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COVID-19 Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

some doctors say the coronavirus less dangerous than measles

When the early white settlers went anywhere, then the native populations just about died out from contracting what used to be called ‘childhood diseases’.  Chickenpox, Mumps, Rubella, Measles, Scarlet Fever ~ because they had never encountered these illnesses before and had no natural immunity.  I had all of those bugs in my childhood, (except for scarlet fever), and while I was poorly it was never bad enough to keep me away from school.  In fact, back in those dim and distant days mothers were encouraged to send infected kids to school.

There was folk knowledge that said that young kids didn’t get particularly sick from bugs that could make them very sick when they were in their mature years.  So, it was thought best for children to build up natural immunity to safeguard them when they were old enough to have children of their own.  Bog Row Junior Mixed and Infants, where I first went to school, must have been full of disease, dirt, and depravation ~ looking back it was, and yet we all grew up healthy.

So why is it that this coronavirus has caused such panic among people, politicians, health officials, doctors, et al?  Is it because COVID-19 is particularly deadly, or incredibly infections?

Well no, the coronavirus, COVID-19 is neither particularly infectious nor especially deadly.

The scientists say that the mortality rate all those who catch COVID-19 is about 0.25%.  So if you catch it you have a 1 in 400 chance of dying, but that number is meaningless because it’s the elderly, frail, diabetic, or already sick with something else who are most likely to die.  That’s the same as for any illness, including pneumonia, measles, or the common or garden flu.

Contrast that with ordinary measles, (which you will not catch because you’ve either already had it as a child, or you have had the MMR vaccine).  With measles, depending on how the doctors and statisticians measure it, you could have a 15% to 25% chance of dying, or as bad as 1 in 4.  And, if you are sick from measles the effects can last the rest of your life due to brain damage.

And yet the world is not being put into lockdown because of a measles epidemic, despite the fact that there were 413,308 confirmed cases reported to WHO in 2019.  Go figure, (as you Americans say).

Brutal as it may seem most of the supposed victims of the coronavirus were going to die anyway, because they were elderly, frail, diabetic, sick with something else, or all of those.

Something doesn’t ‘feel’ right about the responses of those in authority to the relatively mild outbreak of COVID 19.

You tell me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

does anyone trust any politician anymore

Prime Minister in Intensive Care

hospital isn’t for fun, especially not now

Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is now in intensive care after his coronavirus condition worsened.  It’s only 11 days since he tested positive for the deadly disease, and no he is no longer leading the government.  Mr Johnson was looking decidedly unwell the last time he was seen on TV.  I know what this virus feels like, and let me tell you, one does feel very unwell if you contract this nasty disease.

Here in the UK we don’t have an official second in line of succession, so Mr Johnson has temporarily delegated his responsibilities to the Foreign Secretary, Mr Dominic Raab.

No doubt the Prime Minister has only been taken into the critical care unit at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital as a precaution, but with this virus one never knows.  We can only wish him well.

The British death toll from the coronavirus now stands at 5,372, with the number of patients officially tested as positive is 51,608.  This means the mortality rate here is something over 10%.

I trust that we will all stay safe during this critical time.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Great Britain is somewhat rudderless today.

Coronavirus Personal Abyss

suffering from the coronavirus is akin to drowning in despair

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Like thousands of others who have been or are still very ill I have not had a proper test for the coronavirus, just a differential diagnosis that says I’ve had / have this manky thing.  Personally, I know that I am now recovering from COVID-19, and let me tell you it’s no fun.  The virus beat me down physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and it’s doing it’s worst to make my recovery as difficult as possible.

Waking up in the morning, very early, I feel pretty good and busy myself doing ‘normal life’ things ~ some fresh air and a walk is healthy for me.  But by mid-morning I start to feel weary, and by evening I’m back to feeling fucking dreadful again.  I go from having supernatural powers to running into a brick wall ~ very fast.  Recovery from the coronavirus seems to be a two steps forward and one or two steps backwards kind of thing.

Not only do I need to save the world by staying in and watching TV, I need to save myself by resting and mostly trying to watch TV, listen to music, or read something light.

