It’s been almost a month since I’ve written a blog post, so here are a few COVID-19 observations. The politicization of this viral outbreak, while predictable, has been as disturbing as all the rapid governmental orders and edicts, all geared toward “keeping us safe.” The zeal with which many pundits and politicians abandon our foundational principles and fundamental rights spread way more quickly than this virus and it’s infected many partisans, on both sides of the political aisle. The measures many people embrace out of fear and the desire to feel “safe” could wreak havoc on our constitutional system, if calmer heads don’t work to quell the zealots wanting to turn America into a virtual police state, all to stop the spread of this virus. It’s a bit surreal that a “health emergency” has brought out the inner totalitarian instincts among so many of the political class.
Trump, many Dems and many in the media latched onto this crisis as another spin theme to use to advance their political agendas, which has left me even more disgusted with the media and partisans. I find this new scorched earth spin theater even more appalling than the others, because each day, their spin crap is played out as the death count of Americans succumbing to this virus climbs. They’re playing their spin antics as thousands of Americans are dying and millions others are suffering extreme hardship and possible financial ruin… but hey, the partisan spin war rages on, regardless. Trump has been using his daily COVID-19 briefings to get his daily fix of bantering with the media, while Gov. Cuomo, wallows in the media spotlight, as sort of pop culture shrink talking New Yorkers and liberals through each day… while also bolstering his political stature among Democrats. Pelosi and Schumer continue their sleazy political power plays advancing pet Democrat projects and agendas, even holding up legislation to help millions of suffering Americans, so that their special interests get millions of dollars in federal hand-outs. Pelosi and Schumer give new meaning to being political grifters… 25 millions dollars to the Kennedy Center, for crying out loud. Most Americans will never attend a single event at the Kennedy Center.
My daily life changed just a little bit. I had gotten used to having the 3 nurse visits and 3 CNA visits every week to help with my husband’s care, but that all changed with COVID-19. The home hospice provider stopped CNA visits, unless the caregiver can’t mange the daily care. And the nurse comes for one visit a week and the other 2 visits are phone calls. My husband’s nurse told me, they might begin doing home visits once every two weeks soon. The only other inconvenience has been grocery shopping amidst so many out of stock items, which made me realize just how spoiled I am with so many modern conveniences.
Other than that, I have started sewing cotton fabric face masks for family and neighbors and my husband’s nurse said the other nurses could use some, when I showed her the ones I had made already. So, I am sewing some to give her next week for the other hospice nurses. If I get more sewn after that, I’ll donate some to the local hospital. In my garage I have about a dozen or so large plastic tote containers of cotton fabric, intended for the quilting hobby I never got around to yet. It felt good washing, pressing and cutting out some face masks with some of this nice cotton quilting fabric. I ran out of thin elastic and have some on order, but it’s going to take two weeks, but YouTube came to the rescue. I watched a face mask video where the lady recommends cutting up old t-shirts into 1 inch strips. You just pull those strips and the strips curls into round ties that can be cut into ties for the face masks. The t-shirt ties work just fine. Working on this small face mask project, as I have time, feels good. It sure feels better than watching even a minute of the spin war garbage.
I miss doing volunteer work.