family, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Waiting for answers about Covid and the new vaccines. Keep it voluntary.

It has been a year since I first heard stories about the new virus coming to get us all.  The panic spread quickly, people gripped by fear.  Fear, I now know, is a powerful tool.  It is easy to scare people, but very difficult to unscare them.

No good news

The few voices that came forward with messages of reason and hope were quickly squashed.  For example, there appeared to be a glimmer of good news because hydroxychloroquine was thought to be a good medication to help treat Covid if it is given early enough.  That idea was quickly blocked without taking the time to look into it any further. There is still debate among providers about this. Any ray of hope from our then-president was called a lie.  Any doctors who brought forth anything that went against the fear pushing objective were quickly discredited.

Another piece of good news should be how Covid killed the seasonal flu, right? In the image below, taken directly from the CDC website, you can see all of the colored lines that represent past flu seasons compared to this flu season, with the red triangles. Interesting we are not hearing more about this, and how or if it relates to the rise in Covid.

To those of you attributing this data to the fact people are doing an amazing job of wearing their masks and social distancing, spare me. I have already seen this argument. These are the same people who are screaming to the world that every time a person tests positive for Covid, it’s because “Nobody knows how to mask, socially distance or follow rules!” You can’t have it both ways.

Covid deaths are not always from Covid

There are states which count a death as a Covid death if they had a positive test, no matter how they died. I understand the impact comorbidities have on illnesses. However, there are cases in which the person died of a clear, alternative cause, and the person was counted as a Covid death.

“If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means technically even if you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who’s listed as a COVID death doesn’t mean that that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of the death.” Dr. Ezike outlined.

https://hoiabc.com/2020/04/20/idph-director-explains-how-covid-deaths-are-classified/

I point this out because I want people to understand that we need time and answers. Time to know the actual survival rates. Which appear to be very high. (More good news not being touted.) And time to know how safe and effective a new vaccine is. Knowing these pieces of information will help people to make an educated decision on taking the shot or declining.

They are safe and effective… Trust us…

Yesterday, I read an article discussing how the new Covid vaccines are as safe as they thought they would be. This article discussed how, “everyone who experienced an allergic response has been treated successfully.” And, “no other serious problems have turned up among the first 22 million people vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

I work away from direct patient care now, and have for 2 years. I have a small team, and they are offering the vaccine to us. A few of my colleagues have excitedly and dutifully opted to take it. This week, 2 members of my team received the second dose. At our meeting a few days ago, one person said she was behind this week because a few days after she received the second dose, her arm, axilla and shoulder were very swollen and red. She couldn’t even apply deodorant for 3 days. She spiked a 103 degree fever that lasted over 24 hours, and her headache made her feel like she was going to throw up if she sneezed, coughed or bent over. Once she was finished talking, the other person quietly said she had the same types of things happen. They both hesitantly agreed, “but, it’s worth it.”

…Is it though? Who determines that? I do. No one else determines risk versus reward for me or my family except us. It is the same with any other medical treatment. I recently had my gallbladder removed. Among the risks of surgery are death. When they ask for my informed consent, they explained the statistics of each possible complication, and I had to decide for myself if I was willing to take that risk. That is as it should be for any medical procedure or treatment. And, until recently, was the standard to which we in the medical field were all trained.

If you continue through the article, you will see,

“Vaccinated people have suffered major health crises and even death within a few days of receiving a shot, but the rate of those events is no higher than would be expected in the general population and cannot be connected to the vaccine, the review found.”

USA Today

Whenever anyone else has suggested to look at Covid related deaths in such a manner, they are called anti-science, and any number of other derogatory terms. If we measured vaccine related deaths in the same ‘scientific’ way we measured Covid related deaths, why wouldn’t we, for example, call all deaths in the 30 days after a Covid shot – a Covid shot death?

Double standards. The narrative. Fear peddling. That’s why.

“Shimabukuro did not address the several people reported to have died after receiving a vaccine, including a Florida doctor and a California X-ray technologist.”

USA Today

These are only the ones made public at this moment. Nothing to see here. Everything is just fine.

Vaccines

I realize I probably sound like an anti-vaxxer. That’s far from truth. I and my family are all vaccinated for the typical childhood things. I also take the flu shot every year after having the flu so badly one year, I thought I would literally die. I am also very much in favor of medical choice and informed consent. Over the years, I have educated many people on vaccines, but always respected their decision to go whichever way they felt was right. I have never in my career witnessed so much guilt, shaming and peer pressure to have a medical treatment as I have seen with this experimental shot.

