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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that was able to get multiple packs of toilet paper and Lysol wipes. As a cancer patient, this has caused so much more stress on top of an already stressful situation. I hope everyone that purchased more than what they could possibly need are proud.
We are all in this together....but many have proven they are just out for themselves when we need to band together and help each other out.
To all my North American friends,
I was hesitant about posting this message, another Coronavirus message, but I feel compelled to do so, so here goes.
I'm in Sardegna, and we are in the 'thick of it' right now. "In the thick of it" is relative. We are far from the drama of the major affected areas in Italy, but we do have many cases here. This situation is "unreal", "crazy", "ridiculous", whatever you want to call it, it's REAL. My personal fear is not the virus, and it shouldn't be because most people recover from it. The real fear is the collapse of the health care system. Heaven forbid someone in my family gets the virus and needs to be intensive care...only to find out when they get there that there aren't enough ventilators for them. This is the reality. Italian doctors ARE choosing who lives and possibly dies. Over 60? Unlikely you'll get access to a ventilator if there is someone younger and healthier than you who needs one. Kids? Great carriers, which means they can easily spread it to their grandparents. The statistics go on and on...which I'm sure you've all been reading about. I'm not writing this to encourage a debate. I'm over it. We've been bombarded enough with coronavirus updates/ info/ graphs/ he-said, she-said, etc.
Two weeks ago, I felt the same as many of you. I'm a private business owner and was resistant to closing my studio, until I was forced to. No wages for one month, possibly two, and who knows what the economic situation will be like in the coming months. We are told to stay in our homes. If we leave the house we need to fill out and sign a document in case we get stopped by police. Only one family member is allowed to go to the grocery store at a time. Grocery stores will now be closing on the weekends until at least April 3rd.
What is the point of this message? It isn't to scare anyone. It's a friendly reminder to wake up. We ALL have to do our part, however ridiculous it may seem. Follow the rules. Stop complaining about them (and I get where you're coming from because I am one of the people who was very resistant to all of this madness!). This isn't about this horrible virus that will kill everyone, it's about doing our part and taking care of others around us who are weaker than us.
On a side note, you may have noticed that I've been posting a ton of quarantine posts; playing in the yard with kids, reading a book, etc. So, you might think...quarantine isn't that bad, right? It's not as dire as they say. WRONG! I'm fully aware that there are so many families suffering so much more than we are. Instead of focusing on the negative I have CHOSEN to post POSITIVE. To let YOU know that life goes on, and that we have a choice to wallow in it or just accept it. We are 4 people living in 60 square metre house, so I can surely sit here and complain about THAT all day long!!! But, I don't want to. I want to focus on what we are blessed with right now; living in the countryside, enjoying beautiful weather, and our health. There is chaos going on in the world around us but WE don't have to let the chaos in. Whatever it is that you have to GIVE UP at this time, let it go. Focus on what you HAVE.
You all may be in quarantine in 1-2 weeks time. Prepare yourselves...and I don't mean go buy mass amounts of toilet paper or prepare the bunker! I mean, go buy some books, some board games, whatever else you might need to help you pass time. Do an online course, learn something new, CALL a friend, slow down and spend time with family. But most of all, accept the situation and just wait for it pass.
Post source link below. By Lisa Codina
An abandoned street in Treviso, Italy. Mimmo Lamacchia/ NurPhoto via Getty Images
I copied and pasted this, good info from a nurse.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE YOU GET CORONAVIRUS
I know we’re all tired of hearing/ talking about it, but one thing I HAVEN’T really seen going around is advice for what happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), only advice for how to try to AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RPN, a wee thread:
Things you should *actually* buy ahead of time (Erm, not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is?): Kleenex, Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in 350 mg tablets, Ibuprofen (Advil) in 200 mg tablets, Mucinex, Robitussin or DayQuil/ NyQuil, whatever your cough medicine of choice is.
If you don’t have a humidifier, that would also be a good thing to get. (You can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam). Also a good time to make a big batch of your favorite soup to freeze and have on hand.
If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/ get a new one if it is.
You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it’s coming.
For symptom management, use the meds I mentioned. For a fever over 101, alternate Tylenol and Advil so you’re taking a dose of one or the other every 3 hours. Use both cough suppressants and expectorants (most cough meds have both). Drink a ton, hydrate hydrate. Rest lots.
You should not be leaving your house except to go to the doctor, and if you do, wear a mask (regular is fine, you don’t need an N95). You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO THE ER unless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high and unmanaged with meds.
90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest/ hydration/ over-the-counter meds. We don’t want to clog the ERs unless you’re actually in distress. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/ breathing treatments/ IV fluids.
If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosuppressants, now is a great time to talk to your PCP or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick. They might have plans to get you admitted and bypass the ER entirely.
One major relief to you parents is that kids do VERY well with coronavirus— they usually bounce back in a few days, no one under 18 has died, and almost no kids have required hospitalization (unless they have a lung disease like CF). Just use pediatric dosing of the same meds.
Pls pass this information around.
To the wonderful nurse in Chatham/ Kent who came into our family like a rainbow on a cloudy day! You went way beyond your scope of duty and helped my grandfather feel so good, despite his circumstance. You said to me you never forget how to be a good nurse and you Mary Beth are truly the best! With all our hearts thank you! And keep on being YOU! ❤️
To the boy walking his cute little dog down at the water front today around 7pm who stopped to talk to me and asked me my dogs name , you're a sweetheart and super cute and I wish I asked for your name , I'd love to go on a little dog walking date, thank you for brightening my evening!
I was in an accident on March 4 at Walker and Seneca in Windsor at around 4:35pm. I was a wreck and one man stayed to talk to the police for me as he saw I was not at fault and wanted to help out. I cried at him and he was so nice and kind. I didnt even get his name. He was gone when I left the ambulance so I didnt even get to thank him. I hope he reads this or maybe a friend will see this and tell him I'm grateful to him. I was found not at fault and my van is being repaired. Thank you for staying and telling the police what happened.
Shredded a tire on the Expressway near Matchette Road this past Friday. 2 guys in a white Dodge Ram pickup stopped to help me with removing the flat and putting on the spare. Wouldn't take ANY money for dinner/ beer/ whatever for their trouble.
Thanks again, guys!
Last night, two people were in a car accident in front of me on the corner of Banwell and McHugh. Thank you to the two young women who stopped to help me calm one of the drivers as we waited for the police. You both made a difference. Also, another woman and her daughter who offered a second blanket and also did what they could to help this young lady through a frightening time until her parents and the police arrived.