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Title: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on March 16, 2020, 04:08:19 pm
This coronavirus thread is dedicated to sharing thoughts and ideas related to keeping busy and maintaining mental health during this time of physical distancing and/or isolation.

Please continue to post any other coronavirus updates, comments or questions in the original thread: https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=73775.0

I will continue to merge any new posts into one of the two Coronavirus threads, this effort is not only to avoid duplication but also to ensure people who want to discuss it can and, with the latest information.

Additionally, this means that members who are finding the topic particularly distressing or those wishing to take a break from COVID-19 can and aren't confronted with dozens of separate threads across the forum.

Thank you, best Jim.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: phoenix on March 24, 2020, 09:51:48 pm
Hi     With all the restaurants and everything else closed,  I was just wondering what everybody's doing to stay busy in these days of social distancing?  Since we decided not to get together and jam until this covid 19 thing is over , I picked up a new stomp box online and have been happily exploring some new sounds. We also have a bear in the window thing where you put a stuffed bear in your window and parents drive their kids around town to see the bears.     
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: virgo313 on March 29, 2020, 09:47:50 am
Just want to say to everyone to stay strong & think positive.
There is already few suicide case related to covid.
My country there is a case where he commit suicide while waiting for result.
Call someone if you are feeling the pressure. Tks
Title: the new normal
Post by: em on March 30, 2020, 12:05:49 am
everyone is staying home afraid of what might be outside . isolated alone scared of what might be out there .  sorry if I chuckle that has been my life for the past thirty years .   welcome to my nightmare .


sorry if I sound callus unsympathetic more so pathetic might be ?  but this is a day in my life

my youngest who is fifteen said when is this going to end ? I said sharply without pause .  casually like this is what it is.   (  it is not this is the new normal . )  they said DAD not funny! My wife said you are going to scare him . while they were getting upset I said . someday you are going to tell your grandchildren when I was young we had this place called school where they herded us  all together in large groups this was how we learned . not in front of machine in our home .  it all changed rather quickly way back in the beginning of 2020 . 

they were not happy with me for painting this picture of how the future will be .


chuckle from it , frown from it , hate it, love to hate it ,  despise it . but this might be the new normal .   enjoy .   ?

EM   
Title: Re: the new normal
Post by: em on March 30, 2020, 12:55:26 am
this thought just occurred to me .  Many many years ago my mother had told me when she was young they avoided large crowds .    swimming in lakes,   pools or beaches where lots of people might be .  to limit their chances of getting polio . the times  have changed but the things that happen have not history repeats itself . that is just how it is .   if you forget the past you are doomed to repeat it  if you recall the past these new things are nothing new . 

em
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on March 30, 2020, 04:15:36 am
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Hi     With all the restaurants and everything else closed,  I was just wondering what everybody's doing to stay busy in these days of social distancing?  Since we decided not to get together and jam until this covid 19 thing is over , I picked up a new stomp box online and have been happily exploring some new sounds.

Well, I have kids so they do keep me busy, however, a few changes.

- Homeschooling
- Spending more time cooking
- Cleaned the balcony (Long overdue)
- Talking/Skyping more with my parents & friends

I also told myself I could do some eLearning or studying during this time, but we all know that's just not going to happen ;D

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We also have a bear in the window thing where you put a stuffed bear in your window and parents drive their kids around town to see the bears.     

Seen similar in my area but then pictures and drawings of rainbows in the window.


Title: Re: the new normal
Post by: MitchMiller on March 31, 2020, 01:37:46 am
I'm wondering how long I might have to hold up in my condo.  I've only stepped outside a few times to get the mail and empty the trash.  It's been two weeks now.  I'm already contemplating canceling appointments in May and June that would require me to ride the public bus.  I'm planning to have my groceries delivered for the first time soon.  Here in Las Vegas, people aren't taking social distancing seriously.  The county ran out of test kits a week ago.  I see trouble coming in a couple weeks.

