All that talk about how COVID is "Just the flu" is somewhat misleading.
I haven't been THAT sick in years.
Not only was I having difficulty breathing, my blood pressure skyrocketed to 177/110, I ended up going to the hospital.
After I was discharged I had great difficulty getting up the stairs, due to general weakness.
However, it's quite likely that I had a mild variant. I say this because I never lost my sense of smell or taste (at least any more that those senses are rendered wonky with any head-cold), I never had the headache so often reported or the GI issues.
But every time I coughed, I felt like my skeleton was trying to escape from my skin.
Because of the nigh insurmountable obstacle my stairs presented, I ended up sleeping on the downstairs couch for a few days.
Four days ago I started to improve markedly and by day-before-yesterday I felt much better.
I'm still a bit weak, but I have no other symptoms.
Today, my state quarantine period ended and I went to work. However, UPS policy is to wear a mask for 5 days after symptoms end and, well, I can't wear a mask any more because of the stroke. I have face shields, and the boss decided that was fine but after about 10 minutes my weakness visibly caught up with me. Since we were over staffed, for a change, the supervisor decided to give me the option home. I took him up on it. I'll report to work normally on Monday.
I'll finally get paid again in two weeks.
Glad I've got a cushion and plenty of food stocked up.
For a lot of people, loosing 2 weeks pay and gaining a hospital bill would be a disaster, and that is what a huge swath of our population is facing from this bug right now, assuming they don't have any co-morbidities that cause Winnie-the-Flu to leave them dead or crippled.
This bug looks like it will be with us from now on, like a flu but far worse. We've got to learn to live with it without going bonkers or paranoid. And given the likelihood that this was a result of well intentioned but ill conceived experiments in bio-preparedness, we need to reassess our policies in that area.
Corona-Chan remains smugly confident that we won't.
No, it is not nice to get fully symptomed Coof. And you are still recovering from other stuff, so you definitely did get it worse than most folks.
The good news is that your body still managed to keep Coof out of some vital areas, probably because you had been working or in the hospital, around people, thus constantly getting exposed to benign amounts of Coof.
The bad news you already know. Bah.
Talking, reciting, and singing are good breathing exercises.
The silent movie idea is interesting too.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Jun 5 08:39:34 2022 (sF8WE)
I forgot to ask - is your Twitch one with superchats, donations, etc.?
I don't know anything about Twitch, really, and I have to figure it out some.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Jun 5 08:42:09 2022 (sF8WE)
I have to meet certain traffic and broadcast requirements before I can get monetized.
They are quite modest:
I need 50 followers (I have 4)
Stream for 8 hours ( I have streamed just under 4 hours total in my tests)
Stream on 7 different days (Woot! I've done that.)
Have an average viewership of 3 (My average viewership over 10 short test streams is 1.1 )
I don't expect to make this a living, but it might be an interesting expansion of the "fanboy recidivism" aspect of the blog. It'll also act as speech therapy and a mental exercise.
The food doesn't surprise me. People are starting to become more aware of the Charlie Foxtrot the global food supply is going to be through this year and into next. With the breadbasket for Europe, SW Asia, and Northern Africa currently being fertilized for Liberty Trees and with copious amount of cordite, a massive shortage of normal fertilizer, avian flu in the US, swine Flu in China, and various droughts world wide, there will be global food shortages. Here in the US, we should be OK, not much worse than the shortages of the last two years food-wise, but in other parts of the world there will be widespread famine.
The lead ingots are likely people predicting a massive radioactive rainfall from Russia and looking to build shelters.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Wed Apr 13 19:59:28 2022 (QJSdE)
Actually I THINK the lead ingots are for casting bullets for handloading . It's one or 2 damned 74 pound ingots per address. Just a lot of people getting them today.
That animation was on point!
Carb cleaner and starting spray, and new gas for the mower.
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Apr 15 00:10:25 2022 (gVjvf)
5Holy cow, how do you even lift a 74 pound parcel?
