Saturday, April 18, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 34: A Dizzy Day - Still Fatiqued

 Dear Diary,

I'm weak, but a little wiser on why I've been so damn dizzy it's hard to walk the last couple of days.

Shirley hooked me up with a teleconference with a local doctor (amazing technology) yesterday. He doesn't think I have the COVID-19 virus. That's the good news.

The bad news is the doctor thinks I had a small stroke two days ago when I got out of bed and my whole left leg was numb, and I kept falling trying to get to the bathroom.

The doctor suggested I go to the ER and get an MRI, or whatever. I didn't go for a couple of reasons. 

One, with my luck I would be sitting in a waiting room of undiagnosed COVID-19 carriers for hours. And two, the effect of my little incident hasn't been that bad.

As a matter of fact, my hearing (which has been terrible for decades) suddenly improved! No kidding. It's been weird. I can't remember when I could hear so well in my one good ear. I've been deaf in the other ear after six surgeries since the Nam. That's a story for another day.

Imagine my surprise, and Shirley's surprise. It turns out that one of the effects of small strokes is something called auditory overload (or something like that). I certainly don't understand the biology of my brain. I just count myself lucky to have one. And now, a better ear.

I hope it's not a temporary effect. When my head quits spinning every time I stand up, and I don't feel like I just got off a 20-mile forced march, I'll have to research the subject.

Writing this is exhausting me. Time to lay down and catch a few winks. Tomorrow is a new day.

Quote of the day: "Come tomorrow, I'll wake new." - Chad Sugg

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 33: It's Happening... Politics Over Pandemic is Costing Lives

Dear Diary,

It was inevitable with the Trump regime.

Partisan politics are once again pulling the country apart when we should be uniting under a common cause, to defeat the deadly coronavirus ravaging America.

I couldn't believe my eyes yesterday when I saw Trumpies (on TV) - carrying AR-15s - blockading streets in Michigan's state's capitol, and cavorting on the courthouse steps like they were in a Trump rally. Trump signs popped up like poisonous mushrooms.

Why? A couple of conservative organizations in Michigan decided there doesn't need to be a state-wide lockdown to fight the coronavirus … despite the fact that Michigan is tied for third in the nation with the most cases and deaths to date!

What was accomplished? Absolutely nothing! Unless you look at the very real possibility that those morons who were clustered together without masks cause another outbreak!


More stupidity in Kentucky.
About 100 batshit crazy protestors (photo left) disrupted the Democratic governor's televised pandemic briefing update by chanting, blowing horns, and shouting in a megaphone outside the window of the briefing room, nearly drowning out his comments to Kentuckians.

About 100 protesters in Ohio gathered outside the statehouse sporting Trump hats. In Utah 100s of residents marched around protesting the states closures. About 100 protestors (without masks) gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, in violation of the state's stay- at- home orders. One red-capped moron was arrested.

Yesterday a coalition of right-wing idiots gathered in Virginia's Capitol Square. "Re-Open Virginia;" "End the Lockdown in VA;" and "Virginians Against Excessive Quarantine." 

And yes, they are all right wing groups who would rather see people go back to work, even if it means countless more cases of the deadly coronavirus.

Trump is encouraging his cult members by talking about opening the country up on May 1st; a totally unrealistic proposition. He's calculating on putting the blame of the pandemic onto state governors, thus absolving him of accountability.

It's a sick tactic. But classic Trump. Divert. Cause chaos. Divert some more.
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On the Homefront - Medford Oregin
**Oregon coronavirus layoffs approaching 300,000. Frankly I'm waiting for Oregon's alt-right nuts to start protesting the state's stay-at-home-orders. They're probably organizing as I write this!

**I'm feeling weak and dizzy again today, but it isn't quit as bad as yesterday. I noted that I didn't have any COVID-19 symptoms in yesterday's entry. 

Upon further reading today, it's possible that I may have some neurological aspects of COVID-19. My lethargy, fatigue, and dizziness have been reported as subtle signs of the virus.

But because there hasn't been any studies on the neurological aspects of COVID-19, it's a reach to suggest that I have it.

I just know I feel like crap, and this post is the last thing I'm going to do today. I'm tired. Going take a nap. Tomorrow is a new day.

Quote for the day: "You were sick, but now well, and there's work to do." - Kurt Vonnegut

Pademic Diary Day 32: The Heart of Darkness - Coronavirus Peaking

Dear Diary,

I'm having trouble trying to document what's happening daily because there's SO MUCH going on.

National and global pandemic stories of desperation seem to get worse daily. Here's a smattering:

** There's a zoo in Germany that's going to have to start feeding some of it's animals to the other animals because no funds are coming in! Hoping for a government bailout!  

**Farmers are dumping milk - up to 20,000 gallons a day - In Wisconsin because of a precipitous drop on demand from schools, restaurants and food service providers.

