Good Monday Morning, Dear Porchies,
It's time for a new Porch. Be sure to go back to read the final posts on the last Porch. Spring has posted an adorable pic of a puppy. It will make y'all smile. I chose this colorful pic of spring flowers because, sure as flowers grow and bloom every year, we will get through this. I don't remember whether it's Barb's DGD or DGDIL who is graduating from medical school. She will be interning or doing her residency, can't remember which, at a good hospital in Boston. Actually, her medical school, like most, is graduating them early and getting them on the front lines. Barb scraped up her knees when she fell but wasn't seriously injured. She got impatient for the aide to take her to her room and tried to do it on her own. I know she must feel as though she still wants to do things herself. She's a tough cookie.
The docs are trying to get the govt. to ramp up supplies of antibody tests because anyone who had the virus with only light symptoms will not get it again, at least not soon, and they can volunteer for lots of things. They could go back to work if the businesses are still open. Estimates are that 10 percent of the population has had the virus with only mild symptoms. The virus does not cause sneezing so I know that I have allergies but that doesn't rule out the Corona Virus earlier. Wish I could know for sure. A trial of a vaccine is in human trials here with healthy volunteers. One said she had only a mild reaction to it. Bless their hearts to volunteer for that. I saw on the news that one woman trained her big dog to go next door to get the elederly neighbor's shopping list. He trotted over and took the list from the neighbor. The woman shopped and, when she got home, the dog carried each bag over to the neighbor. It was one of the most heartwarming things I've ever seen.
Hope everyone is well and holding up during this stressful time. Talked to DD yesterday. Kaiser has put all their mental healthcare professionals in the fight against the virus and switched their behavioral patients to DD's clinic. She continues to see them using telemedicine while she works from home. She had a couple of psychotic patients one day and said she was glad she wasn't seeing them face to face. She said she will be happy to get back to seeing her patients in person. A lot of the people are no shows, especially those who have just been released from in-patient care. She said those patients are typically very disorganized and it's too much for them to remember to show up, especially using new technology. Everyone is just doing the best they can. DSIL has been furloughed for three weeks from his sales mgr. job. He's very active and restless so it will be a challenge for him.
I don't think any of my kids realize the seriousness of this pandemic and the need to strictly stay away from other people. I think it's because there may not be a direct relationship between going out and having someone die because you, or someone else, didn't stay home. My kids aren't being reckless and they are staying home but they just aren't sure it's necessary. Doh!!! I wonder whether we have gone soft in this country. When I look at the sacrifices people made during the Great Depression and WWII, this is a walk in the park. Well, the garbage is being picked up and that's something to be grateful for.
Spring, thank you so much for posting the irresistible pic of that puppy. I wish puppies and kittens could be house trained and never grow, just stay the same adorable little critters that they are. Sooo cute! Your description of that dog on the streets was so heartfelt and I almost feel as though I were there with you. You have that talent when you write. That's quite a contraption the cops are using. Coulda used one of those when the kids were little. There is something new that looks like a chord with balls at the end. The cops throw it at people fleeing and it wraps around their legs and trips them. Kinda like a cop rodeo but instead of cows, they are roping felons. I'm glad you and your DF are steering clean of the law.
Rock, so sad about your neighbor the bartender. Hundreds of thousands are in that situation. I feel fortunate that I'm not younger and raising a family right now. Is Miss Kitty still practicing her purr? SV didn't do a lot of purring and talking when he first came to live with me. Now he purrs if I even touch him and he talks a blue streak. What you wrote about his batting practice made me smile. Lets hope if the newscaster's DH shows up in the video he is wearing his shorts. Yikes! A lot of those people have some pretty nice looking digs in NYC and DC, two of the most pricey places to live. What a time for the TV to go out. Do you have another? Can you get one delivered? This is why I have backup units. Take away my freedom but don't take my TV!
Granni, I had posted that I get a 5 percent discount at Whole Foods but that they are so expensive that I don't shop there; however, if you get get an e-giftcard for DD to use there, it may be worth it but the money won't go far. I always pray for her to continue to do so well on her meds. I'll add to my prayers to watch over her and keep her secure in her apt. and able to buy food. Can she file for unemployment? Seems she should be able to do that but she may need some help filing. Unemployment offices are inundated. I always check the Denver weather and look at yours too since Dallas is right next to it. Same for Des Moines near Julie. I think this is better than had the pandemic struck in the middle of snowy and rainy season although it just snowed in Denver. We are still hot 'n humid here but our rains will come soon. I really need to wax my car while I still can. I threw an extra wax job on the hood a couple of months ago and it is still probably protected but I hate to take chances. Old cars that aren't waxed look like they have leprosy or like snakes shedding their skin. AACCKK!!
Barry, Julie, Sun, Duckie and Star, I continue to keep all y'all in my prayers. I hope you and your loved ones are well. I'll be back later. Only one spammer this morning but I check in during the day. I'm back to writing W&P posts but y'all don't have to read them. I enjoy reading everydobby's posts and it helps me get through this.
This is a link to a NYT article with the history of our response to the viral pandemic. It shows how big bungling bureaucracies did not coalesce around the emergency. It's long as the NYT articles tend to be but very interesting and eye opening.