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Rock Bottom?

Like everyone else I had no concept that pandemics dragged on and on and on and on and on….

We all want “normal” back but I feel like we are a bloody long way from it. Like the health care workers I am discouraged at our lack of progress in managing this disease. Like 80% of people in my province I am ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED at the leadership who only care about economic growth. I am saddened that the vaccination rates are SO SO SO SO low in huge parts of our province. I’ve given up emailing politicians. At this point it’s just keep a low profile, wear a mask (like seriously people it’s not bloody hard) and assess every last activity to ensure its not exposing those I love to risks that aren’t worth it.

The death toll climbs. The average age of deaths is dropping steadily. Pediatric patients are dying, children the age of my grandchildren. This has got to be rock bottom right?

Between Covid and climate change it really does feel like we are going to hell in a hand basket. It also feels like there is so little that one person can do to make a difference. Any one out there have a good ideas on how to stay positive in a time of such negativity? I could use a dose of silver lining about now.

Bernie

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21 thoughts on “Rock Bottom?

  1. I completely feel your pain. I live in Florida now… poster child for stupidity as far as dealing with Covid. I luckily don’t have someone at risk and unable to get vaccinated that I have to worry about at the moment and so my case is definitely different than yours. We (hubby & I) have even gotten the third booster, so we feel OK going out a bit more, with other vaccinated people. And 90% of the time it’s still outdoors (In Florida we can do that), or if indoors, we still mask up. I’m not sure when the end will be in sight as we head back into more holiday connections…and too many people still refusing to get vaccinated.

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    1. Love it — poster child for stupidity. Yep that is Saskatchewan and Alberta. There is even a new variant that has come out of these areas and that is scary because you wonder how well the first 2 vaccines will work on a new variant. I had a friend go home to Wyoming this fall and she ended up with Covid despite being double vaccinated. Yes unfortunately we can’t all relax yet but as you said lucky for you winter means outside time. Here it means inside time and more being careful. Sorry for the late response — your comment was in the spam file (WP doing weird stuff again!) thanks for stopping in. Bernie

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    1. I felt I wasn’t alone but still it feels so isolated and isolating. We just keep doing the right thing but so many others resist… I am working on my mental reset. Thanks for the support Pam. Let’s just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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  2. Hi, Bernie – I hear you loud and clear. My ‘counter-covid’ suggestions are similar to Ally’s, Janis’ and Deb’s. 1) Know who are true friends are – and continue to bring joy to each other (even in the most simple, goofy ways). 2) Seek out good news stories (they are out there) 3) Get outdoors and walk, walk, walk (nature and walking truly do heal). 4) Continue to blog your frustrations away — this little corner of the blogisphere is filled with awesome, supportive people.

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    1. I like that — counter Covid. As to 1 I feel like we are all hibernating, 2 I may start limiting my main stream nightly News hour, 3 I wish my leg and back would just let go and I could enjoy walking and not struggle. The time outside I know is key to my mental health. 4 – I will and I know that my blogging friends have my back so thanks Donna!

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  3. It is hard at the moment BernieLynne and your thoughts echo many others around the world. Here in Australia we are heading into spring and summer so there is that glimmer of hope with the vaccination rates very high and travel starting up again slowly. Hopefully we can all get through this. Taker care.

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    1. Our problem here in my province is that our political government has no “balls” and won’t put any mandates in place so the fourth wave is crushing us. Our vaccine rate is 68% and has not really climbed at all since about June and there are huge swaths of the province that are hovering around 45%. Our ICU’s are overfull and we’ve shipped out patients to Ontario as we couldn’t care for all of them. Health care for other patients has been halted and all this because people won’t make the right choice. We will eventually get through it but with a lot of needless deaths. Thanks for the moral support from across the world. It definitely is easier in summer as you can visit outside so enjoy your upcoming season. Take care and thanks for stopping in. Bernie

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  4. Yep, I agree with you. We’re in a hand basket alright. As for positivity to offset that idea… well, if nothing else during these last 17 months I’ve learned who my true friends are. No doubt in my mind who is here for me– and who was a fair weather friend. I find that consoling, to be sure of such.

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    1. It’s a sad state that so much of the world is in said hand basket.
      I’ve got good friends but I think we’ve all kind of just shrunk into a cocoon. BUT I am inspired and have an idea about something that could turn my mindset around. Stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by to comment and for “getting it”. Take care Ally.

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  5. I feel your pain, Bernie. I try not to go down the rabbit hole of despair. I don’t have grandkids so maybe it’s easier for me. Please find the good (it’s out there!) and do the best you can to enjoy life as it is (while, obviously, doing what you can to make things better).

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    1. Janis it is hard with the littles plus we are both over 60 so higher risk although we are both healthy. We just have to be so careful not to pick it up and give it to Young A and Little Man C. Your comment and another factor have inspired me to try and do some good out there so thanks for that and the connection. Take care and stay safe. Bernie

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  6. I understand this feeling, Bernie. So many times I have felt like humans are basically shit, and do we even deserve to take up space on this beautiful planet? Then I’ll come across a story of one person doing a kind thing, and I remember that most of us are good and do want to do good. But those people usually don’t make the news or seek out positions of influence. (Or they may start out good, but then get corrupted along the way on their mission to do good.) Leaving the bad ones to spread misinformation, profit off of tragedy, and create havoc for the rest. All we can do, I have realized, is to stick to our values and live them with every breath. People notice, even if they will never tell you, and it might inspire them to do or think differently.
    Try to seek out those good news stories, of humans being and doing their best. Especially at this difficult time. It has helped me.
    Deb

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    1. I know there are good people in the world — we are the ones abiding by the keep each other safe rules. I guess I just got discouraged because our premier is an absolute idiot and there are 30%+ people in this province who aren’t buying into doing the correct thing. This too shall pass (my low and the attitude of those who are wrecking it for the rest of us) and I will find my way back to the bright side. It’s good to know that others can understand my feelings and sympathize so thanks for the support. Take care. Bernie

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  7. This hit the mail on the head for me. I too, am struggling with staying positive. I now refuse to entertain any debate about the vaccine, ivermectin, public health measures etc. I surround myself with like-minded, positive, reasonable people. I make a conscious effort to compliment people throughout my day. Any and every small part makes a difference ……

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    1. That’s a good step not to debate or discuss it as Covid seems to rule conversations most of the time. I am feeling like I’ve lost my like minded people. Feeling like it’s a small bubble but we feel we need to do that to keep our grandchildren safe. Obviously you and I need to walk!! Thanks for the supportive comment.

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  8. I am also finding it distressing as our provinces seem to be carbon copies of each other. The good news here is that cases are dropping, but….deaths are not. I think we all need to know that everyone of us will at some time get Covid, due to the lack of a cohesive approach. Those who have been vaccinated will fare better and some unvaccinated who get it will have regrets. We can not change that. All we can do is hope we are ready for the next one and that social media misinformation spreaders also see the light. Maybe the supply chain disruption will help us all stop buying so much unnecessary stuff, thus slowing climate change. We need to stop listening to all the hype of marketers. I know that was not a great message of hope, but hope happens one ray of light at a time. Have a good day Bernie. Allan

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    1. Allan, I figured you would have total understanding of where my mind is right now. It’s the political climate that makes the pandemic so bad for us right now. We are doing the right thing but others aren’t and that’s impacting how long we slug around in this. As to climate change I think a lot of collective little changes by individuals and families is still a drop in the bucket compared to big companies that are creating the big issues but I am still willing to do my part. Although buying a hybrid vehicle right now is not easy! Thanks for reading and supporting my dark days. Bernie

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