Today is January 4, 2023. I have not updated my blog for months. I am trying to restart my blogging efforts. 2022 was the worst year since 2012 when I had my strokes and my parents died. 2022 was filled with illness, death and loss of friendships. At least a year ago, I discovered that my blog was too visible. It was too personal and some people were reading my blog for political reasons. I simply had to stop for a while. This year I am committed to blog at least once a month. I will see how it goes.
I tested “positive” for COVID-19 on October 25th. Today is my last day of quarantine. My family tested negative. I was fully vaccinated plus I got the Pfizer booster. Because of the vaccine and the booster, I dodged a bullet. We were incredibly careful during the pandemic. Yet I was infected somewhere. I notified anybody who could’ve contacted me when I was contagious. Given my medical history, my Covid-19 infection could have been so much worse. Having cerebrovascular disease, such as having a stroke, can make you more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Luckily I did not have to go to the hospital. Hospitals throughout Idaho are allowed to ration medical care as the state expands its “crisis standards of care” criteria in the face of overwhelming coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Nearly all of these patients are not vaccinated. I am so grateful to my wife Heather. As always, Heather is the uber caregiver.