Get close to the package. Position feet shoulder width apart. Establish firm footing, bending with the knees, not the back. Pivot rather that twist. As a matter of company policy we aren't responsible for lifting anything over 70 pounds without assistance but as a practical matter, 4 pounds is not worth whining over when there's no one else around. We carry parcels up to 150lb so if I DID get help on one of those I'd be lifting 75 anyway.
Adventures in Delicacies
Delicacies are funny things.
In theory, they are exquisite examples of the culinary art, spoiling the palette with orgasmic bliss delivered by the skill of a 4 star chef.
There are also cultural delicacies.
I think these broadly fall into two categories.
1: A food that is the symbol of hope and survival, that a society ate during the starving time when they could find nothing else, but it is a cultural symbol of that societies perseverance and they are all attuned to have positive emotions associated with it since it is eaten only at memorial festivals.
2: A dirty trick a society plays on outsiders, assuring them that "This is a delicacy....You'll offend us if you don't like it." all the while laughing at the stupid foreigner that they dearly wish they could just beat up.
You know, like natto.
I am not sure which of those categories fried jellyfish fits into.
But I'm pretty sure it is one of them.
The little octopuses were quite good, aside from having jellyfish juice on them.
Jade Villa, is a somewhat austerely apportioned Chinese restaurant in Virginia Beach. It lacks the fancy fixtures that adorn so many high end sit-down Chinese establishments, but it has a huge menu of superb and truly exotic dishes...and cultural delicacies. Out of respect to somebody that is not out of the hospital yet, I refrained, this time, from ordering their exquisite Peking Duck.
They have 2 menus, one a perfectly normal American style Chinese food one finds in any city (albeit very well prepared)...and the big redmenu, which is in Chinese and English, and which I have not tried everything on after several years.
I highly recommend the establishment, even if I cannot provide much heartfelt advocacy for any hypothetical National Jellyfish Association.
Let me add that the casual diner should occasionally pay attention to exactly what regional cuisine specialty a Chinese restaurant focuses on. People used to Cantonese and Szechuan dishes will be in for something of a shock if they went in blind to eat at an establishment featuring Shanghai-style dishes.
Posted by: cxt217 at Sun Feb 6 19:07:45 2022 (MuaLM)
I've had jellyfish. Tastes like salty silicone sealant. Would not buy again.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Feb 7 16:39:22 2022 (PiXy!)
There's a Chinese restaurant that I used to go to with my girlfriend. They had a very nice jellyfish-and-duck salad that we would get every time we went there for dim sum, but they no longer offer it.
We've had jellyfish elsewhere and it was something to put up with, rather than enjoy.
Posted by: wheels at Mon Feb 7 18:09:30 2022 (IhIjp)
Cultural delicacies exist in the states, too. Okra in the south. Lutefisk (shudder) in Minnesota. And if you are ever in Chicago and someone offers you a glass of Malort, it's a cultural delicacy.
What it's all about is there in the name: "Mal" meaning "bad", and "ort" being the sound you make when you jam an entire container of pepper spray in your mouth to remove the aftertaste.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Feb 11 17:48:17 2022 (bHHXR)
Fried okra is actually tasty, though! (I... don't think I'd like it not-fried, though.)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at Fri Feb 11 20:00:18 2022 (v29Tn)
There are a few places around here that have transaction limits at the pump, but they're usually $150, but it's Texas, and there's a lot of people with trucks.
Posted by: Rick C at Tue Dec 14 21:31:28 2021 (Z0GF0)
It used to be $75 in 2008 or so, when I drove a U-haul to New Mexico. That 24' or 26' truck took two or three swipes. I was really happy to rent a diesel truck when I bought my airplane and transported it from Arizona. A gasoline truck of such size would be absurdly expensive.
Blogging Via Dial-Up Sucks
On the other hand, finally being able to walk 4 miles without a cane is most gratifying.
I still can't run or jump, but I'm now going to out-patient Physical Therapy and have access to special equipment so I can work on that.
