I thought something was up when I was at the grocery store on Sunday. Probably only half the folks in there were wearing a mask.
I should’ve known that was a sign of things to come. Nobody hassling them, nobody paying attention. But I sure noticed it.
People were happy to be out and about, stock up their shelves and be around actual people after those winter storms shut us all down. And now, Texas is going for not bothering to mandate masks anymore, because people are used to the restrictions and will act appropriately without a need for enforced rules? Did I hear that right?!
Uh, that doesn’t work where I’m at. This is the most cover-your-ass-while-being-vague announcement I’ve ever seen. Next week will be a nightmare. And I’ll be up half the night following this story.
I will still mask up, and I don’t care what I look like. But I’m also gonna definitely go out a lot less after this. From day one I heard constant bitching about being forced to mask up (part of the reason I quit my damned job), and now he thinks all the people are just gonna keep wearing them without being made to?
As the great philosopher Col. Blake once said, “everybody who believes that, stand on your head.”
I will continue to mask up because I have a neighbor who has to work in the hospital and is very likely to get exposed and expose her family. They already had to quarantine before the storm hit. I don’t think the numbers have gone down enough to justify this move, though I have missed a lot of news lately.
I will keep wearing a mask also because as far as I know, I’m not recommended to get the vaccine yet. And with allergy season right around the corner, yeah, I’m gonna feel a bit better with that thing on my face while the sneezing starts, anyway.
I also will because I had to watch my own dad struggle for breath for a few precious minutes one morning, and it was scarier than any horror movie scene. Not from COVID-19, but from a restricted airway and weak lungs due to cancer and pneumonia. But when survivors of COVID-19 exposure and treatment recall that struggle to breathe, it sounds remarkably like what I witnessed. It was so frightening I was moments away from calling an ambulance against his wishes before we got his nebulizer working and the meds started to take effect and open up his airway.
I wouldn’t want to put myself in the position of accidentally transmitting a breath-smothering virus like this to someone else and letting their family see what I saw in those minutes.
My dad came back from that one incident, but was gone in a month as the struggle became more frequent.
Over half a million haven’t come back from COVID-19 in the states. And I don’t know a single vaccinated person in my own circle.
There’s a flutter in my chest that’s telling me I have more than a slight twinge of anxiety about this, and I figured I’d be numb to my state’s dickheaded posturing and decisions.
Maybe this is more motivation to get on the exercise train in a frenzy. I’m a fat woman and my heart can’t take this stupidity much longer.
9 thoughts on “Can we say the Texas Government is batting 0 for 2 against mother nature in 2021?”
Politics first – health and safety a poor second and third. Sad. And risking lives in New Mexico, Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas…
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And you know this will get the ball rolling to open up every other state around “because Texas can do it, so why can’t we?” (even though I’m sure those SAME STATES were calling us morons because of our closed deregulated grid that kept us in the dark just two weeks ago).
Maybe, when the Democrats pass the recovery/stimulus bill and Biden signs it, Gov. Abbott and his friends can refuse to be oppressed Federal overreach and Socialist bribes and refuse any of the money for their state. That would really prove their “conservative” independence and good old Wild West gumption. Think they would? No they’ll take it and complain all the way to the bank while they try to figure out how to screw Black, Brown, and Poor White people out of as much of it as they can.
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With all this crap going on, I am SO glad I signed up for solar power. I don’t even wanna know how much further the rabbit hole goes.
I think that’s a good move.
sigh…just because a person receives a vaccine, does not make them safe immediately. it takes at least a week or more for the body to make the antibodies to help protect the person. texas is not following science. republicans (trumplicans) will be the death of all of us one way or another. im sure more republican lead states will follow texas and we will be in this pandemic mess much longer than we should be and if the previous administration had done what they should have done in the first place, we would be better off. face the fact…republicans DO NOT CARE about people.
i received my first dose of the vaccine yesterday (1 march)
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And these folks think “Hey, it’s our state, our rules.” They don’t seem to realize viruses don’t care about border lines drawn on maps.