I’m not sure what is happening in your part of the world, but here I am not expecting to see anyone other than by video calling.
Before we moved to the golf course we didn’t have any trick or treaters because the property was out of town.
I miss being in the city and seeing the littles all dressed up. Yes, I confess to being one of “those people” who decorated and dressed up. One year I had a live body in a coffin on my porch that would open the coffin lid when kids were standing on the porch. Chainsaws would start up in the garage. Spiders would drop down. I admit it; I was bad. But in my defence I also went crazy at Christmas. (More on that later in the year) 😉
As I sit here writing my post I am thinking that nothing I could ever do would be more intense than real life.
For those of you that do not wish to read my political and medical rant, please do not go any further. Instead just head back to your regularly scheduled Halloween festivities.
Again in Canada we had another multiple murder by a radical religious crazy this week. Why can’t we all learn to be tolerant? Why are other religions “less important” than the ones we personally believe in?
More ethnic troubles are being fuelled by hatred and jealously. Our Nova Scotia fishermen are fighting with the native fishermen over the harvesting of lobster. To date it has resulted in burnt buildings, property damage and the horrific loss of life when a body was found in a burnt building that is a suspect fire since the building was used to store the lobster catch. What have the RCMP done to diffuse the situation?
The Covid numbers are increasing horrendously in America and here in Canada our almost 1000 infections daily just in Quebec is insane. My heart is aching at the thoughts of how many people are being lost to this horrific disease.
The final thing that set me off was reading the comments on a blog, written by a young nurse who has worked in both ICU and Critical Care in America. One blog reader was criticizing the CDC for “waffling (which is only happening because of interference and pressure from the White House) and stated that they would not live in fear. I do realize that is their choice, and voicing their opinion is their right.
I do not understand why wearing a mask is such a hardship to protect your loved ones. I know it’s annoying to have to get used to wearing them until you develop the habit. I know it’s unpleasant to realize how bad your bad breath can be inside that mask. I know it’s sad to not see smiles or even scowling mouths. How does this consideration for the people around you equate to a violation of civil rights? I do realize that for some people, wearing a masks can cause medical distress so fully acknowledge that not everyone can wear a mask. In that case a face shield could be an almost as effective option.
I am a polio survivor with a leaky heart valve. My DH has MS so is immune compromised. We wear masks if we go anywhere and socially distanced ourselves. He does play golf with a small circle of friends. I attend quilting days with a maximum of 6 bodies in our Guild. We have not been exposed to date. We experienced the trauma of hospitalization during Covid when he had surgery and a couple of days after being released had to be returned to the hospital by ambulance. I could NOT be there with him and he was given medication that he is allergic to because I wasn’t there to speak up for him.
My brother has asthma and recently experienced a stroke. My SIL is a cancer survivor. They wear masks and socially distance themselves. On Thanksgiving weekend they travelled to see their daughter, son in law and 2 precious granddaughters for the first time in 7 months. While they were there my niece was contacted because one of her daughters classmates had tested positive. The little one had to be tested but the rest of the family couldn’t be because asymptotic testing is no longer being done in Alberta because they are now testing air travellers which are being allowed in from International destinations. My brother and SIL went home and my SIL developed sinus and headache issues which resulted in her doctor requiring that she be tested. She is negative but now in quarantine because she was possibly exposed. My niece got the results back and her daughter tested negative. Then my niece has had to be quarantined. She is a Health Inspector and had been exposed by a health care worker (who was at work in a seniors care facility while being symptomatic). This is my niece’s second quarantine during this Pandemic.
My daughter has had to be tested twice for Covid. She lives with her daughter and grandkids. My granddaughter refuses to wear a mask and is constantly out and about in restaurants and shopping. Her son has severe asthma and my daughter has health issues which put her in the high risk category. All I can say is “What is wrong with my granddaughter that she can not understand the risk to her mother and her son?”
I apologize for my rant (you noticed I managed to avoid politics? I’m so proud of myself 😊) but I’m just overwhelmed and confused by how such simple things as living in the same world peacefully and with tolerance, wearing a mask and social distancing are so hard to understand?
We all need to realize that with the American elections in just a few days, life can become better or worse, depending on your outlook, for both America and Canada, but one thing will not change; Covid-19 is here and will likely be affecting our lives until the end of 2021 (according to many varied scientists, epidemiologists, and doctors being interviewed on tv, radio and newspapers).
In the meantime we all need to listen to these words with both our ears and our hearts;
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be CalmDr. Bonnie Henry, CMO British Columbia, Canada
I appreciate your visits and respond to each comment. Thank you for stopping by. I hope your Halloween brings you reasons to smile and perhaps a few sweet treats. 🎃 Carol