Furthermore, I walked past the school and blundered upon a gun store on the side of the road 2 miles distant and discovered 9mm ammunition for less than 50 cents a round. Walking back carrying the unexpected prize was harder, but it was satisfying.
Yeah, I have problems with carrying around too much tension.
Another thing that helps is an exercise involving lying down flat.
Hands clasped behind my head.
Holding my head still, and facing straight up, look as far right as my eyes travel, and hold. Breath a while. Then switch to looking left the same way, hold and breathe.
Then actually turn my head to the right, hold and breath. Then the left, again.
It is possible that this only has good results for me because of something wrong with me.
News is depressing, but I've actually been on net positive. Compared to the first Obama years, which I spent very depressed. May just be my personal situation, and making slightly better choices in my emotions.
I mean, it seems pretty clear that a few of those with power over us are deeply disturbed, and that is never a wonderful situation to feel trapped in. Compared to the Obama years, however, while I still don't see a way out, I do have a lot better understanding of the grounds for hope.
Posted by: PatBuckman at Sun Sep 19 14:54:05 2021 (r9O5h)
Posted by: PatBuckman at Sun Sep 19 14:55:32 2021 (r9O5h)
Are there any more sedentary job prospects within non-driving distance available? Given the health issue(s?), something less strenuous might be preferable.
Posted by: jabrwok at Sun Sep 19 18:37:52 2021 (iyhH7)
There are probably some temporary disability plans that can help out in the interim, if you do get fired. If you get going on the paperwork immediately, you may even see some cash in 6 months....
Posted by: Mauser at Sun Sep 19 22:23:35 2021 (Ix1l6)
You may try looking into your state's public transportation options, not to ride a bus but because many also have special discounted transportation options for the disabled, including those who can't drive. Usually something like a taxi or a van service that may only charge you a few dollars. A 30-second search turned up this: https://vda.virginia.gov/drivingtransport.htm I'm not sure how quickly you can get access to something like this, but may be worth investigating.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Mon Sep 20 07:03:42 2021 (olRfA)
Hope you can find another possible work place. My son got a job with your 'current?' employer after being overseas for a number of years. They recently told him(verbally) that he needed to go to another work site for some special training. When he went there, his ID badge would not let him in to the different location, but he was able to talk with the people on site and show his badge and got let in. Then said company claimed he was filing false work hours because he didn't show up for the 'mandatory' training. Since his badge wouldn't work there he was not OFFICIALLY present, so he COULDN'T have been there for the training - so they fired him.
I'm sure his being over 40 had nothing to do with the setup.
Meanwhile, he has started working elsewhere.
Posted by: Frank at Tue Sep 21 15:54:06 2021 (rglbH)
Achievement is achievement.
Apparently it's routine in many hospitals and facilities that the physical therapy people are supposed to be alerted to every patient that could use their help, as fast as possible -- but instead, nobody tells them a darn thing.
I found this out because it happened to my dad. And then I talked to various other folks who have had hospital stays requiring PT, and they all said that they practically had to kick and scream to have the PT folks alerted, even if their doctors wanted it and their insurance was paying for it.
It seems to be some kind of weird inter-departmental thing, maybe some kind of rivalry or tendency to forget, or maybe just a really bad message system.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Aug 24 23:39:14 2021 (sF8WE)
Anyhow... Dr. Google found my dad a worksheet on what you're supposed to do as a patient after his kind of surgery, as composed by some surgeon at Johns Hopkins.
So you might be able to find some kind of post-stroke PT advice, just so you have a baseline. Even if it takes forever to download.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Aug 24 23:41:43 2021 (sF8WE)
Speaking as someone who has rolled a critical fail on that task (with fiancee present to laugh at the painful results), good goin'!
Good news, and fingers crossed it keeps getting better.
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Aug 9 15:20:12 2021 (ZlYZd)
So glad to see you updating so soon. Just from the fact that you're able to do so. Awesome news that you're recovering well and hopefully will have little lasting impairment. Get well soon!
