Showing posts with label West Nile. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Nile. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

We continue to, gripe, fuss, & be peeved over all happening in our nation not think but how much worse bit was & could be...

 OH, how we gripe, fuss, whine, mope, and bitch about how bad things are, yet not really thinking how much worse it could get!


And (IMHO) in my humble opinion, if we do NOT get a tremendous change in our President and the Senate and House with this crucial election upcoming here very soon.. it IT BE MUCH MUCH WORSE THAN WHATEVER YOU COULD NAME SOMETHING LARGER THAN A "PANDEMIC"!


Don't get me wrong, things are HORRIFIC!! Even for those of us over the age of 55 plus, for the most part none of us have seen the likes of COVD-19, now facing a possible new flu strain, where the "old ones" are bad enough, now hurricanes, one after the other worse than any over the Gulf of Mexico especially (yet how many still claim we have no "Global Warming" or Earth that is warming our oceans, as they fill some places with so much plastic and items that will never go away & will continue to ruin many places that used to be reeths where now is nothing but gray and no fish)..


Now wildfires again, so bad they are taking millions of acres of land, forests, homes and even lives over CA, Or & WA state. We also had just enough rain which was desperately needed in places in TX, that now have mosquitos' 'causing the West Nile Virus to rear its ugly head. Not to mention other bugs, mice, snakes, spiders, and all types of bugs that ruin crops, and as the fire ants I had rid my lawn of earlier this spring, now are taking over my lawn like never before. They are far worse than I have ever seen. A small child, animal or even anyone "allergic" to their stings, which they just "attach" themselves to you, and can sting over and over again. I KNOW, I do my own mowing etc. and I am allergic to them. So, when I try and get rid of a bed the size of a huge bowl, that had not been there the evening before, it seems impossible, to see the hundreds of millions that "boil" out of just one bed! One bite for me means swelling, severe stinging, a knot that comes up hard, white and will stay for weeks, if I don't try and get them off my feet. Not to mention the larger number of wasps, yellow jackets, the HUGE hornets, that could put someone in the hospital if they are allergic. I know it sounds as if I am off subject, but not really. Many of the things that come, are from how the severe weather changes, and now the COVID-19 & other illnesses that come along with them put people out of jobs, close businesses, make people so ill they spend over 6 weeks in the hospital, kids that can't go to physical school yet & everything else that follows along with those. Higher grocery and all items. Having to "not go in" stores yourself but go "Curbside" or however your market does it to keep people as far away from one another as they can. Masks MUST be worn by everyone who walks in stores in many tows and cities. That is not including the billions spent on equipment for things such as resperators, more sterile "throw away" gowns, gloves, masks, for all staff at all nursing homes. What ever happened to the "wash in hot water, and wrap, put in an autoclave, rather than throw away all of the instruments, gowns and so forth as we used to? I know people will say it is not as "sanitary" or it is "higher price".


 BUT it cannot be higher to throw away perfectly good tape, scissors, many instruments for surgeries, gowns, & items that are now taken out of a plastic package, maybe 1 or 2 things used, and the rest disguared in the trash! What a waste of money! Especially when we are running out of items doctors, nurses and medical staff could use. I've watched them open a "tray" of items, and throw away much of it just because they needed a "plastic pair: of tweezers, etc to possibly remove stitches. Tape is expensive, but can you imagine how much goes into those disposable tray? I know sometimes since my insurance and I am PAYING FOR what is going in the trash in I would like to grab and taken home with me. think of the amount of those items in just one COVID-19 day that are still sterile & I could certainly use at home for some purpose. It is ridiculous wha amount of dollars are thrown away. They tell us it is "cheaper" than having to wash, sterilize and autoclave instruments I think that is bull. It could help create jobs that went by the wayside, due to plastic items that are pitched in our landfills or thrown in special bins and burned into our air. I get furious when I already know the numbers of items pitched away just in one surgery. It's insane. Then they wonder why insurance it's so expensive &  doctors charging so much.


The catastrophic human life, financial spending, the overspending that goes into our medical fields is crazy! Yet, we can't seem to keep "great" doctors, nurses and medical staff. they are "frightened", Hell scared to death they or their families could become infected with this still much unknown, no vaccine, not supportive care and education of those who do become severely ill for weeks and weeks, basically on "life support" with no family that can go in to help assist the mental stability of their loved ones. I feel we lose MANY people to COVID-19 to more "mental illness", where they are just "heartbroken" from not seeing those they love. They feel they have been left to "die". Then nurses and staff have t be their lifeline of caring & love to help them understand and know they have not been abandoned. It is the illness keeping loved ones from being at their side. 

Then all of those that have lost family, lost homes, all of their livestock, crops and out natural forests due to "fire storms", that  began with one cigarette butt thrown out a car window.

Then, the number of SEVERE HURRICANES that have moved across the Caribbean into the Gulf Coast waters, of Texas, Louisiana, Florida monumental! Never in most of history have these types of massive storms blown and washed away so much land, houses. so many that were never able to be rebuilt rom the last couple of those Hurricanes we considered the worst in history. Our entire "landscape" in some places have totally changed from waters, winds and fire damages, that they will never be the same a+


Our own childrens grandchildren will have something to certainly tell their own grandchildren about and how history was changed by nature itself "fire and water".






































































































































































b by "fire and water"


                                                                                                                                  

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

COVID-19, Upcoming 2020 Flu Upon Us, West Nile Virus & Adult Vaccines





As many of us know FLU season is almost upon us. Now we face a possible "new strain", PLUS as no other Flu season in History we are fighting the fight of our lives against (COVID-19) and the West Nil Virus has popped up also in some places as of the past 6 weeks or so. FLU??? GET VACCINATED!!! AS SOON AS YOU SEE THE SIGNS UP at your Pharmacies, Doctors offices, in the paper, and everywhere head over to get your vaccine! Of course with this being a "new "abnormal" for the flu make sure you ASK your doctor's office if you are okay to get the vaccine. Some like myself, get the "shot" that is NOT the "live" virus due to other chronic Illnesses. But, there are also those who can take the live vaccine, even though a nasal spray etc. Many of the "symptoms" of Flu and COVID-19 happen to be much the same. WE HAVE a medication to help lessen the flu symptoms, and get you protected from a much worse base, but you must start it quickly after being diagnosed with the flu. It will be one for the records when combing "several" illnesses at the same time. Also, those of you who are over 60 to 65 many can get a shingles vaccination, a pneumonia vaccination which protects against MANY different types of pneumonia, so be sure t ask your doctors and pharmacists about those. There are Hepatitis vaccines out also, and even especially for college kids that stay in Dorms, a Meningitis vaccine, since it can be extremely contagious especially in closed quarters like dorms. Here is a list of "recommended" vaccines by the CDC, showing who needs to get which ones and when, why etc. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/vpd.html Some may be surprised at the types of vaccines available now for adults to STOP and prevent many what used to be very contagious illnesses.

 With the upcoming Flu Season upon us and having heard we may have a new strain(s); plus this is an all time difference with COVID-19 still very much active, and finding West Nile Virus in some places, I felt it was a great time to REMIND everyone the Vaccines available, who may need them & to see if you should speak to your doctors, pharmacists etc. about whether you should receive some of these vaccines...

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