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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!

Removing COVID-22 in 2022

Happy New Year blogging world!

To preface this first blog of 2022, I want to alert you to the meaning of a Catch-22 in 2022!

Did you know this term was created by author Joseph Heller , who discussed this idea in his 1961 novel. The meaning we all understand ‘Catch-22’ as is a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.. In Heller’s novel , actually called ‘Catch-22’, World War II pilots are caught in a catch-22 trying to get out of war time service. You can read more about the plot on Wiki.

The common meaning of Catch-22 however can apply to today’s world. In fact, my feeling of the Catch-22 is COVID-22. To move forward in this life is to admit that COVID is the Catch-22 hanging over our heads in 2022 and forever if we let it. Mandates suck and deplete business, I agree with that. But, having just gone through at least three days of a positive diagnosis it all makes sense.

At this point COVID is no longer 2019 it’s now 2022. It’s gotta end here. Feeling In a Catch-22 about the vaccine? Snap out of it. In a catch-22 about masking up? Mask up and just end this thing. No, it’s not a liberal mainstream puppet talking . This is a human writing that is tired of the idea that some don’t think this is real or real enough to combat.

We collectively must not let COVID-22 torch 2022. Don’t just google a testing site, take action!

Sincerely,

A tired COVID-positive American!

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!

Where We Stand As Omicron Hits America

(Listen to my conversation with Alliance Defending Freedom on these issues as well on Alex Garrett Podcasting : https://www.spreaker.com/episode/47417794)

New York State is about to enter another COVID state of emergency due to Omicron found in NYC.

Must I remind our elected officials: Firstly a lockdown doesn’t make sense if more people continue to get vaccinated! A vaccine should be a protector, so locking down defeats that purpose,

Secondly, Mayor de Blasio and President Biden urged CALM and told us again NOT TO PANIC. Underneath those sentiments, are they trying to install new lockdown measures behind our backs?

What we are all seeing is that AMERICANS ARE SUFFERING. If prolonged lockdowns didn’t shutter biz, cause people to quit their jobs in record numbers, and didn’t cause so much stress and anxiety , more people would be vaxxed. This also does involve God, because He is overseeing all of us every minute! Religious exemptions still have to be fought for with this vaccine. What happened to the first amendment? Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion anyone ? I don’t believe it’s the vaccine itself that is being fought .

As mandates and proposed new measures come about, it becomes clearer that no one in leadership gives a damn about the American male or female today, especially during COVID where the healthy were told to stay home or be fired for not being vaccinated.

I see society rallying for those coming here illegally possibly carrying the virus while everyday Americans are frustrated and are being ignored! My biggest fear still is hearing Americans scream for help and going insane because their business has been forced to close and they have been locked down. We are not an insane asylum and the sane that want to be open should be allowed to be 100% now!

It’s the control aspect of government in New York, California and even 1600 Penn that people are protesting, not so much the use of science!

Vaccination Won’t Prevent Detonation!

Prior to the Taliban gaining nearly every territory in Afghanistan, there was one major thing the Pentagon wanted all of America to know : a mandated vaccination! Required to serve in our US Military!

What cuts me to the core is this idea the Pentagon would be more concerned about the shot in the arm over , I don’t know, protecting a region until we fully could leave ! If the focus wasn’t on vaccination, I do believe the Pentagon would have been on the ball to prevent multiple detonations at Kabul Airport by our enemy. Why our military is meddling in this political game instead of defending our service men and women is beyond me.

If focus was truly on the Intel received about Taliban’s move to control Afghanistan , I believe 13 US service-members would be alive today! Instead, they wanted to make sure everyone knew soldiers were somehow safer with a shot in the arm over actual protection on the battlefield. It’s another example of how COVID has distracted from other real issues this country and it’s citizenry faces.

Not preparing our military for warfare but making sure they get the jab, is beyond infuriating. It’s like people being told to not go to the hospital for things like a heart attack or worse, because COVID was the end all be all for healthcare. I’m very concerned about the botched exit from Afghanistan and even more concerned that the military seems stumped how to solve the crisis.

I write this as someone who has been vaccinated and I support the vaccine efforts. Yet, for the Pentagon to be so pompous about the shot in the arm , and so scared about combating actual warfare and sieges, it does raise a cause for concern . We must vaccinate and also prevent the enemy from detonating an IED or bomb that could kill more US service members and the Afghani people!

I’m Vaccinated, But I Won’t Bully Those Who Aren’t Vaccinated !

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This was a joyous moment! The whole process of being vaccinated was in a sense magical. Two weeks ago, I completed the final dose of Pfizer thanks to NYC Health and Hospitals+ ! Hence I am fully vaccinated! Or so I thought , I’ll get to that in a bit.

However, the walk-in process felt special and right now, walk-in appointments are available if you so desire to become vaccinated! (http://on.nyc.gov/walkupvax)

I utilize this platform to simply encourage , not judge you if you don’t want to get a vaccine due to health concerns and the news surrounding after-effects. Trust me, I was nervous of side-effects of vaccine two as well. I also don’t believe in threats against resuming society if not every person is vaccinated.

Not every person gets the flu vaccine, and they have that right , why not the right in this instance as well as COVID cases decline?

My journey of what I believed is considered fully vaccinated feels exciting moving forward. Will we really need a third shot? Will I get that third shot if so? Time will tell. For now, I’m excited to just get back to the ballyard for baseball this summer . Excited to roll around the city a little more carefree than before and just enjoy a BETTER normal in our city, NEW YORK CITY. Let’s bring it back baby!

