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D got her second shot today, which is good (and she handled it really well). But now there's news of a new "variant of concern." And I'm really struggling to focus on the positives of D being vaccinated vs. thinking maybe it's all completely futile (including the booster I'll be getting Monday), if it turns out this variant can get around immunity... Like, can't we just have some time to celebrate a victory and some relief and a sense of maybe returning to semi-normal for a brief while before the next thing hits?

Hugs, LT. I was feeling something similar last night - a bunch of doomsday thoughts tumbling over each other in my head. As soon as it was daylight though I was able to battle back the thoughts thankfully, and was back to feeling hopeful again before L texted to cancel.


Now I'm just worried that she has covid again...


Back to my hat, so I can not think about anything but my crocheting!
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Hugs back, Artie. Sorry you're also dealing with some doomsday thoughts... I hope that L just has some other illness (there are plenty going around) or ate something that didn't agree with her. I know you're in a weird place with her now--but could you maybe email her in a couple days to say you hope she's feeling better? Assuming she is, that could potentially give you some reassurance. But I'd also understand your not wanting to check in (I feel like I was really annoying Dr. T when he got back from his trip, had some symptoms, and worried he had Covid, but he seemed fine and understanding about it).

But perhaps best to focus on the hat! I need to find other things to focus on...I feel I should go back to painting (and have discussed it with Dr. T--he's greatly in favor of it), but it just seems like so much effort to get all the materials out, to know I'll likely get disrupted by D (she doesn't go to bed much earlier than me), to know I'll have to clean it all up, etc. I suppose I could go back to working on my therapy memoir. It came up recently with Dr. T that I hadn't been working on it, and he said he was disappointed because he was looking forward to seeing his name in the acknowledgments.

Maybe I should try to learn to crochet? I've also thought about drawing, which doesn't require setup and cleanup. Or maybe going back to poetry?
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D got her second shot today, which is good (and she handled it really well). But now there's news of a new "variant of concern." And I'm really struggling to focus on the positives of D being vaccinated vs. thinking maybe it's all completely futile (including the booster I'll be getting Monday), if it turns out this variant can get around immunity... Like, can't we just have some time to celebrate a victory and some relief and a sense of maybe returning to semi-normal for a brief while before the next thing hits?
I think we're at the point where "normal" is what we make of it and it might have to be redefined. I feel pretty normal right now, except for 1) teaching rooms full of masked students and 2) getting called a ridiculous number of times for random COVID testing at my university (I'm up to 5 this semester, in a 15-week semester where they randomly call 28% of the campus population/week).

I'm not going to worry about the new variant yet. It was only found on Tuesday. It seems more transmissible so far, but that doesn't mean more lethal than the original COVID, and it's not yet known how well the vaccines work against it. No one seems seriously ill from the new one (yet), and the idea behind mRNA vaccines is that they can be adapted pretty easily, within months if need be.
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Hat is done! That was fun. See how curly my hair gets when it's short?
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Hat is done! That was fun. See how curly my hair gets when it's short?

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I think we're at the point where "normal" is what we make of it and it might have to be redefined. I feel pretty normal right now, except for 1) teaching rooms full of masked students and 2) getting called a ridiculous number of times for random COVID testing at my university (I'm up to 5 this semester, in a 15-week semester where they randomly call 28% of the campus population/week).

I'm not going to worry about the new variant yet. It was only found on Tuesday. It seems more transmissible so far, but that doesn't mean more lethal than the original COVID, and it's not yet known how well the vaccines work against it. No one seems seriously ill from the new one (yet), and the idea behind mRNA vaccines is that they can be adapted pretty easily, within months if need be.

I agree on the normal being what you make of it thing. I've already come to accept that Covid is likely not ever going to completely go away. And hopefully it will become more like the flu, where it is around seasonally and is dangerous for some people and unpleasant to catch, and maybe we have to get a vaccine every year, but there are hopefully better ways of treating it.

I'm hoping that even if the new one is more transmissible, the vaccines will still be generally effective in preventing hospitalization and death. And we also now have new antivirals heading for approval (though Merck just said theirs is less effective than they originally thought).

But it's still a case of, as I was just talking about with H, can't we just get a little break here, where D just got vaccinated, couldn't we have had a little bit of time to feel good about that before having to wonder what will happen with this new variant? (He's the one who said that, too.) I know we can choose to feel good about it because, as he also said, if nothing else, it's still protecting her from the other variants. And I'll try to do that (especially until we know more about how transmissible and deadly this variant truly is). But it's still just really discouraging and disheartening.
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I'm hopeful that science will continue finding better ways of treating it, as like you LT I've finally accepted that it's never going away... I'm going to take melatonin tonight so I can hopefully sleep without waking up in the middle of the night and going all doomsday on h again. L tells me to stop reading so much covid news but how can I? I told her I can't just stick my head in the sand and pretend it's not a thing.
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If you have taken reasonable precautions, I think over worrying about it is a bit of a self indulgence. Which is fine if it is what you want to do -but I think sometimes it takes the focus away from other more real things. People die from stuff every day. I think the regular forms of dying are more likely for most people - heart disease, car accidents, falls in the bathroom (really-I represented a few traumatic brain injury people who fell in the bathroom), cancer, and the like - the usual suspects.
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