Masks and Vanilla Ice Cream

I arrive for the unconscious affected person.  Meaning I carry my in home bag over my shoulder, the guts monitor in a single hand, and an O2 tank and my isolation tools bag within the different.  I run up 4 flights of stairs.  I’m carrying a surgical masks and a face protect.  By the point I’m come out on the touchdown, I can neither see by the face protect, nor breathe by the masks.  I set the 02 tank down, unloop one aspect of my masks, and lean towards a wall whereas taking in a number of valuable gulps of air.  I nod to the previous man within the hallway who eyes me silently, reloop my masks, decide up the 02 tank, and proceed down the corridor to the condo.

We interrupt this publish for a information flash:

The Governor simply issued steering saying all youth basketball gamers should put on masks whereas enjoying.  New function.  At first, I believe “Are you kidding?”  Youth basketball is usually nonstop quick breaks.  My daughter who performed 4 video games this weekend, usually stands throughout timeouts with hand on hips, barely bent over utilizing accent muscle tissues to breath.  How can they anticipate her or any of the women on the courtroom to run with a masks on?  What about somebody who has bronchial asthma?  If I used to be Bobby Knight, I would throw at chair in anger on the idiocy.


Connecticut has gone crimson on each COVID map I’ve seen.  Our circumstances are going parabolic.  Whereas I’ve been encountering extra COVID this fall than final summer season, it isn’t but as unhealthy because it was when it first struck us, when folks had been sucking for air simply sitting in a chair making an attempt to not transfer.  Deaths and hospitalizations are up, however the hammer should still be a number of weeks away.

I learn the information at present.

In North Dakota they’re so strapped for nurses they’re permitting asymptomatic COVID optimistic nurses to proceed to work.

With North Dakota hospitals at 100% capability, Burgum pronounces COVID-positive nurses can keep at work

Utah has declared a two week state of emergency as a result of devastation.  Orders together with canceling all sports activities, mandating all put on masks and limiting gatherings to members of the family solely.

Gov. Gary Herbert declares state of emergency for hospital overcrowding, case surge

Nationwide we now have surpassed 10 million circumstances with over 100,000 new circumstances a day. 

“What America has to grasp is that we’re about to enter Covid hell,” Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of Minnesota’s Heart of Infectious Illness Analysis and Coverage and the writer of Deadliest Enemy: Our Struggle Towards Killer Germs, stated yesterday.


Again to basketball.

New article within the paper about it.

Advantages of masks carrying for winter sports activities athletes outweigh discomfort, efficiency setbacks, consultants say

The docs interviewed concede that carrying masks can and certain will inhibit each efficiency and communication through the sport.

Yeah.  Little question.

However Dr. Christine Received, from the Yale Medical Faculty, says tellingly, “we now have to take the worth into what we’re actually speaking about right here.”

And what we’re speaking about here’s a lethal illness that has killed 1 / 4 million People and can probably kill many extra earlier than it has run its course.

Whereas COVID could not have an effect on of the child’s well being, they will clearly unfold it to extra susceptible kin.

I used to be studying the chart of an aged COVID affected person with double pneumonia.  “Affected person’s needs have at all times been to not be intubated.  Consolation measures solely.  Son says affected person’s sister and daughter are on their solution to hospital, driving from 12 hours away.  Son requests vanilla ice cream for mom if attainable.”

So if my daughter complains, my reply can be, “I’m sorry, honey, I do know it’s going to be arduous.  If you wish to play, put on a masks.  The opposite workforce can be carrying them too.  And also you’re younger, you may have your well being and you might be nonetheless being allowed to play basketball.  How nice is that!”


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