An Opportunity to Commiserate

This post is dedicated to those of you who are finding it more and more difficult to deal with current events. Actually, I think we are ALL experiencing the stress of what’s going on in our world right now.

In any event, I thought it might be helpful to offer my blog as a sounding board where you can just let it all hang out.

I don’t know about you, but my circuits have been experiencing overload. I’ve noticed an increase in stress symptoms. My sleep patterns are getting more and more wacky. My jaw muscles hurt from grinding my teeth at night. I seem more susceptible to seasonal allergies.

It’s gotten so I dread reading or listening to COVID-19 news … yet I can’t stop myself. I ordinarily love reading blogs, but so many are focused on the state of disarray we’re all experiencing they end up adding to my discomfort.

(Yes, I know. My own blog posts are not exempt.)

My other-half and I have always enjoyed going out for cocktails and a nice dinner; however due to him being high-risk, we simply cannot justify taking the chance — no matter how many precautions the restaurant has taken. Home cooking is fine, but it does get boring after awhile. We have, on occasion, taken advantage of take-out, but dinner served in a Styrofoam container just isn’t the same.

Each summer we have looked forward to traveling in our motorhome, but this year we’ve had to cancel our planned trips. Neither of us are “into” outdoor activities, sightseeing by car has its limits, and souvenir shopping would be risky. What this means is we would end up spending our days trapped inside our RV … and believe me, that gets old in a hurry!

So now it’s your turn. What’s going on with you and yours? How are you holding up? Please feel free to use this post as a sounding board. Hopefully, sharing your experiences with others will alleviate some of the pressure and frustration we’ve all been experiencing.

I do request that everyone limit their comments to personal experiences and circumstances and avoid any “political” type discussions (e.g., mask or no mask). In other words, this is not the place to argue your POV on what’s going on in the world.

OK! Let the commiseration begin …

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What If?

 

This is a question I recently came across on Quora: What would happen if Trump actually has the beginning signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia and is elected?

The person who answered the question stated he has family members who suffer from both. He said the following are things he has observed that might lead to that conclusion:

  • Two handed water drinking on stage (mild Parkinson’s or ET tremors?)
  • Inability to follow a subject–not so much from lack of interest but loss of comprehension of the subject.
  • Inability to formulate words and sentence structure.
  • Lack of attention when he’s with foreign leaders (more like he just isn’t there).

On that last observation, the writer refers to his family members and says, “It’s like their soul just vacates for a time.”

He also mentioned the reports that Trump often gets up and goes to another room and watches television during policy discussions.

I agree there are times when Trump doesn’t look well. His eyes are nearly closed, his speech is extremely slow and deliberate, and he constantly repeats himself. Yet when he’s before his supporters, his energy level is high–almost manically so. (Perhaps these too are “signs?”)

There are other instances when Trump appears totally normal. He’s coherent, upbeat, and speaks with enthusiasm and clarity.

So what are we to think? Since most of us aren’t qualified in the mental health field (except perhaps “Professor Taboo”), we can only go by our “gut” as to what’s really happening.

In any case, it is definitely worrisome — and even more so if we find ourselves under his leadership for another four years.

It’s All About the Stock Market

In Heather Cox Richardson’s latest newsletter (2/14/20), she quotes one of Trump’s recent tweets related to the coronavirus. It truly and totally pinpoints not his concern for the health of the American people, but his personal interest, concern, involvement in, and anxiety about … the state of the Stock Market!

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

As Heather points out, it appears the only reason he has even acknowledged the crisis is because of its growing impact on the economy which, as we all know, is a VERY important part of his re-election campaign.

As most intelligent people recognize, the coronavirus outbreak and spread is becoming a very real concern to the entire world. The geographical location of the United States has provided us somewhat of a buffer, but the state of world travel in today’s climate is bringing it closer and closer to our personal doorsteps.

And yet … to Trump, it’s all about the Stock Market!

And re-election.

And control.

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How Did You Sleep Last Night?

 

Did you know that “as you sleep, slow waves of electrical activity in your brain seem to help rinse away harmful waste products that could otherwise damage your brain cells“?

So says this New Scientist article.

In fact, the article suggests there could be a connection between sleep deprivation and Alzheimer’s disease. Wow! That’s a bit scary to think about.

What about you? Do you have problems sleeping? Do you toss and turn all night? Or maybe (like me) you sleep in spurts? Or are you one of the lucky ones that snoozes the whole night through?

While most of us simply FEEL better with a good night’s sleep, it’s also better for us overall. Healthline says this about sleep …

  • Poor sleep can make you fat
  • Good sleep can improve concentration and productivity
  • Good sleep can maximize athletic achievement
  • Poor sleep increases the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Sleeping affects your glucose metabolism (e.g., Type 2 diabetes)
  • Poor sleep is linked to depression
  • Sleep improves your overall immunity
  • Sleep affects your emotions and social interactions

But wait! There can also be too much of a good thing! More than 9 hours of sleep a night may actually do more harm than good resulting in potential calcium buildup in your heart arteries.

It seems if a person gets 7-8 hours of sleep at night, it puts them in the “ideal” range.

So tell us. How did you sleep last night?

Anti-Vaxers and Their Rights

Was just reading about the anti-vax movement and a thought occurred to me. Perhaps some of you have already considered it (I can be a bit slow at times).

The people who are totally convinced that immunization vaccines are B.A.D. are fighting tooth and nail against those who want to make them mandatory.

Even though numerous studies over the past several years related to this matter have shown there is NO evidence of a link between autism and immunization vaccines, many continue to be swayed by misinformation and insist the government is intruding on their rights. It matters not that individuals who have not been vaccinated are creating a health crisis — to the point that the World Health Organization has declared the anti-vax movement to be a top “global health threat.” All they seem to care about are their “rights.”

YET … while many of these individuals are “up in arms” about the government’s intervention, they consider it “OK” to pass laws that would put prayer back in school, have bibles as part of the reading curriculum, forbid sex (gasp!) education, etc. It’s true none of these actions have health consequences, but the core principle is the same.

The bottom line is we all want to live our lives according to our own standards. And that may be well and good … providing those standards don’t negatively affect (or harm) others.