I'm optimistic that a treatment or vaccine will be found within the next 18 months, but that's a long jail sentence for being old.  Multiple antibody tests have already been invented so people can at least know if they've had it by sometime this summer.
Title: Re: the new normal
Post by: J.R.E. on March 31, 2020, 06:41:21 pm
I'm wondering how long I might have to hold up in my condo.  I've only stepped outside a few times to get the mail and empty the trash.  It's been two weeks now.  I'm already contemplating canceling appointments in May and June that would require me to ride the public bus.  I'm planning to have my groceries delivered for the first time soon.  Here in Las Vegas, people aren't taking social distancing seriously.  The county ran out of test kits a week ago.  I see trouble coming in a couple weeks.



Ed and I have been seriously social distancing for two weeks now. Only going out to the grocery stores, take out food restaurants and going to Walgreens or CVS, as neccessary. we haven't had any friends over , nor have we any desire to go over any one's house as well. We just keep busy and active, and we still do walks daily. lol, we also started playing some "BORED" I mean Board games.  :)

The bus authority here, in Pinellas county Florida,( PSTA) has waived all fares for riders, AND you must enter the buses through the rear door, so you make no contact with the driver.  The only thing is, they cut the routes a lot. It operates on a Saturday schedule, 7 days a week. The are also supposedly disinfecting the buses daily.

I am also optimistic for a vaccine, but it's going to be a long haul, and it will get worse before it gets better. Us HIV positive folks know all about the long haul.

Take care---Ray
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on March 31, 2020, 07:30:01 pm
I'm currently at home,went for a really good bike ride that made me feel much better. I was feeling very down and thinking about unemployment (since I doubt any tourists will be coming over,hotels won't be working) and it got to me.
I am thinking of just writing essays for fun,maybe improve my writing skills (both Greek and English).
I am hoping everyone else is doing well....

Hugs, Fabian
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Almost2late on March 31, 2020, 08:29:45 pm
So I've been watching this MedCram channel on YouTube for updates on Covid-19 and I found this particular installment interesting. Thought I'd share.. https://youtu.be/H1LHgyfPPQ8

Hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on March 31, 2020, 10:41:49 pm
Been getting the walks in as well although, here in Ireland the rule is to stay within 2 KM (1.2 miles) radius of your home and the cops are checking people.

Had the dog that I share with the ex-wife over for a few days to have something to do on walks, throwing the ball etc on the green.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on April 02, 2020, 02:43:28 am
I just went to get coffee and introduced myself to the guy that always makes it for me,made him laugh a bit too haha. I wanted to post this to say that you should still keep smiling and have a good day,no matter what happens to the world now,it will be over soon.....
Btw,i kinda may have a crush on the guy too haha.....😂
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Grasshopper on April 02, 2020, 08:07:07 am
I am struggling to maintain my sanity. This is how I feel :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAj1ThalKb4
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on April 02, 2020, 08:57:15 am
I remember a parrot my previous boss had,it would fly over people's heads and make weird hiss noises. Christ,how scary it was 😂.
Things will get better grasshopper,we're gonna get through this thing together,try to do things to keep busy (listen to music,read a book,bake etc). Be safe 😊.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: J.R.E. on April 02, 2020, 11:32:25 am
I am struggling to maintain my sanity. This is how I feel :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAj1ThalKb4


Thanks for that !  I already sent that out to about a half dozen people !  :)
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on April 02, 2020, 01:05:18 pm
I am struggling to maintain my sanity. This is how I feel :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAj1ThalKb4

 ;D Yeah.

Laughing aside, as this crisis and distancing continue, the more uneasy I am getting and bad feelings from the past are starting to haunt me.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: J.R.E. on April 02, 2020, 01:58:25 pm
;D Yeah.

Laughing aside, as this crisis and distancing continue, the more uneasy I am getting and bad feelings from the past are starting to haunt me.

