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November 20, 2020

by Chris Sorrenti

My surgery went well on Wednesday. I’m glad they didn’t keep me overnight; no sense tempting fate, with the virus getting worse day by day. Of course, my belly’s tender...sore, and bled a bit when I first got home. Spent a small fortune in taxis, as the Queensway-Carleton hospital is way the hell in the west end. 40 dollars one way from South Keys where Jason and I live. I was hoping he could have waited at the hospital, but no luck, so I had to send him home (again by taxi) until I was done. The whole thing took about 6 hours, including prep and post-op. Once I was done, Jason had to come back to the hospital to escort me home; more taxi money.

Thank goodness for Percocet. Powerful stuff, one pill every six hours, and no mixing with sleeping pills, Lorazepam, no need for it, but together, it could kill me. What’s even scarier than the pain is the possibility of a blood clot. One in the brain could mean a stroke. One in the heart...heart attack. Glad I went in while I had the chance, as any and all elective surgery could be cancelled with little notice. We’ll find out later today, with Premier Ford scheduled to make a major announcement for Ontario in the afternoon.

Ottawa’s still doing well though, numerically, compared to the rest of the province, the entire country. Major breakouts in BC, Alberta, Manitoba (said one official don’t go into Walmart for a head of lettuce, thinking you can also buy a TV); very condescending. Quebec, the Maritimes, and now Nunavut, which remained Covid-free during the first wave in the Spring.

150 cases in Intensive Care across the province, mainly Toronto, Peel and York, always with the fear of overwhelming the system; my heart goes out to the poor hospital workers. Nursing homes are still being hit hard, with all the talk about revising the system vanished for now. The army could be called back in to assist.

Things in the States are really bad, with over 250 thousand dead; hospitals and morgues overwhelmed. The political situation isn’t helping either, with Trump and company refusing to concede defeat or provide much needed resources for the transition, exacerbating the medical crisis.

The only bright side is that both Pfizer and Moderna have developed vaccines, with 95% effectiveness in the testing trials. Everyone’s keeping their fingers crossed that vaccination can begin in the Spring.

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