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Still in the hospital at JFK

27 Apr

I am still in the hospital at JFK. This week has been much harder than I ever would have guessed.

I was battling what I thought was a sinus infection for weeks. Finally, I called and had a telemed appointment and got a prescription for an antibiotic because this wasn’t getting any better. I had a huge headache and chest congestion from the sinus. I woke up with my blood pressure so high I could hear it in my ears and I thought it was the penicillin.

After the round of antibiotics. I still had a huge headache and chest pressure. So my doctor sent me for a COVID test. It was negative. But the nurse had put a blood pressure cuff on me and it was high. She warned me that any increase or pain I should go to the ER.

I mentioned it to a friend. He dropped off a blood pressure cuff and it came with an app for iphone that would track my readings and interpret them.

Saturday was the first day I had it on. It consistently registered blood pressure between 195 and 202 all day and everyone had a warning – Hypertensive Crisis. I called the doctor on call and was given a prescription for blood pressure medicine. I took it Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Sunday I decided to find out if I could bring it down. I stayed in bed all day. I was able to get it down a little bit. But then that intense headache got really bad and the first time I heard a crackle or two it began to scare me. So I went to the ER around something like 4 p.m.. They put a Nitroglycerin patch on. We started tests. I waited for hours to see if it would bring it down. It didn’t. After a while it went up. Then they brought in blood pressure medicine.

They told me they were admitting me to the hospital. About 1 a.m. I was given a room and moved upstairs. We took a reading and it was not as high as earlier in the ER – the top number had come down to 166. I decided to try to sleep. At 3 a.m. I woke up knowing something was really wrong. I felt like I was going to throw up and my legs from the knees down felt really funny. Because I was going to throw up, I tried to get up and go to the bathroom in the room. I was up about a second when I totally collapsed and fell. The team of the floor came running in. I was trying to tell them I couldn’t see. I couldn’t hear and my throat was closing up. My reading this time had bottom out at something like a 50. My heart wasn’t pumping blood and things were beginning to shut down. I broke out in a cold sweat and was in shock. The administered the medicine that gets your heart going again and puts the blood pressure back up. We took the Nitro patch off in case the dose had been too high or on too long. But you would think that if the Nitro patch was lowering it, it would have done it between the hours of 4 p.m. and 1 a.m.

After I stabilized, I realized I was becoming a yo-yo with this blood pressure as they sent off for an emergency cat scan at 3 in the morning.

Long story short, they aren’t letting me go home until we can stabilize this and bring it down. I am hoping that might be tomorrow. They are still looking for the reason for all of this. Some tests take time to come back but some we know already. Yes, my body was in really good shape and with a good diet. This is not from a blockage, we know that already. But they’ve already warned me they don’t always find the reason but this stuff doesn’t happen for no reason so there is reason. That’s all I really know. I know that you have to get high blood pressure under control or you do serious damage to your body. I’m aware of that. My BMI index is exactly where it’s supposed to be. I’m not diabetic. I don’t have high cholesterol. I work out. I eat right. Three months ago I had physical where there was literally nothing that wasn’t where it was supposed to be.

This headache is absolutely tied to the blood pressure. When it crashed, the headache went away. Shortly after it came back as that blood pressure is now high again.

I will let you know when I get out of the hospital. I am hoping tonight is a better night than last night. There’s not much I can do about this.

Did you know these hospital beds flip completely upside down? They flipped me last night to get all the blood to rush to my brain so there wouldn’t be damage in the crisis we were having. I did not know they could that. The work the response team did on me was quick and fast and they knew what they were doing. If this had happened at home, I wouldn’t be here today. I know that for sure.

Stay safe and be well my friends.

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No posts this weekend…

24 Apr

The good news is the COVID is negative.

The bad news is I still have a big problem with the blood pressure.

There is a possibility that this will wear off over time if it was all the allergic reaction to penicillin.

Although I had the headache before I took the penicillin. I did read an article last night about that the drugs come from China and they’ve had issues with toxic ingredients. I wonder sometimes if the “allergy” is really a bad ingredient.

Because I’ve been cooped up for weeks, I haven’t had access to the things that traditionally lower my blood pressure – massage, gym, basketball, golf, etc. I would expect my blood pressure to be high, but not this high.

