Why I Wear a Mask

I want you to know that I am educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.

No, I don’t “live in fear” of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

I don’t feel like the “government is controlling me;” I feel like I’m being a contributing adult to society and I want to teach others the same.

The world doesn’t revolve around me. It’s not all about me and my comfort.

If we all could live with other people’s consideration in mind, this whole world would be a much better place.

Wearing a mask doesn’t make me weak, scared, stupid, or even “controlled.” It makes me considerate.

When you think about how you look, how uncomfortable it is, or what others think of you, just imagine someone close to you – a child, a father, a mother, grandparent, aunt, or uncle – choking on a respirator , alone without you or any family member allowed at bedside. Ask yourself if you could have sucked it up a little for them.

Why you need to wear the damn mask – By Catherine Pearlman

A face mask requirement does not violate your constitutional rights

Great Plague (Black Death Documentary) on YouTube

I have been watching a lot of YouTube during quarantine. I watch one thing and follow the you may also like” suggestions down the rabbit hole until I get bored and start again.

Today I stumbled upon “Great Plague (Black Death Documentary by Timeline. It’s a very well done documentary that focuses on families in a single alley and uses their writings and ledgers to portray the escalation from their point of view.

If you have any interest in epidemiology, history of disease, pan/epidemics or just to see how similar it was to our current situation, I highly recommend checking this out.

  • Self-quarantine could be a lot worse. They flattened the curve by boarding up and padlocking the home of any sick person, along with all residents, for over a month. If you survived, great!

  • They also had social distancing. They closed the pubs and other gathering places (of the poor of course).

  • One nobleman built a glass room with a small slit through which to conduct business. Looks very much like the checkout lanes now do.

  • They stopped directly handling cash and steamed mail to “disinfect” before handling.

Vanity Bench Project

Thanks to having all this at home time, I finished refurbishing my thrift store vanity bench! Not too bad for my first time upholstering.

I had fabric leftover, so I also covered a magnetic board to hang necklaces or whatever. I picked up the fabric at Diversity Thrift along with the bench. Originally the fabric I used was a room darkening drapery panel that used a decorative front fabric and the lining was the room darkening part so it was easy to separate the two pieces. In all the bench and fabric combined was about $10.

I originally wanted to paint the bench a lighter rose/copper color to bring out the decorative inlay of my vanity, but it didn’t look right. I started over and chose English Leather Glossy and used Metallic Copper Penny for the recessed trim.

5 Minute Easy Background for Home Video Calls

Everyone has that moment when they are setting up for their first video call from home and you wonder if they can see your pile of laundry or sink full of dishes?!

Shower Curtains!

An inexpensive shower curtain used as a background can immediately change the mood onscreen. Use clear command hooks to hang your curtain from the two corners. You may want to add another hook in the middle if your curtain is sagging. The hooks will hardly be visible when the curtain is not hanging, but will be there whenever you need them.

If you want to spice things up and not use a boring solid color, you can mix it up and have some fun! Pictured are a few shower curtains I found online that would most definitely set the tone.

Chemo Tips & Tricks to Help Make Treatment a Little Better

(A beloved family member is starting their chemo journey.  I am re-posting this for him and his family in the hopes they might find some useful information.)

1. For mouth pain-Buy Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash (it’s made for dry mouth sufferers). Using these items helps the mouth pain and helps keep your mouth a little moister. Walgreen’s sells it.

2. For dry skin-Chemo dries out your body quite a bit. Switch to a moisturizing soap like Aveeno. Cetaphil lotion is non-irritating, non-greasy and quick absorbing (my dermatologist recommended these).

3. Adriamycin – The Adriamycin pretty much guarantees hair loss. Mine started falling out on day 14 after my first treatment.

4. For nosebleeds-After about 5 treatments, my mucous starting getting a little bloody, especially in the morning. My Oncologist said to use a saline spray to moisten the nasal passages, but this didn’t work very well for me. I bought a case of the small kid size Gatorades and drank one a day. Problem solved.

5. Nausea – If you get nauseated during a treatment, ask the nurse to slow down the drip (Decadron). Adding 15 minutes to the drip really reduced the discomfort. They didn’t tell me this until about treatment #9.

6. For hip pain-If you’re white cells drop and you have to get Neupogen shots, they can cause a great deal of discomfort. My hips and legs hurt so bad after the shots, Vicodin wouldn’t help. I know this sounds weird, but take an anti-histamine. The pain is caused by a histamine reaction and most of your white cells are produced in your hip region. One Zyrtec later, everything was fine.

7. Numbing Cream – If you don’t have it already, ask for Lidocaine Cream. Apply to your port area 2-3 hours before chemo and cover with Saran Wrap to allow better absorption without messing up your clothes. This numbs the injection site. Also works well for celebratory tatoo when cancer free!

8. For the ladies (Especially if you’re amply endowed) – Before having your port inserted, invest in a sports bra. The weight of your breast can cause the scar to widen because of the pulling during the healing process. I learned this the hard way. When I had my port removed, I explained this to the surgeon and he cut the scar tissue away so I could start with a fresh wound. He found it amusing, but said he had never thought of that (he looked about 20 years old). I explained to him that he only sees us lying down and wouldn’t realize they were D cups when they spread out.:-)

9. Weight Gain – If you gain >15% of your body weight and are not having difficulty with nausea, ask your doctor to decrease your Decadron a little.

10. Nausea – One of my readers used Prilosec to help alleviate nausea during treatment.

11. Tylenol – If you aren’t already given it, ask for Tylenol at the beginning of treatment.  It helps the discomfort of treatment and any headaches from chemo.

If you have any tips and tricks to share, I’d love to hear them and add them to the list. Click on the comments link below and submit them. Please let me know if you found these tips helpful.