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  1. The NFL let its players know about league vaccine policy today: https://www.yahoo.com/sports/nfl-cardinals-de-andre-hopkins-nfl-vaccine-policy-making-me-question-my-future-in-the-nfl-222155154.html "In a memo to teams on Thursday shared by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the NFL laid out what the consequences will be for teams that experience breakouts caused by or among unvaccinated players. The NFL will no longer be bending over backward to postpone and reschedule games if one of those breakouts occurs. Teams will be forced to forfeit if the game has to be cancelled, and players on both teams won't get paid."
  2. A favorite about people who choose not to see truth -- from my late father, whom I'm missing these days: "Don't confuse me with the facts. My mind's made up."
  3. From Dallas County (Texas) Health and Human Service yesterday: 58% of residents over the age of twelve have had at least one dose. 43% are fully vaccinated. We really don't go out much. We mask at church, and mostly do that outdoors, anyway. I subsitute taught this past year and may take a full-time position this coming year. The school district will encourage, but not require masks. I'm not crazy about our low numbers, but I try to do what I can to protect my family and let the rest go.
  4. "If you truly wish your child to study Torah, study it yourself in their presence. They will follow your example. Otherwise they will not themselves study Torah, but will simply instruct their children to do so." Rabbi Menahem Mendel of Kotsk
  5. Please don't quote. A dad from our homeschool co-op is very ill right now. He was sick at home and went via ambulance to the hospital. This was in late June. His Covid journey has been eerily similar to so many others I've read about. One day he seemed better. The next day he was about to crash and they let his family in to say goodbye. Today he rallied, but now his O2 levels are in the 80s again. He's sedated and still on a ventilator. His wife, who is truly a lovely woman, asks on FB for prayer. She shares his ups and downs. I feel for her -- it is just horrible and so sad. I strongly suspect this man was not immunized. It's just a guess. If he had taken the vaccine, what are the odds that he would be this ill? Wouldn't his wife be complaining that he had been vaccinated and shouldn't be so sick? But instead of urging the many who are following their story and praying for her husband and family to be vaccinated, she is now saying his current condition isn't even Covid related. His troubles are a result of the treatments. He doesn't even have Covid anymore. I don't really have a point here. I just don't understand people anymore. Of course, I would never argue with her. It would be too unkind. Besides, where would I even start?
  6. I think, early on, that the big health insurance companies were waiving cost-sharing for Covid treatment (or what I would call co-pays). This was interesting: https://www.wbtv.com/2021/05/03/good-question-does-your-insurance-cover-hospital-bills-long-covid-hospitalization-stays/ Research by FAIR Health has found the average cost for a hospital stay for COVID ranges from $51,000 to $78,000. As for who pays, it really depends. In a study released in November, it found that 88 percent of people with insurance had policies that waived payments during the pandemic. But, nothing lasts forever. All of these hospital and treatment waivers were voluntary so insurance companies can lift those whenever they choose. That’s what some of them are doing now. For example, Anthem stopped its waivers in January. Aetna’s expired in February. United Health stopped at the end of March. So it really comes down to who your provider is. ADVER
  7. Decongestant pill or nasal spray can help if there's pressure. Prescription level dose of ibuprofen for pain (800 mg for an adult -- ask a pharmacist for advice on this).
  8. I agree. Dying peacefully in one's sleep is the "good death" most people say they want. I'm sorry this is happening.
  9. Ftr, I'm not 100% in favor of all Dr. Emanuel wrote in his essay - I'm much too conservative to agree with an Emanuel on most things, lol. I shared it as an alternative to the idea of assisted suicide (which I believe is morally wrong)... as food for thought. His words upset a lot of folks (still are, evidently!) and came back to haunt him when President Biden tapped him to serve on the WH Covid Task Force. Though I don't agree with all he said, I wasn't offended because he was writing about his own observations and plans, and I found it to be an interesting perspective. In my experience with my parents, mil, and two uncles, people who wish to continue with all manner of medical treatment up until they draw that final breath will have little trouble finding someone to give them what they want (in urban areas, anyway). And that is as it should be.
  10. Nope. I said earlier that I would chafe at such requirements in my private home. I do think they're not very pretty, but even if I added them to my downstairs bathroom, my house still wouldn't be very handicap accessible.
  11. Absolutely, but we were talking about requiring them in building codes for all private homes. To me that's too much intrusion into my life and my home. If we need them, or if my parents need them, we'll install them.
  12. Prolonging ones misery doesn't require crazy or heroic procedures. Inserting a pacemaker, a relatively simple, life-saving procedure, can add years to your life. Dh's aunt, who is 95, lives in assisted living, and has cognitive issues, had one inserted a year or so ago. It should keep her heart going for another decade, unless she dies of another cause. Unfortunately, she is likely to slide into further dementia and spend at least some of those years in a locked memory care unit. She is valued. She is loved. Her family probably thought they were doing the right thing in supporting this treatment, but I suspect they'll regret it later on. Hopefully, I'm wrong. Aggressive treatment of pneumonia will often keep a very old person alive, though his life afterward may require significant nursing and supervision.
  13. I'm sorry his article upset you and Murphy. I did mention that the title was a bit dramatic. I saw it as a dose of reality. This doctor writes of decision, for his own life, to forgo medical tests and procedures beginning in his mid-70s in hopes that he won't live out his days in "the dwindles".
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