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Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Joe Strummer, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    Sending out good thoughts for you and your husband, @smerrian. We're living in tough times for sure. Take care and best of health to the both of you.
     
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  2. Valgal

    Valgal Free to do what I choose.

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    This is me. We had a slow week last week. I think people are afraid to go to the ER- don’t blame them. I didn’t have to work overtime for the first time in months. Small rural hospitals are always fiscally challenged. We are a community hospital and not owned by a big health care corporation. A dying breed. I love it. We have had to transition departments around to makes isolation rooms. It is amazing what we’ve done in one day. So far our county has had one positive test but we expect that to change.

    When I get home I strip on the back porch and throw my scrubs in the washer and leave my shoes out there. Head for the shower and scrub head to toe. I’m not afraid for myself. My husband has heart conditions and a jacked up immune system from a bone marrow transplant 25+ years ago. He’s a bit of a hypochondriac. I try to wear my mask in the hospital as much as possible even in the halls. But I’m a bit claustrophobic so I cannot tolerate it for long periods. Going into isolation rooms sucks because you are practically in a hazmat suit— it gets hot!!!!

    I’m still not afraid. Cautious yes. This is me when I’m out in the hallways or on a unit. I haven’t worn my mask in stores but I am considering it— I’m a face toucher/nose scratcher - I think I could compose a Steve Miller Band song with that phrase. (Lover/sinner)

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  3. Aces and Eights

    Aces and Eights VIP Whale

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    I'm teleworking so I get paid. I actually like working from home. No distractions.

    BTW, to the OP, since you seem to have lots of free time and still getting paid, is the couch that comfortable that your wife likes sleeping there? Sometimes it's nice to have a change, but I was wondering why you aren't taking the couch instead.
     
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  4. SMG

    SMG High-Roller

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    Speaking of masks, I ran out of surgical masks last week. I had a few left over from when I was a caregiver for my dad before he passed away back in 2013. Most of the PPE supplies are going to our frontline workers, so it's almost impossible to find any in our stores. So, I did a search on YouTube and found quite a few videos on how to make surgical masks out of cotton cloth. For those who are good at sewing, it should be easy.

    Although, there are some very simple "no sew" versions that can be made very quickly out of a bandana, scarf, or any piece of fabric, along with a couple of large rubber bands, elastic hair ties, or something similar. I made a few "no sew" versions today out of some large cotton bandanas that I had stored away. I also ordered some surgical masks on Amazon, but it'll take 3-4 weeks to arrive.
     
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  5. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    Here is a video:
     
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  6. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    Same here, but we were teachers, so we never made much. We have been careful, though, and (here comes the big reason) never had kids.

    I'm amibvalent about not having kids, and we could use a little help now from time to time, but with our work schedule it just would not have been fair. Especially now we would be worried sick about them, and any grandchildren.

    We are lucky to have several young friends who help us when we need it.
     
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  7. cvkelz

    cvkelz Extremely Low Roller- like, I barely roll at all.

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    Currently working though I question our "necessary" product, I guess it was all cleared by greedy workers that want to maintain their paychecks.
    One might say that I should be glad I am still working through all this but as a woman that has a husband that is in a risk category, I don't see the need for us to be open. When it first started we were working half staff and following the 6 foot rule but after a week they just kind of said f*ck it and called everyone back into work.
    We have recently had a co-worker's husband be exposed to the virus but because he hasn't had a fever (just a bad cough for a week) he isn't allowed to be tested. This is the same worker that was working closely with me a couple weeks ago to train for my position for my vacation. I'm not happy with this news yet seem to only know this by overhearing it.
    Either way it seems business as usual at work.
    I pray for the medical workers on the front line.
     
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  8. kkinwi

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    We are pretty isolated in our northern WI community.....see the neighbors occasionally but at safe distances. I work part time in our local Pharmacy, but know our customers and they are all pretty isolated also as it is a small town. I have a box of masks and gloves that I purchased months ago. We are comfortable in retirement, and hubby has been out ice fishing. Plus, venison in the freezer.
    I am actually accumulating cash as no casino visits! And, I am ok with that. Busy with house projects and meals on my days off.
    The saddest part.....can't see the kids and grandkids! We Facetime, but the little ones just don't understand. All the kids are still employed and working mostly from home. One DIL was fired from her health care job (she was an on call sleep tech, and they wanted her to work as a front line tester in the ER.....she refused as she has bad asthma and 3 little kids).
    Our county has no cases at present, but that will change as people from the southern part of the state are coming up to their cabins, despite warnings from the counties to stay away. Our health care is limited and precarious for an older population.
    Prayers to all of you!
     