Absolutely !  The way I look at it is,  as long as I can crack a smile or laugh at something through all this misery, I am OK.

When I am no longer able to smile or laugh, then I know I've crossed that threshold into that danger zone.

Hopefully that won't happen.  DAY BY DAY ! Keep busy- keep active . Stay focused ! And Follow the guidelines.

EDITED TO SAY:  Stay proactive with your doctors, and Remember their human also, and dealing with the same issues around them as we all are.

Stay well Everyone !
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 03, 2020, 12:28:10 am
what's gion on today a sign of the times .

just had to tell someone this bothered me today . there is a new law no more than five people to a gathering. apparently no exceptions . 

at the end of the road I live on there is a graveyard. A hurst drove by with two cars in the funeral procession. 

scary times we live in .

I hope this does not come to pass . that if things take a turn for the ultimate living nightmare . a procession of precisions heading down my street of neverending hursts .   hopefully the measures taken will prevent this from coming true .  the future is not known and the outlook on this one in the times we are living in the questionable nightmarish outcome has yet to rear its ugly conclusion .  just offering a thought on a scary turn of events .  apparently HIV virus  was only the introduction the first act of a play called viral damage a tragedy of tragic proportions .   the real life story  of the damage a single virus can cause that we are living in   

please whoever is out there running this show  prove me wrong and not let this come to be.

we will survive. as long as we know how to love i know we will survive.  to miss quote Gloria Gaynor

our future will be full and bright .

where I live there is military fort . whose claim to  fame is a hundred years ago or so  they had the highest death toll of any fort . the battle was with TB . tuberculosis . well  more on that cheerful story for another time .  but the people lived on and as the generations were replaced with younger characters the memory of that tragedy was all but forgotten and just wanted to say this type of story is not a new one . 

life is change and this one is a big one .   just hold on tight and hope for be best

EM

 
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 03, 2020, 01:20:56 am
just in case anyone out there who might be to young to know who Gloria Gaynor is and the song I will survive.

https://youtu.be/ARt9HV9T0w8
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Grasshopper on April 03, 2020, 08:34:36 am
I don't recall having experienced the aids epidemic as unnerving as this COVID shit.
As of today here in the Netherlands another 148 deaths as of yesterday, bringing the total up to 1487 and 502 new infections.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: OneTampa on April 03, 2020, 05:01:44 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/oy8rPYf.png)

Agree with posts above.

Have also been through quite a bit in my life.

Yet, this COVID-19 situation is challenging my Mental Health,

Trying to keep my Spirits up with activities in the midst of other issues.

It doesn't help to witness some of the screwball behaviors of government folk.

Other social segments either.

A huge World Hug to Frontline Medical Staff and Other Professionals. 

Several of whom have lost their lives in the process.

If there ever was a time to Imagine and make It Real for all humans to come together as one, it is now.

Best,

OT
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: JosephP on April 07, 2020, 09:49:57 am
just in case anyone out there who might be to young to know who Gloria Gaynor is and the song I will survive.

https://youtu.be/ARt9HV9T0w8

Funny you posted this! I just did three days ago in another forum... I love that song... Why? Well.. I was young ready to party and just started college when it came out and the rhythm kind of said.. Hey let's party!  Many years later it became my battle song when my now ex-wife left and left me in debt and with three kids under the age of 15! Then hiv reared its ugly face...Yes, we will survive just as Gloria says!  :) :) :)
Title: Re: the new normal
Post by: JosephP on April 07, 2020, 09:58:43 am

I am also optimistic for a vaccine, but it's going to be a long haul, and it will get worse before it gets better. Us HIV positive folks know all about the long haul.