At any rate, no computers this weekend. I’ll post next week.

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Honestly, I don’t know and I can’t afford to stress about it…

23 Apr

I had to make an emergency medical visit this evening.

Remember how I told you my blood pressure was so high the other day I woke up with my nose bleeding?

It’s really high today. I found out that I have another four days before that penicillin leaves my system even though I’m not taking it anymore. I got checked out and they did a COVID test and they are thinking that it’s COVID or I have all the signs of someone who’s going to have a heart attack – chest pressure, headache, sky high blood pressure. They told me that if I get any kind of chest pain to go to the Emergency room. I’m showing all the symptoms except for that one. For those of you that don’t know me, I am in really good physical shape. I am someone who works out and exercises.

I’ve been cooped up without enough exercise that’s for sure and that’s what lowers your blood pressure. I haven’t gone anywhere in weeks except I had to go to Publix to pick up a prescription and that was before they were telling us to wear masks. I had asked about delivery and they told me they didn’t do it. Shortly thereafter, one of their employees was diagnosed with COVID. A few days ago I get  a text that says, “if you’re sick let us know.”

The COVID test comes back in 3 to 5 days they said. The nurse doing the checkout told me that people could have been exposed over a month ago and it’s just now turning into something. So today starts my 14 day clock, although I was doing it anyways.

They gave me an inhaler for the crazy reaction I had the day before and this morning.

Well, we shall see.

Either way, I don’t really care for those options. That’s today’s news – not the kind I like that’s for sure.

On the work side, today was a highly productive day and I like the results and the direction of everything I’m creating. I’ll tell you more about that later. I’m working on things I enjoy.

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My Lilly Pulitzer Mask…

21 Apr

In Palm Beach County we’re required to wear masks. So I had some Lilly Pulitzer masks made and also masks in my favorite solid colors.

This is Mask 1. I have another Lilly being made because you have to wash them every day. There’s no way I am blowing this photo up. I will give you the “fashion show” as they arrive.

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I know more than I did yesterday…

20 Apr

I did a test today that I didn’t want to do but I need to get down to the bottom of this.

I think there are 2 things going on here. One is the reaction to penicillin which is going to take several days to get out of my system. And I’ve actually had that my whole life but we seldom have ever had to use penicillin. I actually thought I outgrew the allergy. I still had the headache and some bleeding, but less. My blood pressure is coming down. That was like scary, unsafe blood pressure and I know it. I woke up with it loud enough to hear in my ears and my nose was bleeding. That’s not good. I put my Apple Watch on which can do like an EKG and monitor the heart rate.

But here’s what I was afraid of and I tested it. I didn’t take any allergy medicine this morning. I didn’t have any nasal congestion and my lungs were clear. What I took yesterday was wearing off. I opened up my slider doors for an hour. It was really windy today. Within an hour, I had a very serious allergic reaction. It was like a faucet that wouldn’t shut off – my nose, my lungs – everything filled up with fluid. I shut the doors and took an antihistamine. An hour later, I was close to normal.

I have never had allergic reactions that severe. My brother however, has had severe asthma and allergies his entire life.

I am very clearly, highly, highly allergic to something outside right now. It’s so odd to me that the reaction wasn’t nearly as bad a year ago. But I did read where people can get adult onset asthma at 50. I am beginning to think that’s what this is and that it’s triggered by something putting of pollen.

I just can’t get over what a serious reaction it is.

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I think I figured it…

19 Apr

The whole problem should be gone in a few days.

When I was a kid I couldn’t take penicillin because it made my nose bleed. We did Augmentin a few times as an adult and it was ok.

But I just read a long article about unusual side effects of Azithromycin and unusual bleeding is one of them.

I think that’s the culprit. It’s the antibiotic.

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Here’s how it is today…

19 Apr

My symptoms do not match what they report for the Coronavirus. I don’t have a respiratory issue. I don’t have a fever. I’m actually running at 96, which is low.

What I have is a sinus cavity above my eyes that is bleeding and causing a massive headache in my face.

I did some research yesterday. Allergies can cause bleeding. Allergy medicines can cause bleeding. High blood pressure can cause bleeding. Exercise normally lowers blood pressure but we’ve pretty much have been prohibited from anything in Palm Beach County.

