It's tough to find the right words for the current state of our Nation, our World. So I'll keep it simple. My heart breaks and I cry. It feels as if everything is unraveling. Violence, hate, fatalities, Coronavirus, loved ones and strangers turning on one other...
We the People...
We the People Should Be Better Than This...
We the People Should Love Each Other Unconditionally...
I pray that God will turn this around for good. That He will heal and comfort the hearts and minds of everyone. He is there. He's always there. And that gives me hope during a time when hope struggles to survive. One person at a time, one day at a time, we can each make a difference. We can be those beautiful miracle flowers that manage to grow through cracked pavement.
I love each and every one of you.
This video, "We Shall Overcome: Love Will Rise Again", is excellent. Cred: Nimo Patel & Daniel Nahmod / Empty Hands Music.
Beyoncé: "I Was Here" (19 August 2012 United Nations World Humanitarian Day performance)
In further detail...
Treat the person with respect and dignity. Listen non-judgmentally, and respect the person’s privacy and confidentiality.
Offer consistent emotional support and understanding. In difficult times, we all need additional love and understanding. Remember to be empathetic, compassionate and patient.
Have realistic expectations. Accept the person as they are. Tough times can make it harder than usual to do everyday activities like cleaning the house, paying bills or feeding the dog.
Give the person hope. Remind your loved one that with time and treatment, they will feel better and there is hope for a more positive future.
Provide practical help. Offer help with overwhelming tasks, but be careful not to take over or encourage dependency. For example, offer to bring groceries over.
Offer information. Provide information and resources for additional support, including self-help strategies and professional help. For example:
Article source: MHFA
This post was originally added to this website on 3 March 2020. This is the fourth update to the original notification. Make good choices...if not for yourself, then for others. Be safe. Be well.
For current information on COVID-19, please visit the Center for Disease Control's Coronavirus (Covid-19) page HERE and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Coronavirus page HERE.
I am not a medical professional, therefore, information in this post is provided from trusted medical resources to help provide clarity...and some of it is common sense. There is also much more information out there. These are just some basics to help. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, you should first direct them to your physician or applicable medical professional via phone.
Current Common Signs of Infection
NOTE: Do not assume that you and those around you are well. Some of those with COVID-19 do not have a fever (common symptom). Others with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic, i.e., infected without symptoms and/or pre-symptomatic, i.e., able to spread infection without realizing they're sick.
In severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, heart complications, central nervous system complications and even death.
Many Preventative Recommendations
If you already have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the following may help to reduce your chance of spreading the disease to others:
Some Resources to FIND Help (most provided by MoveOn.org)
Some Resources to OFFER Help (provided by MoveOn.org)
A Video for Those With Lyme Disease (and basically anyone who is immunocompromised)
For those who want more information pertaining to global statistics, information can be found HERE on the Johns Hopkins University website.
For those who want more tailored information pertaining to the United States, that information can be found HERE (also on the Johns Hopkins University website).