Few who are presently alive will argue against the assertion that president Trump should have taken proactive steps in light of COVID-19. The rising death tolls looming for the US this early April 2020 should be a poignant reminder that we need change in the world. I am not a big fan of death and pain –hey, who is? However, I was present for the deaths of both my parents. I was a caretaker for both of my elderly parents for ten painful years. My mother passed away in December 2008 and my father passed away in June 2015.
While my mother’s death occurred after a brief but brave battle against Lewy body dementia, I never knew what to expect during her battle against the Lewy bodies forming within her brain. I won’t go into how the brain deteriorates from a ‘normal functioning collection of neurons to one of destruction.” However it is not for the meek–even if you think you can handle it from any previous, care-giving experiences. Watching a loved one undergo an agony of confusion and the madness taxes most grizzled care-givers. I can say that from its inception to conclusion my mother’s battle lasted about four years. In hindsight, I never knew what hit me. To this very day, I grapple with the experience. I still wonder why I couldn’t do much more than be present.
About seven years following my mother’s death, my father passed away. He lived to be nearly 101 years of age. While his death was not completely unexpected — he battled numerous issues. From mild Alzheimer’s to diabetes to cancer, my father’s death was emotionally harder on my family but not completely unexpected. My father came to the USA from the Balkan country of Dalmatia (present day, Croatia) in 1937.
While both of my parents are considered to be of the ‘greatest generation,’ their travails may pale in comparison to what is happening in the present-day world.
I believe we may find a potential cure to the common cold at the end of our present journey. And, if that is the case, it may herald a golden age for medicine. Everyday we hear statistics being touted as if they are insurance quotes–
For the love of God– all anyone has to do is watch footage of current Intensive Care Units during this crisis. Let me tell you, if this does not scare you, then the potential effects following your healing will do so.
It has been related that the Corona virus will alter lung tissue, heart tissue, and brain tissue too.
However, the caveat is that much of the news is anecdotal– the issue at hand is do you want take the chance of being infected?
For me — the answer is NO!
However, I will put my trust in those who have the professional wisdom and integrity to tell us the truth. End of story.