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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!

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

Legislation Will Never Outrun God’s Plans

Legislation won’t prevent God’s plans for anyone. The back and forth on this abortion legislation is missing the ultimate point. While I believe abortion should be a last resort, Texas also is trying to play God!

My message to Texas is: let God and let go!

Life is truly precious , but God’s plan for who lives is what we need to focus on. It’s HIS land, His plan for people’s lives and his calling. Texas may be trying to play God, but not one piece of legislation can change the MASTER’s CALL, as Marty Robbins sings about.

Adapting to That COVID Booster Shot Does Make Sense

When it first came out, I was curious why in the world yet another shot in the arm was being considered .

We all were made to believe that the Pfizer and Moderna two shots were the best option. Yet that belief was rattled for many when yet a third shot was discussed. Could the Delta Variant or the idea of a really bad strain of COVID be the reason why they were even discussing a booster shot?

WebMD lists the already needed booster shots for other diseases, so having a COVID booster shot is not something out of thin air (neither is this mandate by the way , remember as kids we were MANDATED to get our shots?) https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/vaccine-booster-shots)

There was a lot of talk about this as shots one and two were being administered, but why did the booster shot discussion disappear? It felt that the two shot approach was working! Yet here we are talking about how the vaccinated can still carry this virus . Here we are a year later with mask mandates on the table. Here we are a year later with the threat of lockdown once again hung over our heads. The booster shot could lead the way in eradicating all these measures!

I’m not a scientist , but i am following the data . Pfizer has released booster shot trials for different areas across the US, which you can find HERE (https://www.pfizer.com/science/find-a-trial/search/covid-19%20booster) What I had seen in a trial is a 100% anti-body strength one month after the booster dose was admitted. When time allots , I’ll be researching more and will feature on Alex Garrett Podcasting.

I also wanted to give you a quick glance at Moderna . Reports back in May suggested after 15 days , there was an immune response with the Moderna booster . (https://investors.modernatx.com/news-releases/news-release-details/moderna-announces-positive-initial-booster-data-against-sars-cov)

In further research there are a few countries that have now started adapting to the COVID third vaccine dose . Israel is administering the third dose (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.timesofisrael.com/israel-begins-administering-3rd-covid-vaccine-dose-to-the-elderly/amp/) . I also saw that over 50 and those with high risks will be given a third dose in England.

Why doesn’t the CDC quit with mask mandates and trust the science of the COVID booster shot? Why not go that route instead of fear-mongering if so far Pfizer is showing success against the Delta Variant. (https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/07/28/health/pfizer-third-dose-data-bn/index.html)

To the US government: God has many hands working on these vaccines and optimizing the data you so love to shut us down with. Consider adapting to giving us this booster shot and stop continually putting us in fear daily, we cannot survive as a country in this frenzied state and the data shows it! Let’s adapt!

Being Selective While Being Disabled

Next month, the disabled community works towards gaining more acceptance 31 years after the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act. While the work is never done smashing stigma and gaining acceptance, let’s adapt the goal! Let’s be selective!

Selectivity is a topic that has come up over the last week, so I feel compelled to write about this idea! I also think God has put us where we are meant to be in life, and gives us the intuition to be selective !

I promise you , I am not jaded about people. I LOVE people, I love socializing. This pandemic has made me too anxious about not seeing friends again if I’m honest. Yet, I am more eyes-open about people’s motives having about 11 years into adulthood now.

To be widely accepted has been excited , to be able to announce in college had been exciting has heck. I was happy-go-lucky and wanted to be friends with everybody because that is my nature . All my life , I never thought I couldn’t make friends because I have one leg . If I didn’t think people would gravitate and I couldn’t get the nerve to gravitate toward people, I would have just stayed home!

Yet, in college , there were a couple people who saw the energy I was putting out there and DRAINED me. I was pushed around on my skate by a ‘friend’ and he almost knocked me over. I had enough of that friendship, especially when it felt financially tied together. Friendship shouldn’t be bought, it’s a lesson I’ve learned for years. It also was my awakening to the fact that maybe I did try to be friends with everybody . Again, I did that just because that who is I am. Regardless, some I feel in the disabled community consciously try to become friend with everyone because they are scared to be selective . It’s 2021, DON’T BE SCARED TO BE SELECTIVE!

On the outside looking in some might think we have trouble making friends. So, I’ve seen they take that thought and try to be buddy-buddy only for ulterior motives to be revealed as things move along, specifically someone like my former college friend . On dating, some might think we try too hard instead of point blank putting in the effort to get to truly know us and to understand us!

While we want acceptance, knowing our worth in this world will gain acceptance even more and move our life forward. We also have to face the fact , not all can accept us as is, and it’s ok to not accept all into our sphere. Let me write that again, not all can accept us as is, and it’s ok to not accept all into our sphere.

If we are selective, it can also help us stay healthy. Mentally trying to make a friendship work will actually deter us from staying healthy. Being wrapped up in relationship worries that don’t work out because we feel we can’t do better will bring us down a few notches also.

Let’s keep smashing stigma in 2021. Prove that we don’t have trouble , we just really are selective! I’ve got a good corps of good friends that I can rely on and just have fun times with, that’s all I can really ask for!

Taking On (Darth) VADER and VATER With FORCE

Everybody who has a personality enjoyed saying ‘May the 4th Be With You’ this past week. It’s a take on Star Wars ‘May the Force Be With You’! In a way I feel God is pushing me to discuss another issue I and many others tackle with FORCE daily!

Skywalker fought Darth VADER , while many real people fight VATER Association! Have you ever heard of it? If not, you are not alone! Personally, it’s kinda wild to be considered a once in 10k-40k newborn chance to be born with VATER. Yes one baby out of a maximum of 40k births could be born with VATER.

I wince when I’m asked ‘what were you born with’. I don’t even like to think I was born with a condition. However, my face beams when I discuss having VATER and tackling it with FORCE! VATER has been the reason for a life-saving colostomy bag and not even that brings me down! Most definitely God has been the reason why I have been given the ability for rollerblading with one leg came to be , but saddling my body with VATER has built me stronger!

Here is the complete VATER explanation :

“(V) = vertebral abnormalities; (A) = anal atresia; (C) = cardiac (heart) defects; (T) = tracheal anomalies including tracheoesophageal (TE) fistula; (E) = esophageal atresia; (R) = renal (kidney) and radial (thumb side of hand) abnormalities; and (L) = other limb abnormalities.” (From the NIH: https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/5443/vacterl-association)

Even reading this I am even more proud to fight to keep my one kidney functioning. I make sure my esophagus is all clear and I ROCK my one leg, with force , babyyyyy!!!

I’ve spent 30 yrs adapting to VATER with the love of the caring nurses and doctors, my family, friends, girlfriend and so many more along the way!

Go forth and research more and if you end up knowing someone with VATER, I’d love to hear their story on Adapting With Alex Garrett!

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!