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Everything posted by sassenach

  1. My "5th child" is supposed to come over this weekend. I still want her to come.
  2. Sorry, I’m getting lost in the big thread. Do we have any info on deliveries? I have food coming via Hello Fresh on Monday and I’m really hoping it can still be delivered.
  3. I made my family watch Contagion with me yesterday because I'm a terrible mother.
  4. Oh for sure! I still want them to behave like the rest of us to limit the spread. I was more thinking of all the people who have posted that they’re no longer going to visit the elderly in their lives. I think it’s cruel to force total isolation if they’re not asking for that.
  5. The Duggars are gonna have to ship some kids out!
  6. Maybe it's both. My mom, who is 61, is definitely still prioritizing health and longevity. The 80+ year olds that I know do. not. care. They want to live their lives and that is that.
  8. I think that’s a little dismissive though. If we call it denial, we are saying that their thinking is wrong. I don’t think that’s true. I think their priorities are different. This has been studied at length. Being Mortal is an excellent book that tackles the subject.
  9. Older people, in general, do not value safety as much as younger people. They value autonomy, agency, routine, and family. They would rather live as they choose than live longer. I think we should respect that their decisions and priorities are different than what we desire for them. This is THE issue in elder care in general. Safety vs autonomy.
  10. Last April my son was hospitalized with a nasty version of human-metapneumo virus. It’s another “common cold” virus but last year’s version was something else. We know exactly what it was because they sent out a full viral panel when the flu swabs came back negative. I heard a lot of stories of people with a rough virus around that time and I’m convinced that it was the same as what he had. ETA: Reading your post again and adding some details. Antibiotics didn’t help because you probably had viral pneumonia. Ds was on oxygen for a month after he was discharged. It was a looonnnnng recovery.
  11. I guess I was just surprised because up here (in NorCal), we already have drive through testing. You just call the health department or your doctor and they refer you to testing.
  12. She's actually on my sh*t list right now because she was like, "Nah, we're fine. I went clothing shopping today."
  13. Guys, my BF has symptoms. She lives in LA and this is literally what the DOH says about testing: 5. Can I get tested for the coronavirus? Testing is not helpful if you do not have symptoms. However, most people will get better with rest so there is no need to see a doctor if you have mild symptoms. If you develop difficulty breathing or cannot keep fluids down, see a doctor or call 911. Certain patients such as the elderly, those that are immune compromised or have underlying medical conditions should call their doctor earlier. If you have mild symptoms, there may be no need to go to a medical facility to see a doctor. If you have questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in.
  14. I just don't believe that the government will shut down the food supply. Talk about creating a second disaster. Even Italy hasn't done that.
  15. I mean, kind of. You can apply the curve to JUST hospitalized cases and it still works. Approximately every 16 days, unmitigated, cases rise by a factor of 10. So if you have 2 people hospitalized today, you'll have approximately 20 hospitalized in 16 days, and approximately 200 hospitalized in 32 days, and so on. We don't have to have accurate current case numbers to have a rough idea of where we are heading for the most serious cases.
  16. My ICU nurse friend is already worn out. We only have 30 ICU beds in our county. More than half are filled (with stroke, flu, heart attacks, and the things that usually fill them). We have 5 cases and 2 community transmissions. The math on that 2 and 4 weeks out is scary. ETA: we're also an old county. Median age is 47. It's gonna get rough.
  17. Yep, I get it. Pretty much our entire lives are shut down right now. I don't disagree at all. But I'm still letting my kids hang out with their best friends (at their home or ours). I'm not choosing total isolation yet.
  18. How do you figure? Containment is not possible and a vaccine is at least a year off. Understand, I am PRO shutting schools down right now and everything else, mostly to allow testing capabilities to catch up, but I have no illusion that this thing is going away.
  19. We’re allowing our kids to socialize on a small scale and not in public. It’s not like this thing is here for a week. We’re talking the next year of our lives (at least). We can’t just lock ourselves away. Our focus right now is harping on them to form excellent habits both in and outside of our home. Beyond that, this feels like uncharted territory.
  20. I agree that you should ask them. I also think hand washing and keeping distance might be sufficient. The truth is that this is not going to be a short thing and what they gain from the emotional connection shouldn't be undervalued.
  21. We have community transmission in our county so we've gone completely online. It's gonna be weird.
  22. I think this all depends on your context. I'm in the Bay area and we're seeing increasing community transmission. Socialize? Whatever the minimum they need to stay mentally healthy Go places? As little as possible unless it's outdoors Stay home? I don't think people must stay home but they do need to avoid crowds. They easiest way to do that is to stay home. Play dates? My kids are teens and we are still allowing them to get together with friends in small scale Recreational travel? This really depends on context. If you want to drive to the coast, rent an airbnb, and sit on the beach all day, that sounds wonderful. If you want to take a plane to NY and see all the sights, that sounds like a bad plan. Teens? See above. No mall trips but I'm fine with them going to a friend's house. Schools? Absolutely. How can it not help to not put 1500 kids together in the same building?
  23. We’re lazboy fans. I would recommend bringing him to a showroom.
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