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Adapting After Having COVID

I’m simply writing this because I don’t think there is enough discussion about the life lived AFTER having COVID.

After a week of care from my wonderful mom and step-dad, Vic , I walked into the local urgent care to get my rapid test days after testing positive hoping for a negative. If you are in Queens , I highly recommend Kamin Health (https://www.kaminhealth.com/union-medical-urgent-care/). They are efficient and get results within 15 minutes and even give a doctors note one way or the other .

On Monday January 10th, 2022 I finally tested negative through the rapid test and was so excited. I then went to Queens Hospital for a fully examined PCR. That also came back negative which had me quite excited to go back to work, break quarantine, and live again! All the efforts my family put into this to help me fight COVID were paying off. I also believe God had His hands in that week I was positive !

On the news, they make it sound so seem-less when an athlete tests negative and can be taken off the COVID protocols to play. In CDC world, they now have so much confidence the isolation period has been cut down to five days which was a head-scratcher. For me, life after having COVID has been unusual.

I have noticed since returning to life my energy levels are not where they were pre-COVID. I still feel some congestion, a chronic health condition has popped up and I just feel a little more tired than usual. While I have relied on sleep to help me, that doesn’t seem to be enough. I’m now taking anti-biotics and have Tylenol on hand just in case there is a rough patch through the day. I’m writing to alert that yes, COVID HAS AFTER-EFFECTS. We can always celebrate finally testing negative, but thinking of short or long-term effects should be examined more. The CDC has laid that out right here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects/index.html)

I’ve always hated the label ‘high-risk’ but I can see why now. I never wanted to get COVID for multiple reasons. Along with not passing it to friends and loved ones and colleagues, one of the major reasons is that I have one kidney. During my days of positivity and isolation, I could not tell if my kidney was affected as it was my stomach that was hit the hardest. Dehydration was becoming a bit much during those first three-four days. Being ‘immunocompromised’ is a real issue here.

The media glamorizes the idea of losing sense of smell or taste moving forward. What they don’t tell you is that it does take a while to bounce back. For 30 years, with support from family and friends , I have always been used to bouncing back from any illnesses. That’s why life after COVID is a little unsettling, if I’m honest.

Please be safe, be alert and yes mask up and vax up!

This Christmas, I Believe In Jesus The Healer (And His Healing Hands on the Vaccine)!

In addition to reading , listen to my take on the front page of AlexGNyc.com (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/48058111)

John 3:16 : “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

That begotten Son was born on Christmas , sometime between 6 BC and 4 BC according to scholars (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_of_birth_of_Jesus) . The day the Prince of Peace was born has been written as such a magical night in a bleak midwinter night with no room at the Inn. It is that Peace that we all strive for each and every year , each and every Sunday.

Born on Christmas Day was a healer, as well. His Mother Mary and father Joseph knew it. The Three Wise Men knew it. Later in life, Jesus would show his healing powers with the touch of his fingers. He brought Lazarus up from the grave. He made a blind man see. Truth be told, He walks side by side with us every day healing each and every one that lets Him in their life. Even those that don’t fully accept Jesus are not left out of His graces, I believe.

Now, in modern times, we are being healed through modern medicine. Whether you want to read/hear this or not, God has blessed the hands of those scientists that create this vaccine. While the messaging is confusing , the heart of the matter is God’s will. If we can believe Jesus the healer in biblical times, we can believe His healing power is working through the vaccines in modern times .

Between September and November 20, 2021, the CDC (yes, trust them) reported the risk of just getting COVID was 20x more if you are not vaccinated. As of November 27th, only 3.9% of fully vaccinated were hospitalized . So, VACCINES WORK! They HEAL just as the Prince of Peace healed! Here is the data point from this CDC link: (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#covidnet-hospitalizations-vaccination)

Has this form of healing truly worked against omicron? According to the NIH (not talking head, Dr. Fauci, I assure you), they say booster effectiveness is 25 times MORE effective than just two shots. In fact the article linked below argues 80% of vaccine effectiveness against Omicron. Here is more information (https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2021/12/14/the-latest-on-the-omicron-variant-and-vaccine-protection/amp/).

