I have COVID. Been sick since last Saturday. It started out with gastric distress, which is a nice way of saying I had diarrhea, followed by a horrible headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion despite having done nothing.
At least I think it’s COVID, though I haven’t been tested. I tried to get tested Monday at the mobile testing site, which advertised as being open from 9 AM to 5 PM. I drug myself to the car and got there at 1: 30 PM only to be told they’d administered their quota of tests for the day. Who knew they had a quota? Not me, and apparently not the person who created their Facebook post. Tuesday morning I went back but the line was long and I felt so bad that I left. I called my doctor’s office, explained my situation, and was advised to assume I have it and rest. I was told that if I experienced difficulty breathing, seek medical help. I went back to work Wednesday since I work from home, but I’ve not been doing much.
So here I am on Day 7. How am I doing? I still have a headache, I’m still tired, and I’m mad. I’m really, really mad.
I cared about you. I delivered your damn groceries to you when you were too scared to go outside. I wore a mask in public to protect you before we found out it protected us too. Thanks for returning the favor, fellow southerners (Note: sarcasm).
The vaccine? The booster? I did those for me, because I knew I couldn’t trust you motherfuckers. I knew when your golden calves made this a wedge issue that it was gonna be everyone for themselves. I suffered through the side effects of the vaccine and the shingles I got soon afterward (which I’m convinced was the result of a lowered immune system after getting vaccinated) because my life depended on it.
Our neighboring pro-Trump states never did wear masks. True to form, as soon as our governor said we didn’t have to wear masks anymore, many of you quit wearing them too. Not only did you quit wearing them, but you began to shame those of us who kept wearing them. You ridiculed medical professionals who were trying to look out for us. You flaunted your unvaccinated status as a symbol of patriotism, or faith in your god, or whatever fucking reason you and your fellow dumbasses came up with.
Meanwhile, instead of telling you all to rot in hell and sending vaccines to the rest of the world to build herd immunity and prevent variants from developing, our government left it to “The Market” to determine who was worthy of vaccination, because humans still think printed paper makes the world go ’round. But Mother Nature doesn’t give a fuck about paper, and she soon whipped up a ‘Rona variant that no one can hide from. Not politicians. Not talking heads. Not preachers. Not anti-vaxxers.
And not those of us who were vaccinated either. Now the CDC tells us that we’ll all end up getting COVID sooner or later. Funny how they didn’t seem to know that before. It’s like the whole world has had its’ head up its’ ass.
Anyway, here’s what I have come to say to the whole lot of ignorant, selfish, cows:
THANKS for all the concern you haven’t shown to those who are/were ill. Seriously. We’ve downplayed the sheer numbers of people who have died and the long-term effects on those who have survived COVID. How many of you even know Long COVID is a thing? And if you want to know what a mild case of COVID is, let me tell you, if this is mild, I doubt I’d have survived COVID if I wasn’t vaccinated.
There was a mass handout of money when it all started, but no plan on how to manage a years-long pandemic. Alabama decided to use its share of COVID money to build prisons. Even held a special legislative session to approve it. The feds told them no, but I’m betting they still find a way around it. Meanwhile Alabama has some of the lowest vaccination rates in the nation and some of the highest rates of transmission.
Our governor tells us it’s all about personal responsibility. Face it, Gov, putting my life on the line when others in your party are still telling me vaccines are dangerous, medical professionals are liars, and COVID ain’t that bad is very irresponsible.
THANKS for putting me and others like me in impossible situations. It’s been a week now and I needed to shop for food. My options were to pay for delivery/pick-up, or go shop in person. I looked into the pickup and delivery options, but I couldn’t afford to pay an extra $.25 to $1.00 for EACH item I purchased, AND a delivery charge, AND a tip. I put it off as long as I could but with the threat of winter weather this weekend I felt my best bet was to go shop today, so I went during my lunch break. Even then the place was busy.
Oh, and THANKS for not recognizing there would be ramifications from a long-term pandemic, like supply chain issues. Remember two years ago when there was no toilet paper or paper towels on the shelves? Same thing today in the grocery store I shopped at. Now we’ve decided we should make things in the US again, as though Americans can afford to pay for things made in America. You think you’re going to get enough Americans to keep McDonald’s and Walmart open AND work in factories for chicken feed? How many low-wage jobs do you think one person can work? Or are you going to change your mind about immigrants and let them back over the border?
Also a big
FUCK YOU THANKS to those corporations who keep throwing money at these politicians that created this mess. We see you, even though you think we don’t.
Remember they said they would not donate to pacs and politicians that helped plan and/or support an insurrection against our democracy? When they thought we weren’t looking, they started donating to them again. Toyota didn’t even wait for us to look the other way. Funny how the same ones trying to kill our democracy are also trying to kill us. And they’re doing it on our dime, because you know damn well none of these companies pay taxes. What a slap in the face.
Do these corporations and their stockholders not see how they harm themselves? They’re giving money to lobbyists to funnel to politicians when they could be supporting their workers. But no, they’d rather pay their workers a mere pittance while making millions off their backs. They give those workers little to no sick leave, forcing them to come to work while spreading the virus when they should be at home recuperating. And they have the nerve to call those quitting such crappy jobs in record numbers lazy. Whatever. Serves you fuckers right. Go ahead and move your bases of operation to China. You’ve about extinguished your worker pool here anyway.
There. Rant over. I don’t feel any better. But at least I got that off my chest.
Let’s hope COVID is as easy to get over.