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My favorite uncle died a gruesome death from COVID

By HatetheSwamp
August 31, 2021 3:47 am
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He was 89 years old and, by all accounts, as vital as anyone his age has ever been...

...until two weeks ago when he began to feel ill.

His condition gradually worsened to the point that he was hospitalized. He didn't respond well to treatment. According to my cousin who's been the contact person for the family...our Kayleigh McEnany, certainly not Jen Psaki...his last four days were agonizing until he died.

He lived most of his life in the middle Atlantic states and New England and, as many of those people do, ultimately settled in Florida when he retired.

I don't know if he was vaccinated, though knowing him as I did, I can't imagine that he was not.

My cousin is the oldest child and has left Pennsylvania for Florida to try to figure out what sort of memorial can be arranged. I didn't want to burden him with the questions about vax and masks, etc..

(When my mom died of COVID here in Pennsylvania more than a year ago, the funeral director put her body in two body bags and, then, into the casket with no embalming. The only service was brief and at the grave site.)

It's horrible.

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  1. by Curt_Anderson on September 1, 2021 8:41 am
    My condolences. I actually had not seen this post until you referenced it in another thread.

    A hospital in nearby Grants Pass Oregon has had to bring in special refrigeration truck trailers to accommodate all the bodies of dead covid patients.

  2. by Donna on September 1, 2021 8:49 am
    I'm so sorry, hts.

  3. by HatetheSwamp on September 1, 2021 8:53 am

    Thanks to both of you for your condolence.

  4. by Ponderer on September 1, 2021 9:05 am
    It's a terrible tragedy that he didn't get the vaccine. I am sad for your loss, pb. He certainly didn't have to die that way.

  5. by Ponderer on September 1, 2021 9:26 am
    Forgive my brusqueness. It could well be that he was vaccinated. I just think that it was more likely that he wasn't. But I don't rule it out.

  6. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 8:29 am
    Sean Shealey's best friend from childhood just passed away from Covid. He was 54.

    Sean sadly described him as having been part of a "mass cult suicide".

    He was not vaccinated.

  7. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 8:30 am

    "It isn't happening all at once. It is unfolding over months and months, and a vast geographical area. But that is exactly what it is: A pointless, coast-to-coast, mass cult suicide." -Sean Shealy

  8. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 10:04 am

  9. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2021 10:21 am
    When you post an image onto this or any other site, it needs to have an address ending .jpg or .png or .gif and few other three letter designations.

    The site where you found that image seems to have added a ton of code to eliminate the possibility that it could be shared.

    For example looks like this...

  10. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2021 10:49 am
    Despite what I said about images ending in .jpg etc. now your image shows up as an icon. Too small to be legible, but I can see what it is. The first time I saw it was just a black rectangle.

    Regarding your meme, what's up with the 4% of doctors who are unvaccinated? They are probably chiropractors and other fringe "doctors".

  11. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 10:53 am

    Well, I just learned of a long-time Facebook friend, Hank Fiengo, who just passed away from a few-week bout with Delta. He was in his mid-70's.

    I'd been following his posts for years. Most of them were just strikingly gorgeous or sometimes humerous images that he'd come across. They were always the delight of my day and I was often the only one who would comment on them. He'd always get a kick out of the captions I'd post to go with them. We never had long conversations, but we always got each other when we did exchange words. He always seemed like someone I'd have been good friends with if we'd lived closer.

    And he WAS vaccinated. So it does happen. Albeit, extremely rarely.

    Pfizer. Same as Donna and I. Both shots, but it sounds like he was almost due for the booster.

    Like we are.

    We will be getting ours just as soon as possible...

    (This video was the last thing Hank sent me in a PM...)
    View Video

  12. by Curt_Anderson on September 2, 2021 11:09 am
    Sorry about your friend's death. One of my friends texted me yesterday saying he lost a vaccinated patient to Covid. She did have some sort of immunodeficiencies and underlying conditions.

    I might have had a slight case of Covid for the past couple of days myself. I was headachy and fatigued. I uncharacteristically took an hour nap yesterday and slept 10 hours last night. I feel mostly better today. My doctor buddy said he'd order a test for me if I wanted, but other than satisfying my own curiosity there isn't much point in knowing if I had Covid or not. Plus I'd rather not go the hospital where I probably would contract Covid. With my wife back east I am more or less self-quarantining. I don't have plans or the need to be in public.

  13. by Ponderer on September 2, 2021 11:23 am
    Late last year, I lost my oldest friend in the world. Greg and I had been friends since we were eight.

    He'd started to have severe chest pains but his wife couldn't get him to go to the hospital. "And get Covid? Forget THAT!", he responded to her. He was a pig-headed cuss like that. No reasoning with him once his mind was set.

    A few days later the pains were so bad that paramedics had to come and take him to an emergency room. He had an artery that was so badly blocked from his years of a poor diet, and there had been so much damage done in the past few days, that they weren't able to save him and he passed away the day after he got to the hospital. Four days before Christmas.

    Although Covid was not directly responsible for his death, I still count it as a Covid-related death.

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