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Monday, April 6. 2020
I'm now about 12 days into my Covid experience, and I'm getting better. I probably thought I was better than I was. I went out and raked for hour yesterday, trying to benefit from fresh air for the first time and get a little exercise. I was pretty wiped out after that. So I'm resting today. I may have the mild version, but it doesn't make it less difficult to recover from.
However, I'm moving into newer territory. The cough is diminished significantly, the headache has eased, and my main issue now is hydration. I seem to be dehydrated no matter what I do. So I drink a lot of water and Gatorade. But my appetite is back, and I'm finally moving more. Sleep is still at a premium...10 hours every night.
My brother also has it. He has a much tougher version, but he also has adult onset diabetes. So he's at-risk. He's struggled much, much more than I have, had many more symptoms, and is fighting it still. He is also getting better, but at a much slower pace. He warned me not to rake yesterday. He was probably right.
What I'm more concerned about now is not my health, but where we go in the post-shutdown world...
I fear we're not going to move in the best directions. Value structures are a mess. The social shaming over this is an example of the worst of what can happen, and I (sadly) see this as something people will engage in more of.
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If he is not on choloquinine get him a bottle of Tonic water, a good dose with some 7up or similar is still quinine, the brits new something,
If you read anything about ivermectin, for treatment, my neighbor a fellow dairy farmer seems to have had a mild version of winnie the flu, he read the report and got his bottle of ivermec pour on, we use it as a dewormer, used 1cc on the skin, his sore throat was gone and he could breath a lot easier by morning, two days ago and he feels great, was feeling like shit, but we have to milk anyway, he powered through it, milked and fed the cows then slept all afternoon and repeat in the evening.
this is anecdotal and not a recommendation for use, ivermec is used as a dewormer in humans so is safe to use, can't hurt
Lots of us have heartworm medication around. I found those stories very interesting. I had no idea ivermectin had been used for many years to treat the terrible disease of river-blindness.
1. Ivermectin tastes like cow manure (perhaps worse). Not that I would refuse it if I thought it might help!
2. The rationale for using hydroxychloroquine has nothing to do with it's anti-malarial properties, but with it's immunosuppressive properties in combating the cytokine storm which does much of the terminal damage. Not that I would pass up a gin and tonic...for whatever reason or no reason at all!
I hope your recovery continues and that your brother also recovers. Thanks for keeping us readers informed. May God bless you and your brother today and in the days to come.
Good to hear that you are kicking it.
I have no insight into the future....just embarrassed and ashamed of our citizenry that fell for the stripping of our rights.
Social shaming = Inside of every blue-nose nag/scold, there is ....an "asshole high school assistant principal" demanding to see your hall pass"....struggling to get out!!
Glad you and your brother are getting better. Slow and steady gets you there.
If you have a chance, it would be worth asking your doctor if he/she has other patients with it, how your experience(s) compare, what treatments seem to work, and so on.
There is so little real data coming out (thanks to the Democrat propaganda machine) that even anecdotal evidence and experiences are worth sharing.
I did ask those things.
Yes, there is a lot of propaganda. She basically said "don't watch the news, it's not helpful" and that was about it.
She told me a few other things, about what's going on in the region...but that was over a week ago. Things have changed. Not necessarily for the worse, though to watch the news, I assume that's what they're saying (I am not watching).
Here's to a continuing and improving recovery for you and your brother. As for the Libertarian 'different world' claptrap, well....it's the old booga-booga. As if Libertarians are right about so much, eh? The recovery will be what we make it, just because it's uncharted doesn't make it scary. Saludos.
Well, I'll take issue with that, because Libertarians have largely been correct about many things.
Not least of which has been how much of our stock market bubble is blown by the Fed (most of that money will take a long time coming back, though with helicopter money, who knows? The next bubble can be around the corner).
The world itself isn't changing. But how people deal with it certainly is.
Think of it this way. 20 years ago, we passed the Patriot Act because of 9/11. Today the Patriot Act is used to justify blocking money to small businesses ($10,000 or more has to be reviewed by banks). The Patriot Act created Homeland Security, which frisks you and confiscates things from you that are harmless, like small bottles of sanitizer. Well, at least they lifted the sanitizer ban in light of Covid...as if...you know, it really was such a threat to begin with. (I'll add I've had money stolen at airport checks...but that's not worth getting into now)
Point is, you can BET they (the American 'public') will want new rules to deal with future pandemics.
Not to mention new rules for managing businesses.
Not to mention a million other new rules for whatever scares them at this moment - like you standing on my lawn!
Sorry, Libertarians have been right about quite a bit. Just because you've chosen to ignore it is up to you.
FWIW, Libertarians actually said that the US would deal with the pandemic better than the rest of the world - and they believed businesses would react and manage better. And we have done all that. The US, despite being hit by the virus harder than most other nations, is still faring far, far better than most nations.
And not because of the shutdown.
No, you missed my point but it's probably my shortcomings in communication skills. You don't have to be a Libertarian to come to those conclusions and decry government over-reach and mission creep.