I know my blood pressure was high yesterday because I could hear it in my ears. I normally have allergies. I decided yesterday to discontinue all allergy medication to see what happens. I got out the facial steamer last night and steamed. I have a small vaporizer that I ran in my bedroom again last night.

This morning, I still woke up with a headache. I used saline to rinse and it was full of blood. But I’m going to try going down this path for a few days in case it’s being caused by one of the medicines. Being pent up indoors has not been good for this situation.

I am such a clean freak because I have allergies. I have zero carpeting in my home and allergen bags on pillows and mattresses. Now the plus side is that we had a hard rain yesterday. A hard rain will take the pollen out of the air. Last week if I had my dining room door open, I could write my name on the glass table after only a few hours. We have had such a dry spell in Florida that allergens build up in the air. And all this may have been something that I normally fight off but the steroids might have put me in a position where I can’t.

I’m staying in bed another day because I am shaky this morning. I suspect that blood pressure is still too high. I hate having a headache like this but I’m not sure what I can do about it.

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I don’t know what to make of it…

18 Apr

I have been on azithromycin for nine days. There’s one day left. The antibiotic does not seem to be doing anything for the problem and I’m still not sure what the problem really is.

I woke up with a huge headache this morning and when I blow my nose it’s all bright red blood. That’s clearly why I have the headache.

I don’t know what to say. I thought the antibiotic would kick the problem.

I’m doing something I never do. I’m staying in bed today. I’m just going to try giving it more rest and walking around raises my blood pressure and I think I need to keep it down. I will follow us with another telemed appt this week.

We had lowered my immune system with steroids that were used for a neck injury. I’m just wondering how long this is going to stay lowered. This has been going on for a month. I am getting fed up with it. I don’t know what could have possibly caused this. I don’t do drugs but I do take allergy medicines.

It’s storming and raining today in Florida. We do actually need the rain.

That’s my Saturday.

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I’m in a holding pattern, what can I say…

17 Apr

Monday through Friday, I work from 9-6 at home. I worked like crazy this week, because you know that’s my nature anyways.

The weekends are the usual stuff at home.

I’m in a holding pattern as you know. I’m waiting to see which direction this all goes. That’s the update for today.

Happy Friday.

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I actually slept last night…

16 Apr

I slept all the way through the night. I feel better today than yesterday. A few more nights of sleep and I’ll be in a better position.

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Update…

15 Apr

I solved one of the technical problems on my list. Check.

I have friends in which I need to clarify this – I do not think that what is going on with me is COVID-19. Neither do my doctors. They think it’s the RA and a side effect of the neck procedure. Which is just acting up temporarily.  Today was more proof in my mind. The antibiotic kicked in and started breaking things up in my chest. Everything I coughed up is very wet. I’m not used to getting anything. This wouldn’t of happened had we not had to lower my immunity temporarily. I honestly don’t know how long that part lasts. They put the corticosteroids (steroids) into my neck when we killed the nerves and a risk of that kind of medication is infections.

My sinuses had been draining for weeks. Some of that had to be going into my chest. I should be as good as new in a week. I don’t care for the side effects of an antibiotic but I think it’s working. I’ll be glad when I can sleep right again.

I’ve had a neck injury for over 20 years. I’ve had this procedure done many, many times. This is the first time I’ve ever had any repercussions of the steroids like an infection. I’ve had it add fullness to my cheeks, which I hate but that’s life.

I gave it some thought and here’s where I think we pushed it too far. Four weeks ago we did 2 vertebra. A month before we did two vertebra. Those two procedures were too close together. In the past there was always six months in between procedures. So I think I had the injections two months in a row. I don’t remember how many nerves we killed or how many times you go in. In past procedures I know it has averaged between 5 and 10.

Overall, I think we’re moving in the right direction to get control of this.

But I’m still working a full, long day every day. No issue there.

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My stress levels are up…

13 Apr

It was a complicated day.

First I dealt with technical problems and 3 outside companies with 3 different opinions about what each of them should do. I like it when it’s within my power to solve the technical problem. Right now, it’s not really within my hands. Some of this is out of my hands until I can get effective communication flowing between all the parties.