**New York now has over 10,000 deaths, and counting. Nearly 30,000 Americans nationwide have died from COVID-19, and counting.

**A group of ignorant Trumpies gathered on the steps of the Michigan capitol building with their beloved guns, to protest because they didn't like the safety orders the governor enacted to protect the people of the state. 

The group was organized by a Michigan Conservative Coalition and the Michigan Freedom Fund, a DeVos (as in Education Secretary DeVos) family-linked conservative group.

**Trump's trying to stop US payments to the World Health Organization because he's decided they're going to take the blame for what he didn't do - shut down the government when warned by his own healthcare experts.

But the orange ape is in for a fight with Congress, who rightly assert he can't change funding which has already been granted by Congress.
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On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
**The death toll from COVID-19 has increased to 58. 1,663 cases of known virus across the state. Still only 47 cases in Jackson Country where Shirley and I live. No known deaths in the county either.

**Gov. Kate Brown announced a framework, but no dates, for loosening coronavirus restrictions. 

**I was a bit under the weather yesterday, a problem with my balance and feeling dizzy and weak. No warning signs of COVID-19 however. Shirley is watching me like a hawk today. I am feeling somewhat better though.

Quote for the day: "Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend." Lao Tzu

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 31: Coronavirus Coloring Book Could Be a Big Hit With Bored Public

Dear Diary,

It just came to me one day.

There's millions of Americans sitting around in their homes bored beyond belief when they could be enjoying the Zen of coloring.

Forget about the traditional coloring book themes however. Instead, consider some of the following suggestions to spice up your coronavirus coloring book experience:


The Pandumic Task Farce Follies 
Color Trump Orange and his minions yellow. 

Explore page after page of the Task Farce doing dumb shit like standing shoulder-to-shoulder when talking about social-distancing. 

Color in each member with shades of gray as they try to keep their reputation and not piss off Trump at the same time. Want an even more dramatic Trump? Use neon orange. 

The Adventures of Donnie and Mike 
Check your color inventory of orange crayons because Donnie is on every page! He shares some pages with his boob-in-waiting Mike (color him brown nose with tints of yellow) who is seldom seen standing. 

Most of Mike's appearances are on his knees. Ready to please. The dweeb duo are shown walking down a beach together... Mike several feet behind Trump in a dramatic montage of pages that you'll want to color immediately after vomiting!

Trump's Book of Magic
Make sure you have a full set of crayons with every imaginable color because Trump is like a chameleon, changing colors to con people daily.

Orange and Red Trump at WH Task Farce Briefs. Blue Trump sitting around the Oval office wishing he could hold campaign rallies. 

A jealous of Dr, Fauci Green Trump. Yellow Trump afraid to admit when he's wrong. Purple Trump straining to take a crap on his throne.

Have fun!
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On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon

**Three's company - Bob the Cat, Mollie, and Butters sharing scraps (bits of egg) from my breakfast plate yesterday morning.

Not sure if Bob thinks he's a dog, or if the dog's think they're cats? Who cares? There's no species shaming around this house.

**State stats - 1,633 known cases of COVID-19 - 55 deaths attributed to pandemic.

**Testing, testing...Oregon has been testing about 1,300 people a day. The state epidemiologist, Dean Sidelinger, said the state needs to have to capacity to test 15,000 a week before we can even think about lifting stay-at-home protocol.

**Making progress outside - Shirley and I have been staying busy with outdoor projects during this stretch of mild weather which has been perfect to garden in. 

I suppose when the gardening is all done, I'll just have to lay around on a lounge chair in the yard and drink beer every day while keeping a sharp eye out for new weeds! Things could be worse...

Quote for the day: "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 30: Trump Trys to Re-Write History During Daily Breifing

Dear Diary,

I quit watching the Task Farce briefing/aka daily campaign rallies a week ago, but a friend called and suggested I watch yesterdays spectacle...so

I tuned in to see a scene that shocked me (I didn't think that could happen in the Trump era).

Propaganda on steroids! Trump minions had put together a campaign ad and the WH press corps was forced to watch Trump's attempt to re-write history as selected videos flashed before their astonished eyes!

Attacking reality. It was the most blatant attempt at brainwashing Americans I've ever seen. By anyone. Let alone the president of the United States. It was sheer gall with a twist of rattlesnake venom.

It happened. The emperor doesn't care if he has no clothes on and the world knows it. He's without shame and drunk with power after escaping being convicted for his abuse of power by a gutless senate. Unchecked. A revenge tour against inspector generals for doing their job.

Serial liar. Cheater. Fraud. Crook. Coward and bully. An egotist like the country has never seen before. A sociopath who set out to destroy democracy - and to remake it in His Image.

