May, and will open only if our positivity comes way down. Our hospitals are full locally, and filling again statewide, with much younger people (I've posted the statistics in the last two weeks so I won't repeat that), to the point that U of M and other hospitals have been forced to stop elective surgical procedures. This is my county, which remains the highest cases per capita, with a positivity of ov
  10. Where is this from? I looked into the first, from Stanford.edu Jay Bhattacharya, MD, PhD. https://fsi-live.s3.us-west-1.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/cv-jay-march2016.pdf Where is the infectious disease experience? His research papers include: Effects of Obesity on Employer-sponsored Health Insurance Temperance and the Russian Mortality Crisis Helping Older Adults to Initiate Exercise Habits The HIV/AIDS Pandemic and Africa’s Orphaned Elderly
  11. 🤞 I hope all goes well and you don't have any increase. I have talked to a few people with existing tinnitus online that had a temporary increase, lasting a few days to a week, but those appear to have resolved.
  12. I will try to remember to check back. It's been two weeks without change so far. FTR: I don't regret getting the vaccine, and plan on getting any future boosters. If it hasn't resolved when I go for my physical next month my doctors want me to have a full workup with a specialist to make sure there isn't any hearing loss, but for now there isn't any infection or fluid that could be causing it, so I'm going the conservative route. I already get routine MRI's so I'm against scheduling any extra. 😉 I do have a new respect for what my husband goes through daily with his tinnitus. His is the r
  13. My husband has had chronic tinnitus for years. He had both doses of Pfizer and had no change. I had Moderna and after my second dose I ran a high fever for two days. I developed tinnitus in one ear after the fever broke on the second day. Per the V-safe recommendation I have seen my doctor and my specialist and they believe it is inflammatory and will resolve in time. There really isn't any treatment, although I see people online trying all kinds of crazy stuff online. For now I'm on something to help with sleep, and I'm giving myself time. My immune system is still wonky, shy of
  14. I know this has been discussed in one of the covid threads, but I thought it deserved it's own. One of our colleges announced that they will require the covid vaccine if students wish to live in any on-campus housing. Those that don't vaccinate have the option to commute. I see this as being a new norm, especially with Pfizer's announcement that they will apply for full authorization very soon. I'm waiting to hear what our local college is going to require for this fall.
  15. I completely agree. I stopped my medication to increase the likelihood that I will have as much of an immune response as possible. My child was premeditated, knowing that may very well decrease the effectiveness, but because it was needed. I'll take whatever protection I can get at this point, for me and mine, but at the same time I realize the limitations in the science at this point, and will continue to take adequate precautions. I do see updated boosters for variants in the near future, and eventually multi-strain shots just like the flu. The argument Geert Vanden Bossche makes
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