Take care---Ray

 ;) ;) And some times exhausting long haul!! Stay safe!!
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on April 07, 2020, 11:30:29 am
Would love to make a playlist for you guys,im really up for it
I didn't like Gloria Gaynor that much,the song seems over played. I would go more for 90s rock or even 80s rock.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: leatherman on April 07, 2020, 04:43:23 pm
the pets will thrive!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97VF8XeBQ4
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: J.R.E. on April 07, 2020, 10:06:10 pm
the pets will thrive!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97VF8XeBQ4



Love It !!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 08, 2020, 04:03:58 am
heard anything about global warming ? less driving around and  factories not running at full potential means less crap being pump into the air . which means less carbon being pumped into the air and environment.   healthier living for us and the planet.

one problem minimizes  another . 

mother nature is  saying if you will not take care of the earth I will make you .


EM
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on April 08, 2020, 07:07:06 am
I made a playlist of some of my favourite songs for you guys. It doesnt have a specific theme,it's a bit all over the place haha.
Hope you enjoy it 😁☺.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh4kIsM1qsNDwJPBgV-i1609aYAJ8KwYU

Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: OneTampa on April 08, 2020, 05:10:05 pm
the pets will thrive!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i97VF8XeBQ4

Funny!

I did one for Thanksgiving a bit ago:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2667ogd5kw

 :)

OT
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 12, 2020, 03:22:56 am
the world has changed seemingly over night by the effects of a virus


 Happy Easter .

EM
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 12, 2020, 05:08:40 am
I deleted this thinking no one would notice and no one did . presented  for your displeasure I am thinking it might be worth submitting anyway . it might not get any responses . but thought it worth saying anywho .


sorry to notice . the tables have turned forty years ago when HIV was first noticed and killing those people and some if not most were thinking those kind of people should have known bad things were going to happen because of the life they were living .  Large numbers did not care . Now those same people are the hardest hit by this new virus .  we are hit by it too. but they those who were passing judgment way back when are now facing a similar threat. by a virus  that is affecting their entire way of living .   they will never see or connect the two  . they should have known living the lives they were living that it might be uprooted by a virus instead of feeling and acting so self assured  self righteous and indignant thinking they could not be hit and hit hard feeling above it all for living  the lives they were living that they were safe from viral devastation  .  they will never feel that maybe they should have had compassion for the sick and dying . like they seem to do now.  it has taken forty years for a virus to get the attention to take notice to take center stage on a world wide show .  of how damaging destructive life altering . life threatening a single cell microscopic  organism can be .  just encase no one else notices I thought worth sharing the irony

.  just a thought like so many other thoughts unnoticed and overlooked . invisible  only seen for the result of :  if not for the damage they inflict  virus are small like a thought . but the damage not noticing them might inflict.

 mother nature's weapon of choice to destroy  lives and altering change for  the entire world . 

please pardon the rambling pointless words expressed here .  just blindly go about your lives not noticing the small things that can change the world ,

all the best for you and all those in your lives

EM
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: leatherman on April 12, 2020, 08:26:20 am
the world has changed seemingly over night by the effects of a virus
actually it took several months for nations and states and people to change the ways of the world in response to this virus.

it has taken forty years for a virus to get the attention to take notice to take center stage on a world wide show .  of how damaging destructive life altering . life threatening a single cell microscopic  organism can be .  just encase no one else notices I thought worth sharing the irony
the irony could be not looking far enough backwards and considering the effects of the 1918 pandemic

"The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million people Ė about a quarter of the world's population at the time. The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history."
wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu)

just blindly go about your lives not noticing the small things that can change the world
Just who are you directing your post to? that's an odd, not to mention rude, comment to the members of this site. I'm sure that People living with HIV certainly understand how a small thing (TLC once described it as "three little letters") can change the world
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 12, 2020, 12:16:43 pm
First of all :

thank you so much for responding .  any notice of  words thrown out to the world that goes unnoticed creates a emotional feeling that no one is out there.


rude . I guess so mostly for judging those who judge then being judged for doing so might be considered a never ending chain of rudeness .

it was aimed at everyone including the one posting it for being unprepared and for being under the impression they were safe from something terrible that might be thrown at them . like a virus  . the thought like a virus can spread and do harm. thus change the world.  noticing the thought of this might also change the world .

