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Wicked Blue

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In the past 48 hours I've spent about 14 hours in a hospital emergency room

First, with a badly infected cat bite. But now I'm worried I could have been exposed to COVID-19 in the ER waiting area.

Poor old 17-year-old cat got a claw tangled in my shirt on Friday when I was carrying her. As I attempted to unhook it, she suddenly bit me, hard, in the left arm. She has never been a biter, so maybe it's age-related and I inadvertently hurt an achy area.

By Sunday afternoon, the puncture was red and puffy despite applications of Bacitracin. The urgent cares were closed, so my husband drove me to the ER. After a bit of a wait, they ran tests, found it hadn't gotten to the blood stream, and hooked me to an IV with an antibiotic. Unfortunately I had forgotten that it was one I'm allergic to. They also gave me a different antibiotic pill to swallow and sent me home after cleaning and re-bandaging the wound. Discharged after about 4 hours.

Next day I started itching all over. My primary care doctor's office said I should go back to the ER, so I did. And waited and waited and waited. Meanwhile my Benadryl wore off and I starting itching madly all over, with red hives. The ER was busy, because there were delays in getting patients admitted to beds upstairs. I think it was about 8 hours before they could see me. Finally hooked up with an IV of Benadryl. The doctors were trying to figure out which antibiotic they could safely give me, because I'm allergic or sensitive to so many of them. They finally chose one, gave me a dose and sent me home after calling prescriptions in to the pharmacy. Total time before being discharged - almost 10 hours. Got to sleep after 3 a.m.

One thing that bothered me was that the waiting area seemed lax about COVID-19 precautions, and my husband complained to the ER staff about it. I saw 2 people in the waiting area either without a mask or a mask slipped down below the nose. Both seemed to have mental health issues. One was wandering around the room touching everything, refusing to sit down, demanding to go to the bathroom but not going there when it was pointed out to him, and periodically scratching his crotch.

The other was a kid about 16 who wore a mask at times when his attendants reminded him. But after a while he took it off and remained without a mask. Nobody at the front desk tried to do anything and the security guard just sat there until the kid stood up and got into an aggressive stance with his fist up to punch one of his attendants. I scurried out of the way to sit next to the security guard's desk. At least this time he went to intervene. The kid got calmed down and was soon taken off in to the actual ER area.

But that's not all. There was at least one, maybe two people in the waiting area who had tested positive with COVID. They should probably have been moved to a separate seating area away from the rest of us, but nothing was done. At least those people wore masks.

Nobody was sanitizing the arms of the waiting room chairs or the vending machine. There was hand sanitizer available at the front desk, though.

When I went for a blood test at a different hospital a few months ago, I couldn't even get past the door without an immediate COVID screening - temp, oxygen level, short questionnaire about travel and possible symptoms. OK, this was at a separate facility that housed blood testing and oncology with a lot of frail cancer patients.

But at the ER there was nobody at the front desk half the time, so people coming in didn't know what to do. When the attendant came back, he'd send you to the registrar for insurance info. Then you waited to see the triage nurse, who took your temp and oxygen and sent you back to wait. And to sit right there among people not wearing masks, people with COVID, and many of them changing seats at various times.

While I was in the ER patient area, two doctors apologized to me about the unmasked people and said something would be done about it. Someone really needs to speak to the front desk attendants and the security guards about doing their jobs.

Today the hives are gone, the puncture looks much better. Need to get the new prescriptions picked up when they are ready.


Pro-life Republican charged in cold-case murder

Source: Raw Story

October 14, 2020
By Travis Gettys

A failed Idaho gubernatorial candidate was charged in the 1984 murder of a 12-year-old girl.

Steve Pankey, a 2014 Constitution Party candidate for governor who also ran in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary in 2018, was taken into custody Monday on two first-degree murder charges, two violent crime charges and one second-degree kidnapping charge, reported KTVB-TV.

The perennial candidate became a suspect last year in the disappearance of Jonelle Matthews after her body was discovered at an oil and gas site home in Weld County, Colorado.

...

