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  1. On the nursing boards that I’m part of, the theme has been that things are empty until they’re suddenly not. No elective surgeries, people are treating stuff at home that they used to go to the ED for. I can attest to this one. Ds had a seizure spike last week that at any other moment would have sent us in but the dr and I decided to battle it at home until we absolutely couldn’t go any further. We won but it was awful. 

    Our little county puts up hospitalization data every day. I’ve watched it tick up one at a time. We have 17 hospitalized now. Not much compared to elsewhere but that’s with 3 weeks of shelter in place and we only had 1 hospitalized at that point. Seven deaths. 

    I have several icu friends. It’s manageable right now staffing wise but they’re still already reusing PPE. Talked to one last night and she said they’re just bracing. 

    It’s not the now that I’m worried about, I t’s the 2 weeks from now. I think anyone who is struggling to believe this should watch the exponential Covid video that talks about the math of this and then just track the numbers in your county and state. Compare each day to the last. When you observe the curve in real time, doing your own tracking, I think it becomes much more real than looking at someone else’s plot line of the last couple of weeks. 

  2. 20 hours ago, DesertBlossom said:

    I recently watched a video with Peter Hotek where he explained that previous attempts to create a coronavirus vaccine caused immune enhancement problems, where the vaccinated individual became even sicker when exposed to the virus they had been vaccinated against. It's a known problem with the dengue fever vaccine, as well as RSV. I will be curious to see if they can resolve that issue. I would be especially wary of a vaccine that was fast-tracked for approval because of it. Honestly, I think our best bet is to all slowly be exposed to the virus so we can develop natural immunity and hopefully doctors will be able to find effective treatments to treat those who are severely affected by virus.

    I saw a study that showed that due to immune enhancement, those who got the flu shot were more likely to catch corona-viruses (of the generic flavor) and human metapneumovirus. That caught my eye because human metapneumovirus landed my ds in the hospital last year (and we always get the flu shot). Sometimes it feels like you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t with vaccines. 

  3. 7 hours ago, gardenmom5 said:

    there have already been news reports (previous to this) about 18 year olds publicly going through all the vaccine process because their parents were such staunch antivaxxers - the parent would rather disown their child than see them vaccinated.

    That’s so bizarre to me. 

    The anti-vaxxers in my life seem more concerned about a government mandated vaccine than about getting Covid. So I’m gonna say no, it’s probably not going to change much. 

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  4. Just now, Arctic Mama said:

    That was my guess.  But it’s making me the apathetic weirdo who can’t relate to the panic at all.  People get sick, people die, all sorts of people.  I can’t wrap my brain around complaining about not being able to find bread flour in a first world country where the shelves are actually spilling over with other foodstuffs, especially perishables.  And if it gets worse I have no doubt we will all adapt. And if this is the andromeda strain and we all die that’s the way things go.


    Even just typing it out sounds terrible.  But my brain keeps having all these thoughts with about as much energy and care as a weather observation. And my friends are bawling and I’m like.... *pat pat*?

    Honestly, I find it comforting to hear you say all that. My needle always trends toward fear and it helps me to hear people process this like you are. Dh is like that but I’m afraid I’m exhausting him (so he will thank you for being my daily dose of pragmatism and giving him a break).

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  5. 2 hours ago, Seasider too said:

    I think that it will vary by region and by type of school.

    Small private elementary and secondary schools should be allowed to meet; this type of organization has the greatest ability to enforce compliance to whatever measures necessary for student health and accomplishing educational goals. Smaller student numbers would make any sudden changes easier to navigate (ie online during flu season).

    Public schools, maybe secondary and elementary levels, in areas where there are "neighborhood" school set ups, might resume classroom time in the fall. However, high schools in our greater metro area have become huge institutions. Much harder to gain compliance for all kinds of reasons.

    Universities... I can easily see them doing all next year online, both fall and winter semesters. Simply too much liability in maintaining dormitory and food services until a vaccine is available.

    Trade schools have me wondering. IME they usually involve smaller numbers of students, but in hands-on learning situations. Hard to say what might happen there. Anything related to the medical services profession should be in full swing, but I have to wonder how many will want to go into that field after reading some of the tales coming out of hospitals these days.

    My fear is that the governor will require any private and parochial school to comply with whatever is mandated for the public school system, in the interests of leveling student opportunities.

    I know some people have said 12-18 months at the earliest, but from what I am reading that is waaaaayyyy optimistic. Like, 2-4 years is much more likely. I cannot imagine things staying closed that long. I think that as a society, at some point, we will have to take the calculated risk of gathering again.