every virus and thought can change the world . this one was aimed at pointing this out

1918 flu epidemic .  WWI all the resources spent on this conflict and young men who would otherwise have been home on the farm growing crops and tending to livestock . were over there participating in the war to end all wars. the lives lost and the resources diverted to the war effort . peoples diets and the moral must have been at an all time low . high sulfur coal that was burnt to fuel almost everything. animals on all the roads doing what animals do.  making the environment of the time  highly unhealthy. these might have been factors that left the door wide open.  for a disastrous health crisis a fertile environment for a virus to thrive causing devastation  and do unchecked unhampered carnegie. funny how far we have come some things never change .  we as a living entity forget the things of the past just to face them all over again a while later .

actually seemingly overnight . a couple of months over the entirety of the infinity of time . is a small increment  that might be seen as overnight .

love to continue throwing words around to pass the time .  but I hope this finds you well and helps me and others . realize that small invisible unnoticed things can have a large effect on the world .

I apologize if this intention was and or is not clear.
all the best to you .

em

 
   

Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Lorenzopier on April 12, 2020, 01:43:03 pm
I to am optimistic that a vaccine and other pharmaceutical treatment options will be available within the next 18 months. Viruses such as this have a long history going back thousands of years of dealing crushing blows to the world and in reality will probably continue to do so. It is great that we can devise new vaccines for each new seasonal virus that creeps up into our world, but during that delay period we are still very vulnerable which is the state that we are currently in. We also have the technology to use micro-nutrients, antioxidants and amino acids in the proper effective dosages as well as correct balance to temporarily ramp up a persons own immune defenses if a person becomes infected thereby lessening the severity of the symptoms as well as the duration. It is something that I have been practicing for almost 2 decades now. I think after the type of devastation that we are going through now it is finally time to take a closer look at what this type of technology can do for man.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on April 12, 2020, 02:11:49 pm
Let's keep this on topic and not get into speculation and the micro-nutrients, antioxidants and amino acids etc story.

Thanks
Jim
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on April 13, 2020, 08:15:19 am
Some social media posts I've read, come across that to smile, laugh, have a drink at dinner, enjoy something or having pleasant thoughts is somehow spreading COVID19, and is disrespectful and will kill billions instantly...

The begrudgers are seriously worse the conspiracy theorists, a total bunch of miserable fuckers who had no life before the crisis to start with if you ask me. So today to piss them off I will laugh, smile, enjoy myself, and think happy thoughts  :)
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on April 15, 2020, 08:38:08 am
Exactly,people should be able to let loose a bit and not panic,who ever thrived on panic?
Lately I've seen so many people get so scared and panicky,that it made me panic for a second. However,what Jim is saying is true and you should laugh and smile and tell a joke,it's what will keep you sane.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: em on April 16, 2020, 11:59:17 pm
thank you for mentioning the Spanish flew of 1918

this almost slipped my mind .

in 1919 a science fiction book was written called

Armageddon 2419 a.d. by Philip Francis Nowlan 

the writer was a WWI engineer in the military who lived through the Spanish flew pandemic and WWI

the author wrote science fiction a hundred years ago ?

in this book the elite leaders of this world live in isolation surrounded by screens that they viewed the world through similar to the world we live in now. large screen TV they never left the residences . they communicated through video connections while the telephone  started making the scene ? he was dreaming of a future with what we now have ? he was off by a bit his guess was 500 yrs in the future things would be this way. I wonder what he would say if we could tell him the pandemic he lived through we would face a pandemic a hundred years later

they also have floating spheres that patrol the cites sending video monitored remotely ( drones )



encase you not familiar with the book .

maybe you have heard of the main character of the book   

Buck Rodgers ?

interesting read if you like to read it is available on line

I read it almost 35 years ago or so in paper back my dad gave me a copy  for some reason it slipped my mind. must be because i am old ?

in the book . the world is taken over by ?

in our world Asia is taking over the world by economic means ?

how ironic . they are merciless ?   if you are old like me . you will see this , if not well you might just live it ?

