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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!

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!

Politics Should Stay Out of 9/11 Commemorations

The plain and simple fact is that Washington, DC forgot about the first responders.

It took stalwarts like cancer-stricken fmr. NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez , comedian Jon Stewart , and so many more to fight for those who gave their all and their lives on 9/11/01 !

The only Rep I can remember was Congressman Peter King who pushed for the Zadroga Bill to be re-funded.

The fact that DC had to be screamed at to wake up and take care of our first responders is why politics should be left out of 9/11 commemorations . I do like the fact that speeches by politicians were eliminated from Ground Zero ceremonies in Lower Manhattan.

Whether in NYC or small town America, communities and brethren of the Finest and Bravest honor 9/11/01 the best way possible. They honor it amongst themselves and strengthen the community bond every year around this time. I pray the bonds continue to be strengthened all days of the year not just around a day of tragedy such as September 11th.

20 years later, the divide in America is very evident and it’s the POLS and the media that have made it so. The local firefighter, the local police officer, the neighbor next door all keep this day in their hearts and they don’t push an agenda , that’s how it must be honored . They also honor it with God and faith VERY MUCH in mind!

As a fifth grader 20 years ago, I had wanted to know the next move that President George W. Bush was going to make to defend this country. Back then, politicians like NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor George Pataki and yes, W, all worked to heal us not divide us.

20 years later our politics is tainted and the goodness and kindness exuded from Washington , Albany and City Hall has all but dissipated. That’s why it’s up to communities in America to NEVER FORGET!

AlexGNYC honors the 343 Fallen Firefighters
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Honoring the Bravest (FDNY) on September 11th, 2001

Adapting On A Skateboard

On my latest podcast, Razor Scooter rep. and ‘Crazy Cart’ enthusiast Ali Kermani talks about life after surgery that took him out of the skate parks, and how he’s rolled right back with NEW AND ADAPTED tricks on his skateboard and how he managed to stay positive through recovery post-surgery!

Click the link below! https://www.spreaker.com/episode/45057600

Alex Garrett Podcast Recap 5-22-21

WHAT YOU HEARD ON ALEX GARRETT PODCASTING THIS WEEK

This week on Alex Garrett Podcasting, Alex explored why the MTA feels the need to join the vaccination campaign and argued people should not be pressured into getting the vaccine, but told to get the vaxx when the feel comfortable! (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-17-21-mtas-role-in-vaccinations-condem)

In addition, Alex talks about why Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo’s decisions to wait until July to fully open NYC is not good enough. With a limited supply of freedoms still hitting New Yorkers, Alex says re-opening must be demanded for earlier lifting of COVID restrictions. We are at under one percent of COVID positivity this week and four states have recently reported ZERO covid deaths on a given day. Hear all about it! https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-21-21-demanding-ny-leadership-for-supp

GUESTS THAT JOINED ALEX GARRETT PODCASTING THIS WEEK

Adapting With Alex Garrett welcomes back Pacific Legal Foundation‘s Daniel Ortner to discuss how PLF is taking the fight to re-open off Broadway productions into their own hands! As CDC guidance becomes adopted, how do we ADAPT? https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/5-18-21-pacific-legal-attorney-daniel-or

Also this week, Adapting with Alex Garrett looks at how introspection and taking a look at one’s self can help us as we all adapt to post-COVID life! Dr. Joseph Cardillo encourages ATTENTION as we head out of the pandemic with his book, ‘The 12 Rules of Attention: How to Avoid Screw-Ups, Free Up Headspace, Do More and Be More at Work’. In addition, Paul N. Larsen discusses encourages us to embrace the imposter syndrome.

Keep Your eye out for more from Alex and contact him at Alex@AlexGNYC.com!

Adapt For A Better Normal In 2021

I am not sure about you, but I am getting sick and tired of this talk of a ‘new normal.’ It’s never discussed in a positive , forward-looking way.

How can we be expected to adapt to ‘new’, when there is so much doom and gloom around that word.

Yes, forever being masked up anywhere we go is a gloomy thought ! Forever being told by leadership that we will never get back to the good ol’ days is depressing. The fact is we are being vaccinated one by one , in fact it’s over 4 million Americans that have had the vaccine.

Beyond the vaccine, personally speaking since I myself have been quarantined this week due to exposure to COVID (I am feeling fine !) , I believe people are so craving to see each other again , the interactions will be even better than before the pandemic. We might actually be talking to each other more than ever because that gift of socialization has been taken away from us . If we can adapt again once we hit post-pandemic to interacting with each other , I believe we will be beyond a new normal.

We will in fact be in a BETTER normal! So this next chance for interaction, let’s lift our heads out our own thought process or fears of not being responded to, and interact once again with the workd around us! A better normal is what I want to strive for, how about you?

A Fairway in Manhattan

On my recent podcast, I introduced TigerHoodNYC, yes emblematic of Tiger Woods. Patrick Barr is the man behind TigerHoodNYC and one special block in Manhattan helps bring the community together through golf, milk cartons and overall positivity!