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  6. 18 minutes ago, Matryoshka said:

    If the people start the howling, do the coyotes join in? Seems like something they might do. Dd is always getting our dog to howl that way. He'll go full-on mini-wolf if dd gets him going... (kinda glad the neighborhood howl hasn't caught on here... )

    Yes, the coyotes and lots of neighborhood dogs join in. Sometimes I sit here trying to figure out if a particular howl is a dog or a person with a gift. 

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  7. I don't know if this is just a NorCal thing (cuz we're weird and we've been stuck in our houses for weeks) but someone in our county started this thing where he goes out every night at 8pm and howls. Pretty soon his whole neighborhood was in on it, and now it seems that the whole frickin' county is howling at 8. In one way it's fun and connects everyone. In another, it's just weird.

    So tell me, are people howling in your neighborhood?

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  8. 2 hours ago, Garga said:

    Hang on, I’m starting to get seriously upset reading this thread.  Like, 80/90% of you are putting it into savings?  The point was they were sending out these checks to boost the economy and get small businesses supported again, right?  

    I thought they said that you were supposed to go out and SPEND the checks to get the money back out there into businesses again, especially small local businesses.  If everyone puts them into savings, this will have been a colossal waste of money.  

    My plan had been to spend every last cent at local businesses. 

    Am I wrong about the point of the checks?  I’m hoping I am, because if we all don’t go out and support the businesses the moment we’re allowed back out, and we just sock it away in a drawer somewhere, what good will those checks have done?


    EDIT:  Nevermind!  I was wrong, thank goodness!  It’s ok to save the money.

    I thought the point was to get money to all the people who are not making money right now (or very soon). Without a doubt, our income is going down in the next few months. So we save it now to pay bills later.

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  9. Honestly, that you went to this being a complimentarian issue kind of flags for me that you may be in defensive mode. As the *wife* in a complimentarian marriage, I would be upset if dh adjusted mental health meds without bringing me into the decision. For a marriage to survive, let alone thrive, through mental illness there needs to be partnership in managing the illness. 
    I see a lot of flags here- your choice to do this now, your choice to leave dh out of the decision, your choice to focus on this being a marriage authority issue rather than a legit concern from a husband who wants the best for your family (btw, when I started reading this, I thought you were going to say that he wanted you to go off the meds because of the sexual side effects and I was prepared to riot)...

    As someone who doesn’t know you at all, I am concerned. I implore you to trust your dh. This isn’t about a man trying to “control your body.” This is about knowing that you have to trust those who love you to have input on mental health issues because you can’t rely on only your perspective. 

    Lastly, I highly doubt your doctor would have signed off on you starting this right now. It’s one thing to be in agreement with the idea a month ago. A month ago we weren’t living with the stress we are today. 

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  10. 1 minute ago, Cnew02 said:

    I find it concerning.  Most of the people represented on that panel seem to be anti-homeschooling.  

    They are. This is not a friendly gathering to discuss all sides of homeschooling. It’s an anti-homeschooling gathering focused on how to regulate homeschooling. 

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  11. We’ve been playing a ton of Jackbox tv. My husband bought a 3-pack of games. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be much help in the technical aspects. He starts the game from the laptop and projects it into our tv using Apple TV. We all access it by logging on with our phones and using the 4-letter code that the game gives us when we launch a new round. Quiplash is our fav but it can get a little saucy. The numbers game is fun, too. 

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  12. I've been hosting Zooms for people in our church (and now others are joining in). I think these parents need to hear homeschoolers to say things like:

    As the parent, you absolutely have the authority to not do the 25 things your kid's teacher thinks they should do today. 

    No, it's not worth everyone crying to keep up with that ridiculous list of assignments.

    No, do not make your kid work until 8pm (true story) to finish what the school sent home.

    The parent sets the tone. If you are frustrated, your kid will be, too.

    The most important thing is supporting the emotional well-being of your kids.

    They will not fall behind. I repeat, they will not fall behind if you do not do everything the school is telling you to.

    Fifteen minute lessons, then let your 6 year old play for awhile.

    No, this isn't normal. You are not failing. Other people aren't better at this than you are. Even people who choose to homeschool have loooong adjustment periods.


    I think that the seasoned homeschoolers in this country can be of great service and comfort to those who have been thrown into this position. These parents have never lived from the paradigm of having more authority than the schools. Think about that. That's a major difference between the perspective of the homeschooler vs the non-homeschooler. They're drowning because they're letting the schools dictate their days and they desperately need someone to give them permission to take the wheel. I've gotten such wonderful feedback from my Zooms.

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