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Dec 9, 2020 03:13PM
Dec 9, 2020 03:15PM
Judy, you are doing the right thing--all around. Your neighbor is likely coming unglued due to pandemic fatigue--and probably resents the fact that you & she will be on the same "priority plane" for the vaccine even though she (as far as she knows--which is not a given as we age) is not a cancer patient. Heck, I know I will likely eventually die (perhaps w/in the decade) from ocular melanoma--but so long as I'm still alive and feel well, I am taking precautions and will eagerly take my place in line for the vaccine as soon as it's offered to me. As for testing, I think it's prudent to do despite the care you & Gil have been taking, since it takes only one "covidiot maskhole" to spew enough aerosols that might sneak in the sides of your mask (highly unlikely but not impossible).
Bob says "we all have to weigh our risks, because nothing is 100% safe any more." He thinks I should get my mani tomorrow: the salon is safer than his hospitals, to which he goes daily. I'll be there for only an hour--everyone is masked, our temps get taken at the entrance, we wash our hands 3x (upon entering, between the manicure & gel polish, and again when leaving) and everything is disinfected & separated by plexiglas partitions. One of the salon's regular clients is a family practitioner (NP), so if she feels safe then I should feel so too. (Gonna double-mask, though).
But I'm still getting everything--groceries, meds, tchotchkes--delivered. Haven't set foot in a grocery store or pharmacy for over 2 weeks. I went out on to my deck this afternoon to sip my (almost-no-carb) latte and to harvest some herbs before they freeze, because it's just about the only place I can enjoy the fresh air without having to wear a mask. (I mask up even to retrieve mail, packages & takeout from my front porch--never know if someone will still be win 10 ft. Holiday decorations have covered the peephole).
Yeah, we've given in to the spirit of the season: my HK found the little fake tabletop tree we brought with us 42 years ago from our little Seattle apt., and has decked the mantel with tiny lights and fake holly. Fake garlands, bows and battery lights on the porch banisters, lights on the door wreath, and multicolored lights on our arborvitae (which now reaches to the second story). Lighted "Happy Hanukkah" sign in the front window, and tomorrow night we fire up the first bulbs in the electric menorah beside it. Not sure if St. Gertrude's will send around carolers (should be safe for them to sing outdoors, especially masked--but you never know).
And this week I'm recording my video parts in the Bar Show holiday parody mashup--we're all in black tops and red & white Santa hats (and in one number I'll have jingle-bell earrings and multicolor necklaces). Should be up & online before Christmas. Meanwhile, the most recent video is the "von Trump Family Singers" performing "So Long, Farewell" (with appropriate shots of prominent Dems reacting).
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)