Let’s play a game.
Anyone remember 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon?
The rules are simple. Through 6 people or less, you can find your own connection to Kevin Bacon. Only this time lets play it with someone who is immune compromised.
I’ll go first. 0.
I am 0 people away from someone who is immune compromised. I know not fair. Way too easy.
I’ll go again. 1.
1 person away from someone who is immune compromised. I could keep playing but I think you all understand how to play.
I have an undiagnosed medical condition. The Drs were in the process of solving the mystery, but the coronavirus thwarted their plans. I’m losing blood. They don’t know why, or what’s causing it but in the last month 2 months I have had 2 blood transfusion, 2 iron infusions, tests, scans a 4-day vacation in the hospital and more needle pokes than my bruised arms can count.
The next round of tests has been rescheduled to sometime in the future; maybe 6-8 weeks. Time that I may not have.
There are not enough masks, or medical supplies to spare.
In the meantime, I just have to hope and pray that my levels do not drop again. If they do, I will likely need another blood transfusion, provided they deem me critical enough since there is also a national shortage. That would require a trip to the ER which is filled with people seeking comfort or reassurance that they do not have the virus. The very virus that has put our country to a halt and brought is to our knees.
The 3-year-old is a little boy I care for. He has asthma. While many think that children are spared those with asthma and other preexisting conditions are not. He would most likely need a respirator if he was to fall victim to this. But like the masks and gloves, there are simply not enough. But I digress.
Back to my game. Are you ready to play now?
How many people does it take for you to arrive at your immune compromised individual?
3,4,6? What if you could save them? What if you could prevent them from needing a respirator, or save them from the decision of risking going to the ER or Dr out of fear they will get sicker than they already are?
Practice Social Distancing
You can! And it’s so simple. All you have to do is practice social distancing. Avoid large groups of more than 10 and maintain a minimum of 3 feet between yourself and others and if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has been sick, stay home.
Your person needs you to.
Your number, your person, that is your reason to try. To try to keep them safe. To free up medical facilities and supplies so people that need care have access to it.
Social distancing flattens the curve, it allows the medical suppliers making more masks and ventilators the time they need to manufacture.
Social distancing is free and can happen right now! We can make a difference! We are all in this together so I’m asking everyone to do their part, help slow the spread and give our healthcare system a chance.
Still have your person in mind? Comment below with your number and #whyIsocialdistance.
Do it for them, do it yourself! Social distancing saves lives!
Fellow #MaC – Elizabeth
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LaKeisha C Barrett
0. I’m immune compromised with kidney disease, liver disease, and an undiagnosed gastrointestinal disease.
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