We are reassured things are safe and effective. But, we are barely coming upon a year of Covid vaccines, and a small trial phase. Clearly my definitions of ‘safe’ and ‘effective’ differ from other’s definitions. As do my definitions of ‘hate,’ ‘love,’ ‘truth,’ and many other vocabulary words. But that’s for another time.

mRNA vaccines are not a new idea

Did you know that the technology for the new mRNA vaccines has been around for decades? I didn’t either. “mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV).” Yet, despite the length of their existence, and the purported ease of creating new vaccines, one still has not been approved by the FDA. Why is that?

The answer is we don’t know. There are so many things we don’t know. I pray this vaccine is the next good thing in medical technology. I really do. But, until we answer more questions, the answer will remain a “No thanks” for myself and my family. This experimental shot should remain a choice, and not a mandatory medical procedure.

Christianity, Politics, Social Issues

Abuse? Gaslighting? Both! Male and female should be celebrated

It came as a surprise to me that Pelosi decided to remove gender related terms from the house.  It is now forbidden to use terms as mother, father, uncle, daughter in law, or anything else that hints at what gender someone might be. 

This is complete insanity, and feels evil. God created us, his precious children, as male and as female.  There are numerous references in the Bible to this point.  Here is just one:

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Genesis 1:27

Masculinity and femininity are beautiful, different, and should be celebrated!  It is so wonderful to be feminine.  I love the differences in the way I look, and in the things my body can do, like giving birth and feeding a baby. I like the way I think about things and respond to situations. I enjoy when a man holds a door for me, or pulls my chair out for me, and I can thank him for being a gentleman. I like to nurture my family and take care of my husband. The list goes on and on.

I desire and crave masculinity to balance me.  It is wildly attractive to me.  I sought that sort of personality in my past, and ended up in abusive relationships.  Two of them.  It is embarrassing to admit I fell for it twice, but there it is.  Masculinity does not automatically equal abusive though.  The two major differences between my past, and my husband are character, and being a Christian.

I now have found a protective, strong, Godly, intelligent, wise, and masculine husband.  I look around at people now, and wonder how my two young girls will ever find such a husband for themselves among all the genderless, wimpy, social justice warrior, pronoun choosing, fluid people.  My husband and I already pray for those little boys, who are probably already born somewhere, that our girls will grow up to marry.  We pray for their upbringing, and for their parents.

There are so many things I cannot do as a woman that my husband helps me with.  There are also many things that my husband cannot do without my help.  We are two parts of a whole.  We are helpers to one another.  We are a team.  We are one. 

Speaking of my past relationship leads me to remember how mentally abusive it was, and it was forging ahead to becoming physical abuse.  This was evident to me when he had begun throwing items at me in anger.  This will be a blog for another time, but I wanted to point out that the way the “left” is treating the “right,” the way Democrats are treating Republicans, the way Liberals are treating Conservatives feels exactly like an emotionally abusive relationship.  I have been telling my husband this for some time, and I consider myself an expert on that topic.

Take a look at this graphic. Do you see any connections that can be made to our current social climate? Of course, there will be differences because this wheel is about relationships. But there are many parallels I can draw at a glance.

We are being gaslighted, repeatedly. If you aren’t sure what ‘gaslighting’ is, I would encourage you to look it up.  I will link an article here if you are interested. 

What is Gaslighting?

It is so important we remember that God created us, with ALL of our differences, because we need one another. We are beautifully made, each individual one of us.  Some are male and some are female.  Any attempt to cancel that fact is abusive and goes against God.

Christianity, podcast, Politics

Christians in politics

If it is the job of our government to represent us, but some people believe Christians should stay out of politics… how will the needs of those of us who are Christians be met? God wants to be first in every part of our lives. Part of my life is being an American. If we as Christians don’t put God-honoring actions into place, nobody else will do it for us. Where God is banished, evil fills the void.

I keep hearing the phrase ‘Christian Nationalism’ thrown around like it is some negative concept when you combine being a Christian with liking America. It is possible to love God, and love our country. I think it is silly that people think being a Christian disqualifies you from being interested, active, and educated in politics.

My husband and I were discussing this, and he decided to make a podcast about it. Take a listen if you want to hear more…

https://anchor.fm/foruncommonsense/episodes/Christian-Nationalism-eoi6r6