UK Health Security Agency’s statistics cited by the NY POST is fascinating as well, since whatever case rates go on there WILL impact America . According to the UK HSA , omicron can be fought off for about 9 weeks. Yes , nine! So that’s about as long as we have to fight this variant of concern. (https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2021/12/14/the-latest-on-the-omicron-variant-and-vaccine-protection/amp/)

Screw the mixed messaging we hear from the Biden admin, Dr. Anthony Fauci or anyone else. At the heart of vaccine debate should be the fact that this will be to fight this damn COVID once and for all! If Mary and Joseph can adapt to ‘no room at the inn’ for the perfect birth of Jesus, that same heart must be applied here too. God’s healing hands are on these vaccines, and Jesus’s hands on these scientists daily, I believe it!

Christmas is about honoring life, now it is crunch time to PRESERVE LIFE.

I May Be Vaccinated and Hate Wearing Masks But I’ll Mask Up

I’ve come to the realization that being vaccinated made me too stubborn. It also, from an outsider perspective, probably made me look like a disrespectful jerk in a way.

Being unmasked even in 2021 seems to be a sign of disrespect. The mask is a major comfort zone for some. That is why even though I’m triple vaccinated and have (Thanks Be To God) not caught COVID, I’ll mask up again in various scenarios.

You won’t really catch me on the streets of NYC outdoors masked up, but on your local subway or even bus, I’ll mask up for the comfort of others. This all hit me about a week ago when someone on an elevator asked where my mask was. She too was vaccinated but did not want to take any chances . I respect that as Omicron is flying around the country and of course the media is making people panic about it!

Yet, this war over masks in my view has gone beyond what’s on TV. People that mask up are making a personal choice to stay safe . When you are not masked indoors around others especially on public transportation , I am starting to truly feel that not being masked is telling people their safety and worries don’t matter. I feel the only way to respect that choice is by masking up even if vaccinated in spaces like a subway, elevator or bus. Even a workspace where your colleague asks you to mask up. For me, masking up is and has never been conforming to what the government says, it’s been what you feel is best for yourself. I’ve seen many (myself included ) flout those loud public address announcements on the MTA, that’s how I know it’s become more of a personal choice.

Don’t get me wrong, I hope masks are gone in 2022. That will happen in God’s time, I know! By the way, we are not China where they are masked up due to horrible environmental conditions . Yet, I understand this pandemic has put the fear of God into people and those feelings of a safe commute must be respected . Especially if we want NYC to come back stronger together!

The Hulk of a Holiday Season In 2021

We all know The Hulk. He’s that iconic Marvel character that just explodes as the mind of Bruce Banner becomes polluted with thoughts.

It’s time to recognize the emotional Hulk that lurks in ALL OF US. Can you admit that yes you bottle up until the meltdown instead of having the dialogue needed? At least I can. That’s why I want to address it for the Holiday Season!

I can say it was an emotion-filled week and the after-math of that has brought me more awareness. My experience of late has been just trying to analyze a lot of little things to the point where it gets me to either tear up at a bar OR just shut down. That’s the bluntness I have to offer. F THE LITTLE THINGS.

I also cry at times too and when I’m done I’m like why did I do that? Sometimes it’s just awkward for myself and the people I care about around me. It feels like a ‘Hulk’ takes over and there is no going back.

So why am I saying all this? To again crush that emotional Hulk that could be felt during the holiday season. This is a time where we have to worry about the vaccine status to even live some kind of normal life. Add family dynamics during the holidays, angst about traveling and oh by the way a lingering pandemic , yes, that is a Hulk of a Seasons Greetings isn’t it?

The best saying I can is a SAVOR THE HOLIDAYS ! We are able to celebrate with family again! That should be joyous, not stressing ! God is giving us a chance to live again also as we are about to honor the birth of The Son of God! So savor the holidays and don’t let the Emotional Hulk SAVAGE your 2021 Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas!

SOCIETY CANNOT BE CHECKED OUT IN 2022

I can’t explain it, I really can’t! Yet, there is a massive feeling that the world has adapted to just being checked out right now. On the whole. We have to re-adapt ourselves !

In America, we have got a supply chain crisis. We have trucking issues where there is a shortage of drivers. THERE IS EVEN A SHORTAGE ON SANTA this Christmas season (https://www.businessinsider.com/labor-shortage-santas-short-supply-covid-19-fears-christmas-2021-11?amp). And the general consensus seems to be a big shrug. Email me if I’m wrong at Alex@alexgnyc.com.