But we really have to solve this problem and soon.

Then there was the moment when we figure out what’s really going on with me. Right after my neck procedure and when all this started, I had a sudden drastic change. I’ve now talked to my regular doctor and neck doctor and today we had the lightbulb moment and figured it out. I was, I think obvious to all of us that everything was going back to the RA. What’s going on is highly unusual for me. But what I didn’t know, was that during the neck procedure, they gave me steroids and they lowered my immunity. And then my doctor asks, “And didn’t you just make a big shift at work from the company being in the office to now adapting to running everything from people’s houses?”

“Well, yes.”

He thought it was fair to say that the sudden shift and the extra effort now required in dealing with this COVID crisis now constitutes “stress.” And I did not know that that lowers your immunity even further.

Everyone seems to be in agreement that it would be dangerous to treat the RA right now. Pain in my bones is one thing. I knew that I would also feel it in my heart muscle. I think it’s obvious that I am strong enough to take it for a period of time. But yes, I wake up at 2 a.m. But what drove me crazy (and yes, it’s caused by the RA) is the chronic allergies/sinus problem for over 4 weeks. It’s a sign of infection if it goes on that long. So today I’m starting an antibiotic. I literally had not driven my car in weeks and weeks. I will have to go out to a pharmacy tomorrow who does my items and does not have drive through or delivery. We’re working on next time changing all that. But I’ll be going in full hazmat practically to pick it up.

In case you don’t know RA is a genetic disease that disproportionately affects white women. I probably inherited it from my grandmother’s genes . She had it but lived into her 80s. I don’t think I want to live past that anyways. The problem with untreated RA is that you never get sick and you have a super immune system that kills everything including yourself. But the medications used to treat RA are very dangerous and they put you in a very compromising position. I have known people to die from the medication. It’s a disease with an impossible answer right now. Most people never realize I have it. Even people who have known me for years. And in case your wondering, RA is not contagious.

His advice to me today is not simple, “Lower your stress. Right now your body does not like it.”

Easier said than done. I hope to have more control over it by the end of the week. But I just saw a long process I have to learn today that was not something I look forward to do doing but I see where it’s necessary.

I’m just going to have to tackle these items and solutions have to be found or not solving them is what will really cause the stress and I know it.

Enough said. But now we know why these “allergies” have beat me up for a month. In order to breathe, I’ve been taking Afrin every day on top of allergy medicine and you are not supposed to do that. But if I didn’t I would of had bronchitis for sure. Keep in mind you are talking about someone who never gets sick. You see why this was so shocking to me? When RA acts up it causes congestion because it produces fluids in the body and reactions to things. So if allergies are 10 times worse, they are.

So I had to have something interesting to shift my mind off of stress this evening. Here’s what I came up with. I read about the Moron of the day

https://apple.news/A3EihoQaaSte2lp-WWG2sbA. You should never take anyone up in a fighter jet who doesn’t want to go. He accidentally ejected himself from a fighter jet. This is as bone head as the local guy who just crashed his plane and died last week. You know what they found? The plane had no fuel. He took off with both tanks bone dry. I’m not kidding. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/boynton-beach/fl-ne-fatal-boynton-crash-ntsb-report-20200409-hdlg25xiarblhlkm45chht5ree-story.html This just happened. Bone heads. Seriously.

I’m sorry but I can’t stop laughing over the fact that this 64 year old was deathly afraid of the fighter jet and yet he ejected himself and parachuted to the ground. I bet you wish you were back in the plane now….

The account of the whole incident written by The San Jose Mercury News has to be the funniest thing I have read all year. I laugh myself into tears every time I read it. https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/04/13/man-who-never-wanted-to-ride-in-fighter-jet-accidentally-ejects-himself/

Please Lord, don’t let me die from some stupid move. How embarrassing. It’s like the Wile E. Coyote move. It’s bad enough that my obituary might say, “She liked high heels, fashion, Lilly Pulitzer, airplanes and fighter jets. She was a different kind of woman.” LOL. It’s true though. I’m just not cut from the same mold.

In terms of the update on the Coronavirus and COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. You might have heard by now that Palm Beach is the second single largest point of deaths in the state. I find that interesting considering that Atlantis, which is in the county, has no cases. Palm Beach is second only to Miami.