EM
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: leatherman on April 17, 2020, 07:10:54 am
I wonder what he would say if we could tell him the pandemic he lived through we would face a pandemic a hundred years later
I've been waiting to ask if my Grandmother (who turns 103 in Aug) remembers anything about the 1918 pandemic; but of course we're not allowed to visit her in assisted living right now. She was 1-4 yrs old during the years America dealt with that pandemic.

interesting read if you like to read it is available on line
it's old enough to be in the public domain now, so I just downloaded it and will try to read it this weekend. (I just restarted Asimov's Foundation series, so I have to decide if I want to switch to it right. btw Asimov passed away in 1992 from AIDS :( )
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on May 01, 2020, 10:44:07 am
I made a playlist of some of my favourite songs for you guys. It doesnt have a specific theme,it's a bit all over the place haha.
Hope you enjoy it 😁☺.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh4kIsM1qsNDwJPBgV-i1609aYAJ8KwYU

Someone else put this together Fabio, but here is one you should listen to, just make sure to turn the speakers to max https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWJEM5Vcxmk&t=1510s

It's my driving mix  ;D However, with the lockdown, it's my Friday tunes.
I'm driving the kids insane  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on May 01, 2020, 10:46:19 am
Omg no more drum and bass hahaha. Do you listen to that while driving? Hahah
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on May 01, 2020, 10:54:36 am
Omg no more drum and bass hahaha. Do you listen to that while driving? Hahah

Yup, happy tunes and memories,
Once upon a time I could keep and dance to this stuff  ;D

So I play this when driving, clams me down (Road Rage) 
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on May 01, 2020, 11:00:09 am
Omg Jim,don't tell me you were one of those blokes who sing (only the chorus) of "sweet caroline" and shout the rest of the lyrics  ;D.
I have been driving just for a year,but I'm.quite shy making the volume haha.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on May 01, 2020, 11:04:21 am
Well, thankfully not too many words in Happy Hardcore, Gabber, Harcore songs to mess up.  Anyhow, you can't hear me over the volume of the music.  ;D

@All

Hope you are all doing well and trying to keep mentally fit during all of this, whatever, makes you happy do it. Even if it's dancing in the living room or playing loud music or prehaps singing under the shower  ;)

Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Grasshopper on May 01, 2020, 11:36:28 am
Someone else put this together Fabio, but here is one you should listen to, just make sure to turn the speakers to max https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWJEM5Vcxmk&t=1510s

It's my driving mix  ;D However, with the lockdown, it's my Friday tunes.
I'm driving the kids insane  ;D ;D ;D

Drives me insane too.  :P.  = headache music. must be on some powerfull stuff to endure that

Gabber did you have the matching boots, shaved head and gear too ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUD-HExh9ow
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Jim Allen on May 01, 2020, 11:56:00 am
Drives me insane too.  :P.  = headache music. must be on some powerfull stuff to endure that

Gabber did you have the matching boots, shaved head and gear too ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUD-HExh9ow


 :) ;D

I still shave my head but things were a bit more colourful back then compared to the modern gabber, at least that's what I can remember. 

Things went to s&*t just after SuperGabber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6o-zODvqQw

Nothing beats a true classic though from those days, Luve u more, Paul Elstak- 1995 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laE6qR2F2ds

