<<I must warn you ahead of time that some of the language and thoughts in the following post may be course and raw with emotion>>
It was a week ago today I received the terrible news that my cousin, whom I had only met seven years ago, was in the hospital on a ventilator. The prognosis was that there wasn’t anything more to do and that she would likely not make it through the night. The following morning I was informed she passed.
I’ll be honest, when I heard this news, I was so angry at her inner circle for not taking this virus serious enough that I felt like doing bad things to people. As angry as I was, it CANNOT even compare to how my cousin’s family must be feeling. The loss of their heart and soul is indescribable. Now, I can only allow myself to feel sorrow for the loss of my cousin. (If I allow myself even the tiniest bit of anger at this awful tragedy, I think I’ll explode)
This was a tragedy that I believe could have been prevented with social distancing, the use of masks and getting vaccinated. None of which were really adhered to. To be fair, no one expects that the people they are in contact with are doing anything wrong when they go about their lives, interacting with folk as they normally would. The thing is, these aren’t normal times. Also, the campaign of the far-right to continually provide misinformation and outright LIE (you know who you are) about the effectiveness of the vaccine(s) has hampered the country getting to herd immunity.
The truth is this (as I see it):
- The hospitals ARE NOT filling up with people that are vaccinated. They ARE, however, filling up (again) with people getting Covid-19, and being placed on ventilators.
- Breakthrough cases of people that have been vaccinated who get Covid-19 are less severely effected in many cases and related deaths are even more rare.
- As a country, we have largely eliminated such horrible diseases like: Polio, Tetanus, (The Flu) Influenza, Hepatitis B & A, Rubella, Measles, Whooping Cough, Pneumococcal Disease, Mumps, Chicken Pox, Diphtheria – the list goes on and on, thanks to vaccines we normally receive when we are young.
So, when you tell me it’s your God given right as an American to choose not to get vaccinated. You’re right, it is. It’s also my right to tell you to FUCK the hell straight OFF. Your ignorance is a shameful blight on the American people when you choose to listen to pundits, not medical professionals, who stoke and inflame your insecurities and “you can’t tell me what to do because I’m an American” attitude. The truth is, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS dip-shit! It has nothing to do with being an American. It has everything to do with someone with some insight into a situation and want to impart some knowledge. If a firefighter tells you not to smoke in bed because you might fall asleep and die in a horrible fire. You don’t tell them not to because your an American. You say thanks, that sounds like advice I can use. Why not trust the medical professionals that know something about what they are talking about too?
Talk to your doctor about the safety of the vaccine, not anyone else. Sure, read about the pros and cons. Read about the small chance of blood clots or other things that have been raised as specters to take up more of our news cycles. Along with all this information gathering, talk to your doctor. I’d rather talk to a professional that has some insight to my health rather than someone trying to sell air-time or papers.
Also, for those of you who have caught Covid-19 and not been placed on a ventilator or died, what a blessing! I am thankful because every life is sacred. Your life is precious! But please, don’t smile and say it was just a bad flu and that there is nothing to worry about. The truth is, you were spared by… no one knows why. This virus effects people in different ways. Who knows who it will take from us next!? Please don’t be that person. Get vaccinated.
Peace be with you!
More to Come…