Trust me, if you have been ill, then you are going to need a lot of rest, for quite a while.

Stay safe, and look after yourself.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

recovery also means rest

England on Virus Lockdown

the police start enforcing draconian new powers

Just a short while ago I received a text from the UK Government saying; ‘New Rules in force now: you must stay at home.  Stay at home.  Protect the NHS.’

And the rules are draconian.  There are police patrols out in all major UK cities breaking up any group of more than two people, and trying to get people to just go home.

There are only 4 reasons I can go outside of the garret:

  • Shopping for basic necessities.
  • Medical needs.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only if I can’t work from home.  (I don’t work anyway.)
  • One form of exercise per day, (say walking the dog or going to the store).

I guess if I walk to the store, pharmacy, or my doctor, then that’s also my one piece of fresh air and exercise for the day.  In any event I must stay out of the garret for as little time as possible, and stay at least 6 feet from anyone else.

A whole lot of non-essential stores are closed, by order of the government, including clothing and electronics stores. Libraries, community centres, leisure centres, hotels, campsites, trailer parks, hostels, and places of worship are also closed, initially for 3 weeks from yesterday.

Not even in wartime has England seen anything like this.

It’s no hardship for me, but for some who can’t visit their families or attend their church this may be very difficult.

Sadly, all we in Great Britain have no choice.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

rule #2 applies

nobody is allowed in the garret

it’s now time to lock and bar the door

fort-up for the duration of this medical emergency

 

Monochrome Monday ~ older women

 it is an older woman that makes a much younger man feel better

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there is no woman

like an older woman

to care for a younger man

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Nursie

doctors may think they’re important,
but it’s the nurses that get you well

This has got to be the shortest Jethro Tull track ever.

The nurses in this hospital have been very good to me, especially when I couldn’t get out of bed at all.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

none of my nurses look like this

 

Survival from Illness

hospital is brief moments of fear interspersing long periods of boredom and pain

It’s my fourth day in hospital with kidney problems.

I see an oncologist tomorrow, I think it’s just routine.  It’s also very scary

But, if I get though all this with my health intact, it will be a supreme and liberating experience for me; annulling routine expectations, providing new contexts and challenges, widening my horizons and opportunities.  I believe that this scary episode is testing my abilities, nourishing my honesty, individuality, stoicism, irony, humour, fortitude, humility, and the complexity of my character.  I hope I come out of this a much better person.

Above all this is a reminder of the shortness of our lives, and that I should make the most of what is left of mine.

Instead of being scared, stressed, and depressed, I should try to look on the bright side of things with humour and humility.

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Jack Collier

jjackcollier7@talktalk.net

This picture helps me feel calm and peaceful

Hobbies for Health

for me, saving the world and everyone in it is only a hobby

Now that I’m recovering from a bloody awful mental affliction, a good friend has suggested that I take up a hobby.  You know what?  After a moments reflection I decided that was a brilliant idea.  So I will take up a hobby.

But what is a hobby anyway?  Where do other ordinary normal day-to-day pursuits become hobbies?  And does a proper hobby have to be mostly harmless, inefficient, laborious, and useless?  I confess I googled hobbies and found a few incredibly long lists of hobbies, some of which activities I would have just taken to be everyday pursuits; like watching television.  No!

But I have a first stab at a short list of potential hobbies which may occupy my time, give me pleasure, be relaxing, and stop me having suicidal thoughts;

  • Art, and I mean doing it, most probably painting.  Thus far in my life the only things I’ve painted were walls, doors, cars, and boats.
  • Angling / Fishing.  I used to fish and gave it up because I felt sorry for anything I caught.
  • Calligraphy.  As it goes I have very good classical penmanship ~ but calligraphy takes that to a whole new level where writing in pen and ink becomes art.
  • Model making, although this seems a bit of a kids pastime.
  • Photography, which I already do a lot of but I could do more and do it better.
  • Reading.  I do a hell of a lot of that, but I’m certain there’s a way to turn casual reading into a constructive hobby.
  • Survivalist.  Not that I live in an earthquake zone, but add some of the other hobbies I’ve already thought about and I’m already a fair way to being a survivalist
  • Travel.  I love to travel, but is it a hobby for me, and could I turn it into one?  Maybe by mixing it with photography and writing.
  • Walking.  On average I walk 5 miles a day, but that’s not serious hobbyist walking.  More serious walking includes hiking, backpacking, and trekking.  So I have joined our local Ramblers Club, (how very English), who meet a couple of times a month and do some serious miles in all weathers.
  • Writing, and I already do some of that too, including being in a local writers group.

