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Stories of Hope & Recovery in the age of COVID-19

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With the global spread of the Coronavirus it is very easy for all of us to follow all the bad things happening all over the world. In this post I want to share a few of the happy stories.  Although I totally understand and agree with the respect we need to give to those who have lost their lives as a result of this Pandemic, I think there are enough positive outcomes that those need to be shared as well. With the majority of the people actually recovering from COVID-19, I dedicate this post to the focus on 3 specific cases. Well 3 ½ actually.  The ½ being a little more personal.

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Eli Beer

Miami resident Eli Beer is the Director of United Hatzalah, volunteer emergency medical organization.  He was hospitalized with COVID-19 on March 18th.  On Friday, March 20th he was put on a ventilator.  Here is part of the statement issued by his family as of yesterday.

“As you may be aware, Eli was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the end of last week. He was put on a ventilator last Friday evening. Eli is showing signs of improvement. His vital signs continue to get stronger and the level of fluid in his lungs is decreasing. If Eli continues to improve they will start the process of waking him slowly in the coming days.”

Here’s hoping and praying his health continue to progress in the right direction.

 

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Lawrence Garbuz

Having the unfortunate distinction as being the first American to contract the COVID-19 virus, Lawrence Garbuz of New Rochelle went into the hospital on March 9th.  On March 11th he was put into a medically-induced coma. On March 18th,  his wife Adina posted that Lawrence was “awake and alert and seems to be on the road to full recovery.”

We wish him a full recovery as well and are happy to hear of his good news.

 

Italica Grondona

 

Leaving out Naples resident Italica Grondona was not an oversight.  Her amazing story has to do with her age.  Grondona is 102 years old. That is not a typo.  Italica Grondona, born in 1917 was alive during the time the Spanish flu as well. In the beginning of March she was admitted to the hospital with mild heart failure.  She subsequently tested positive for the Coronvirus.  Although the average age of those who were diagnosed and later died of COVID-19 in Italy is 78, Grondona has recovered from the virus, and on March 26th this remarkable woman was released from the hospital.

Hoping she keeps going on for quite some time and inspires us all.

 

Susie

About 10 minutes before I started writing this, I found out in a text from my friend Jeremy, that his wife Susie, who was in the hospital with pneumonia caused by the Coronavirus has been released and his resting comfortably at home.  She is doing well and all indications are that she is on the road to a full recovery.  May she continue on a good path and have a complete and speedy recovery.

 

It is so important, if we are going to spend our time following everything that is happening regarding the Coronavirus that we take the time to talk about the good news as well.  Although there is more bad news than any of us wants to hear, there is plenty of good news as well, and I will try my best to share it with all of you over the course of time.  If there are stories you wish me to share, please email me at hollandsheroes80@gmail.com.

Stay healthy and safe.

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Open Letter to Congress: Please share this post.

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Dear Members of Congress,

Today is a day to do your job. Today is a day when the American people will not see the D. or the R. next to your name.  What they will see instead is whether or not you came through when we needed you most.  For years you have been members of this overly entitled institution that has often looked more like a social club designed to give their members a better life than one designed to provide a service to the country.  To those of you who have gotten away with that till now, be very aware of the fact that today is a day you can no longer do so. Today is a day when we are all watching and waiting.

No one, myself included, needs to go over the details of the crisis we are in as I write this letter.  That may be the most despicable thing about your collective behavior.  You know what is happening in your country.  People are getting sick and dying.  The economy faces what is likely its biggest challenge in modern history. What all of you need to know is one very simple fact.  Listen to this carefully, understand it, and maybe then you will realize why you need to be scared as well.  Many of the American people believe, and today’s actions do nothing to dispel this fact, that what scares a member of Congress the most is to lose their job.  I guarantee you, that if you as a group fail the American people, then many, if not all of you will ultimately lose your jobs over this catastrophic failure.

Each one of you, those obstructing a bill and those not working like your future depends on passing a bill, will be held accountable by the American people.  This is not one of those, “they’ll forget all about this in a few months” moments.  Today is the day to get your acts together and do what the American people elected you to do.  Today is the day to actually be civil servants. People that care.

This unprecedented crisis can not be blamed on any individual or political entity, but today is the day that all of you realize that all the benefits you have as a result of your position come with the responsibility to take care of your constituents.  As of 5:00 PM, EST on Monday, March 23, 2020, the Congress of the United States of America is failing every single one of its constituents like no other time in history.  I am certain that we, the American people will hold you all accountable for not helping us with what comes next.  Maybe when you think about that you will realize how this will impact you as much as it will impact the people who you are failing today.

DO YOUR JOB.

Sincerely,

David Groen

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Is the Corona Virus as much a message to humanity as it is a virus?

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I am a simple man.  Some might say to a fault.  I believe that to its core, life is not that complicated.  If you are blessed to do so, you get up each day and do your best to make the most of the waking hours ahead of you.  You do some things right and some things wrong.  You get some of the things you want to get and fail to get others.  You feel joy and pain.  You are healthy or sick.  There is a word to describe what this makes every single one of us.  The word is human.  I also feel that whatever it is you believe in is so personal that to judge others for contrary beliefs is only justified if those other beliefs are designed to, or clearly will cause harm to others.  So when I say that at the core of everything I believe is a belief that there is an all powerful God, I quickly and I feel fairly add that if someone reading this does not share that belief, I do not feel I am better than they are as a result.  That being said, I will continue to share my thoughts with that very clear and certain belief, dare I say knowledge that there is indeed a God that watches over us and causes events to occur.

