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    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Ugh, what a nightmare, Kate! We’ve had significant drama around water damage in our place and it’s just the worst. To deal with it in a pandemic is insult to injury!

    My parents drive 90 minutes in a thunderstorm for their first vaccine shot and my dad just told me they arrived and the line is a mild long. They have appointments but I guess it doesn’t matter. Hopefully they get their shots and get home safely.

    #1009586 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    Fingers crossed they do!

    In MA you DO have to be 75 to get the vaccine right now, and my parents are 71 without any known underlying conditions. But they’re checking the websites regularly. I need my brother to get it too, as he visits them every weekend and also has health issues of his own.

    So the way the law is written, it turns out you do have to cover the damage to your own condo when this shit happens. And this is the THIRD time there’s been water damage from the upstairs unit. Plus 2 other water damage incidents that weren’t her fault – one was the pipes, and one was the guys dishwasher two floors up. Each time my parents have paid the deductible and their insurance has covered it. My dad just got the condo board President to agree to dedicating budget reserve money to cover people’s deductible from these incidents and thinks he’ll make it retroactive to cover this one. We’ll at least get a new ceiling, and paint if the walls need it. We’ll know more on Monday.

    I saw your water issues on Instagram, Wendy 🙁 Youre right that the pandemic really puts it over the edge.

    #1009588 Reply
    MaterialsGirl
    Participant

    Ugh, kate, I feel like people are barely keeping it together and this is just.. I really hope it can get taken care of swiftly and doesn’t send you over the edge (or at least for long)

    #1009589 Reply
    Bittergaymark
    Guest

    Kate: I think you really did curse me! 🙀

    I just popped over to my place to grab a few things and — Oh my. There is a foot sized hole carved into the shower wall. Oh, and all the necessary parts are MIA. Nobody has them?! The plumber was like —- “um, this is more complicated than we’d hoped.”

    Aye-yi-yi!

    Good thing I am crashing at Charley’s/Clem’s (home of my favorite cat!) for a few days. But yeah… it looks like I may be screwed showerwise for a few days.

    Other news… I’ve really kept up my running. Do so four or five days a week all month now —- running anywhere from two to last night’s three and a half miles. Trying to get back up to four and then just get faster.

    Right now? Eh… Not super fast. Did 9:25 minute miles last night. 🙄 It’s all a process. Having a gung ho jogging partner helps. The fucking masks don’t.

    #1009590 Reply
    Bittergaymark
    Guest

    PS — Worse case scenario I can shower here all week. Not ideal. But Charley lives a only a five minute walk from my place… so could be worse. 🤷‍♂️

    And this issue has been bugging me for a few weeks. Diminishing water pressure. So it was bound to come to a head. The problem is busted valves in the faucet or something. Old fixtures… blah blah blah.

    #1009591 Reply
    Bittergaymark
    Guest

    Getting a drive thru vaccination took just about two hours when my folks went a few weeks ago in Glendale, Arizona.

    #1009592 Reply
    TheLadyE
    Guest

    Well this week has been one of the worst ones of my life.

    I have a lung condition from being born prematurely, for which I take inhalers and I have diminished lung function that I just pretty much live with. Well, last weekend I got really tired and short of breath – as in, I could barely walk from my bed to the bathroom without wheezing and after taking my dogs outside, wanted to just fall asleep. Everything was so hard. It got progressively worse over the next 3 days (Friday-Sunday of last week), and on Monday I could barely do anything. I tested my blood oxygen level after I forced myself out of bed in the afternoon and it was at 73. Heh. (Normal is 95-100.)

    So, my best friend took me to the epicenter of COVID itself, the ER. Turns out it was NOT COVID (I tested negative and had zero other symptoms), and after being placed on oxygen immediately, giving a dozen vials of blood and being submitted to a handful of tests mostly on my heart as well as X-Rays and a two-fucking-day hospital stay, the pulmonologist confirmed that it was simply a flare up of my condition. Well cool. Cool cool. Turns out my lungs already look like I have COVID! Lolol fml.

    I got 2 new inhalers, discharged from the hospital Wednesday, and have been resting the rest of the week. My oxygen levels are generally in the 80s/low 90s right now. I have to go back to the pulmonologist for tests and hopefully supplemental oxygen.

    I will say that the hospital stay and subsequent things like finding caretakers for my dogs and having my parents here for 3 days were extremely high stress for me. My blood pressure was through the roof at the hospital; I hated it so much there. My dad is not the best in crises and he ended up yelling at me in a really shitty way once I got home which was NOT what I needed (it’s a long story that I do not want to get into, but it was just really awful). My boyfriend was there for me emotionally but he couldn’t come to the hospital as you’re only allowed one visitor and my best friend was already there, and he didn’t want to be around my parents because of COVID. So that sucked too.

    My best friend was WONDERFUL in all this, and I’m taking her to brunch at her request to thank her. I don’t know what I’d do without her.

    I am, however, emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted. No COVID symptoms though. Pretty ironic that the first flare up of my lungs in 25 freaking years was during this pandemic. Cool cool.

    #1009593 Reply
    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Yikes, that’s scary! Glad you’re ok now and hope that’s the last flare up for a long time.

    Did you get your two vax shots yet? I’d wait until then to go out for brunch.

    #1009594 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    I’m so sorry that happened. Do they have any idea why it would flare up? Could it be… extreme stress?

    #1009605 Reply
    Fyodor
    Guest

    The whole thing is crazy. I’ve been trying to get my dad vaccinated in Ohio and there’s no useful central cite. You just need to get online on a bunch of different waiting lists. Same thing in PA. There’s a “list” that will tell you when you qualify but nothing that concretely gets you an appointment.

    #1009614 Reply
    TheLadyE
    Guest

    @Kate – yes, very possibly. I also haven’t been sleeping well and apparently that builds up over time. I’m consistently in the 80s/low 90s for oxygen now but I still feel so stressed about what happened this past week, plus, y’know. COVID. And I have to go back to work tomorrow, which is fine except all I want to do is sleep.

    I hope things are getting better for you – and I hope this week is better for all of us.

    #1009632 Reply
    Copa
    Participant

    @TheLadyE That’s very scary! I’m glad you’re okay and I hope you can get vaccinated soon. I hope you’re able to take a day off of work to rest and regain your strength, too. And yes — hold off on the brunch for now.

    My boyfriend got his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine today. He had to hang out for maybe 30 minutes after to make sure there were no immediate adverse reactions to it, now he’s back to work and we’re both curious if he’ll have some general flu-like symptoms in the next day or two.

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