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Title: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: DGSquared on March 19, 2020, 09:11:09 AM
What sorts of odd things are you experiencing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

I had a doctor's appointment scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon.

The doctor's office called my husband's cell phone at 7:30 this morning when I didn't answer the landline at home. My cell phone battery died in the night and since our landline is far from our bedroom and I sleep like the dead, I didn't hear my husband try to reach me. I checked the landline when I got up and saw that I missed his call, so I called him, left a message, then he called me back and told me the doc's office was trying to reach me. ::)

Calls made to the doc's office before 9:00 am usually go to the answering service so I had some coffee and toast, then called the doctor's office around 9:30.

The receptionist, Jennifer, who is probably (maybe) a perfectly nice girl usually sounds like a bored, spoiled rotten, uppity, rich girl with a bad attitude was outwardly showing her exasperation with me after I identified myself to her on the phone.

Jennifer, high pitched: "Ahhh, we don't want you to come in today."

Me: "Why what's changed? When I called to confirm on Monday, you asked me if I had any symptoms, I said, "No" and you told me to come on in."

Jennifer: "Okay..." Long pause  "What are we seeing you for again?"

Me: "You want the whole list?"

Jennifer: - an impatient, "Yes."

Me: "Follow-up from bloodwork and ultrasound in December, my wheezing has returned, and I'd like to see about getting some meds changed that don't seem to be working."

Jennifer: "Um, yeah. No. You can't come in."

Me: "Again, why not?"

Jennifer: "We don't want anyone with lung problems coming in at all."

Me: "My asthma was a problem before the Coronavirus."

Jennifer: "You're high risk for complications if you get sick or you may be a carrier."

Dr. Deutsch works rounds in a convalescent hospital. So, I didn't argue with Jennifer.

It looks like I'm left hanging with the rest of the world.

My husband ended up going to work and will go again tomorrow while he waits to be issued special equipment (a desktop with heightened protection and programs they use for editing) to use from home.


~Deb
















Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Gyppo on March 19, 2020, 10:15:45 AM
I appreciate that coming out to fix a damaged window (broken hinge) - which has been made secure - is a relatively low priority for our housing association.  But the bureaucracy is still working well despite the virus threat,

'An appointment has been made for 1st July, 2020.  Trade:  UPVC fittings.'
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Firefly on March 23, 2020, 07:12:04 PM
I am wondering if my appointment will be canned too. I need a flu shot but staying at home will mean I won't get sick anyway
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Gyppo on March 23, 2020, 08:50:42 PM
You could do your own flu shot if they sent you a one-shot syringe and instructions.
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: rewh2oman on March 23, 2020, 11:59:23 PM
Maybe the provide drive bys.  :D
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Gyppo on March 24, 2020, 12:45:50 AM
Talking of drive-bys...

What goes clop, clop, clop, bang!  Clop, clop bang!  Clop, clop... (fading away).

An Amish drive-by shooting.
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Spell Chick on March 24, 2020, 12:50:50 AM
Drive by flu shots

Like throwing darts?
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: DGSquared on March 24, 2020, 04:43:45 AM
Dr. Oz did his show today with him and his family donating blood in a blood donation trailer. The four of them were in close quarters. He was reiterating the six-foot-distance rule within 2 feet of everyone in the trailer. It seemed contradictory although I appreciate the messages he was conveying. 
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Firefly on March 24, 2020, 04:47:38 AM
Seems to be a lot of that mate
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Gyppo on March 24, 2020, 07:25:47 AM
Most of the folks at our local Co-op are at least trying to keep distance.

But there are some people who have no concept of 'distance'.  These are the kind who if they see you camped in an otherwise empty field will come and camp right next to you.

"is this a good campsite?"

"It was."

They usually have a yapping little dog, which changes to a mournful ululating howl after dark, and a portable TV as well.  The TV is always turned up loud because they're obviously deaf and they couldn't possibly miss their regular soap operas.

They sit indoors, with the tent flap zipped shut, or their van windows closed, and watch nature documentaries between the soaps.

One has to wonder why they don't just stay at home.  Or go on a cruise ship.  Or go to Hell.

Gyppo
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Spell Chick on March 24, 2020, 02:21:36 PM
I have to admit I did not like tent camping. I don't like sleeping on the ground. Doing it while pregnant was worse.

We invented all sorts of things, like running water and electricity wired into the house. The tent had none of these.

The campers were better, but still ... I'm a fan of luxury. Like beds, toilets en suite, and dishwashers.
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: DGSquared on March 24, 2020, 05:35:13 PM
I'm with Gyppo here although you won't ever see me turn down a free five-star hotel stay.

While camping in the Rockies last summer, by Tuesday afternoon, we had most of the campground to ourselves. About 9:00 pm, a carload of teenaged girls pull up in the site right next to ours, giggling, clueless, and of course, out of firewood. We gladly offered them one of our bundles but they burned through it like maniacs. The following day, a man and two young boys pulled up in a teardrop pull-trailer on the other side of us. There were 50 empty spaces, why set down next to us?

I don't get it. Maybe everyone isn't out to escape manmade structures and the crowds, so they naturally gravitate toward other people - for safety, perhaps? Campgrounds aren't scary by any means so this confounds me. I want my space when I'm in the wide, open spaces. 8)

I love having friends around and camped next to each other but if it's just me and the boys, I tend to get a bit territorial in my temporary living conditions while camping.  ;)
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Spell Chick on March 24, 2020, 06:05:22 PM
It's like men in the bathroom. You always leave at least one urinal between you - unless forced otherwise.
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: DGSquared on March 24, 2020, 06:38:20 PM
I'm curious as to where you came up with one urinal - but then, I'm not good at measuring the splash factor.  :D


Did you hear about Senator Rand Paul going to the Senate gymnasium, working out, and swimming in the Senate swimming pool after he tested positive for coronavirus? What the Hell, Rand?
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Spell Chick on March 25, 2020, 02:03:31 PM
I thought it was between the time when he was tested and the time when the results came back. Still not very nice if you THINK you might be sick. But it is a bit different.

Every sneeze and every twinge of a dry throat leaves me wondering if I am sick yet or not. I feel like the Airplane movie. Shirley this didn't have to happen during allergy season.
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Gyppo on March 25, 2020, 05:59:23 PM
"Don't call me Shirley." ;-)

I think it's ironic that about a month ago I said to my Sister "You know, this is the first time in years I've got through a winter without at least even a mild visit from The Brown Carthorse (bronchitis)."
Title: Re: Strange Times Indeed
Post by: Spell Chick on March 25, 2020, 10:24:24 PM
I made it thru the winter without getting sick. And as far as I can tell, I'm not sick now.

Dick's baby brother was quite ill for a while. He travels a lot and it sounded like it might be this COVID crap, but he is now on the mend and will hopefully be back to full throttle soon.