Posted by: David Eastman at Mon Aug 9 15:21:05 2021 (t/97R)
Good to see you back and tactical, Brick. I meant what I said earlier: we'll be here for you, so take whatever time you need. It IS good to see that typing is therapy, though. Take good care of yourself, 'kay?
If they want to put you on blood thiners - Lovanox or warfarin - tell them to eff themselves and take 81mg aspirin per day with four tumblers of whiskey.
Trust me: I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I have sent good wishes and prayers your way. Keep punching and get well soon!
Posted by: Ed Hering at Mon Aug 9 18:39:18 2021 (/cXdK)
Good to see that you are doing better. Keep on and make a full recovery! Prayers for your full recovery will continue!
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Mon Aug 9 19:54:20 2021 (zjM9/)
Yay yay yay, yay yay yay!
Btw, my friend Foxfier says it's great that you figured out it was a stroke, as a lot of folks and their medical professionals don't.
Also, "That guy sets a new standard for dedication to making sure people who will worry have accurate information to worry on."
She and her husband are both Navy folks, so maybe it's a case of like recognizing like?
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Mon Aug 9 21:11:34 2021 (sF8WE)
Glad to hear you're okay. Sending prayers for a good recovery.
Posted by: normal at Tue Aug 10 15:04:47 2021 (LADmw)
Hi Brick. Since you're starting to do a bit better, I thought I should bring up in case nobody else thinks to mention to you. You should probably look at talking to an employment attorney sometime in the very near future. At a minimum they should be able to help you with the worker's comp claim. They would also be able to help you determine if your employer created an unhealthy work environment, which has implications for them not just for your case, but all the workers in a similar situation. Whatever you do, don't agree to anything from your employer without talking to an attorney at this stage.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Wed Aug 11 08:30:46 2021 (7dKkG)
Posted by: MadRocketSci at Fri Aug 6 10:36:58 2021 (hRoyQ)
Obviously everyone, if anybody hears anything, please share it minus any real details. Those are up to Brick to release.
I've been digging and have come up blank except for his Indeed page (out of date). Let's hope he either contacts one of us or his family does.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Aug 6 18:43:14 2021 (bHHXR)
Of course, Wonderduck. Hope you're doing better now too.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Aug 7 03:03:15 2021 (PiXy!)
Still working on walking. Minor in comparison to what Brick's got going on.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Aug 7 03:37:48 2021 (bHHXR)
Brickmuppet! That's... Good news, I guess. Sorry to see another friend in rehab hell.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Aug 7 08:47:02 2021 (PiXy!)
I panicked just now because the damn server went down again and we might have missed hearing from you.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Aug 7 08:50:45 2021 (PiXy!)
Yay, Brickmuppet! I am sure that they will do you some therapy, but there are lots of good tricks and workarounds.
Feel free to do crazy stuff, like forming letters with your ankles and toes, or your tongue. Singing is also good. Use your opposite hand or both hands. Basically, do not exhaust your body or brain, but play with the controls a bit and stimulate it a tad. It will help rewire your brain around bad stuff.
Foreign languages can help, too. Yup, get them to prescribe anime or WWII documentaries.
And yay, Wonderduck! Glad you are better.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Aug 7 12:38:52 2021 (sF8WE)
Oh, and videogames. Drawing videogames, Tetris, whatever. Just short easy casual games until you get stronger, probably, but I bet they will have you do some.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Aug 7 12:42:33 2021 (sF8WE)
Obviously, if it is "just" peripheral weakness of hands, feet, etc., that is easier to get back than when people can't access/forget their skills. But there are tons of exercises and helps, either way.
You are a persistent guy. You can do it.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sat Aug 7 12:50:03 2021 (sF8WE)
Best wishes for as full a recovery as possible!
Posted by: DougO at Sat Aug 7 13:28:58 2021 (kqK5x)