Not Quite Normal in These Foolish Things

  • Sept. 3, 2020, 2:36 p.m.
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Geez. I’ve gotten so busy at work that it almost feels like pre-Covid normal times. Things that are feeling “normal”…and yet not quite:

  • Got stuck in a 30-minute traffic jam on the way to the office this morning. But it’s so weird because NOBODY is in the office! Where are all of these people coming from? And are there offices that are actually at full capacity? I know manufacturing at our company is not running with a full staff because of social distancing practices, so where are people going? It feels like half the nation thinks that this pandemic is over and the other half won’t even come out of their houses. Yet our highways are just as busy as they’ve always been. What gives?

  • I dress up for work like I’m going to have important meetings and presentations to give. I guess I am dressing up as wishful thinking. Maybe I think I’m going to run into someone? I’m literally sitting here at my desk in an office with maybe four other people in it and they are yards and yards away (and in athletic wear).

  • Went to see my doc yesterday to check on my new BP medication. He gave me a flu shot, telling me that the flu vaccine they have this year is stronger and will last longer - he says it will last 6+ months. Then he told me something that actually came out later in the day in a “breaking news” NYT alert (I get them on the reg). He told me that it was going to be announced that there is going to be a Covid vaccine available before the election. Surprise, surprise. Not that I’m sure I will feel safe about getting the vaccine early, but that we may be getting back to some kind of normalcy by…the end of the year? Maybe? Is it even safe to hope??

  • I actually had dreams last night. I haven’t been remembering my dreams lately, even though I have been getting some pretty great sleep for whatever reason. But my dreams last night were all about getting Covid and they were so REAL! Like, I could feel myself in the dreams getting a stuffy nose, then a runny nose, then a fever. And I happened to be traveling at the time. It was so realistic and weird.

  • And unfortunately, this is probably more normal than not - I’m just not feeling it for either of those guys I went out with last Saturday. I’ve already blown off the anesthesiologist (Doc T.) and the other guy (Mr. P.) keeps wanting to get together and I am slowly backing away from that one. I may see him one more time just to make sure (I really liked our conversation, but that’s about it…no sparks…but maybe??). And the thing is, it’s not like I have anybody else lined up just yet. I keep thinking back to normal times. I can’t remember the last time I held someone’s hand and felt sparks? I think it was Doc. D. A year ago.

Time marches on, but life feels like it’s standing still.


Complicated Disaster September 03, 2020

I think it's great to get dressed up for the office! A hint of normal.
Also, the science seems to say that an early vaccine isn't a good idea.

Elaine Benes September 03, 2020

There MIGHT be a vaccine before the election. People are reading a lot into things that can happen normally when developing drugs. If you are studying a drug and even before the study is supposed to be finished you notice overwhelming data in one direction or another (the drug seems to be working SO well it’s unethical to keep giving people placebo, or it’s so unsafe it’s unethical to keep studying it and giving it to people) you can finish the study early. That’s the only way there could be vaccine before the election. I would say in my 20 years of drug development I’ve never seen a drug out early because of overwhelmingly positive data. I have seen drugs killed because of early bad safety data.

Ginger Snap Elaine Benes ⋅ September 03, 2020

Oh, believe me, I knew you'd have a say in this! I'm not holding my breath - nor am I saying I'd line up first, but I just like to think that we may have a glimmer of hope, and I hope that brings a bit of a positive attitude in people. It would be nice to see, hear, and feel something...ANYTHING positive right about now.

Elaine Benes Ginger Snap ⋅ September 03, 2020

I actually hope it doesn’t happen before the election. I don’t want Trump to benefit in any way from any positive news like this. He had not one fucking thing to do with it. And it wouldn’t be so goddamn dire a situation if he hadn’t fucked it all up.

Ginger Snap Elaine Benes ⋅ September 03, 2020

I agree with you 100% and I was and wasn't surprised to hear this yesterday. I was kinda like, OF COURSE HE'S GOING TO TRY TO TAKE CREDIT FOR A VACCINE when he's screwed this up so horribly throughout. Plus, the weird thing is that ALL OF THIS IS A HOAX, so why would he even want credit??? But of course, he does.

plushcreep Elaine Benes ⋅ September 03, 2020

I also agree with this! Hmm...politically motivated move much?!

Gangleri September 03, 2020

My office is full except for the boss. We are a tiny office, but still.

Ginger Snap Gangleri ⋅ September 03, 2020

Wow! So is the boss doing remote? Why wouldn’t the boss come in if everyone else is there?

Gangleri Ginger Snap ⋅ September 03, 2020

It’s a combination of laziness and his wife being immunocompromised.

bobbi01 September 03, 2020

If 2020 had a slogan your last sentence would be it!

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