I’ve already realised that if you want your normal everyday activity to become a hobby you have to add a lot of time, money, and obsessiveness into the mix.  I can’t even turn my 5 miles a day walk into a hobby without buying a lot more expensive kit.

But, if you have any other ideas for a healthy, relaxing, challenging, difficult, self-improving activity, then please just tell me.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

also, I do like making practical things; such as this planter

Angry Sadness

Mania and depression all at once means;
the will to die and the motivation to make it happen.

sometimes we entrap ourselves

Agitated depression and borderline personality disorder are an extremely dangerous and confusing set of mixed mental / emotional / spiritual states.  Those of us who are unfortunate enough to suffer from a personality disorder, or serious character defect, often become confused because we sometimes seem to have two or more totally different and opposite problems at one in the same time.  Believe me, I’ve been there more than once.

Have you ever felt really tired, but keyed-up and tense at the same time?  You want to go to sleep but you’re full of energy and can’t relax?  Or, you feel really melancholy, depressed, and sad, but at the same time you are very hurt and angry and want to strike out against whoever it is that’s hurt you.  These contradictory conditions are a sign of something called Comorbitity, where one or more medical / mental / emotional / spiritual conditions are co-occurring with a primary problem.

Perhaps the most common instances of comorbitity are between people diagnosed with a mental illness who also abuse booze, drugs, and prescription medication.  Addicts and alcoholics are often also mentally ill.

Anger, rage, and fury alongside sadness, melancholia, and depression at one in the same time don’t actually make a lot of sense.  Anger is a very active emotion requiring a hell of a lot of mental and emotional energy, (and taken to extremes a lot of physical energy), whereas sadness and depression are passive emotions which sap energy and leave the sufferer incapable of doing very much at all.

More typical would be a period of extreme anger, followed by remorse, guilt, and sadness.  Not the two things going on at once.  But, especially in men, anger and depression often go hand in hand.

However, anyone who has been diagnosed with a personality disorder will be aware of just how chancy that diagnosis was, and may well have been misdiagnosed by several doctors / psychiatrists / psychologists / therapists before their correct diagnosis, and hence correct treatment was discovered, (found by accident).  A hell of a lot of people who have Borderline Personality Disorder will at first have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

In fact there are 9 or 10 distinct personality disorders, and very often a sufferer will have symptoms or traits of more than one of these disorders, at one in the same time.  As if it’s not bad enough suffering from just one of these life-destroying mental illnesses.

So if you’re confused about your illness, or the way your loved one / partner / friend behaves, don’t worry.  Instead put in the hard work and learn about what’s exactly going on ~ start with the internet, then talk with your doctors.

Some say that all alcoholics and addicts are just plain crazy.  And that they just never know how their partner is going to be from one minute to the next.  All I know is they’re both right.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

we all have demons inside us,

sometimes more than just one.

Health Screening

Walking is Man’s best medicine.   ~  Hippocrates.

When one get to a certain age the medical profession seems to suddenly take a greater interest in ones’ health than ever before.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a plethora of correspondence asking me to go for various health checks.  These include a full medical, various X-rays, blood tests, and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening.  I could refuse to go for all these tests, medicals, and other stuff, but the doctors and my insurance company wouldn’t like that.

Luckily, since I live in England I won’t have to pay for any of these tests, so all it’s going to cost me is time, inconvenience, and my travelling expenses.  It’s going to take until the end of April to get through all the appointments I already have booked.

And, I don’t like doctors, and I don’t like taking drugs.  I’d rather take more vacations in the sun and live a healthier lifestyle.

So, what’s it all for, except for the medical profession to make more money?

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

beach yoga is healthier than a bunch of medical tests

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