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 #383351  by First Lady
 April 7th, 2020, 6:56 am
dcsally97 wrote: April 6th, 2020, 1:14 pm I just received a text from my wife that was forwarded from her sister. Our nephew was admitted to the hospital today. He has quite a few of the symptoms. The test results come back 8n 3-5 days. Since he is young and no other issues, I would expect him to make a full recovery. Really hoping that it isn't coronavirus. Talk about hitting close to home.
So sorry to hear this regardless to what it is Doug!!!! Will add you and family to the prayers list for sure!!!! So scary and definitely too close to home. Just another reason why we all need to do our part!!
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 #383363  by monte4
 April 7th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Best wishes for your nephew Doug. Age is on his side which is good. 3-5 days for test results :shock: ? I've watched some CNN from here in Canada and Trump keeps talking about how fast these tests are done?????
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 #383372  by sparky99
 April 7th, 2020, 8:19 pm
There is a test developed by a Medical supplier that can have the test results within about an hour. It just hasn't taken off yet. It supposedly has FDA approval but who knows.

Doug, I will send up a few prayers for your nephew. No matter what, its still going to be "rough" on him. I sure hope he makes a full recovery and quickly.

Maintenance at work is all but flagged. They are starting to treat us like red headed step children. They say we "working too close together"

We are a pretty tight knit group. We all have a high level of respect for each other. With that said, we have been very slow at work. So we have been tackling machines as they come up. Now, they want us to wear masks if we work together (no one else is required to)
I'm starting to feel like production doesn't want us around...

yet. who's the 1st one they call when their machines aren't running right?
yeah, we have to save the day.

sorry, rant over. Its just bugging me.

I'm trying to keep my head on straight, its just not easy these days.
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 #383377  by First Lady
 April 7th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Ugh! That's so hard Robert!! Certainly sounds frustrating and as I was reading I was thinking to myself...but who do they call when something goes down? And then you said the same thing!

Don't think twice about the mask thing...that's the latest trend and you should be happy to wear one (curious, are they supplying them to you?). As states' cases increase, the action taken is certainly trending. We're not to go out side, anywhere, without a mask on - even for a walk.

However, when I went to the grocery store yesterday none of the employees had any protective wear on and I felt very badly for them.

Working at a large bank, and on the HR side, I've seen a lot that has been done for our employees. In the beginning it wasn't being handled logically as they were making a back to the office plan for everyone after 1 week of WFH but state regulations keep going further in the strict direction so they never came to execute with the entire population - which is good because what they had designed was embarrassing (when it was presented to me, I asked so many questions and they had no answers, but said 'we'll get back to you')!

Now they are right on track, I'm proud to say! Call Centers and branches in particular are the focus for supporting our customers and colleagues. The largest of the Call Centers, is in a new building in RI, and typically one story of one wing. They now have been spaced throughout the entire building and additional colleagues (anyone who has had any call center experience ever) is helping to support via WFH. Our branches have limited hours, meet customers by appointment only, and have clear plexi installed. We're really doing a lot for our customers (personal banking and we have a huge commercial bank so businesses as well) which is great to see and we've committed $5M to our immediate communities.

Here in MA we're being told the next 3 weeks will be the worst of it here so we're doing what we've done for 25 days now...staying home! Not even going for walks anymore...a nursing home near our house, on the route we walk, so sadly has it.

My heart just breaks over this all! Last night I made masks to mail to my parents in FL, my great aunt who will be 99 in June also in FL, and Jimmy asked me to make them for his family. It was the weirdest thing to write a note to my aunt sharing with her how to wash her mask.

If I don't laugh, I'll cry (which is a lie cause you can't stop the world's biggest crier during uncertain times!) so embrace the fashion statement!!
 #383380  by StealthM
 April 8th, 2020, 1:28 am
Our thought and prayers go out to you. Keep the faith brothers and sisters. WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS.....
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 #383383  by dcsally97
 April 8th, 2020, 7:41 am
They are doing mass voluntary layoffs (furloughed) at my work now. I am safe, since I'm the only one that can do my job function (Stockroom Specialist). They will get unemployment plus the company is paying full benefits. Sad days! Lindsey, your tears are contagious.
 #383384  by dcsally97
 April 8th, 2020, 8:48 am
Also, thanks for the prayers and well wishes for our nephew. His flu test came back negative. Still waiting for the COVID-19 results.
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 #383389  by LUNAT1C
 April 8th, 2020, 10:16 am
I likely need to begin wearing masks when I leave the house, for others' protection. Nick's oncology floor was converted to COVID-19 to help deal with the thousands of cases in our county (Michigan is #3, behind NY/NJ... Oakland County is barely trailing Wayne County when you subtract Detroit... and the hot seat by city is about a half mile south of us and half mile west).

