I telephoned a fellow Newberrian the other day regarding a
few questions. The call should have taken 5-minutes. It lasted
The conversation got sidetracked on COVID-19. A topic
that he wouldn't let go of. He has COVID-19 fixated as an elaborate hoax,
a political scheme. He spewed incisively about it.
It was hard to get a word in edgewise with his insistent
overtalk. Educated people are good listeners, so I lost respect for
him. He appeared to be hyper-rambling to convince himself of his
This unvaccinated person firmly believes that almost all of
the deaths attributed to COVID are the result of other health factors.
While there might be some truth that a few deaths are
mislabeled, most are correctly branded. COVID is quickly identified
in hospitals. It causes chaos within body organs, causing death in
many different ways.
Contrary to my friend, I take the Coronavirus very seriously.
I am a senior citizen, and I couldn't get my vaccinations fast
enough. Last January, I signed up myself and a casual friend, "Terri," to
get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
She lacked transportation so I agreed
to transport her to Ontario for the shots. We had a two-week wait for our
appointment. During that period, she caught COVID-19.
It hit Terri hard. She was transported by ambulance to
a local hospital where she was given a battery of tests. She was there
for two days. As someone who is now helping in her affairs, I have seen
the billing for those two days... $96,000.
She was then transported to another hospital where she was placed
in an ICU for over a month. As COVID-19 was damaging her organs, the doctors
wanted to implant a Pacemaker to assist her failing heart but while testing her for
surgery, she was determined to be too weak for the operation.
In short, she surprised me and the hospital staff by
surviving. After nearly five months of hospitalization, she was released
to a post-acute nursing facility where she is mending. But she might
never leave the facility as COVID has diminished her abilities.
Due to the facility having strict COVID lockdown protocols, I
don't get to see Terri much. Once a week, I take a long drive to bring her 4
Polo Loco tacos, chips, and her Sprite. She hates her facility's tasteless,
sodium-free hospital-type food. Often, I can only deliver to the door.
She has always been a very independent woman but she is now
reduced to being a confined prisoner, who has lost her home and is dependent
upon a casual friend to purchase outside clothing and other items.
COVID has taken the lives of 690,000 Americans.
What isn't stated is the far greater number of "Long Haulers" like Terri who
have been forever negatively impacted.
Last January, during the same week that Terri and I were to be
vaccinated, one of my very best friends also caught COVID-19. This was
someone that I communicated with every morning and evening for years.
Aime was a caregiver. She worked in a home that
specialized in caring for up to 6 nearing death patients. She did
saintly work with those with dementia that I would never have the patience
to work with.
Aime knew medicines, probably as well if not better than many
doctors. Aime caught COVID-19 at work and took leave to her son's home.
Her son is a licensed administrator of a 150-plus bed nursing care facility so
he was well aware of COVID-19 precautions.
On January 27, 2021, he returned home after work and Aime
reported as feeling OK. A little later, Aime began to feel a bit
distressed. Under an abundance of caution, her son immediately called
for an ambulance against Aime's wishes. The ambulance quickly arrived,
but Aime was already dead.
With COVID, some victims suffer in ICUs with a
ventilator and an intubated tube in their trachea for weeks, while
others are taken shockingly fast.
I was talking to a friend of Terri the other week.
She was telling me of a friend that had passed away from COVID that
morning, a young mother with several young children.
A few days later, the husband also died from COVID,
leaving the small children orphans. It took a couple of days but
the news media picked up on the Southland story and you may have seen
it in the news.
For Terri and Aime, they caught COVID-19 last January
as the vaccines were coming out. But for the parents of
the orphaned kids, the parents were deniers. People who were
caught up in the politics and the conspiracy theories. They were
young and COVID couldn't happen to them.
It is unbelievable to me that two parents would risk their
children becoming orphans because they refused to acquire a couple of FREE
proven safe vaccinations. As each day passes, more unvaccinated
gamblers are joining the morbid statistics.
To those adults who are unvaccinated,
WAKE UP !
The vaccines work! We are very blessed to be in a country that
have them available.
During the past month, over 1-million U.S. children
have contracted COVID. The best way to protect kids that
can not be vaccinated is for the responsible adults around them
to be vaccinated.
"Nearly 30% of COVID-19 infections
reported for the week that ended Sept. 9 were in children,
according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Doctors diagnosed more than 243,000 cases in
children in that same week, bringing the total number of COVID-19
infections in kids under 18 since the onset of the pandemic to 5.3
million, with at least 534 deaths." ~ USA Today
In San Bernardino County, nearly 63% of the eligible
residents have been vaccinated. For Newberry Springs, the number
is sadly 35.4%. 30.5% fully vaccinated and 4.9% partially
Newberry Springs has been fortunate with only 1 early
reported COVID death. But with the opening up of the schools,
churches, and public holiday events, that luck could change.
Don't risk a painful COVID death. 690,000 Americans
have already lost. Please get vaccinated if you haven't already.
If not for yourself, do it for your loved ones.
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