I really hope that when 2022 rolls around, mandates are lifted and society can check back in once again. For society’s sake we can no longer be checked out. The continuous grind of a news cycle that offers no hope, fears that if you don’t get vaccinated you will be excommunicated from the world and the unwillingness to work are ultimately destroying us.

It’s the unwillingness to work that is bothering me. Why do we have these shortages? No one wants to do the job any more. Is that truly possible? Isn’t America the roll up your sleeves and just do it country? Well a pandemic and being used to stimulus checks a year later, and even unemployment, there is no encouragement to get back to work. In September alone, ‘a record 4.4 million people’ QUIT their job , QUIT! (https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/11/12/economy/job-openings-quits-september/index.html)

In New York City, it’s continued to be discussed that work spaces should be turned into affordable housing. THESE GIANT OFFICE SPACES to be turned into a home? (https://www.politico.com/news/2021/11/11/new-york-shrinking-offices-housing-520318) The way to keep work going is if we encourage people to get BACK to the office! The more people work from home the more checked out we become. Also, as busy as it is starting to be, this lifelong New Yorker still doesn’t feel that is back 100%, that’s what I pray for in 2022.

Here’s the biggest gripe I have. The more people are encouraged to work from home. The more people are becoming OK with unemployment, the more lulled to sleep this society becomes . Allowing, Big Brother to step in and tell us what to do. Thank God Virginia was awake on Election Night and went Red. It was a refreshing feeling that we could be just an election away from getting out of this slog created by prolonged lockdowns and mandates and even job threats if an agenda of vaccination was not met. I’d add the hypocrisy these Democratic leaders like former Gov. Cuomo and California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tired us all out!

Holding life over our heads if we don’t comply is not what America is. America and its leadership should let us LIVE LIFE once again 2022, and we should all check back in to society before the fabric is pulled out from under us! God is also guiding us through this, I remind myself daily!

Turning 30 Was Wild!

Imagine turning 30 years old and being feverishly SICK just a few days later? What is that! For the first time I felt age carrying responsibility. Thanks be to God for getting this journey to 30!

So, a bit about me if you are just joining the ride. I was born with one leg and numerous internal issues that I never let stop me . That’s because I have been extremely blessed and grateful to have a family and a foundation of love and support the last 30 years. At times, something like a differently made bladder or a small esophagus could spell doom. For only temporary . I also have one lone kidney which has been (thanks be to God) going strong for 30 years! That being said, was I actually responsible celebrating 30 years? Well I’ll leave that for you to decide!

Turning 30 after truly roaring 20s hits different. This number holds weight! This number says it’s time to take responsibility and take the reins of the tasks given to you in your health, with your family and at work. This wasn’t more clear than the 5 ensuing days after turning 30 that led to a spiked fever, parental care, care from my doctor and the love of my girlfriend to see me through a long ER visit. This time it didn’t and still does not feel like another come back story of surviving yet another health crisis to add to the stack of the last 30 years.

This time it feels like a concern I could let myself become THIS SICK. AGAIN! Time after time when health becomes an issue, I always say I’ll work to do better, but that work never seems to truly become a result that leads to no more health crises. So what adaptations need to be made? Dedication to the medication? Yes and it goes deeper! I cannot give you a how-to, but I can say once I figure out the secret recipe to my health I’ll letcha into my secret. Unlike Col. Sanders .

At 30, maybe you felt you couldn’t coast any more? Maybe you felt you had to produce better at work because you are no longer in your 20s? Can’t just be me feeling that drive and self-pressure to work better in my 30s, because just the phrase ‘30s’ sounds so much older than being in your 20s! I can’t be a better worker if I let my health go to shit just days after turning this prestigious number (at least I now hold 30 to a higher standard) .

30 is prestigious because it to me feels the time to truly individuate from the habits you knew. Truly go and find that first apartment to grow in. Truly go and get that salaried position you work your ass off for daily Truly go and gain the maturity to love your significant other to the fullest you can love them for them.

Hitting 30 after entering the pandemic age 28 must have done a lot to my psyche, and I don’t mind it. It made a 28 year old, then-29 year old and now 30 year old stronger than I ever felt and ready to make the 30s decade special.

Birthday cake lovingly lit up by Laurie Sue Brockway and Victor Furhman

Should America Adapt to a Global Minimum Tax?