I’ve heard the rebuttals.  What kind of God is it that causes suffering?  Anyone who thinks that is a question I haven’t considered is clearly unaware of the information and history that was in the forefront of my life from as early as I can remember.  Being the son of Holocaust survivors I was taught to have not only an understanding of the overall horrors of what took place, but a personal account of what it was like to be alive, scared and devastated by personal loss as a result of what took place.  So again I understand that you may ask, what kind of God does that?  Maybe the answer lies in the message being sent to the human race.

One of the first things a true belief in God should do is teach humility.  As certain as you may be that you do, you do not have all the answers.  You may be a leader in your community, am expert in your field, the most educated person among your piers, or the strongest person physically, mentally or spiritually anyone ever has ever had the  pleasure with which to interact.  Any of these qualities or statuses are wonderful achievements and they are to be appreciated and respected.  That being said, to try to understand God on a human level, to think however great your achievements are you can know what God is doing and why, may very well indicate a basic misunderstanding of what or who God is.  So we theorize.  Mostly everyone feels it is acceptable to do that, but to apply our personal or the current world’s standards to God’s purpose and actions is not only futile, it is often dangerous.

With all this in mind, I still sit down and write this with the basic belief that with what is happening in the world today, God is sending a strong message.  I feel this way for a number of reasons, but the one reason that is most prevalent is that in my lifetime I have never seen the powerful more powerless than I do today.  There are scientists working on a cure and governments taking actions to slow down the spread of the disease, but when you listen carefully to what experts and politicians are saying, it sounds a lot like a glorified version of throwing things against the wall and hoping something sticks.  All of that would be quite terrifying unless you go back to that core belief that God has a purpose and reason for all that is done.

Do I know that what I am opining here is the truth?  Of course I don’t.  I am neither deluded or that conceited to think my answer is absolutely the correct one. However, I do feel strongly about what I am about to share with you.  First of all, the one thing I feel that making the powerful powerless should teach them all, is that as much as high or lofty a level as they have achieved in the world, they are not the ultimate power in the universe.  If they were to truly comprehend and feel that I believe they would be better leaders.  Let’s wait and see, but not hold our breaths and find out if that is a positive result that comes from the current crisis.

The second thing is the message I feel this is sending to mankind, and it not only goes back to that simplicity I referred to in the beginning of this piece, it also does not require you to believe in anything other than humanity.  The message as I see it is as follows. Do your true best to be decent to living creatures,  treat your home and planet with respect, and most of all, be nice to your fellow human being.  We will all make mistakes.  We will offend people we care for, we will be selfish when we should have been selfless, and we might put our personal ambitions ahead of what is the right thing to do.  But the God I believe in knows when our intentions are pure.  When we wish well on others, find more sadness than joy in the pain of others and truly care for our fellow human being.

There are many who say that a good mental state of a cancer patient helps to advance their health in a positive direction.  It’s far fetched and out there to say a world in which we show more care and affection for each other will help to cure the virus, but no can dispute the fact that it certainly won’t hurt the situation.  None of us will get it completely right, but if we all try we might just be getting the message, and maybe once we do things will begin to get a lot better.

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How about this novel approach towards the Corona virus? CALM

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Let me start by saying that I am no expert on the Corona virus.  Why is that an important place to start from?  Because most of the people opining in the media are also not experts.  Many of them have said there is a lot “we” don’t know. So with that in mind I want to suggest a radical approach to the current growing crisis.  That approach is one of calm.

I am careful in choosing my words in this piece.  Yes I urged calm immediately after calling it a crisis, but I did so because in my eyes the crisis we face today is not a health one, it’s a behavioral one.  I do not know what the future holds.  I am also fairly certain there are significant facts we do not know regarding COVID-19.  All I know is where we are today and what almost everyone is saying regarding this illness.  They are saying that if you are elderly or have an existing medical condition you are at risk should you contract the virus.  If you are healthy, not elderly, a child, a teenager, or anyone else not in the previously stated categories you are not considered at risk.  So then why is the world going crazy and our global economy in peril?  Because people scare easily and love drama.

Although I am not one to generally attack the media, if major news outlets are unable to behave responsibly I would rather they shut up or talk about something else.  Yes it is highly dramatic to show a cruise ship coming into port knowing it was kept at sea due to infected passengers, but all things like this do is work people up into a frenzy.  And since people like drama they are willing participants.  Is it possible the situation is worse than we know?  Sure it is.  Does that mean we should participate in making it a much bigger problem? Absolutely not.

The hysteria and drama we see increasing on a daily basis is starting to bring much of the world to a halt.  People are ceasing to travel, events are being cancelled, schools are being closed, people are talking about working remotely from home on large scales.  The scariest thing about what is happening today is that assuming the health problem gets resolved, the impact of the reaction could be far more devastating.  If that is the case, after years of Conservatives blaming Democratic presidents and Liberals blaming Republican presidents for destroying our way of life, something not one of them has ended up doing, what has the potential of bringing us down is the stupidity and irresponsible reactions of a panicking populous.  Of course that might be because in today’s society the 2 words most likely to cause panic, are “don’t panic”.

At I sit here today, fear and ignorance is still far more dangerous than the Corona virus.  If the Corona virus is significantly worse than we are lead to believe, the way our world is constructed will make all of these extreme actions mostly useless.  If that turns out to be the case we will find out when it happens.  In the meantime if we stay calm and go on with our lives as normal, and yes, even enjoy ourselves when possible, we will be doing a lot more to better the situation as it stands today.  For now why don’t you get a flu shot, stop smoking, don’t abuse drugs or alcohol, watch what you eat and exercise.  If you don’t do all those things it seems far more likely that it won’t be the Corona virus that kills you.

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