My point was that Libertarians remind a lot of vegetarians at a BBQ. They can't help themselves telling you all about their odyssey, telling you what's wrong with the way things are run (being right)but when it comes to being effective at getting into the political mainstream and accomplishing things, well....
And this article, like many on Zero Hedge DOOM 2020 is still trying to scare people with the old booga-booga. "Any investor who assumes that the business models of December 2019 will work just fine in December 2020 faces a very rude awakening." Oh, Puh-leeze.
Funny story Aggie about the BBQ. Glad to hear you're feeling better Bulldog and hope your brother is feeling better too.
Libertarians (as a whole) and their #1 think tank support what is essentially open immigration.
I agree with much of libertarianism in theory. The problem arises when the rest of the world refuses to agree with the theory and its application.
I agree with libertarian principles, but Libertarians want a utopia. I'll settle for federalism. Federalism will work if it's applied and also taught to new generations.
I'm not sure what the complaint is. The state/Governor is the only person who can shut the state down and require people to abide by quarantine rules. The guy on the street can't, facebook friends can't, the president can't. It is your governor. If someone comments on something you do, don't do or someone else does or doesn't do that is merely free speech. You are also free to ignore it. So where's the beef?
The beef has nothing to do with free speech.
It's an example of how social behaviors shape political thought.
Social shaming is like you ratting on your neighbor because the state says you should.
I should note (at least) two nations engaged in massive amounts of social shaming. France, at the time of the Revolution...and it led to about 100 years of civil unrest, not to mention the Reign of Terror. And Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution.
Want to engage free speech and say "I disapprove of your behavior"? Fine. But when you encourage all your friends to do the same thing and start public campaigns to smear people for not conforming to your perceived "best practice of life"? That's really poor behavior on your part and it's part of the Progressive Agenda.
So glad you're recovering, hope it's sunny where you are.
And as for the social shaming, in best pidgin Latin, "Non illigitimi carborundum!"
Or as Wikipedia has it: Illegitimi non carborundum. When I was working, I had a boss who used this phrase whenever times were tough. He said he got it from his father. I've been retired now for long enough that I had forgotten it. It's good advice! Thanks for mentioning it and reminding me.
Bulldog, glad to hear that you and your brother are improving. Best wishes for your continuing recovery.
Thanks, Switchel! Plus it just sounds better in the correct form.
Can't remember where I originally heard the phrase (Heinlein maybe?), but I find it to be a useful mental posture in these days when we have so many 'illigetimi' out running amok, setting small fires.
re What I'm more concerned about now is not my health, but where we go in the post-shutdown world...
What, me worry?
There are plenty on commenters here that will tell you there is nothing to worry about. There were massive closings in the Spanish Flu pandemic and industries bowed to Gov't orders in WWII to make war materials and not consumer goods. Everything returned more or less to normal, so why not this time? After all, our ruling masters aren't interested in accumulating more power for themselves, they're just interested in the welfare of the little people, who are incapable of properly taking care of themselves. It's just benevolent government in action.
And the trillions being spent to resuscitate the economy? That will make everyone whole again. A "V"-shaped recovery will result. All will be as before by Christmas.
We have embarked on a massive social/economic experiment without an inkling of how it will turn out. You are quite correct to be concerned.
Glad to hear you're recovering.
It was probably my prayers. They're very effective.
Progressives tell me, at least after mass shootings, that "thoughts and prayers are not enough".
Thank you (thank you all readers!) for keeping me in your prayers.
I'm not religious, but I do have a strong Christian (Catholic) ethic and background. I DO appreciate thoughts and prayers. They certainly do help. They can do nothing but help - when you know people are on your side, you become that much stronger.
I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend. You continue in my prayers, and your brother, too.
Thankful you’re doing better Bulldog! Two thumbs up!
Glad to hear you're doing better -- I find your first hand account pretty reassuring from my Eastern MA Biogen cluster front yard.
You must be feeling better, your up to defending Libertarians! Good for you. We do not need to be giving away anymore of our freedoms. Get back to 100% Bulldog, and same for your brother.
You were irresponsible, you got infected, and may have infected others. Now you are whining about social shaming. Why don't you be mature and responsible and admit your error and advise others not to follow your example. You are selfish and have no integrity...
In regards to hydrating with Gatorade...perhaps you'll want to try this recipe. We've found it much more effective.
SUNNY ORANGE LEMONADE
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup sugar
Grated lemon peel from 2 lemons
Grated orange peel from 2 oranges
Grated lime peel from 3 limes
Juice the oranges, lemons, and limes. Makes about 4 cups of juice.
**Should make the following 2 - 21/2 cups of orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup lime juice
In a small saucepan, bring 1-1/4 cups water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer for 5 minutes; cool.
Put lemon, orange, lime juice, and peels into a pitcher.
Stir in the sugar water to get to your desired sweet or tartness. Add 1/2 cup of water.
Serve over ice.
Yield: 6-8 servings.
If you double the recipe, only increase the sugar by ¾ of a cup.
Freezes very well