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  1. Yes totally. And I was even specifically speaking to doctors seeing worse cases. I bet they are. If you have 5 people in your ICU, you’ll have 1 on a vent, a few on heavy support, and maybe one with DM who is there as a precaution. If you have 20 ICU patients, you’ll have 5 on vents (using my ratio), 15 with heavy support that you’re trying to keep off vents and those “precaution” patients won’t be sent to ICU. It’s going to feel like the virus is worse but it’s the total numbers that are worse. I do feel for those areas that got it later. Even now I have sympathy for them but I
  2. My husband has PF and wears orthopedic flip flops in the house. Barefoot definitely aggravates the issue. He also slept with braces that kept his feet flexed overnight when it was at its worse.
  3. As a Christian, it's never been my understanding that things will trend up. I believe we're told the opposite, that it'll get harder and harder and that we will suffer. So maybe it's the middle class (American) part that sells us that line? My hope is not in things going well in this life. But I still have a lot of joy, even through the hard stuff. And that's a grace.
  4. My armchair theory is that when people say the severity is getting worse, what they're really seeing is increased spread is leading to a higher number of severe cases. I don't think what's happening in Wisconsin is a more virulent virus than what they had before (or than what NY and CA had) it's just that the numbers are reaching critical mass for the first time. This pattern seems to be the same- it's just all about the timing of when the virus seeds in the area and finally hits that threshold where community spread picks up speed (exponential). That's when the virus is perceived as worse tha
  5. Depends on who you ask and which county you're in. Most people around here are fine with mask mandates but pretty fed up with seeing business shuttered. Even his supporters are pretty tired of how he keeps moving the goal posts.
  6. Much improved in Ca. New cases are flat, hovering around 3k a day, which is where we were in early June for a very short time before we spiked to 10-12k a day. Deaths are trending down and sitting in the 60's, which is also where we were in June. My county looks good. Really, outside of the prison outbreak and some serious nursing home outbreaks, our community spread has been good all along.
  7. My personal behavior would stay close to what it is but my desire for my state would be to open up. We've been floating on fake money and it's drying up. I would want our economy and schools to open. Five years is too long to do this. We would have a generation of seriously under-educated kids. I'm in CA. We're still living with pretty heavy restrictions. Tons, TONS of businesses are closing. The economic consequences are just starting to be unveiled. It's going to be bad. The academic/mental health consequences are already becoming quite evident. If we did this for 5 years, I don't even
  8. Lol, about the temp range. I was just talking with someone about the pool we had when we lived in Florida and I said something about our solar heating and she looked at me funny and was like, “why would you need to heat the pool in that weather?” And all I could do was shrug and say, “we were pretty cold sensitive when we lived there.”
  9. I could go for a blackout starting now.
  10. I'm in the bluest of blue states and still receiving a countless amount of texts and calls. Once again, I can't wait for effing election season to be over.
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  12. I have had an extremely adversarial summer with Ds's special ed director, so I'm in a bit of a fighting mood. I would first, as others have said, look over the documents and make sure that's all good. I would then give her a call to talk about it. I would probably start off nice and say something like, "Hey, I just wanted to touch base with you. When DS came home he shared that you seemed annoyed with me. Unfortunately, without the camera on, I have no idea what your non-verbal reactions were to what I was saying, but it was enough that ds felt very uncomfortable." and I'd go from there. She'd
  13. I use natural instincts because semi permanent looks less dramatic at the root line as it grows out. I hate getting that skunk line that comes with permanent. Semi doesn’t completely wash out so you end up with an ombré look at the roots. I’ve used natural instincts for at least 8 years. It’s good stuff.
  14. I’ve heard of hs groups like that (on here) but have never experienced one irl. You would definitely be welcome to the local Christian hs group (which already has Catholic participants).
  15. I don’t think you started the exodus but there has definitely been one.
  16. We did Quiplash on Jackbox tv over zoom. It requires a device for each person plus a device to zoom over, but it's a lot of fun. It can be a little saucy but it's super funny.
  17. 🤔 I'm not sure what I said to warrant this comment? It sounds like Brightspace is an LMS. I'm sure there's a million different kinds out there.
  18. It's wild to me that you haven't encountered these. The 2 colleges I have attended in the last 4 years (and my kids' high school) have had online platforms, even for in-person classes. It's a place to see your grades, retrieve files, receive communication, etc. My current school uses iLearn. My previous school and the high school use Canvas. How does your university handle communication with students?
  19. Can you access weekly testing? I know not every place is like where I live but I’m in healthcare and can get tested weekly. In one sense, your dh is right in that you will be overexposed, even compared to most healthcare workers. In the other sense, I don’t think quitting or forever distancing are reasonable options. He can’t make you quit and you can’t make him be ok with your exposure, so it sounds like you’re going to have to live with the distancing for as long as he needs you to.
  20. Online has been a mixed bag for me. I have one class that has a rock star instructor who is so thorough. She does multiple small group discussions in addition to her recorded lectures and really holds our feet to the fire. I’m learning a ton. I have another class and the instructor is lazy, only has prerecorded lectures, and we’re basically having to teach ourselves. These instructors would probably be the same in person but being online really turns up the volume.
  21. I noticed your absence. Thank you for sharing your life with us. The longer this goes on, the more my decisions have been emotionally based. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, honestly. It feels more human. We all know that 100% protection would be to never leave our houses and have no human contact. Anything we do beyond that is on the sliding scale of risk and the only reason to slide that button over is emotional. So I'm leaning into it, even though I am still cautious. Example: When people come over, we're almost exclusively outdoors with them. Well dd has a frie
  22. Ragu, always. This is STILL the only spaghetti sauce dh will eat.
  23. Child of the 80’s here, raised on Hamburger Helper and Shake and Bake. I had to learn how to cook from the ground up when I got married.
  24. It would be a huge can of worms. <edited out possibly too political bits> Once we start adding justices every time the power switches, I think we’re headed down a very dangerous path in the court, and one that I think will have no end.
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