Aug 28, 2021 02:56PM
Let me make this very real:
My wonderful MIL, got cancer (non Hodgkinsons) was treated and doing well, had to go into hospital for pain in her stomach. Drs didn't even bother to suggest repairing a tear that was found in her stomach lining because of the Covid 19 packed hospital. They sent her back home to die? wait? recover? but oops on the Friday she was meant to be released, she tested positive for Covid 19. My mother in law died on the Saturday. (Pre Vaccine). RIP Carol. I loved you.
A very good family friend/uncle got Covid 19, no underlying conditions except he was in his 70s (probably high cholesterol- he certainly loved his food),not overweight or anything but not an exerciser, he went to hospital because he had trouble breathing, he got oxygen felt better they sent him home. Three days later his sister went to see him because he wasn't answering calls. She found him dead on the kitchen floor. Pre vaccine.. RIP Lennox.. I miss you.
My friend, C, lost both her aunts (having already lost her mother to breast cancer) to Covid - one lived in Canada, the other in the Caribbean. They had been on one of the very first cruises at the start of the pandemic. I don't know if they had underlying conditions.
My youngest sister fought Covid for 3 terrifying weeks (she has asthma but was too young for the vaccine at that time). Three weeks shitting myself wondering if I was going to lose my sister. She made it through okay with oxygen, she didn't need a ventilator. Her stupid partner/BF wasn't a mask wearer and didn't think Covid was a big deal.
My husband was on a ventilator back in 2017 for an unrelated condition but developed Acute respiratory distress syndrome. Five days of sheer fucking terror when the Drs told me he had a 50/50 chance. He made it. I have spent the entire year scrubbing myself down (I have to go out to work), not touching my husband, my poor son unable to go out, for fear of killing my husband.
When we were allowed to get vaccinated I cried with joy and relief. When my son was able to be vaccinated (he is 14), I started to breathe again.
And now I am fucking furious that I am surrounded with Covid again. Entirely preventable.
I really really hope that the government and all the corporations tell everyone that if they don't want the vaccine, then stay home. Your body, sure. So keep your body away from civilized society. Civilized society recognizes that we care for each other and not just ourselves. Get over your personal freedom shit and think about your fellow man instead.
My coworker (who was told get vaccinated or get another job - we work with the elderly), cheerily told me that my MIL had really died of the flu. I resisted the urge to bitchslap him because I am in favour of reasoning rather than violence to make my point. Roll on 8 months later, he coaches football at school with another young man 20s, healthy, fit. So this young man died of Covid (vehemently unvaccinated) last week. My coworker has stopped talking about the flu. What a godawful lesson.
BTW this is not aimed at anyone on this site, it's just my rant. I have no issues with those who have bona fide reasons for remaining unvaccinated as opposed to political bullshit. I could give a rats ass about politics except for the fact that it seems to have turned mainly decent people into blinkered morons.
There are 17 of us in my immediate family, we have all now been vaccinated (we live in the US, UK, Ireland, Caribbean). Vaccinated in that country order as well. I am grateful every day, that I live in the US and had first chance.
3/7/2015, ILC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIC, Grade 2, 20/24 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
3/7/2015 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
4/14/2015 AC + T (Taxotere)
9/14/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Femara (letrozole)
10/1/2015 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes