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Life As A Dad, And A Survivor

You Worry About You. I Will Worry About Me.

The news is encouraging. States and counties all over, are finally seeing lower transmissions, hospitalizations, and as the trend goes, deaths from Covid19, from the current variant. Our fingers are all crossed that this will be the end to the pandemic, so that it can be dealt with more like a flu, as it was often mischaracterized in the beginning. Because like the flu, there are now vaccines and treatments. And that is just one main difference. In the beginning of the pandemic, there were no vaccines or treatments. It was clear this was no flu. And the bigger distinction, flu never took the lives of so many from one outbreak as Covid19 has taken.

For the longest time, all we could do, is follow recommendations for something we had no idea what we were dealing with. It should have been no big deal really. We initially were asked to wash our hands and stay a decent distance from each other. Admittedly, the whole mask recommendations were a big debacle in how they were handled, whether due to shortage of supply, or efficiency, or even laziness by those unwilling to do the most basic of covering their mouth/nose when they sneeze or cough. And let me tell you, I saw my share of human “pigs” just spew nasal eruptions directly to the store shelving in front of them, no barrier between their face and those exposed during this time.

I will not waste my breath on the endless political arguments and false tropes on what was necessary to get through Covid19. Here is what I do know. I have followed the recommendations, ALL of them. I am one of the few that I know, that has still not been tested positive. And I plan to keep it that way. Which means that the mitigation efforts I followed did work. I want to be clear, this is not a judgmental statement either. The mitigation efforts may not have been perfect, but clearly they did prevent the pandemic from being worse. But it would have definitely been better to have more people willing to do what was necessary. No doubt, this would have been over sooner.

So with numbers continuing their downward trend, mandates and recommendations are being dropped by states and local governments. There are still some that are keeping efforts in place as they are just not there yet with their numbers. Even with the constant updates from the CDC, my daughters school district held an emergency meeting yesterday, and voted on an updated safety policy to reflect the new CDC guidelines, which now reflect masks being optional. And in spite of the meeting being held to change the mask requirements, there were so many parents still expressing their political outrage at something that was now a moot point.

I did not even need to ask my daughters, if they would continue to wear their masks for the time being, to wait for numbers to go even lower. They are doing it willingly. Because they know how important it is to those in their lives, especially me, that they not be carriers of Covid19.

But not everyone will be like my daughters. There will be a major “release” of those wanting to shout from the rooftops “off with the masks,” by anyone who has been opposed to them. In just the last few days, I was told twice, and I emphasize “told,” I “could and should” take of my mask. They see the removal of the mask requirement as if it were proof to them, the masks were not needed in the first place.

Again, I have not had Covid. And I do credit masks for that. I do not do crowds even without the pandemic. I have not stayed isolated “in fear” as some proclaim politically. I get my own groceries. I pump my own gas. Last Summer, prior to the Omicron outbreak, I even took my daughters on a small trip. Neither they or I caught Covid, because we still followed the recommendations since we were not done with Covid19.

They understand that I have a compromised immune system, and struggle to maintain antibodies. I have already had three full doses, which it took to get me the coverage needed. A blood test next month, will likely reveal, my coverage pretty much depleted, needing a fourth dose. Meaning, I am still at risk. But I am not going to hide. I am doing all I want to do. And I am doing it with the advice given to me by my doctors.

So, when someone says to me, “you can take off your mask, I’m vaccinated” or “take off that mask you don’t need it,” I politely say, “yes I do.” It does make a difference to me. You do what you want to do and I promise I will not say anything to you about it. All I ask is the same in return.

The downside to the mask for me, as a cancer survivor who struggles with a multitude of health issues and restrictions, I do all I can to hide it from everyone physically. The outer shell that is my body, hides the trainwreck inside. But the mask, will let everyone know, there is something wrong. I am okay with that, because I follow my doctors’ advice and recommendations. They know what I must do to live through this crisis.

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2 thoughts on “You Worry About You. I Will Worry About Me.

  1. Hello from the UK

    Many thanks for your post. I have had a quick look at your site and noted the post about your sister. I was very sad to hear that about her death.

    I see that you take large doses of vitamin D which I am very glad to hear. Did your sister understand what you understand on the general vitamin D deficiency? And did she boost her intake at all?

    I myself was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 after 1.5 years of monitoring and tests/scans. After 9 sessions of immuno-therapy I stopped having worked out, despite the NHS, that in fact I had been poisoned by sodium nitrite (E250), a neuro-toxin used in food, primarily bacon and other processed meats, typically pork.

    This is despite the fact that ordinary salt is more than adequate for preservation of the meat.

    The sodium nitrite in the meat can bond with the amino-acids and form nitro-samines, a far more toxic substance, hence my facial palsy and alleged cancer.

    I am also now aware that the immuno-therapy may have damaged my pituitary gland which is causing an imbalance in my thyroxine levels. This information seems to be limited at present.

    I also have to contend with the likelihood that the gadolinium used in the contrast for the MRI scans may be causing issues. It has not been used in the USA since 2017 I understand having been suspended from official use. It is still used in the UK despite there apparently being a cheaper and far less risky alternative!

    As regards Covid 19 I have done a lot of research when, at 60 years of age in 2020, I looked closely at the various issues. I would be therefore interested to know why you make the statement:

    “The mitigation efforts may not have been perfect, but clearly they did prevent the pandemic from being worse. But it would have definitely been better to have more people willing to do what was necessary. No doubt, this would have been over sooner.”

    I don’t know if you justify this elsewhere, but I would like to know where you are coming from, apart from your own cancer issues.

    Kind regards

    Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

    Please excuse the nom-de-plume, this is as much for fun as a riddle for people to solve if they wish.

    • Thank you. I am unaware of what alternatives my sister may have taken. I just know that she took a wrong position when it came to the vaccine.

      The reason I feel strongly about an earlier end to Covid19 if there would have been more cooperation, is an opinion. If I used the example of a brush fire, which we have plenty here in the US every year, before the fire is put out, it is contained. When you hear that a fire is 50% contained, 15% contained, or any other number, that just describes the limitation of the fire spreading elsewhere. Simultaneously, while it is being contained, it is in the process of being extinguished. This does not happen quickly, but over days, if not weeks.
      The same could have happened with Covid19, however, unlike the fire fighters who did not argue over the politics of how to put out a fire, too many here just put the feet down and opened their mouths protesting the false trope of “freedom” to keep them from doing what was best for all, and allowing the virus to do what it did here. There is no excuse for the numbers in the US to be as high as they ended up.

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