He's getting worse every day. He's becoming more brazen by the hour, yet the GOP leadership remains quiet. They're. Afraid. To. Stand. Up. For. The. Country. I hope voters remember that. In November.
On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
**Latest stats on virus - 1,600 known cases - 1 death overnight brings the total to 53.

**Oregon is joining Washington and California to pledge to coordinate reopening from coronavirus shutdown. It's a damn good idea. 

Especially since Trump thinks he can tell the states when to reopen - when in fact, the Constitution calls bullshit on his orange ass!

**Shirley and I have successfully avoided getting into too many routines by being spontaneous about our day. 

That's simply done by going into the day with no plans... other than completing some "missions" (defined as almost any completion of an act). 

Dishes. A dip in the hot tub. Emptying the trash. Vacuuming. Weeding the garden. Making meals. Playtime with the pets. Taking a shower. The possibilities are endless. Stir in a sense of humor and these days of confinement aren't so bad.

Today's Quote: "If you are going through hell, keep going!" -Winston Churchill

Monday, April 13, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 29: All I Have to do is Blink 3 Times Rapidly to Bring Back Reality, Right?

Dear Diary,

It took me a while to figure it out.

I'm stuck in an alternate universe. 

All that time believing an orange blob slithered into the Oval Office with the help of hard core Apprentice fans, Russia's help, and a Republican party that was castrated in 2016, had to have happened in another universe.

Right? All I have to do is rapidly blink my eyes three times and I'm back in the real world.

That was just a bad dream, America being hit with a deadly epidemic with no leadership to guide the nation. Thousands dying needlessly because no plan was in place.

All I have to do is blink three times and the pandemic will go away. Right?

Isolation is a funny thing. It leaves us with too much time to think. To imagine. To dream out loud. I find myself in a zone where the real and the imaginary are at odds, because I don't like the reality that has crippled this country. 

I hate what Trump is doing, and has done to this nation. The harm that he's inflicted, that in some cases will last a generation. I hate seeing the country so polarized it can not even unite to fight a common enemy - the coronavirus.

It hurts my head to know the worst president the USA has ever had, is killing people because of his greed and stupidity. His inability to listen to experts in any field. It's like living in a badly written novel with little hope of a happy ending.

All I have to do is blink three times and everything will be okay. Right?
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On the Homefront - Medford, Oregon
**COVID 19 update - The Oregon Health Authority announced 80 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bring the total number of known cases in the state up to 1,527. There's been 52 deaths to date.

**Parks are closed right now in Oregon. 

I thought it would be nice to share 30 photos of Oregon waterfalls

I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country.
This photo was taken by Jami Hale/The Oregonian. Beaver Falls plunges into a pool at the end of a short trail in Oregon's north Coast Range.
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**Finished weeding in our front yard on Easter Sunday. Our son and his girlfriend came by and busted out like a couple of migrant workers! They made short shrift of what would have taken Shirley and I another week of work.

Todays quote: "In three words I can summon everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Pandemic Diary Day 28: Easter Sunday - Don't Kill Someone Else to Prove Your Faith

Dear Diary,

Faith is a good thing. 

We all need to believe in something. 

It doesn't matter if we're Christians or Muslims, faith is central in all world religions.

But faith without common sense, or accepting scientific facts, can be misplaced. 

When a religious group ignores the global pandemic and continues to meet in-person for services, the consequences can be deadly.

Look what happened in South Korea; when a religious church sect - Shincheonji Church of Jesus - continued to ignore the government's social distancing rules. The results were catastrophic. Most of the nation's cases have been traced to 8,000 of those stubborn believers.

So what's the answer to stopping church-goers from infecting their community today when they have regular services together?

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has come with an answer on how to deal with the stubborn parishioners. Authorities are recording license plates in church parking lots with mass attendance today. 

Tomorrow Quarantine officials will be contacting violators who will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home. I applaud the effort because it's a compromise (depending on how you look at it), but mainly because it will save lives that may have been lost due to their faith.

I don't even want to go there about how many people have been killed in the name of some faith. Out of respect for the day, I'll leave that argument for another time.

On the Homefront - Medford Oregon
**COVID-19 Statistics - The death toll in the state is now 48 with nearly 1,400 known cases of the coronavirus.

**Pandemic poems - Oregon's poet laureate, Ken Stafford (pictured), has been writing about the pandemic since it started.

**Pet therapy - Shirley and I feel blessed to have a handful of pets/companions to make the days more pleasant. They entertain us and love on us relentlessly.

Pictured - I'm loving on my fur babies - Mollie and Butters - on a typical day.

Dogs are a real blessing. They love you without reservation, and are always happy to see you.

Feeling sad? Or, depressed? Love on a dog and let them love on you. Their spirit revives yours. Their very presence is therapeutic.
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"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it." - Neil deGrasse Tyson