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  9. buttnugget

    buttnugget Tourist

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    Current situation: Physician and our area is starting to see the first wave of patients with confirmed COVID-19. 3 hospitals in town and for now not overwhelmed. Main one chastised by me and other docs for rationing PPE to nurses (making them continue to wear soiled masks, etc.). They didn't change until we went to a local news station to shame them. I suspect the next 4 weeks + to be very challenging. We have a younger population overall so we'll see how this turns out.
     
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  10. Flowers

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    Thank you for your service, especially in these challenging times. I hope things don't get too bad in your home town.
     
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  11. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    Retired from LBUSD, custodian supervisor.
     
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  12. LB9

    LB9 PH Blackjack Degen

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    Still working here and more than ever so I am thankful on that front. The days do seem to run together, I don't know what the "weekend" is anymore. I can't go into the line of work I'm in but I manage data in DC, including on behalf of HHS/CDC. Yes, I am involved in the current situation insofar as managing data pertaining to the virus so I'm seeing, firsthand, what this entails. I'm not a medical professional so nobody owes me a thank you as those are the people who deserve our appreciation. Lot of 15+ hour days, the federal staff we support are exhausted, working around the clock. We manage 22 matters, but 95% of the focus is on one matter now, which I'm sure you can all guess what that is. I've switched to remote technically but am going into work as essential more than I should be and much to my wife's chagrin, but certain things can't be "completed" from home.

    Wife is a teacher, they're done for the year but thankfully she still gets paid for the rest of the school year. She is disappointed as she teaches at a Title I school where a lot of kids don't have much instruction remotely (no computers for virtual learning, etc), but thankfully the school district is providing breakfast and lunch, to my understanding, for children who rely on that as a food source so I feel proud of my tax dollars finally going to something worth while.

    I feel just as terrible for those who've lost their jobs as those who are sick. I remember before my Mother passed (too young at 54), she lost her job during the great recession. Felt like she lost her identity and it was a cascade of just awful things that happened right after and she was at home and lost hope. I'm hoping this recovery can happen sooner than expected, seeing people lost their job through no fault of their own is just terrible.

    I'm trying not to leave when I don't need to, but I also am trying to buy lunch from takeout places to help, probably in futility, to keep their lights on. Wife thinks I'm an idiot, but I just get upset thinking about people not working when work is part of many people's identity.

    Oh, and one more thing, my wife had a virtual happy hour with a bunch of friends last night. One friend is a teacher who was on maternity leave but now, as she can do virtual instruction from home, decided to go back to work Friday. She had been thinking about it for weeks and told the person who had been substituting for her on Thursday, one day before, that the sub was no longer needed as she decided to come back Friday. She gave this person one day notice, and this poor sub now is unemployed. When the sub told my wife's friend how disappointed she was now that, especially in the current situation, she won't be able to get a job anywhere, my wife's friend replied via email with "circumstances change". I felt enraged when I overheard this during their happy hour in the other room (we have a 1 bedroom condo so not hard to hear through the walls). While a lot of my wife's friends were neutral, I walked into the bedroom and they asked me my opinion. I absolutely unleashed into my wife's friend and told her how disgraceful, selfish and odious her actions were and, in effect, that I don't want to hang out with her again. You can tell a lot about someone's character when times are tough, and I didn't hold back. I don't know the substitute teacher but I do know she deserved more than 14 hours notice her job was no more because my wife's friend decided, because it suits her, to just start working while on maternity leave (she WAS getting paid too mind you, so this wasn't a financial decision, she just wanted to go back to work). I don't intrude on other people's business but they asked and as I've been told I'm an intimidating person on occasion, hopefully I got through to her. I doubt it, but we'll see.

    At this point, I'm just ready for April to be over.
     
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  13. Joe Strummer

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    Aces + Eights -
    My 8 yr old cannot sleep alone, yet.
    He usually sleeps together w my wife
    My work hours are not "normal" but right now
    I am not working - so I sleep with him.
    He has asthma and my wife is a nurse.
    She does not want to bring home the virus to him with
    a compromised respiratory system.
    My wife decided to sleep downstairs on the couch -
    away from him.
    Her call and I agreed.
    Stay well.
     
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  14. LB9

    LB9 PH Blackjack Degen

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    Good for you, people need to be called out when doing this bullshit. Much respect.
     
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  15. BlacklabberMike

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    Walmart has still not installed shields in the pharmacy area. wife has taken an unpaid two week furlough.
    The pharmacist has enough on her mind as her father is in a local soldiers home where so far 11 have died.
    She is going to walkout on Monday if there are no shields.
    I gave her the names and numbers of a couple people I know on the Public Health Department.

