Ponderings

Throwing Covid’s Crown Back at it: My Experience with COVID-19

I read recently that COVID-19 (the present coronavirus the world is dealing with) looks like it has a bunch of crowns on the stems of its protrusions. Corona means crown in Latin, hence the crown virus (or coronavirus). Please see a CDC article here that explains the history of this lingua in much better, nuanced detail than I can currently explain.

The saint was recently diagnosed with what the medical staff assumed is one of the more contagious variants now going around the United States. I, in turn, started showing symptoms of it about a week later, but am still waiting on my lab results to confirm. I am fairly certain I have it though, and am nearing the tail end of my quarantine. For the first time in about a week, I can move my eyes around and not feel pain and I can also think more clearly and breathe a little bit more easily.

One of the most alarming symptoms I had was a possible blood clot in my foot. My right foot was hurting one night while laying in bed; I told the nurse practitioner (np) I saw the next day it had felt like I had worn a bad fitting pair of shoes. The pain went away a few hours later, so thankfully my body took care of it independently. The np said that COVID-19 can cause blood clots, which can in turn lead to strokes. About a week prior to seeing me, the np said she had a female patient around my age who had a stroke from COVID. So yes, it can even happen to us young millennials.

I also had what the np said was “Covid Brain”, or basically not being able to think clearly, reacting slowly, recalling memories slower than usual, etc. So, not only does the beast of COVID-19 affect the blood system and breathing, it can affect the nervous system as well (hence changes in taste, smell, etc.). I call shenanigans.

I’m sharing this as one brief human story of COVID among millions. Please continue to protect yourselves and others by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing. Even if your neighbors down the street are partying it up and built an extension onto their house to throw said parties (yes, I do speak from experience), do it anyway. Because it’s the right thing to do.

Also, in final closing, I found on Twitter a great channel that promotes the historic preservation and ongoing research and education of the Holocaust, particularly the Auschwitz Memorial. I encourage you to check it out, and add it to your feed. It’s a daily reminder of what can happen when we let hate win. Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet Troops 76 years ago this past January. That isn’t so very long ago now, is it?

Never forget. Speak up against evil; do not let it win.

Ponderings

Holocaust Remembrance Week 🕯️✡️

I’m a bit late, but wanted to do at least a small remembrance on my blog. Never forget.


NEVER SHALL I FORGET – BY ELIE WIESEL

Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.
Never shall I forget that smoke.
Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.
Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith for ever.
Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.
Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.
Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live
as long as God Himself.
Never.

Never Shall I Forget from Night by Elie Wiesel.
Copyright © 1958 by Les Editions de Minuit.
Translation copyright © 2006 by Marion Wiesel.

https://www.ushmm.org/remember/days-of-remembrance/resources/calendar

Ponderings

Author: Veganism & Responding to Rude People (Bring Nunchuks | Humor)

Many people, I’ve learned, choose to have closed minds and closed hearts. They do what they do, like what they like, hate who they hate and think they’re right 99% of the time–the 1% they’re “wrong” is them being gracious. They may chew on something you present, to the best of your knowledge and patience, that is novel and slightly interesting to them–only to have them spit it back out on the table and return to their life, as-is. These are people who refuse to grow. Unique dietary choices are one of these topics…

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Inspiring Quotes, Ponderings

Remember the Titans: Gettysburg Scene

This movie scene popped in my head today as I was driving back from work, thinking about everything our country is going through currently. The quote one of the coaches says at the end popped into my head:

“I don’t care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other.”

I’ve only seen this movie once, but I do remember this scene. America is a young country; our history fairly short. Let freedom ring. For everybody.

Ponderings

Black Lives Matter

I grabbed this image from here (it’s free to use) if you want to download your own.

There’s lots of thoughts I have in my mind about everything that’s been going on in America (and the world) lately. Stay safe, be careful and remember how Dr. MLK Jr. protested: peacefully, but with fervor and resilience. Take care.

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Ponderings

Author: Donating Blood & Young Hope (Gun Violence) 💉🌱

We drove downtown today so I could donate blood. It was my fifteenth donation. There’s always a big need for blood, but especially now with the current pandemic. Please consider donating. My little blog entry continues below.

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Exercise Challenges, Ponderings

Author: My New Bike & Hitting 600 miles🥑🌱

I got a new bike about a month ago. Every time I get on, I feel I’m mounting a horse. It’s the same feeling, the same swoosh of your legs, getting your balance and buckling in for adventure. But honest to Schwinn, this thing is a beast. And apparently I hit 600 miles  today, since I started biking. That’s a win, my friend. 🥳

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I’m also trying to grow a couple a couple of avocado plants, a la Bruce Willis’ character from Red. I’m also attempting a small pot of Chinese Forget-Me-Not flowers. They’ll keep me company as I continue my writing goal of 2500 words a week on my current book in progress.

Stay healthy and active, everyone. Kerkaw! 🦉

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Christianity: My Journey & Thoughts, Exercise Challenges, Ponderings

Author: “Living on the Edge” Growth & Self-Reflection 🚴‍♀️ ✝️(iFit)

My iFit trainer for this month’s Argentina bicycling challenge (Nicole Meline) has been introducing the idea of finding your edge. This is finding the area in your life where you are “sustainably uncomfortable” and where personal growth begins to happen. Let those words sink in for a moment. They’re quite the odd pair to juxtapose, aren’t they?

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Ponderings

My Trip to Costco: Coronavirus & A Great Sneeze🦋 (Humor)

The saint and I decided to stop by Costco this evening for a few items. We should’ve known how the trip was going to go down by the absence of carts at the entrance. Not a single cart was there to grab.

“There’s carts in the back, the very back,” a lady was telling an Asian family nearby who looked particularly befuddled. We were, too. “All the way at the back of the store!”

Armed with this information (the military verbs start already), the saint and I find a shopping cart in the wild and throw a Pokeball. After a few wobbles, it’s a catch. We begin our shopping trip.

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Deaf culture, Ponderings

Author: How to be a Great Volunteer (Do’s and Don’ts)🍝

The saint and I have been volunteering  in our local Deaf community for the past few years. Recently we volunteered at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. In the words of Po’s father from Kung Fu Panda, I’ve had the noodle dream. I made pot after pot of spaghetti noodles. It was a bit hectic at times, but overall fun and spaghetti were had.

I’ve put together some brief fifteen tips on volunteering from my experience. Have one of your own? Leave it in the comments section below. And pass that garlic bread basket over, would you?  🥖

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