If you are or aren’t a golf enthusiast, I highly recommend giving this podcast episode a listen!

TigerHoodNYC Joins Alex

James Dolan and Wollman Rink , A Match Made in Heaven

If you hadn’t seen it, Wollman Rink in New York City has had to be saved by the Central Park ice skating community.

How did we get here? When the de Blasio administration made the decision to cut contracts with all Trump organization institutions in New York City, they left Wollman rink staff, families, and kids in a state of panic that the very rink Trump saved could be taken away from out right from under their skates

Personally, not one skater on that ice should be held responsible for the insurrection of the Capitol on January 6th. Yet, that is what Mayor de Blasio is doing , and it shows his citizenry does not come first for him.

After a Change.org petition saved Wollman’s shutdown for just a few more weeks, there is a lot more work to be done!

New York City Parks Dept. Is holding bidding for a new owner to operate Wollman Rink, which by the way not just does winter skating but they do have outdoor activities for the community as well.

The one businessman I can see truly saving Wollman Rink is Rangers and Knicks owner James Dolan. The Rangers and Wollman are such a natural fit considering the rink and hockey ties. Just a few years ago, the Rangers held an outdoor practice at Wollman Rink and Garden of Dreams has often hosted galas .

If Dolan were to come along and save the rink, he really would be doing the Central Park ice skating community a service and the city should encourage it!

Fact of the matter is, I didn’t see one person on that rink really care about the Trump Organization name on the boards, on the concourse or anywhere, they just wanted to skate!

If the city ends up offering the operations but doesn’t encourage an actual buyer, then lives will be upended and I thought the Mayor of the City of New York is supposed to protect the citizenry, not tear it down!

I expanded on this in my latest Podcast on Spreaker !

Adapting To , Not Ridding, Disability

Below is a portion of a transcript from my January 15th podcast, ‘Adapting To, Not ‘Ridding’ Disabilities’.
(https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42959125)

Article referenced in the DurangoHeraldOpinion by Tara Kiene on 1/8/21

(https://durangoherald.com/articles/359852)

‘I want you to be introduced to a woman named Tara Kiene. She’s the president CEO of Community Connections and in the Durango Herald she writes this incredible piece about changing the perceptions of the disabled community.

I think that is always what we need to do. We need to continue to smash stigma, but listen to how she writes about it. This is so cool. She wrote a great story. And what I would like to highlight are a couple of points that she made. ‘By focusing on people and ridding them of their disabilities, we discount the capabilities they offer right there.’

I’ve often been encouraged to get a prosthetic like personally that has always been like someone saying, why don’t you do this? And I tried it and I wanted to try it on as an adult. But then I thought that wouldn’t be the real me, that rollerblading would stop if I had a prosthetic leg. And more importantly, it would not be me and who God made. So there’s a lot of reasons why I enjoy rollerblading around the city. I enjoy not having a prosthetic because I don’t believe in ridding anything I believe in overcoming it.

I believe in continuing to love it, roll with it and continue to roll on with it. Let me put it that way. The whole idea that we can reshape reframe abilities and disabilities is great to hear. I want to hear more of that. I want to hear you’re this and we’re going to make it so that you can do this. We’re going to love on you and you’re going to do it. That’s how luckily my family raised me. I feel, and that’s how my friends were raised in the disabled community.

She said many people with learning disabilities find that they have struggled with reading. And because of that, they developed extraordinary memories and that benefits them in their later careers. Also, can we stop hiring people just because it feels good. It’s a feel good story. Hire them because they deserve to be hired. Hire them, not just to talk about diversity, or to meet a quota, hire them because you see something in them that maybe someone, a business down the road doesn’t see in them or refuses to seeing them hire them. Because you know, they can do a good job. Not because it’s some nice community service award.

The disability community is more than inspirational. It’s more than a community service effort to get them included. We’re just here we are amongst you. And the moment we say, yeah, he’s being hired or she’s being hired because of what she can do. Not because she’s overcoming what she can’t do. We’ll be in a better spot. The more we say I’m hiring you because I want to, I know you can do something. I know you’re working on whatever you’re dealing with and I want to see that work in my company, not to get some newspaper article about how this company hired this person. I mean, it’s nice, but that’s not why we exist.

The community and the adapting exists because we choose to exist. We choose to adapt to whatever we got going on.

And I hope you realize that. I hope you feel it. I hope if you’re a business owner listening to this, that you feel even more inspired to bring on people differently, abled, disabled people, whatever you want to say. And not because you want to feel good about yourself because you know, they can do the job. You know, they are equal opportunity for a reason, not just because it says so on some plaque, but because you know that they can do it. And I’m glad there are programs to help people who get frustrated, who get down, who don’t know if they can do it. There are programs there to help. I love that, but you know what I love even more. The fact that companies can take a risk on someone, not the average, Joe, not your regular someone who’s been stigmatized.

