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COVID Strikes Back or My Family is Stupid

I talked to my dad two days ago. He called and told me all about his boring and uneventful day (which he does daily) but also tossed in some more pertinent information: one whole side of the family has finally caught COVID.

I tossed in the “finally caught” part myself, because it does seem like something that’s inevitable. It’s right up there with the expansion of the sun and the heat death of the universe. Inevitable, boud to happen, part of the regular physical processes that make up the universe. Along with another possible law of the universe that states, “Fuck around and find out,” which applies in their case. They fucked around for over a year and now they’ve found out.

I might’ve mentioned my cousin a few times in passing on this blog. A few years older than me and with an entire list of questionable life choices behind her. While I’m paralyzed by total inaction she’s characterized by simply making bad/stupid/questionable choices. Dating a convicted arsonist/child molester. MLM ‘business owner’. Has three kids she can’t support. Had her kids taken away from the ‘child molester’ thingy her boyfriend did. Possibly unemployed but I don’t keep in contact enough to know. She’s also the one who went to the local BLM protests and Facebooked a video of her yelling at the protesters. The one who bragged last year about going shopping without a mask. Oh, you fucking patriot you, sticking up for your freedoms while all of us cowards wear masks! Needless to say she hasn’t gotten the vaccine and once again displaying my ignorance (thankfully) on why exactly she doesn’t want to get the vaccine. I’ll mention it one more time: Fuck around and find out…

Not to drag this out anymore than needs to be, she caught COVID. Duh. My dad seemed kinda shocked about the news but I don’t see why anyone would ever be surprised. That’s literally what happens when you don’t wear a mask and aren’t vaccinated.

I’m not upset by that because she’s an adult and can make all the uninformed, ill-fated decisions she wants to make, and I’m also not sure who ‘patient zero’ is in our family, but that branch of the family, her side of the family, apparently all caught COVID. Her mom, her dad, her kids, her POS boyfriend (good), and our fucking grandma. More on that later.

Her parents are possibly anti-vaxxers/pro-Trumpers and they’re adults and can once again make their stupid choices freely as they wish. Once again I don’t know how deep the crazy goes on that side of the family. They’re a prime reason I ditched Facebook. I don’t like loosing faith in people, let alone people that I didn’t think were batshit insane. I’m only aware they haven’t gotten the vaccine for reasons.

Her kids I feel pretty fucking bad for though. They’re something like 13, 17, and 18 although I’m not so sure about their exact ages. I’m pretty sure they haven’t had the vaccine because why would they? They’re still young enough to be under their parents/grandparents influence and not just in a legal way; when all you’re around is crazy bullshit why would you ever realize it’s crazy bullshit? This is what’s really sad. These kids, out on their own for five or ten years in the future, might turn into decent, non-idiotic adults who would get vaccinated and wear masks during a pandemic. You know, take something like COVID seriously. But they’re not there yet. They’re stuck with (probably) the same twisted worldview as their parents and don’t know any better. Hell, they might carry these views on into late adulthood for all I know, but I’m saying, currently, they don’t have a chance. Them catching COVID (like all three of them did) is not due to any deeply held beliefs they conjured up on their own, they caught it because the people they’ve grown up around don’t give a shit and put them into an environment where catching COVID is all but guaranteed. They’re almost free, almost able to make their own decisions, but as of now they’re along for their parents/grandparents ride. And that means catching COVID.

And grandma. Grandma will be ninety in October. Grandma’s health is shit. She falls like once every two or three months and needs to be taken to the hospital. She’s been smoking since the 1940s. She’s diabetic. I think she has high blood pressure. She’s the definition of “at risk” regarding COVID. Worse, she hasn’t had the vaccine. I think it’s partly due to her health and partly to do with her crazy kids possibly being anti-COVID-vaxx, but I don’t know. And according to my dad, she has COVID. Makes sense really. She never leaves the house but my cousin’s side of the family visits her all the time. No masks, no vaccine, no fucks given. Other people fuck around, you find out.

I’m really not sure how grandma can have COVID and not die honestly. If she doesn’t something like a miracle would have to happen. My overactive mind is already covering that possibility thoroughly. And how I’ll feel if that crazy side of the family kills my grandma with COVID? I’m not sure how I’ll deal with that fact. The inevitable justification of “Well, she was old and her health wasn’t good. She was probably going to die soon anyways,” will be fun to deal with, but I’m assuming I’ll feel even more upset when everyone poaches her home, property, and belongings in the inevitable post-death cash grab war.

The icing on the cake of ‘the universe really doesn’t make sense and has a twisted sense of humor’ is that my uncle, the crazy second-amendment, ex-postal worker type who lives with my grandma has somehow not gotten COVID. Not sure how that worked out, but that’s what’s going on. Makes perfect sense really.

So here we are in July August of 2021 well over a year since all of this shit began. Delta is kicking the fuck out of the US, especially the southern states. We’ve had a vaccine, and we almost had this shit beaten a few months ago with mask-wearing and social distancing, but here we are once again. Fuck around and find out, amirite?

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The COVID Vaccine Sucks (Part One)

About a month ago I got the COVID vaccine. A month prior I had signed up over our county’s health department website to be notified when I’d be eligible to get the vaccine; I figured those guys are the main coordinators of all of this shit so why mess around trying to do it all myself? Why in the fuck would I want to call my doctor or a handful of CVS/Walgreens trying to figure out if they had openings? They sent me an email that Friday with a vaccination site and a link to schedule an appointment. I was bored as all hell so scheduled a time; surprisingly they had appointments open on the same day so I gave myself an hour and scheduled one at 4 p.m. It was 3:05 at the time.