Title: HIV, Work, Covid, and not enough hours in the day
Post by: BubbaPat on May 07, 2020, 03:13:38 am
Luckily I started some anxiety and depression meds months ago.  Sadly, the Covid hits and my company is listed as ďessentialĒ, is open and accepting customers.  That itself isnít so bad, but when you add in irritated customers, not so competent/enthusiastic workers, and my own drive to try and get things done... it all makes for a rough day. 
Iím tired of rough days.
I try to tell myself to be calm... collect my thoughts and breath.
Every day gets harder and harder.
I feel guilty because I donít want  to be at work,   Iím mad at customers (no wearing masks and being irritated because weíre closing earlier and NOT having cashiers work side by sid), my coworkers (for not having the desire to stay over to the things done the right way) , and myself (for being mad and selfish.)
Title: How is everyone doing?
Post by: fabio on May 29, 2020, 06:12:16 pm
I wanted to see how everyone is holding up,since life has taken so many unfortunate turns in this day and age.
The whole death count has taken quite a toll on my mental health and,although I'm on a country with a very low death toll,just watching the news about other people dying on a mass level brings me down and it's probably something i'll remember for the rest of my life.
On a positive note,I feel great hope from doctors and medical staff who put care above fame and money.
When it comes to life here in Greece,now we can move freely,with restrictions that don't always seem to be followed. People here care more about attracting tourists than their safety,which is quite sad and tragic.
Anyways,I babbled a lot,I want to know if everyone's all right and I hope you are all well and safe.

Yours truly,Fabian
Title: Re: How is everyone doing?
Post by: BubbaPat on May 30, 2020, 04:21:54 am
Howdy!

I'm here in the US, in the Great State of Texas and I'm scared shitless.

My job is essential so I get to go in, which I do enjoy.  That being said, I came down with the flu and stayed home for two weeks.  I go back on Monday.

I'm trying to be positive that things will get better and I know that they will.  It's just the maddening road to get there.

Masks aren't "required" but suggested and where I work, it seems like 90 of my customers don't care.  They think since they aren't sick, why should they wear a mask?  There hard to come by anyway so why bother.

I look back when I was young.... I felt like an exploding star. Nowadays, I'm the ant about to get stepped on.

At night, I watch my tv shows with my partner, then I stay up and late and cry.  Mix of emotions during this time. The craziness that it is and the hard truth about WHO your friends really are.

Sorry for my ramblings.... it a roller coaster of emotions when our leaders here have their minds somewhere else.  This will pass and things will get better.

Glad that where you are is doing better.

Bubba hugs!!
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Tonny2 on May 30, 2020, 02:22:58 pm

        ojo.     ,  Hello everyone... I got so sick around March, Iím not sure if it was coronavirus because there were no test kits, but Iím still alive and well. To tell you the truth, I am not that concerned about the virus, as long as I take care of myself, I wear a mask wherever I go and stay away from those irresponsible people who dont wear a mask... What worries me more, it is the violence we are seeing on TV, I hope everybody calms down and stop this craziness... Stay safe and be smart, we learned our lesson with HIV, protecting ourselves using condoms, now, letís do the right thing, Wearing masks and try to stay away from those who donít, Wash your hands ....hugs

@bubba, I miss you calling me ďsunshineĒ. Iím glad that you are working, please donít cry, life goes on
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: fabio on May 30, 2020, 05:35:15 pm
Thanks bubba,everything will get better because you aren't alone in this,we are all here and we'll support each other,even on the internet. Listening to music helps a lot calm my nerves and you should definitely check out the "song of the day" thread ❤.
I'm really glad you're ok tonny,and hope you are better now (whether it was corona or anything else).
I hope everyone does stay safe,and,like I mention above music helps to cope with all the craziness.
Hugs to all of you.
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: Tonny2 on May 31, 2020, 02:48:24 pm


          ojo.       @fabio. Thank you for your good wishes, yes I am doing fine. You seem to be a nice guy, Iím not sure if I talk to you before but I appreciate your concerns... I try to keep busy like walking my dogs, doing some cleaning in my house, listening to Mexican music all the time...hugs to you too
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: kentfrat1783 on May 31, 2020, 03:41:00 pm
For me, I finally set up an appointment with my GP for tomorrow morning to see what can be done for me.  I kinda think if there weren't so many other issues going on right now it wouldn't be as bad. 