The government of Palm Beach issued something that wasn’t very smart. Where I agree that we all need to be wearing masks when we go to the grocery store. They old people not to wear the N95 mask. They don’t seem to consider that people like me who have re done real estate own them because they are also used in construction. I’m going to use what I already own. But just to be fun, I am having someone make a Lilly Pulitzer cotton mask and I can overlay that one. Dammit, we are going to make this fashionable. This is Palm Beach!

I also have plans to revive in fashion the while gloves. Why you ask? Because women will not touch their faces if they they wear white gloves. When my mask and gloves arrive, I will model them for you. Actually, I’ve ordered masks made in pink, blue and green because you know you have to wash them. Remember, I Create Memorable Experiences With Style.

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They came for Easter dinner…

12 Apr

They came for dinner. They just didn’t want to be dinner…

Say hello to my friends…

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Start your car up at least once a week…

12 Apr

I didn’t do this and I’ve been home for weeks and then yesterday, the keys would not get me in the car.

The battery was completely dead.

I put the key on top of the car (after cleaning it) and called AAA. They came out and could not revive the battery so they put a new one in. The last battery was still under warranty so it was only a $10 charge for a new battery.

But I would advise everyone to remember to start your car at least once a week. You don’t know when you might need it.

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What are we like in terms of COVID Numbers here?

12 Apr

In the three counties that comprise South Florida, this is what it currently shows on the Internet. Left column is cases, the right column in deaths.

Palm Beach County
1,431
-
79
Miami-Dade County
6,300
-
84
Broward County
2,679
-
72

The Sun Sentinel has an interactive map by zip code. Atlantis (where I live) is it’s own city in Palm Beach County. We’ve had zero cases within our city. I am a little surprised by that because there are residents who live in the city who are healthcare workers at JFK Hospital. JFK Hospital sits on our property. Hopefully, they will all continue to be well.

We are an unusual circumstance because we are a gated city and we’re private. While there are many private communities in South Florida, they don’t have their own government and police and fire departments as in the case of Atlantis.

I chatted with my doctor this week who told me that the highest cases around us were in Boca, West Palm and Palm Beach. She also told me that there is a finger stick test coming out in a week to test whether you have the antibodies.

My biggest issue right now is that we don’t know what to do about the RA and my RA went into high gear (also called a flare up) right after my neck procedure and right when they cutoff all my pathways to exercise (pool, golf, basketball, gym, etc.). I usually handle stress pretty well but your body can react and attack you during periods of stress. When it goes into high gear I end up with a bunch of sinus congestion (RA causes inflammation), pain in my joints and damage to my heart muscle (because you feel the pain there as well). RA is so misnamed. I have not been in remission for a very long time because we weren’t treating it. The medicine can be as bad as the disease. We were getting ready to treat it before all this happened. Now, there doesn’t appear to be a good answer either way.

I once got a shot of Botox and my RA just attacked me after that shot. It has it’s trigger points that’s for sure and you can never predict it.

Not having access to the pool is a major problem for me.

My doctor did tell me that that is one question the medical community really wants to know – are people with RA that is currently untreated in a better position to not get COVID-19 or are they more susceptible? They don’t currently know the answer to that question.

We’re curious to do the test to see if there are antibodies because some people get it and have no idea they’ve had it. She wants me to have a new conversation with my Rheumatologist about what to do.

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I made a video on how to make a face shield with 2 items and 1 minute

10 Apr

I saw the Surgeon General’s video on how to make a no-sew mask. I like his video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YLXEhSjVsw

So for the client Medigap Life where I have been making animated videos, emails, websites, social, banners, etc., etc., – I made an animated video showing how to make the face shield out of two simple items and one minute of time.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmQfgqz-L90&t=1s or click the picture below.

What do you think of the video? I haven’t promoted it yet. You can look at the Youtube account for Medigap Life on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4XcY7fa3CPhRSHoKdQQjbg. I don’t promote the YouTube, I just store the items there.

If it saves one life it’s worth it, isn’t it?