Consequently, he is directly exposed, and I'm indirectly exposed. A friend of ours works in the ER, #1 busiest in the state and the same ER I took my dad to only a month ago for his chest pains/bypass, and he's lost two co-workers to it.

Weather Channel is monitoring things day by day and produces a nice bar graph. I'm keeping an eye on it and hoping to see that linear upward trend start to bend down soon.
 #383405  by 00R/T
 April 10th, 2020, 12:58 pm
dcsally97 wrote:They are doing mass voluntary layoffs (furloughed) at my work now. I am safe, since I'm the only one that can do my job function (Stockroom Specialist). They will get unemployment plus the company is paying full benefits. Sad days! Lindsey, your tears are contagious.
Same at my place, except they aren’t voluntary. They’re doing rolling 2 week furloughs, so half the company was off the last 2 weeks and the other half will be off the next two weeks. We can collect unemployment and they’re paying our benefits, but it’s not nearly enough. The issue we have isn’t that the state forced us to send everyone home, because most of us can work from home. The issue is that our customers are shutdown, so we don’t have orders coming in. I’m in R&D so I still have plenty to do, but without money coming in the company is trying to cut expenses everywhere. To make matters worse, a lot of people opted to take their vacation time instead of being unpaid, so the company didn’t actually save any money. They said they’ll make a decision next week, but I’m pretty sure they’re going to do another round next month. I just hope it’s a 2 week again and they don’t shut the whole place down for the whole month. The state is several months behind in processing unemployment claims, so it’s going to get pretty rough for a lot of people.
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 #383419  by EasyRider300M
 April 10th, 2020, 10:45 pm
Even my dentist is not open except for emergencies. One of my doctor appointments will be via phone. Another doctor appointment was cancelled and they cannot reschedule it at the present time. Schools here might very well close for the rest of the school year. Presently here in MA, schools are closed til May 4th.

When restrictions are gradually lowered, we will be most likely still be social distancing for quite awhile.

Crazy times we are living for the history books.

I have just finished watching a documentary on youtube about the spanish flu of 1918-1919. 675,000 died in the US. Very depressing documentary.

Let's hope this virus is defeated soon.
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 #383427  by First Lady
 April 11th, 2020, 9:39 am
Another week down!

Doug, I can't stop thinking about your family...I'm hoping on all hope that your nephew is doing better each day!!

Jimmy stopped by yesterday to grab the masks I made for his family. I left them in the mailbox and was able to open the window to chat for a while. It was SO NICE to see someone and chat with him!!! This social distancing certainly confused the dog. He didn't understand why Jimmy didn't just come in!!

There's been lots of cooking occurring in our house - buttermilk biscuits, bacon jam know, 'treat' things that I typically don't make but this feels like the time to do it if there ever is. However not conducive to proper pant fitting.....hummm!

Did a happy hour FaceTime with my parents yesterday...was so jealous of the tour (not sure why I got it twice!) of the backyard that was green and full of palm trees!! Was daydreaming of FL for sure as I watched the rain/sleet fall from the sky with a whipping horizontal wind.

We've been canceling more and more of what we had for plans...doctors appointments, celebrations, trips, general activities. Much like a lot of the's frustrating and sad.

Trying my best to focus on the good. Thankful to be stuck in the house with my favorite person! Loving when the sun comes out!

Keep staying well everyone!!!
 #383430  by dcsally97
 April 11th, 2020, 10:02 am
Thanks Lindsey. He is home now. He did test positive and is under quarantine for 2 weeks. He is doing better though. He was in contact with several family members in the weeks prior to having it. Hopefully, they don't get it. Although, they could be asymptomatic and carry it. Crazy times! Just wishing this to end, so we can go back to "normal". I think it will be a new normal though.

PS, Bacon jam???
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 #383435  by StealthM
 April 11th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Doug good to see things on the up and up.take care of yourselves. Our thoughts are with you brother.... Bacon jam sounds interesting though...
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 #383436  by FIREM
 April 11th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Thoughts and prayers to all. Stay Safe whatever it takes. Shopping here hit or miss for some stuff and no go for some essential paper products. Staying put for now!
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 #383438  by First Lady
 April 11th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Yes bacon jam! It’s a delicious spread made with LOTS of bacon!!! A Keith favorite for sure!!
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