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  1. Re: 1918 Spanish Influenza, “By the end of the epidemic, Los Angeles had 494 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 673 per 100,000 in San Francisco. ”

    That would be 6,730 dead in a year in the city limits of San Jose where I live, with dozens of thousands horribly sick. 46,380 dead in the entire San Francisco bay area and likely over 100,000 horribly sick. The Spanish Flu has been well studied. Some environments had much higher mortality rates, like one Inuit village in Alaska where over 75% died from the flu. Primitive? No one even knew what a virus was at the beginning of the outbreak. The virus was resurrected this past decade at the CDC by a DNA sample taken from bodies in that village. A solitary doctor, no assistants, was allowed to work on it, at night, behind many security protocols. That’s how fearful they were of it. His experiments on mice proved how lethal it was.

    Anti-virals, assuming enough supply, might flatten the middle hump that killed many young and healthy people in 1918. The fear for many decades is a return of something as nasty as the 1918 Flu. It’s long been planned for, hence the lockdown.

    Re: the dad with dementia. My mother got so bad when she lived with us that I had to take her back to her filthy hoard. It wasn’t just dementia, but life long mental illnesses. I was accused of elder abuse (one accusation was investigated), threatened with a lawyer, gotten into my face and called a liar, the cops called on me. She trusted no one except foolish, evil people who stole from her. Calling my little kids thieves was enough. Hope my kids never have to deal with that with me.

  2. JoelG says:

    TNV, I’m sorry to hear how difficult it is with your mom. My mom has early onset dementia. Thankfully my dad is her care giver. He’s doing a great job in a heartbreaking situation. I hope your mom is getting the care she needs.

  3. Thanks JG, she is. The nursing home got her medications adjusted when she started attacking patients and staff. The downside was that she np longer remembered who we were. The upside to that is that ahe seemed happy, locked away into wherever her mind ended up. As a former RN who worked skilled care the last 20 years of her career, she told me shed rather die than end up like that. She certainly tried her way, and ended up where she didn’t want to be. Like The Road To Samarra.

    Over 15 years ago, I could see this coming. I made an offended remark that I should get conservatorship. She smirked and said, “I’d like to see you try!” Much like how I told the mother of my children how her choice to leave me for a younger man, she also smirked and said, “we’ll see!” And that turned out worse than I “prophesied.” Divorced now, she’s still seeking happiness…

    It’s not like I try to control people, I really did want their best interests at heart. My mom’s 5 acres was sold at auction a month ago. I had the cash to redeem the back taxes, but with the lockdown and not knowing if ill have a job by summer, it’s better to take care of myself and my kids. My ex divorced this year. Both lost what they idolotrated (I cringe a little at being judgmental).

    Maybe I’ll end up eventually in a nursing home screaming, “it’s a cookbook! Soylent Green is people!” No one will listen to me, but I’ll be used to it by then :>)

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