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My Neighbor is Sick with COVID

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16 July 2020, 11:18 PM
BeeLady
My Neighbor is Sick with COVID
Across the street from me, he is a late 60's man, smoker, who I have never seen in a mask and often walks up to us as usual to chat...we all back up.

He insisted on going to his usual condo rental on the Cape for vacation.

He lives alone and keeps to himself somewhat but when he has folks come to work or visit, no masks, a shrug of the shoulders as they all sit on the small front porch and talk.

So he extended his vacation stay a week and had friends into his tiny cabin condo (about the size of a hotel room) for meals. All posted on Facebook.

My other neighbor who lives next door to him (and happens to be a public health nurse) and I would comment on his postings with dread.

Sure enough, he returned home on Saturday, sick. Posted all his symptoms online. He did get a test but about two hours before getting his results was off for a trip in his car to who knows where.

His house sitter friend has stayed on to care for him, the two sit on the front porch just feet from the sidewalk (with lots of loud coughing!!!!)...and the companion goes out to get food and meds..(He should be quarantined!!!)..My nurse neighbor and I walk together every day and we DO NOT pass his house...

OMG...I am just beside myself. I feel bad he is sick but... facepalm WTF


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

16 July 2020, 11:35 PM
Steve Miller
My 29 yo friend is in a hospital with Covid. Well one day, dying the next.

Prognosis is good. He did post online And suggested that his followers wear a mask. Simple enough, right?


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16 July 2020, 11:43 PM
BeeLady
Steve, it breaks my heart to hear of your very young friend's illness at such a young age. And good on him to post warnings for others.

My fear is that my neighbor has exposed many people. He insists that he has done the 'contact tracing' himself...And he is not really getting it..in a "poor pitiful me" mood right now. I worry he would meet me at the door and cough! Sadly, I think he has exposed many people on his vacation. I don't think he really gets the gravity of it yet...Hopefully, for him, he will not get worse and have to be hospitalized..but as long as he is at home, he is treating this like just any other flu ..and looking for sympathy from all his friends.

My nurse friend said "I feel for the public health nurse that will be interviewing him." Razzer


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

18 July 2020, 07:59 PM
BeeLady
Update...Neighbor was doing great yesterday...chatting loudly the porch (the whole neighborhood can hear! Smiler ), posting, texted me about my day lilies last evening. He is convinced that the worst of his symptoms were caused by food poisoning, not COVID...sigh..

But last night his breathing went down hill and was taken to hospital this morning.

Before then, he mentioned that all the folks he visited on his vacation have now tested positive...not a surprise really.

I am rooting for his fast recovery. Frowner


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

18 July 2020, 08:39 PM
Nina
Ugh. I hope he makes a fast recovery, and perhaps has the guts to talk to some of his knuckle-headed friends after about how it's not "just the flu." Frowner
18 July 2020, 08:44 PM
wtg
What Nina said.


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18 July 2020, 11:13 PM
LL
Unnerving for you, for sure.

I hope he recovers, and hope others that he has met up with do well.

I am so afraid. But haven't gone anywhere.

Garden friends could be visiting here at the end of the week. Saw 3 today. All wore masks, stayed at a distance, nothing common to touch, so think I will be safe. But it is part of my income, so it does make me a bit nervous. I have been so out of touch with people...this is a first, and won't be normal.


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21 July 2020, 11:15 PM
BeeLady
Neighbor is out of ICU today but breathless...no long talks on the phone.

His friend is still in the house, looking after his home and the cat...He was tested last week, and will be again tomorrow..

I have a fresh produce delivery set up for him tomorrow. He is doing the quarantine very seriously. Yes


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

21 July 2020, 11:35 PM
LL
That is good news.

You are very generous...


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The earth laughs in flowers

23 July 2020, 07:25 PM
BeeLady
As has been reported about COVID, my neighbor continues the ups and downs and was put back in ICU earlier today.

At least he is just on O2 not a ventilator. Frowner


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

23 July 2020, 07:44 PM
wtg
Bummer, BL. Hopefully he'll be able to ride this out.


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Outrage is warranted. But outrage unaccompanied by analysis is a danger in itself.

Bazootiehead-in-training



23 July 2020, 07:52 PM
Steve Miller
Sorry to hear it. Hope he comes back quickly.


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Life is short. Play with your dog.

23 July 2020, 08:37 PM
rontuner
My empathy reservoir must be running low for those that resist doing even the most simple things to prevent the pandemic from spreading...

popcorn


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24 July 2020, 06:59 AM
BeeLady
Ron, I have moved the other way a bit as he is really suffering.

He is redeeming himself as he has now gotten hold of his cell phone and has been posting a "blog" on his Facebook page. It is entertainment for him as he is so isolated, but he is also using this platform to stress how terrible this is and as a warning to friends and family.


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"For it is not light
that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the
hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be
proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852

24 July 2020, 09:04 AM
rontuner
That just reinforces my feelings that there are so many people that speak and act out about a myriad of issues without empathy until it becomes personal. Gay marriage, care for the poor and immigrants, climate change, health insurance... just a host of issues that may never become personal to them, so there ends up being so many taking hard-line hurtful positions. sigh


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