Those who see the stigmatizedfor more than just what’s on the cover. It takes a community effort, but there’s also no doubt that community embraces not memorializes it or highlights it as some great community service. It should be accepted that people with disabilities can do something amazing. It shouldn’t be some shock to people. It shouldn’t be like that meme that says it takes one disabled person to screw in the light bulb, and five others who are inspired by it. It shouldn’t be that way.

Let’s stop as a society assuming disabled people can’t adapt. Can’t learn. Can’t relearn. Can’t restudy. Can’t get themselves back on track, but let’s hire because we know they can do great things and not just for a photo op, but for the betterment of a company. Kudos to Tara Kiene for this article. I definitely want to bring her on and see what we can do and see how we can cover neurodiversity. We’re adapting, we’re re-framing. And we are living. Come with us as we live together in these crazy, crazy times.’

Bringing EB Awareness With Robbie Twible

Pic by Alicia Gonzalez (@iamaliciagonza)

welcome a family friend , Robbie Twible, who discussed his journey living with Epidermolysis Bullosa. The below transcript put together by Rev Transcripts!

Link to the full interview here: (https://www.spreaker.com/user/agsportshournyc/12-17-20-adapting-with-robbie-twible)

Alex Garrett:
I remember when you were just a little kid running around the campus at Queens college and doing the athletics. Now you are in college yourself, first of all, tell us your journey and then how things have been.

Robbie Twible:
So right now I’m at Farmingdale State college. I’m studying sports management and I actually just completed my first semester today. It felt like Groundhog day with the COVID.

Alex Garrett:
If you’ve ever been to Queens College Softball on EB Awareness Day, that’s a day, we honor Robbie,. How are you doing with the EB? And maybe give us a little bit about the condition as well as how you’re overcoming that to do college, to do life, to do the podcast.

Robbie Twible:
Yeah. I was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa. So like Alex said EB for short. It’s a rare genetic skin disease where I’m missing the glue that holds the layer of the skin together. So any friction or any, any trauma to the skin comes off very easily. Over half my body is missing skin. I’m doing well. I’m blessed because there’s like clinical trials, over at Stanford university in San Francisco. They injected collagen seven into the skin. They actually grasped it and that’s, and that’s, uh, I’m still in a process of that as going well, you know, I just take it day by day.

Alex Garrett:
Talk about Ellen, I mean, she was, she’s a very influential part of your life. So she had you on, am I right?

Robbie Twible:
Yes. I have to mention Justin Timberlake. Such a nice guy, came backstage and met with me for 10 minutes. Talking Broadway and just reall nice. And, uh, that would never have happened without him. It was my dream to meet him and to meet Ellen and to be on her show. His publicist has her friend, a producer on the show and she told him my story. And so my mom got a phone call from the Ellen DeGeneres show saying, Hey, uh, we heard Robbie’s story. We would love to have you come down here just to have you in the audience.

Robbie Twible:
it was a big commitment for my parents because they had to pay for, uh, travel and hotels. So just to have me sit in the audience that was, you know, in their mind, that first was a big commitment on their part, but thank God we did. They hid me in the green room and they were prepping us for questions. They were prepping us and told us they were going to do it as we’ve just been featured on EllenTube. We went into the audience. I knew something was up when Ellen went on and invited me up with my family. And it was a fortunate experience. Uh, I’ll never forget. And she actually even invited me back for her famous probate giveaways, which was even, uh, another experience. That was amazing.

Alex Garrett:
You mentioned your parents and obviously Rob, um, has been a very good father and you’re your mom as well? A great mom. What does, what have they meant to you in your life so far in your very young life? I should say,

Robbie Twible:
Oh, everything. Uh, my parents always support me and they’re always there for me and they care of me. I don’t have a nurse. Without them. I, you know, I really wouldn’t be where I am today. I would not, I would not be in a good position. They are on top of taking care of me and my sister.

Alex Garrett :
There’s people out there who are overcoming daily and Robbie Twible is no exception now for the fun part, your podcast. Tell me about it.

Robbie Twible:
So I started at the beginning of the pandemic. It’s called Robbie interviews. It’s found on YouTube and it’s basically like a zoom interview. 20 minutes each person, which is sports people, uh, like, basketball head coach of Hofstra. And Iona head baseball coach, Paul Panik, but then, uh, we transitioned to, Survivor season 39 Winner, Tom Sheehan. I’ve done 11 of them, uh, as the episodes go on, I’m sure you find this out too. It’s hard to get people to come on. Uh,

Alex Garrett:
I know Robbie you’re out there, any organization that you think you could recommend that you’ve worked with as well to help the cure for EB.

Robbie T:
Yes. It’s called EDRP, and they really do tons of research. They are really the backbone of research . Uh Keneally they are funding many, many projects that are really looking good, you know, getting cures. So I would, if you could donate that really mean a lot. And for all the other kids who suffer from EB, that would be great.