I of course drove to the wrong church because Riverside Blvd. has about six churches along a three mile stretch of road. But eventually I got there, followed the signs and was greeted by military dudes in camo! Huh? They all seemed pretty cool and the guys at the entrance desk were super professional.

It all went smoothly enough. I was herded to a table with two other camo dudes, these not as professional as the others and they seemed almost mind-numbingly bored with stabbing people with needles all day but I guess I could see their point-of-view. It didn’t seem like the funnest use of your time. You sign up to protect America from all enemies within and without the country and you end up battling a fucking virus by giving shots to the lame civilians in Illinois. Not glorious, not fun, but maybe that’s what being a hero really is.

One guy said, “It’ll just be a little prick,” which I’m used to thanks to donating blood sorta frequently. When they jam a massive needle into your arm to harvest a pint of blood you stop caring about those lesser shot needles. Get that baby shit out of here, I’m a real man! And it was a little prick, but what he didn’t tell me was when the vaccine is actually administered it hurts like hell. It felt like my right arm was being injected with a gallon of liquid, like a balloon was being blown up inside my arm. It also slightly burned but I didn’t notice that because of the whole balloon feeling. The shot was over, so “Please go have a seat over there for fifteen minutes. If you feel fine after that, you can leave.”

For the next few minutes it felt like someone Charlie-horsed the fuck out of my arm. But that went away and I sat there bored for the remaining fifteen minutes. Part of me wanted to get the hell out of there after ten minutes just to prove my theory that no one really gives a shit about you or notices you — no one is going to jump up and say “Hey! He’s escaping!” — but I’m a good boy and sat there for exactly fifteen minutes. It was the first time I had been in a church in years so it couldn’t hurt. Maybe God would forgive my sins if I sat there for my allotted time.

The rest of Friday was normal. No arm pain, no aches, no strange side effects; I was fucking immune to the vaccine obviously. I went to work, asked some friends about their COVID shot and one of them said she felt like ass on the third day. She also said she never has any effects from vaccines — this is not true for me– so I was probably screwed.

Luckily I didn’t have to be nervous for long. 10:30 p.m. rolled on by and I felt…off. Tired, kind of dreamy, and I thought maybe it was the lack of alcohol in my system; usually my body has alcohol at 9:30 so maybe it was asking where the good stuff was. As time went on it got worse and people would talk to me and I couldn’t really get a grasp on what was being said. My brain was too tired to hear, listen, process, think of a reply, and then move my mouth and lungs to say said reply. So I’d just go, “Umm. Huh? What? Oh,” to everything said to me.

Saturday I was dead. Legit dead. I slept until 2 p.m. when my dad woke me up wanting his oil changed. We had planned this out days earlier, but I had forgotten about it. I made some coffee and tried my best to get on with the day but I had zero energy. I was achy. I was sleepy. I wanted to lay around and exist because that’s all I could do. Despite this, I somehow dragged myself to the store to get the oil/filter and changed the oil. It was a struggle though and was probably the longest it has ever taken me to change oil! I was moving in slow motion; grabbed the 15mm wrench when I needed the 17mm and it took considerable effort to get off the ground, walk into the garage, and grab the damn thing. Constant inner monologue of, “Okay, just stand up. You need to get the 17mm wrench. Good job! You’ve stood up. Let’s take a couple of minutes and then we’re going to walk 15 feet to the toolbox and find the 17! Are you ready? You can do this! One step at a time! GOOD JOB, YOURE WALKING JUST FINE!”

That day was shit. Day 2, Sunday, was fine. It was Easter and we went to a park. I was over the shitty vaccine side effects.

Work on Monday was fine…Until about 7:30 p.m. that is. I started to get those spacy feelings and became tired and achy. I tried to do some work but I couldn’t so sat in the van for a majority of the airplane load. My friends noted that I “wasn’t with it at all,” or that “Jeremy isn’t doing so good right now…” I don’t remember the rest of the night but I’m here writing so I guess I somehow managed to survive just fine.

And I’ve felt fine ever since. (Fine in regards to the COVID shot. I was still fucking dead from all the drinking, but that’s a different post.) It seems the US has shitty vaccination rates as it is, and I think if everyone really knew how shitty they might feel from the COIVD shot it would just lower the rates even more. Luckily people are stupid and detached so hearing, “aches, pains, nausea” as side effects doesn’t really click until you’re actually feeling it yourself. It’s all an abstraction until it’s not.

I’m not trying to say that I felt so fucking bad that no one should get the shot, and my goal is quite contrary to that. I felt honorable feeling like shit because I knew I did the right thing for everyone. It wasn’t fun for me, but life isn’t all about making yourself feel good. I mean it kinda is, but there’s also literal billions of other people out there, many more susceptible to COVID than you are, and you have to keep that in mind. It’s not about you — you’re not the sole protagonist in the world — it’s about us! In a way I felt like a hero for getting the shot, for the ‘self-sacrifice’ I did for the greater good and for how I stood up for what I believe in. Science, doing what’s right, helping others even if they’re strangers, not falling for bullshit-ass propaganda. Not being a dipshit. And so on.

Apparently I’m mostly alone in feeling this way, at least when compared to the rest of my family. People are stupidly self-centered even if it puts everyone else at risk, even those close to you that you purportedly love. They don’t want the shot because reasons or something. That’s a big part two to this and I PROMISE I’ll post that tomorrow. Just go get the fucking vaccine so we can go back to socializing at eating at restaurants or something.

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