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Post-Christmas Crash 2020

January 1, 2021

Every year the inevitable happens. I manage decently enough getting ready for Christmas, pacing myself trying not to overdo it. Every year I end up failing miserably before the holidays end.

Some years I’ve managed to get through Christmas Day with a nap and crash afterwards. . Some years I’ve actually had to postpone Christmas from the morning to the afternoon and eventually this became consistent as I really get up any day before noon. I’ve even had two years where I didn’t do Christmas with my family or anyone just because my crash hit before the holiday.

The most common reaction is to hit my wall on Christmas Day in the evening… After I get back from wherever I’ve been.. Fortunately, with the improvement of my Fibro over the last almost 5 years, that is shifting.. Crashes are less severe and don’t typically last for week or more on end..

This year, I did well! Before you say that’s it cuz of covid & no one did anything, it’s not true. Christmas this year is not *that* different.

As per the norm, I baked cookies. I give these his gifts to friends, family & my pain physician. It’s not uncommon for me to purchase premade dough however this year I made two different types of cookies from scratch. I have one of those cookies I ended up making up 4 batches. I don’t know how many cookies I made in total but in the end I had enough for two’s cookie swaps with my Cub packs, 3 small baggies, of a half dozen, 8 larger bags of a baker dozen, & 5large bags for almost 2 dozen cookies. I also did up one package of two dozen Brier Rabbit cookies (that’s the recipe I made for of) for a friend of mine who specifically likes that type of cookie.. After all that, I still had some left over.. That’s almost 400 cookies this year.

Cookies From My Cubs

As I usually do, I also did my Christmas shopping in person. I don’t like doing a lot of shopping online unless I know exactly what it is like books. So I do gifts for my sister and her family and my parents every year as well as select friends including my best friend and her family This year I also got a few things for my brother’s family beyond cookies.. Plus stocking stuffers for my Mom and Dad.. So gifts for about 20 people this year.

Because of COVID my deliveries have been different this year.. but I have made them and have had short safe visits with friends. I stopped at my 2nd bff’s on Christmas Eve Day and we had a short safe visit. . Christmas Day was spent with my parents followed by a social distanced gift exchange with my Sister’s family. Afterwards, I stopped by another friend’s later on also for a short safe visit to exchange small gifts. Come Boxing Day, I had a longer, yet still safe visit with my BFF & her family. Finally, I saw another friend that evening and gave him his cookies & gifts..

So Boxing Day evening I hit my wall (My Wile E Coyote IG post shows it well). When I got home about 8:30, I crawled into bed & slept. I ended up overheating in my sleep but you can read more about that here.. Otherwise for the next 24 hours, I slept, only getting up so myself & Lilly could use the facilities and to feed her.

Since then my pain levels have been up and so has my fatigue.. I’ve done very little over this last week. I had a Cub Scout planning meeting on the 27th via Zoom. I’ve had a visit or 2 with Mom & Dad as they only live upstairs.. I fixed a mask, having to replace the elastic & add a third layer. I have watched TV, I have player video games on my phone & I’ve slept.

Do I consider myself bedridden? No.. I’m able to function.. I can get up & take the dog out & Ake myself some food and do liw energy activities. So why am I not doing more? Cuz if I do things will go downhill.. Right now I’m just keeping the course steady so that my body can rest, relax, recuperate and heal..

Wearing A Mask Whilst Singing

July 14, 2020

Why wear a mask while singing?

There are lots of reasons for wearing a mask, but the biggest one is to not spread COVID-19. When you speak, you spew water droplet into the air.

It’s worse when you sing. When you sing the amount of moisture & water droplets increases significantly. I don’t have the numbers, but I can talk forever without my mouth going dry, no so much when I’m singing.

If you are talking in the car, you are spreading droplets & need to wipe down anyways.. so you might as well sing your heart out cuz anyone in your car in likely in your bubble. Just remember, singing water droplets go further, faster. You will have to wipe down more than your steering wheel. Make sure you sanitize the shell, but also the steering column, the dashboard & the panel above the dashboard. Even if you have not touched those spaces, they will be contaminated by your saliva.

At an average viral load of 7 √ó 106 per milliliter, we estimate that 1 min of loud speaking or singing generates at least 1,000 virion-containing droplet nuclei that remain airborne for more than 8 min. So this is not a good idea to be singing when people are around.

The other night, I broke that rule. I am used to driving in the car, but Dad was driving us in the van. On the way home from my brother’s we were listening to Dad’s country music – Not my typical choice. The last CD my Mom put in was Kenny Rogers – everyone knows Kenny So I’m singing “The Gambler” to myself.. and I sing the first verse & am shocked to no end when my Dad (who does *not* sing) starts to sing the chorus. Well we both sang the chorus, then I again sang the verse & the bridge & Dad joins in at each chorus. We are singing within 6 feet, let along the singing distance required of a minimum of 8 feet. He was less than 3 feet away.

Normally with COVID 19, you’d get in eternal trouble for that, but for 2 things, 1.I was in the car, no way to contaminate those outside the car. 2. My Mom and Dad are in my household so they are in my bubble. If my Dad had COVID, I would have gotten it anyways.

So, keep safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask, cuz it’s legally required her in the Greater Toronto Area, especially when singing!!