I know for a fact I am no economist. I do know we are all taxpayers, able-bodied and the disabled community alike. I do know athletes and sports franchises have to pay their taxes as well, which is why any financial news feels worth blogging and even podcasting about.

The frustrating thing about rising taxes is that it deflects from the real issues. Why should the American taxpayer feel the brunt of a disrupted supply chain when those costs should be foisted on the companies who have been slowed up and yes even China. China of course led the disinformation campaign on COVID-19 yet we have not asked them to pay their fair share for the deaths and destruction and loss of income.

Yet, the G20 could be adopting an Accord that will be asking 136 countries to impose a MINIMUM 15% tax on profits made by companies making over 150 BILLION DOLLARS. Sounds like a fair share, right? What if , I mean what if countries taxed them beyond just 15%, say 25% ? Possibilities are endless when it comes to taxing companies at a minimum. You can read more on this through Reuters (https://www.reuters.com/business/oecd-says-deal-global-minimum-corporate-tax-rate-has-been-reached-2021-10-08/)

I admit I like the idea of discouraging corporate inversion , which according to Reuters this minimum tax would do , “many governments want more than ever to discourage multinationals from shifting profits – and tax revenues – to low-tax countries regardless of where their sales are made.” Yet, the idea that this will just hit big corporations feels like a farce. I could see hard working American small business owners who have a company that works around the world being hit with this .

Anything ‘Global’ isn’t for the American, I heartily believe that! We aren’t the Global States of America ! We are the United States of America who help out around the globe where and when needed.

Our government should not pre-occupy ourselves with this kind of foreign affairs. We need to figure out a way to keep from our companies being hacked and work to fix this supply chain without paying a ransom! Stop using COVID as a way to tax us , America !

Americans won’t let the government wear us down completely! We have a first amendment to speak out and a ballot box to fill!

America’s destiny remains in the voter’s hands, I do believe that!

#FreeBritney Is the Adaptation Story of 2021

The freedom of Britney Spears is by far the biggest story of adapting in 2021. For starters, the work of the #FreeBritney movement has truly made a difference in the 39 year old pop star’s life. This also could inspire us to breakthrough in our own lives.

The breaking of Britney Spears conservatorship brought me to ask this on Adapting With Alex Garrett, ‘Can we rid ourselves of the mental and metaphorical conservatorships?’ Our head can be quite the place if we let it. Does our mind own us? Heck no ! Yet, we sure let it bother and own us as if it has a conservatorship over us, am I right?

When I say metaphorical, I am saying someone or something external also has a hold on us as if the situation owning us! Perhaps, the adapting to freedom by Britney Spears can inspire us to break free from the metaphorical conservatorship some of us might be going through daily! A reminder, God can break us through the metaphorical conservatorships we go through as well by faith!

I discuss more of this on the latest podcast HERE : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/46749237

Why My Personal Story Rarely Makes the Podcast

Firstly, despite public opinion, I don’t like talking about my daily life story on my podcast . In fact, I love hearing about what others have to say about the times and the world around us. Hence, when I look for that next big story to cover, I scroll. I scroll furiously in fact!

For those just meeting me and my podcast, I admit I could be more open about rollerblading around New York City on just one leg. That is something everyone seems to want to look at as I just wheel, zone it out, and turn up my headphones. Yet, talking about other big stories is what excites my podcasting palate.

If there was anything I want to be on record for, it’s sharing thoughts on the world around us, not ‘here is how I overcame today’. Quite frankly, very rarely do I feel like I overcome, I just feel like I’m living the best life I can! There are people out there who literally struggle to overcome, it’s those people I want to highlight and then it’s the ones that overcome the most that I want to highlight through interviews and features on ‘Adapting With Alex Garrett’.

So, if I ever am gapped in posting on my blog, it’s because I’m out finding the next adapter to highlight!

PR Guru Jeremy Murphy on Alex Garrett Podcasting

While on his promotional tour for his new book, ‘F*ck Off, Chloe: Surviving the OMGs! and FMLs! in Your Media Career’ , former CBS executive Jeremy Murphy joined Alex Garrett Podcasting!

We talked about moving from corporate media to entrepreneurship and owning 360BeSpoke!

Find out more about Jeremy’s story of Adapting HERE!

You can watch the entire interview : https://youtu.be/hr3C2Oi2kEU

And listen to all of Alex Garrett Podcasting HERE: https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc