Played with Kaylee. Sun came out, and I walked on my feet and heard with my ears. I ate the bits, the bits stayed down, and I work. I function like I'm a girl. I hate it because I know it'll go away. The sun goes dark and chaos has come again. Bits. Fluids. What am I?!

River ,'War Stories'


Natter 77: I miss my friends. I miss my enemies. I miss the people I talked to every day.

Off-topic discussion. Wanna talk about corsets, duct tape, butt kicking, or physics? This is the place. Detailed discussion of any current-season TV must be whitefonted.


Laura - Nov 20, 2020 8:51:58 am PST #21 of 2795
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

This is a quote from my brother's email when I wrote him considering a visit since it has been so long.

.... we'll be here. Be forewarned though, we are not as passionate about masks, testing and sanitizers as you are.

Yeah, I love ya bro, but maybe next year. I feel bad because my sister depends on brother and his wife to take her to doctor's appointments, shopping, and so forth. She goes as little as possible but she still shares a vehicle with them at times.


Sparky1 - Nov 20, 2020 8:52:59 am PST #22 of 2795
Librarian Warlord

I basically get myself tested every two weeks, and the appointments have all been booked here, too. So the last time I went, I went as a walk in. The appt line had people waiting, but I basically walked right in past those people. One one anecdote in favor of just showing up to a site that allows walk-ins.

My niece is an ER physician at a large University hospital in Ohio (not Teppy's city) and when I spoke with her last Sunday, she thought they would be out of beds next week. They were already refusing all transfers. She also said they have plenty of PPE, so that's not a worry, but what is a worry is that the doctors and nurses are getting sick, too, and they won't have enough staff to care for patients at this rate.


Laura - Nov 20, 2020 8:55:14 am PST #23 of 2795
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

Oh, in fun news, DH brought me in a nice big stalk of bananas from the yard and I have peeled and frozen enough for at least a couple months of flavoring for our breakfast oatmeal or blender drinks. The Florida bananas are little, but so sweet. Totes yummy. Hmmm. daquiris?


Laura - Nov 20, 2020 8:56:50 am PST #24 of 2795
I didn't know how to respond to the bat-shit crazy. And then I realized I didn't have to. -Victor Infante

but what is a worry is that the doctors and nurses are getting sick, too, and they won't have enough staff to care for patients at this rate.

Not only sick, but completely exhausted and weary. It is very worrying.


Steph L. - Nov 20, 2020 9:05:26 am PST #25 of 2795
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

My niece is an ER physician at a large University hospital in Ohio (not Teppy's city) and when I spoke with her last Sunday, she thought they would be out of beds next week. They were already refusing all transfers. She also said they have plenty of PPE, so that's not a worry, but what is a worry is that the doctors and nurses are getting sick, too, and they won't have enough staff to care for patients at this rate.

One of my friends works as an OR nurse for Cincinnati Children's Hospital -- she said that today, the main campus location had 27 OR nurses call in sick today, and their ER is so full they have squads on diversion.

When healthcare workers are sick enough to call off, things are FUCKED.


Jessica - Nov 20, 2020 9:07:27 am PST #26 of 2795
Lift a few mojitos 'cause she manages the mint

Tim talked to PCP in person, told him the circumstances around his co-worker testing positive (ie, their work shifts only overlap for 2 hours, Tim's interaction with co-worker was minimal, Tim always wears a mask, co-worker did not wear a mask). PCP said that he doesn't think Tim needs to get tested.

That surprises me even more knowing I was required by the state health dept to get tested, respond to daily health check-ins and quarantine for 14 days after a MUCH lower-risk potential exposure.

My town is now a Yellow Zone after being in Phase 5 for most of the summer. Doesn't change my daily routine at all but I am worried about families whose kids were in the hybrid program, and local businesses making it through the winter.


Jessica - Nov 20, 2020 9:08:06 am PST #27 of 2795
Lift a few mojitos 'cause she manages the mint

Also, you guys, this thread name.

{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}


Topic!Cindy - Nov 20, 2020 9:14:26 am PST #28 of 2795
What is even happening?

Epic thread title, Epic.


bennett - Nov 20, 2020 9:24:46 am PST #29 of 2795

My university offers free walk-in testing and apparently the students have been so good about pre-Thanksgiving testing that the PTB are now asking everyone to make appointments - it seems they've been too busy. I'm really quite surprised that the kids have been paying attention and getting tested, but I suppose that might be because they've ignored the mask rules all semester and are now feeling guilty or something.


amyparker - Nov 20, 2020 10:01:40 am PST #30 of 2795
In the end it's only ever been one step, and then the next.

If Ken (and most of the rest of the Horde) weren't here in Washington I would be off my head right now. County sheriffs all over Utah are saying they won't enforce the mask mandates, and Governor Herbert wouldn't close the churches. Meanwhile University Hospital's ICU is at 103% of capacity, with all the Intermountain Health facilities close behind; they're about to start opening respiratory triage centers in tents in hospital parking lots.