I'm fortunate to still have my job as I work as a pharmacy technician. I was off work in April after my boss asked the staff to volunteer in a hospital where some of their family members work. Boy, it was such a different experience working in a hospital. It was really tense and tiring. I had to learn and memorize directions in this massive maze of a hospital when carting and delivering drugs back and forth. I felt ashamed I fell sick. I did find out I was infected. I didn't have serious symptoms or conditions. Everyone eventually from the pharmacy store of mine fell sick later on. It was like my boss said, everyone on the hospital staff is working until they fall sick. Most of them are presumably infected due to how contagious the COVID-19 is and how little supplies we have and over capacity of patients.
I recall how the virus shattered most of our cultural and social norms especially during how we handle death. The pharmacy part of the hospital faces the busy main street. I won't get into much details because of HIPAA compliance. I remember seeing this scene. The family wanted to be there during their loved one's last moments. Since the patient is in a room without phone technology or any communication technology, the staff asked them to write letters or record a video on their phone.
Xenophobia and racism comes up during this terrible time. I'm pretty short in real life. I did had my experiences on the Metro harassed verbally and mistaken for being Chinese (though I don't think they care and attack any Asians in general). I don't fight back and just walk away. I was fortunate to not experience anything worse from what you seen on social media and the news, the inhumane acts. Now, during this week of turmoil due to police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death, riots popped up in the city I worked in. It only hit the downtown areas. It was hard to not watch the news or to be safe during the metro train rides between my home town and the city I worked in it.
2020 is a year to remember. We can pull through it.
Post by Old Man Dream on May 30, 2020 23:54:40 GMT
Far as my life has gone during the pandemic, would say it's mostly been no different from how things were before it started for the most part. Been out of work for over a year, so largely been staying home save for shopping or appointments. Annoying parts are that my job search took a large hit due to a good number of employers doing hiring freezes because of being considered non-essential and I couldn't get help from outside agencies to help in my search since many of the staff within those organizations were forced to work from home the past couple months and wouldn't allow the public to schedule appointments until things with the pandemic settled down.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
I was hoping things didn't get bad. It finally reached my hometown. I don't really know what's the history but most community leaders told me, the home town is pretty peaceful and the cops are relatively good. A lot of friends who were protesting said these folks came from outside. Everyone was protesting in another part of the city and it ended before night fall.
I didn't work today or this week. First the economy goes bad and now this.
It will take a while to recover. The damage isn't too bad not like in other cities in the country.
Post by Master Monster Menos on Jul 10, 2020 0:58:49 GMT
Not that much has changed for me, except for shopping and job hunting. Nowadays, the closings are earlier and with Corona cases getting higher, my state just made mask-wearing mandatory and had to halt re-openings on some parts. The work-at-home boom is happening, and finding employment is a tough deal from the start, even before the boom.
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Things are cooling down. Though, I see my friends protesting on Facebook. Since I work at the pharmacy, some of them asked me for medical supplies and PPE. I tried my best with the support and retweet the good stuff of humanity.
It's hard to get back to normal and more safer life. For anyone living with elders or care giving senior citizens, you carry a higher burden of protecting them.