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The Most Interesting Thing You’ll Ever Read About Me – I’m Releasing the Business Plan

09 Apr

In 2017,  I was working on a large scale capital project (a theme park, resort, spa, campground and waterpark) that would have cost $750,000,000 by the time I was done. I shut the project down because there were too many problems with New Orleans.

I am releasing the 75 page business plan. I may opt to take this post down later, so read it while you can.

http://www.floridawebdevelopment.net/Business_Plan_for_Crescent_City_Theme_Park_and_Resort%20(1).pdf

It would give you the greatest insight into what my mind is capable of producing. I wrote and created the whole thing – both the creative, the business and going after the financing. It was my project. I seriously doubt that I will ever do another theme park again. But you can definitely see where I took a big problem that existed in New Orleans and came up with some creative ways around problems.

People ask me all the time why I’ve never found the right guy to settle down with. I need someone who understands a mind like mine. Most people underestimate me and I’m looking for someone who doesn’t and appreciates what’s inside my head.

I often have the same problems in business where people underestimate my ability.

Read it while you can because I might alter or change this post or take it down.

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Yep, that’s a Crazy COVID purchase…

09 Apr

It’s an egg cooker. It matches my coffee pot and mixer and you know the rest of my house.

It’s a Crazy COVID purchase. You can make omelettes, poached eggs or boiled eggs.

You know you’ve been home too long when you start buying this stuff.

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How some businesses might change and adapt

08 Apr

I am a creative problem solver. I can look at a business problem and see a solution that no one will see. I’m a creative thinker.

In our current problem of Covid-19, I like to look at a business and think about how they can re-tool or reposition themselves for what might become a new normal for a while. I’m talking about an environment where we need to keep distance between people.

Yes, there are delivery services but delivery also brings another person in proximity to your home. The cardboard container needs to be disposed of and can be contaminated, etc. It brings problems to solve as well.

Let me give you an example of how two businesses could change and adapt. Take banks and pharmacies. Yes, we do online banking. But sometimes we need cash. Yes some pharmacies delivery, but sometimes we need that prescription now – today. I would take the buildings that these banks own and move the bank offices to the second floor. Most of the jobs that the bank administrators do can be done through teleconferences, email and digital signing. I would then take the first floor of the bank (reserving a couple of drive through teller slots for bankers) and I would take the remaining floor and at least half of the drive through teller spots and I would rent it out to a pharmacy. People could drive through the drive through and receive their prescriptions through the tube. No waiting in line. No exposure to sick people. All they have to do is wipe their hands after they receive the prescription.

That’s one way that two businesses could partner and retool to better serve people and stay in business. The pharmacies could sell sell drug store items but those items would be preordered online and picked up curbside.

People could do their banking and their pharmacy all in one trip.

States could pass regulations and ordinances that would allow it.

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Tomorrow is the day…

05 Apr

Tomorrow is the day that the national television campaign launches in 73 markets on one of the news stations for the company that I have been working with recently.

This has got to be the biggest advertising risk I’ve ever recommended. I don’t think there’s any data about launching a national television commercial during a pandemic.

We’re just going to have to wait and see if it converts and if it’s successful. We are at a critical time when we could help people so I feel like now is the time to reach out. I wish that we would of had more time to rework the commercial to fit the current situation, but that wasn’t possible.

So we’re hitting the Go button and we’re going to find out.

Wish us luck.

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A little Palm Beach color…

04 Apr

Let’s brighten up the blog this Saturday with a little Palm Beach color. This is my favorite Saturday dress. I decided to wear this today.

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It was a good question…

04 Apr

And one that I’m not really sure they know the answer to. Here’s how I understand it (which may not be entirely correct).

The question was with RA, what’s the risk level for Coronavirus.

If people are taking medications for RA, it can put them at greater risk because those medications lower the immune system. People with RA have over active immune systems.

If you’re not treating the RA, I would think it would be better because you’re not lowering the immunity. On the downside, not treating RA can damage your body. I have also known people that have died from taking RA medications because it lowers the immunity and something ordinary that is going around can kill them.

I suppose I am my own test case. I have had RA for years and I don’t treat it. I can not remember the last time I was ever sick. In the 9 years I was a college professor, I took not one sick day even when then the flu went around my classrooms. I’ve been like this my whole adult life. However, people with untreated RA often have to put up with far more sinus and fluid problems because RA creates inflammation. It’s not contagious but it’s just something you know if you aren’t treating RA. I never had allergies until RA.