The 69-year-old Pankey, who promised during his 2018 campaign to “defund abortion” from the state budget and “return Idaho to the God of the Bible and Constitutional principles,” lived about two miles from the Matthews home and had attended the same church as them around 1978.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/10/pro-life-republican-charged-in-cold-case/

Self-funding QAnon candidate gave own campaign $450,000 after getting PPP loan

Source: Salon via Raw Story

Published 1 min ago
on October 9, 2020
By Igor Derysh, Salon


Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon conspiracy theorist and Republican candidate who is expected to win her House race in Georgia next month, donated $450,000 to her own campaign after receiving a six-figure Paycheck Protection Program loan from the government for her construction company.

Greene, who has promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory and posted videos attacking Black people, Muslims and Jews, won the Republican primary in Georgia’s 14th congressional district in August despite opposition from Republican leaders. She is almost certain to take over the seat now held by retiring Republican Rep. Tom Graves, especially after her Democratic opponent dropped out of the race last month in a district President Trump carried by 50 points. Trump has since praised Greene as a “future Republican star.”

Greene’s bid was partially funded by a super PAC allied with the House Freedom Caucus, which has opposed additional funding to provide coronavirus relief to Americans. Greene has opposed additional spending as well, declaring in a Facebook video that “the best stimulus for Americans is allowing Americans to go back to work!”

Despite her opposition to the stimulus funding and the PPP, her family’s company, Taylor Commercial, received a six-figure PPP loan worth between $150,000 and $350,000 earlier this year. New York Magazine reported that her name had stopped appearing on the company’s registration forms in 2012 but was added back in 2019.


Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/10/self-funding-qanon-candidate-gave-own-campaign-450000-after-getting-ppp-loan/

Name that Fly

Any others?

BBC: Top Republican Mitch McConnell avoids White House over Covid-19

https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54472053


Republican leader Mitch McConnell, 78, on Thursday revealed he had not been to the White House since August because of the way it has handled Covid-19.

The Kentucky senator said he spoke to the president frequently over the phone but had not visited since 6 August.

Mr McConnell, a polio survivor, contrasted the White House with the Senate, where lawmakers are urged to wear masks and social distance.

His comments come as the White House deals with a Covid-19 outbreak.

More at link

Fly humor

Ex-FBI Director Andrew McCabe: Trump is 'person most responsible' for Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping pl

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/10/ex-fbi-director-andrew-mccabe-trump-is-person-most-responsible-for-gretchen-whitmer-kidnapping-plot/

Raw Story
Published 1 min ago
on October 8, 2020
By David Edwards


Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe pointed the finger at President Donald Trump on Thursday for fostering a cultural climate which triggered six men to allegedly plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

During a press conference on Thursday, federal prosecutors revealed that the militia members plotted against Whitmer because of the coronavirus-related restrictions she put on the state.

Following the press conference, CNN’s Brianna Keilar noted that Trump had attacked Whitmer over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

In one tweet Trump wrote, “Liberate Michigan!”

More at link

Biden should face an empty chair at the next debate

or should it be an empty gold toilet?

Rock Legend Eddie Van Halen Has Died Of Cancer

Source: Buzzfeed News

Salvador Hernandez BuzzFeed News Reporter
Posted on October 6, 2020, at 4:14 p.m. ET

Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist for the band Van Halen, has died of cancer, his son announced Tuesday. He was 65.

"Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift," Wolf Van Halen wrote in a short statement posted on Twitter. "My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss."

The musician was one of the founders of the California-born band, along with his brother Alex Van Halen, singer David Lee Roth, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/eddie-van-halen-dies-of-cancer

Did a little Full Moon ritual yesterday, Oct. 1

I lit a white candle and meditated on moon even though it was behind clouds.

Then said some words of power for the safety of Joe and Jill Biden, for unity, for peace, for a good conclusion to the election, for the good of all -- meaning all of us in this nation, even D.T.

It's specifically against my wiccan training to wish harm on anyone, ever. Also it's very bad karma. The most I could ever do would be a spell binding someone to prevent them from causing harm, but that's a dark moon action anyway, and I've very seldom done it.

Then today I woke up to the news of the pResident's illness.

I'm very glad I didn't ill-wish him, or I'd be feeling awful. And VERY glad indeed that I asked for the Bidens' safety, and the safety of us all.

sending blessings of light and healing to everyone, no exceptions
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