I just hope that America is not held hostage by the idea of the vaccine. We have freedoms in this country and thank GOD we haven’t mandated legislatively this vaccine. Yet, the pressures told to us that we can’t get back to normal unless we all get vaccinated is such a pressure campaign, it disheartens me.

The Oscars had everyone vaccinated, but why aren’t these stars doing ANYTHING to ease the distrust some of America still has? The President and the VP got the vaccine on CAMERA, yet they too don’t encourage us to get the vaccine , only threatening us if we don’t get that shot in the arm!

So if pressuring and bullying is what our leaders will resort to, I say just let us live! Heck, let us be vaxxed if so desired and enjoy those benefits. But, most importantly let us be adults in the room, Americans CAN handle themselves!

Alex Garrett to NYC: ‘Let’s Get Goin’

Via LinkedIn NEWS

On my latest podcast, I broke down the graphic above showing how just 25 PERCENT of NEW YORKERS are seeking employment ! This city, this state is much more driven than that, it’s up to local leaders and the media to instill confidence again!

Find out on my podcast why I say to New York City : LET’s GET GOING!

One of the 100 million arms vaccinated in America

UPDATE: A day after my piece on the vaccine numbers rising, I myself got the first dose of Pfizer thanks to NYC Health and Hospitals!

Thanks be to God for shaping the scientists that continually create these treatments !!!

Let’s start showing the rising vaccinated numbers on our TV screens!

100 Million Vaccines, Now What America?

You wouldn’t know there were 100 million vaccines have been administered in America. Yet, President Biden said just that yesterday , but the urgency to open this country certainly is lacking .

In fact, the incredible insanity is the discussion of another lockdown ! What? Aren’t these vaccinations around to prevent another lockdown? To build an immune American again?

We see America reaching 100 million vaccines yet still being compared to places like Italy where cases are climbing again? What is the point of celebrating 100 million vaccines then? Just to say it?

As I said on my recent podcast, people will start asking why we still are at under 100% capacity if 100 million are now immune a year later? Where is the sense in that?

Our small businesses don’t have time to waste President Biden and NY Gov. Cuomo/ CA Gov. Newsom! They don’t! Americans cannot afford to wait for your decision of when to let us out from under your thumb . By waiting until June or July to ramp up to 100%, you effectively continue the death of America as we know it while celebrating 100 million vaccines given to Americans.

The CDC is continually shifting its guidelines, but the most I’ve seen is social distanced school openings and people who are vaccinated can congregate without wearing a mask. I haven’t seen anything else major they have done to move this country forward. I used to celebrate when the CDC relaxed guidelines, but now I say big whoop!

For nearly a year, I’ve also heard how much the science is telling us these measures have been necessary every step of the way, even the gradual reopenings. Vaccinations are the most progress made in this battle against COVID thanks to scientists working with Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca to develop these vaccines in rapid speed. Of course, the rapid speed is thanks to Operation Warpspeed, an initiative of former President Trump.

Yet, with all this progress , it appears we will continue to sit on our hands as a country and as a state even as the numbers of vaccinated rise. Should that pattern continue, I’ll really start asking ‘Now What, America?’

The Underreported Injustices Of Pandemic 2020

While I thank God I have made it a year in a pandemic, I really would be feeling God’s work was honored if nursing home deaths were held accountable.

We can all pat ourselves on the back for surviving a year, or we can fight for justice for the families of loved ones that were killed due to heinous policy.

When NYS Attorney General Letitia James released her findings on Governor Cuomo’s March 24th, 2020 directive to put COVID positive patients back into nursing homes, the Governor’s bright lights started to dim into the accusations of sexual assault. Yet, let’s not forget the AP and others reporting nearly 20k underreported nursing home deaths in New York State! The Cuomo cover – up is worse than Nixon in that it hid DEATH! This is a criminal offense and obstruction that has eyes at the FBI and DOJ investigating right now!

The other underreported injustice is the fight to be free from domestic abuses amidst the lockdown. According to the IndexJournal reporting, the CDC, the very agency telling us how important and safe lockdowns would be, also reported that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced domestic abuse . (IndexJournal). This disturbing trend has to come to light. I read stories of pizza places becoming safe havens for the abused in their communities . Why would the CDC make citizens live in fear not just from a pandemic but from those who live right in the same house? Why didn’t this get much attention?!

Let’s also talk about how this year of pandemic led to many horrific cases of people contemplating suicide. According to the Washington Post, 1 in 4 young adults had at one point seriously considered suicide . (Washington Post) As far as actual suicide deaths a a result of the lockdown, numbers aren’t as prevalent . Yet, for the stories of those who have taken their lives during this time, their families must be recognized and cared for!

How could these government leaders not know putting COVID positive patients in nursing homes lead to deaths ? Oh wait they definitely did and criminally cooked the books as not to be tweeted by then-President Trump, are you kidding me? By the same token, how could the CDC not work harder to combat the affects of the lockdowns they mandated on this country ?

After the horrible death of George Floyd, fighting for justice is what 2020 ended up being about. The rallying cries of ‘no justice , no peace’ rang out and then riots broke out.

No riots, no protests for the families that lost loved ones in the nursing home disaster just because the media LOVED CUOMO. Let’s protest affects of these COVID policies which also led to injustice!