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Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:12 am
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Hi,

A new term for this decade - social distancing.  I have been on this site for many years and this is the first month or so that I have posted so much. Could it be that our province has all but shut down to prevent the community spreading of that dratted virus. I think so. Time for reflection, reading - maybe spring cleaning as Thursday is the first day of spring. I wonder if my hair appointment is still on. Stay well my fellow ostomates.

Karen

These are the top 5 issues ostomates face:

1. Dating and relationships
2. Concealing the pouch
3. Foods to eat and avoid
4. Losing or gaining weight
5. Pouch ballooning

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Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:57 am

Hello Karen. Surreal indeed!

In this age of social media, I suspect that there will be many who might not even notice the physical aspects of 'social-distancing'. However, for those of us who have enjoyed a lifetime of socialising in one form or another, it might come as a a bit of a shock  to be told to isolate ourselves. Hey- ho - there we go! I expect there will be plenty to write about and still not enough time in the day to fit everything in.

At least you can console yourself with the thought that your government have not adopted the concept of 'herd-immunity' - whereby they expect and 'want' as many people to be infected as possible so that the virus won't spread anymore after that! Of course they realise that this will probably mean many more deaths of vulnerable people, but they ( being much younger and less vulnerable) believe that this is a price worth paying. Someone recently described/ compared it  to a 'cull' of the elderly and infirm, who incidentally are deemed as a drain on the health services, so I suppose it's a win-win for anyone that might be still alive at the end of it. 

Surreal indeed!

Best wishes 

Bill 

Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:19 am

Surreal for sure! Feels like a Stephen King novel.

Baw
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:48 pm
Bill wrote:

Hello Karen. Surreal indeed!

In this age of social media, I suspect that there will be many who might not even notice the physical aspects of 'social-distancing'. However, for those of us who have enjoyed a lifetime of socialising in one form or another, it might come as a a bit of a shock  to be told to isolate ourselves. Hey- ho - there we go! I expect there will be plenty to write about and still not enough time in the day to fit everything in.

At least you can console yourself with the thought that your government have not adopted the concept of 'herd-immunity' - whereby they expect and 'want' as many people to be infected as possible so that the virus won't spread anymore after that! Of course they realise that this will probably mean many more deaths of vulnerable people, but they ( being much younger and less vulnerable) believe that this is a price worth paying. Someone recently described/ compared it  to a 'cull' of the elderly and infirm, who incidentally are deemed as a drain on the health services, so I suppose it's a win-win for anyone that might be still alive at the end of it. 

Surreal indeed!

Best wishes 

Bill 


BEST WISHES indeed!  As a member of that vulnerable sector of our universe I would be offended if I cared about your opinion.  There are people out there who will be offended, though. It is possible that you have used your medical quota already because of your condition and possible drain on on sociatal resources. By the way, I have insurance other than medicade. That particular comment places you as a pimple on the face of humanity.

Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:10 am

Hi ya 

So today I was down to 1 flange and a pouch ..suddenly dawned on me that people may be hoarding ostomy supplies as well as everything else so I called my supplier hoping this was not the case ....WRONG...people are hoarding ostomy supplies . I have been a customer of theirs for  23 years .after I gave the manager my product numbers she told me she would check if there were any left in stock at which point I broke out in a nevous  hot sweat and suddenly felt nauseated . After a longgg minute she told me my products were indeed available and had been put aside forr me ready for pick up...OMG what a relief. 

WTF! people are going mad!  

When I picked up.my one box of each .. 10 per box which will last me 10 weeks the manager told me she was going to start keeping regular customers supplies back ..so nice of her...I pay for mine out of pocket so can't afford to double up on supplies. .she told me not to worry about shortage moving forward during this pandemic and will make sure my products will be ready for me in 10 weeks time or sooner if needed .

All I can say is GOD BLESS HER!

STAY SAFE EVERYONE 

Ange 

 

Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:20 am
Baw wrote:


BEST WISHES indeed!  As a member of that vulnerable sector of our universe I would be offended if I cared about your opinion.  There are people out there who will be offended, though. It is possible that you have used your medical quota already because of your condition and possible drain on on sociatal resources. By the way, I have insurance other than medicade. That particular comment places you as a pimple on the face of humanity.

Hello Baw. 

Thank you for your response to my post as I was obviously not aware that it might cause some people offence. Just to make it clear, I too would be considered to be amongst the most vulnerable people with regard to this new virus. This is why I feel that it is somewhat surreal that the UK government adopted the  concept of 'herd-immunity' as a method of managing this problem. I do not believe that there is another country in the world that has suggested 'herd-immunity' as an appropriate response, so there will be many people out there who would agree with my very cynical view  on the politics surrounding this topic in the UK.  My take on this matter has little or nothing to do with medicade or insurance, as the UK has a National Health System (NHS), which caters for the sick, free of charge at the point of delivery. The point I was making was that deliberately allowing/encouraging the majority of people to become infected, makes those people who are more likely to die, much more vulnerable than they might otherwise had been, if a different strategy had been adopted in the first place. 

Mind you! I do like the concept of me being a 'pimple on the face of humanity', as it it complements my concept of being 'a nobody'. (see my rhyme 'I am a Nobody' on my profile) So, I will definitely use this as a self-description in future. Thank you for this idea.

Best wishes

Bill 

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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:41 am

This situation makes me be afraid. Alone and afraid.

I moved to a small village 4 months ago and I am completly isolated. No doctors, no public transports (due government restrictions).  I talk to my family very often but I can't see them.

:( 

I wish everything back to normal.

Take Care all of you

 

Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:21 pm

Hi Karen - Haven't heard the word 'dratted' used in a long time....thanks for the smile. Stay Safe in Cattle Country!

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