I’m sorry, but I’m totally fed up. My Bullshit-O-Meter is at max factor, and yet there is no relief in sight!
For every Trombie acolyte who succumbs to Covid and from his hospital bed begs his podcast listeners to repent, two more spring up to deny Covid and demand anti vaccine compliance!
On MSNBC today, they had a segment about a far right blogger and podcaster who was pro Trump, pro Bannon, and virulently anti vaccination. And of course, the stupid fuck contracted Covid. And it wasn’t pretty. But of course, being a true Trombie, he kept on live blogging his podcast from his hospital room. And here’s where the insanity kicks in.
This stupid fucker is lying there on a hospital bed, struggling for breath, with an oxygen canula squirting oxygen up his nose to keep him breathing, and he’s talking about how a case of Covid ain’t shit! He’s young, he’s strong, he’s healthy, and he don’t need no goddamn vaccine to fight off Covid. Sadly or not, the blogger survived.
But after seeing that, I couldn’t help but ask myself, How fucking stupid are the people who watch his podcast? Here is a guy, in a critical care hospital bed, sucking oxygen through a nasal canula, one step from a respirator, and he’s trying to convince people how easy Covid is to beat!
This is the great mystery of our time. Just how stupid are Trump supporters. Here you have somebody one step away from critical life support, trying to tell people that Covid is a walk in the park. Are these souls so lost that they can’t even see that the people that are telling them that Covid is no big deal are one step from critical life support? Just how stupid are Trump supporters, anyway?
On the other hand, here is a gal who didn’t get vaxxed because “she didn’t know enough” and she wants everybody to know the hell she’s going through. Daily Beast:
Michelle Fluegge wants everybody to see the photo of her on a ventilator during her very worst days because it shows what can happen if you fail to get vaccinated.
“If I can help even one person,” she told The Daily Beast of the picture, which shows her unconscious on a ventilator, her face pallid, the endotracheal tube down her windpipe held in place by a head strap, two other tubes inserted in her nose.
Her family always knew her as the strong and unfaltering one who never got sick. School kids in New Ulm, Minnesota, knew her as one of the stalwart icons of childhood, the lunch lady who serves the midday meal with bright eyes and a smile.
But this 56-year-old in a town of 10,000 did not heed her two grown children when they urged her and their father, Greg Fluegge, to get vaccinated. Her son, Scott, who is 36, had moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and her daughter, Linda Manyara, who is 33, was living in St. Louis. Both were in places where they could better grasp the actual magnitude of the pandemic and the importance of the vaccine.
“We had the Delta variant down here six months prior,” Scott later said of Florida. “The lines to the emergency room were insane.” […]
She and her husband and 40 percent of New Ulm chose not to get vaccinated.
“We didn’t know enough about it,” Michelle later said of the vaccine. “We were scared. A lot of people in our small town just weren’t getting vaccinated and my kids were wanting us to, but they live out of state. And, I don’t know, we just weren’t secure yet. But I really wish we would’ve. I wouldn’t have had ended up how I was.” […]
Greg found her in the bathroom and took her to the hospital. She managed to walk into the ER.
“I was weak, but I’m strong,” she said. “I remember going into the ER and into a bed. They gave me oxygen. They told me I had pneumonia in my lungs. And after that, I don’t remember anything.” […]
A helicopter was on the way to make the flight from New Ulm, but there remained a potentially fatal hitch. A man on the gurney beside Michelle had come in ahead of her and was also critically ill with COVID.
“There was an older gentleman that was supposed to take the helicopter up to Minneapolis for that ventilator,” Scott recalled. “And my mom was younger. He said, ‘If anybody’s going to survive, it’s going to be her… Don’t take me, take her.’”
The helicopter took off with Michelle aboard. She was put on that lone available ventilator and placed in a prone position to facilitate breathing. But after five days, her prospects remained grim as calculated by her “P/F ratio,” a measure of lung function in intubated patients. Hers was under 100, which is classified as “severe.”
“They basically told us she wasn’t gonna make it,” Scott said. “Her lungs were severely damaged. So we essentially said our goodbyes.”
Michelle could not have visitors due to covid, so the family had to bid her farewell via an iPad set next to her ear.
“A lot of ‘I love you’s,’” Scott recalled.
But she held on.
“We started to talk to her every day, multiple times,” Scott said.
For three days, they told Michelle to keep fighting so she could be around for her grandchildren and future grandchildren.
“And she started to turn around,” Scott recalled. “It took a while.”
Then the family received what Scott terms “the best call we’ve ever gotten.”
“The doctor said, ‘She’s going to make it, we’re going to take the ventilator out,’” Scott remembered.
Michelle has no recollection of her 18 days on the ventilator other than some hazy moments that were either just before or just after it was removed.
“Right at the end, I remember waking up. I was pretty foggy and everything, but they made me sit up and then they made me cough,” she said.
“The nurse would swab in my mouth. It was a minty tasty thing. I think I still had the ventilator on me. I’m not quite sure if I did or not, but they made me gag up this brown mucus stuff in a bag. And I watched it come out. I was so weak, but they said I had to do this. I don’t remember how many times I did it, but it felt like a lot.”
At one point, she was almost ready to quit.
“I told myself in my mind, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’” she recalled. “I couldn’t breathe. I thought I was gone, going to be dying.”
She kept on.
“And one time I must have been gagging and they weren’t ready and, oh my God, they came running to me,” she said. “I remember that part.”
This is a long article and it’s quite a saga. The simple truth is that this woman didn’t take COVID seriously because of all the disinformation in the news. This is the hell she lived through, totally unnecessarily. And it might not be over. Many people who recover from the virus are long haulers.
Insane. No other word for it. Wait, there is another word for it. Trumpian.