by David Van Risseghem
A loved-one of mine, whom I'll refer to as "Billy", is living on the West coast as a flight attendant. Billy shared these messages with my wife, in the past couple days.
It details why our public health testing is a national failure, and why the Covid-19 is all over the nation on a scale we cannot even fathom, much less approximate.
Yesterday at 7:33 AM
Good morning from Vancouver, WA. This is me at 50 today. My birthday is postponed till a proper celebration and adventure can be had. Stay safe everyone. I feel like Sh!t. I’m definitely self-quarantined.
Wow. 138 comments on this post. Thank you all. Today is day 4 of being exposed to a pilot on a 6 hour flight right before he heard his wife tested positive. ..
The world has not even imagined a global pandemic could shut down the nations like we're witnessing. In 1967, the HongKong flu hit several of us (myself included). Shortly after, Michael Creighton published 'Andromeda Strain'. The movie came out later. It may still be one of the more appropriate comparisons we have, to this present darkness.
It started with swollen glands then a headache and then someone stomping on my chest and dizziness. An occasional dry cough. Shortness of breath. No fever till about an hour ago. I did a video appt with my doctor and hoped to get tested to be able to tell my co-workers I flew with. Guess what? No tests to be had around here. Harvey Weinstein in prison gets tested but I cant even buy one. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring. But I’m hunkered down. I probably passed it on to (significant other) already - - 2 hrs
So I’d love to get tested for Covid-19. I had a virtual Dr Appt yesterday with my pcp. I have all the signs and symptoms. I’m on day 4 since being exposed to a captain on my flight last Friday from JFK to SLC. But there are no tests available for me here in Vancouver, WA. Yup. This is the USA and our administration really f#cked up on this. It will cost lives. Here is a good article that explains it all. On the bright side I’m probably in the category of the 80% that recover just fine at home. I have zero underlying medical issues. I take zero medications. I don’t smoke or drink (occasional glass of wine). I’m self quarantined. Hoping (significant other) will be fine as well. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I’d still like to be tested though.
I'm protecting this loved-one's identity because I don't yet have permission to share it.
The takeaway is simple. Govt. cannot properly handle our daily healthcare. And if they are the entity paying for the care, they will spend money on what they want; not what you and I need.
The Italian report from Sunday night says it all. A volunteer physician from Israel reported to the Jerusalem Post that he's ordered not to allow anyone over 60 to use a hospital ventilator. the Italian government's National Healthcare is openly rationing, and thus, the death panels are actively and arbitrarily deciding that your life isn't worth enough to them, to keep you alive, if it'll cost a day on a ventilator.
Or to put it in American vernacular; "Die, Boomer... Die!".
An Oklahoma friend & blogger shared this video from a friend of hers, who lives in Coffeyville, KS.
Again, it shows that public health officials are failing to provide testing. But they are not allowing for 'self-reporting' cases to be included in the statistical reports.
Our public health reports are a small fraction of what is actually going on! Far more people have the illness than are being reported. Clinicians who diagnose but do not have test results, are not allowed to add their data to the state's registry.