To start - partner got picked up for an Xth DUI and won't talk to me about it.   Found out by the jail calling me.   
Then - My dad Is going in for heart surgery this coming Wednesday and found out through a text

I'm so ready for a vacation but I think my first big overnight trip is going to be the July 4td weekend to Indianapolis, IN. 
Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: J.R.E. on May 31, 2020, 04:14:09 pm

Myself and my Partner are doing OK. People that we know are also doing OK.

Had labs done this past week. Just for my primary.  I was a little disappointed to see
my cholesterol jumped up to 271.  I was really expecting it to be the same as last labs, or slightly improved, especially since I dropped about 9 pounds , since January.

My EgFR was good.  This is the second consecutive test, where it's been above 60, this improved number twice in a row has been since I quit Biktarvy, and went back to Viramune and Epzicom.

I have a follow up visit with my primary care on Thursday 4th, but this will be done by phone. At this time my VA clinic, is not doing a face to face visit. He will probably increase the mg of my cholesterol medication.

This coming Wednesday the 3rd, I have an echo cardiogram scheduled, Bay Pines VAMC. I have yet to see any cancellation on that appt. I will be laying on my left side facing toward the individual doing the tests for probably 20 to 30 minutes.

 Masks are required at all VA hospitals and clinics. On the 10th of June, I am supposed to have a follow up with my cardiologist, right after I had the routine EKG done.

I will have to see how this works.  According to emails I received, The VA will text me at my appt. time, and I am to reply " HERE" to that text message, when I am on campus. Not sure what happens after that.

Meanwhile we're doing fine, still distancing and wearing masks, whenever we are in a public establishments. Temps are normal for both of us.

We sure are getting a lot of projects done around the house. Spending that stimulus!


Hope everyone is well---Ray  :)


Title: Re: *** Coronavirus thread - Mental health & Isolation ***
Post by: J.R.E. on June 04, 2020, 03:21:25 pm
Myself and my Partner are doing OK. People that we know are also doing OK.

Had labs done this past week. Just for my primary.  I was a little disappointed to see
my cholesterol jumped up to 271.  I was really expecting it to be the same as last labs, or slightly improved, especially since I dropped about 9 pounds , since January.



This coming Wednesday the 3rd, I have an echo cardiogram scheduled, Bay Pines VAMC. I have yet to see any cancellation on that appt. I will be laying on my left side facing toward the individual doing the tests for probably 20 to 30 minutes.

 

Hope everyone is well---Ray  :)

Well, Had my first, two teleconferencing calls today.  Never did this before, but if I have to do this again, I want to do this on my computer instead of my phone. But it still worked out very well in the end.

As I thought would happen, my primary increased my cholesterol medication from 10mg to 40 mg a day. Otherwise all the other labs were fine. Also included was viral load which was undetectable. If I am to have any problems with the increase in atorvastatin, ( Such as muscle aches etc,.. I am to call him right away )

I then had the second teleconferencing call from my cardiologist about 45 minutes later, He told me there was no change in the ECHO, from the previous one 6 months ago. He cancelled my follow up appointment with him next week, and basically said the least amount of time I need to be in a hospital, the better off I will be.  I agreed!

My next Echo, will be in one year. But I can call sooner if problems arise.

The same with my primary,.. Next labs and visit for him will be in a year. Unless I have some sort of health issue come up, I can contact him at any time.


And finally. I was surprised by my primary doctor, when he said to me  "Don't believe what the state is telling you, that everything is OK. "  He continues, State officials, are trying to paint a rosy picture here in Florida. I can assure you from my perspective and from other medical personnel, that things are far from OK. Continue to distance and use a mask when out in public. He couldn't stress enough to me, to be careful ! He then quoted me the number of cases in the state and here in Pinellas county in particular.

(  Of course, I already knew that,  But I certainly appreciated his honesty, and it came so unexpected ) He didn't sound to pleased at all with the way Florida was reopening.

That's the latest---

Hope everyone is well ! --- Ray