Saturday, January 09, 2021

 The first week of 2021 done and it was somewhat surreal at work. The lockdown is once again seeing a reduction in seeing people as we have to phone them instead, saving any face to face contact for urgent / crisis presentations. Happily, our interim manager has suggested we make the decisions based on clinical need and risk so we can still see many people but not all. Caseloads have increased and we are very busy with demands for the service increasing. We have no idea what the future holds apart from more work with fewer resources. At least we have jobs and are in demand for the time being.

Vaccines are also being rolled out for the community teams and by Monday I should think three of my colleagues and the older adults team will have had their vaccines. The rest of us are waiting as all slots had been taken but I am more than happy to wait and ensure that if I have to have the vaccine, it will be the Astra Zeneca Oxford one.  We'll see how that pans out but as I have a couple of allergies and a history of asthma which certainly means I won't have the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. What isn't explained is why once vaccinated we have to continue wearing masks. We don't wear them before or after flu jabs and the flu kills people, especially the elderly / those with serious health problems. I know there is a second vaccine jab which will be administered twelve weeks later contrary to the advice of the vaccine companies. I'm aware that the vaccines might not provide protection against infection but the same applies to the flu jab. I guess it is up to individuals to choose whether to vaccinate or not.

I have joined a Cold War model group build on fb and I have had to order another kit as I have no kits in that era. I wasn't going to bother but surprisingly Sue encouraged me to search for and buy a kit.  There is a   BAC Lightning F3 aircraft model winging its way to me. In the meantime I have continued with the Dornier Do G flying boat that I had started but put aside some weeks ago before building the Stuart Honey.

This will be built out of the box and will be an on-going build alongside the group build of the Lightning. Hopefully I can use the table for modelling as the cats have taken a liking to sleeping on it and take a keen interest in the modelling process. Not a good idea as glues, paints, small plastic or metal pieces and cats don't mix well.

In other news but related to my comment about work above, Sue and I went for a long walk through town today. I had to post a test sample to the bowel cancer centre and yes, I have reached that magic age where you are requested to literally post shit! So we combined that with the walk and how depressing. Empty shops and pubs boarded up and closed for good. The local mall empty and as a generally soulless place at the best of times, it even lacked that ambience. Poundland was open and I guess that might be a good indication of the future post virus / media panic. Beggars sitting in shop doorways, social distancing signs and footprints / arrows everywhere. Unless I have to, that will be my last visit to the mall for a long time. I must attend to a lentil curry I am cooking and there is a bottle of Mango Gin that needs my attention this evening.



Blogger Scoakat said...

Just please continue to be safe at work, please.

I'm sure Sue recognizes the benefits of your modeling, which is why she encourages you!

Did you know Cologuard was developed here in Madison? By Exact Sciences, and we have several friends that work there - I know you've seen them at times over on my blog! Small world.

Mango gin? Sounds good, I like mango. Cheers!

10:22 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Thank you Scott.

It is a small world. Thank your friends for me. Fingers crossed it detects nothing nasty!

It was mango and papaya gin with lemon tonic water. Both kept in the fridge so nice and cold.

11:06 am  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

This whole vaccine thing is of huge concern to anyone who understands science, statistics, and hype.

12:37 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Absolutely BW. Very worrying.

5:23 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

As the only other person I know who seems to be at all sceptical about the vaccinations delcatto, have you seen this? (read all of it as the better stuff is further down).

If I am reading this correctly, your scepticism, as a highly experienced nurse, heartens me.

As someone who was nearly a thalidomide baby (my mother had the bottle of prescribed tablets in her hand and was about to take a dose, when her sister, an academic biologist/geneticist, telephoned about something else and told her not to take them as she'd heard of some concerns from some clinicians at UCH), and has a debilitating chronic condition caused by the long-term after-effects of a virus, I am going nowhere near anything of this nature.

9:55 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

'Some researchers argue in favour of deliberately exposing vaccinated individuals to coronavirus in ‘human challenge’ trials and then carefully tracking rates of infection and their accompanying biomarkers...Challenge trials remain controversial — unethical even, some say. " Blimey, really, some say?

I think there is only a few of us who have so far not had any vaccine. A couple of staff had it yesterday and are feeling unwell but others are ok. A couple have underlying health issues and can't have the vaccines. I don't deny there is a Sars-Cov2 but I still remain sceptical about the vaccines. I'll wait awhile and see what happens...

7:40 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

You are the second person whose mother very nearly took thalidomide that has mentioned it. I also think of Gulf War syndrome and I prefer to choose whether I will have a vaccine or not. I am awaiting the social pressures which the media are already applying pressure in spades.

7:43 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

Hmmm.... yes, I'd totally forgotten about GWS, and I shouldn't have (see below), thanks for reminding me.

Many years ago when I worked in the schools around the army bases in Dorset, I assessed the child of an army mother who had been in the Gulf, so subject to their hastily put together cocktail of vaccines, which she had had without choice and without realising she was in the early stages of pregnancy. Possibly the most profoundly learning disabled child I ever saw. I bumped into her again when I was involved in supporting army families over a telephone helpline during the second Gulf War, and she was still fighting for acknowledgment and compensation.

I honestly am not surprised that many young women are sceptical about this vaccine and will refuse it.

9:08 pm  

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