    Walmart is not an employee friendly workplace....if this is too political Sonya, you can remove it.
     
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  16. bdautch

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    I am still fully employed and working from home the normal amount of hours. Actually, I am getting more work than normal, because I work for a membership association that represents medical professionals, so there have been (predictably enough) nighttime conference calls on top of the usual 9-5 stuff. I've enjoyed not having to commute, though it's been tough to gin up the energy to work out on my elliptical because I just don't have the juices flowing some days. But I am healthy, employed, and saving up vacation days that I would have otherwise burned. I am getting refunds for trips, even supposedly non-refundable ones.

    So, I'm just gonna keep that money and those vacation days, and hope that there is someplace safe to go in the fall. If not, I'll keep my money, carry over even more vacation days into 2021, and do something bold/expensive like sit in a luxury box at the Kentucky Derby.

    For now, I'm just thankful to be in good health and that everyone I care about is ok, too.
     
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  17. insin

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    We are from SE WI & Central WI- Covid Cases are increasing quickly.
    Farmers are dumping milk out due to low demand...WTF?

    I've been out of work now for around 4 months.
    I feel distracted and a little aimless without the structure of a work day.

    I go outside of the house about once a week, usually to pick up supplies or groceries that I couldn't get delivered.
    Absolutely lovely to drive in less traffic.
    Full tank of the cheapest gas in a couple of decades.....but nowhere to go! =(

    Stores empty of T.P., Chlorox wipes, Hand Sanitizer.
    Low stock of Chicken, Steak & better quality ground beef.
    Have to go early in the day to get a decent selection of staples like bread, butter, produce, canned SOUP, tuna or pasta.

    No upright freezers in stock.
    Low stock of potting soil and some seeds.
    Gaming section - decimated!
    Lots of crappy brand name large TV's & Laptops with poor specs.

    People don't seem to "get" what social distancing means.
    This is the cleanest I have ever seen the clothing departments.

    Absentee ballots!

    We grateful that we are are blessed and fortunate.
    We are worried for friends and family that don't seem to be taking this seriously.

    And....I'm just kinda bored.
    Maybe even a little unmotivated.
    I even bought a chip package on MyVegas I was that bored!

    I miss trip reports!
     
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  18. hammie

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    A good friend who worked as a Pharmacist at Wally World for over 10 years was let go (about 9 months ago) due to a re-org, he was 60 and expendable. He had a BS degree but he said that PhD’s are desired these days.
     
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  19. GeorgeandTheBear

    GeorgeandTheBear High-Roller

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    I sold my car washes on Jan. 31 and retired. I plan to relocate, but made a commitment to my buyers I would stay in this area until May 31. We bought a house in SW Indiana (150 miles away) and get possession late April. Sold our current house in Ky, with the stipulation that we get to live in it until May 31. The sellers of our new house have given us access to a building on the property, so we can take things as we see fit. It all seemed like a great scenario, having over two months for a long distance move, but our governor telling us to stay the hell at home is putting a bit of a kink in things. Oh well, whad'ya gonna do?
     
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  20. unomas

    unomas Low-Roller

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    These are very unfamiliar times and it's a bit terrifying. @buttnugget and @Valgal Thank you for what you do and be safe on the front line! I'm a hospital pharmacist and don't ever see patients directly and I know how I feel sitting here wearing my mask, so I can't imagine being face to face with potential patients. One thing I have read a few times in this thread is about people being healthy with no underlying conditions which is great, however for whatever reason the virus doesn't seem to care. It's still causing havoc on the younger (30 to 50 yr old) and healthy people, not all but out of the 10 vented sub 50 yr olds 3 were healthy. I know it's anecdotal but it is what it is.

    For me nothing has changed work wise except we are in the calm before the storm here in South Jersey. Our census is super low with zero elective surgeries happening and like someone else pointed out people are afraid to go to the hospital. (I don't blame them) Sadly for my wife and I we have to cut ourselves off from the grand kids and they are at such a great ages 5 and 2.5. That's the worst for us, well the worst for my wife, I had to cancel my Vegas trip in late April for the NFL draft and a short trip to Raleigh to visit an old high school friend! I really don't know when I'll get back to Vegas? I'm fortunate to have a job and will gladly continue to self quarantine (minus work) to reduce the risk to my family and everyone else. With a stocked liquor cabinet and netflix we will have to be careful not to overindulge. I have plenty of yard work that can be done without supplies. Everyone be safe!
     
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