I treated it five years ago for 3 months, and the treatment did work. It fixed a problem in my left elbow. I am atypical with where it shows up and how it acts.

It’s interesting but the drug that may work best for treating Coronavirus is an RA medication – hydroxychloroquine.

It’s absolutely critical to someone with RA that they get exercise. I am vigilante about that.

But honestly, I have never seen a disease so misnamed as RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). People think that it’s just arthritis but it’s far more complicated than that.

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Totally fed up with Palm Beach County Government

02 Apr

I would read the full post before reserving judgment.

I am really tired of stupid people. Right now I am referring to those in Palm Beach County Government who have made decisions that are not based in science and they think they know more than the CDC, which they don’t.

I know more about infectious disease than I care to know about. When I was 26, I was running a small hospital in Ohio. I reported directly to the CEO and was in the top five of management. All of my degrees are based in the sciences. 25 years ago, I was married to a doctor and we owned Urgent Care facilities. That requires that you have infectious disease training in order to be a hospital administrator.  And remember I have a high IQ, I should be thinking for myself and not someone else. That should always be rule number one. The stupid people cause problems.

Today, in the middle of COVID-19, I work from home. Florida is under a Stay in Place order. That order allows for outdoor exercise. Exercise is important not just for your physical health but for your mental health as well. And, exercise can be done by yourself.

But the Palm Beach County Government thinks they know more than the CDC. The CDC has a web page and correctly maintains that coronavirus cannot live in pool water. Chlorine is essentially bleach. The Coronavirus does not like heat. This is Florida and we have hot concrete. I live in a condo building that has 16 units. We own the pool. I was informed that the Sheriff’s office put the lock on our pool. Right now, at least half of this building is empty. Very rarely when COVID-19 was not going on was anyone ever at the pool when I go. You’ve seen photos.

I suggested, that new rules be made because the Coronavirus will be in our society for a while. I suggested the pool could be used but not the lawn furniture. No congregating. No socializing. Don’t touch the surfaces outside the pool. One person at time could use the pool. Get in to swim and get out. Swim at your own risk. And these Morons in their infinite wisdom don’t think that bleach water is safe. News flash – what do you think you’ve been disinfecting your house with? We should all be made to take a bath in bleach water. I suggested that those that violate the rules could be fined. Right now, our fine police force in Atlantis, doesn’t seem to be that busy. No one is allowed to leave their house. How busy could they be?

Atlantis is it’s own city and we are residents of Palm Beach county as well.  But Palm Beach County government is telling Atlantis what to do. I can see where these rules would pose a problem at the huge condo buildings in Palm Beach. We are not them and as such we don’t need the same rules we are the property owners of the pool.  I don’t think the county should be making our rules because they are making decisions that are not based on science and they are demonstrating to me that they don’t seem to get how this virus is really transmitted. I could have told you all along that there’s an airborne component and it’s transmitted from us breathing. This is not news to those of us who worked in hospitals. But if you are one person swimming in bleach water, I find it really difficult to envision that we would be spreading anything or contracting it.

I have atypical RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) and right now that pool is the only access to therapy that I have. Big the big issue I have is who does Palm Beach think they are to go against what the CDC says? It’s a very bad idea to give county governments that kind of power. And in case you don’t understand the downfall of RA, it’s that our immune systems are too strong.

Some of the other things they have locked up have issues as well.

For example – they closed the golf courses. The golf courses could of had the same rules. Book online through a web site. Use your own cart or pull cart. One person at a time. No touching the pin. With the amount of chemical that are sprayed on a golf course and the hot Florida sun, I’m not worried about getting Cornavirus or spreading it from grass. Meanwhile, golf courses were struggling to begin with. And meanwhile, everyone thinks it’s perfectly ok for the lawn maintenance people to be out there 2-3 times a week and some of them have bare hands. I’ve been watching.

By keeping people in their homes 24 hours a day, the home will have more germs. It is a good idea to exercise and to get some sunlight. Vitamin D is good for the immune system.

They’ve also locked up the asphalt basketball court. If the rules are one person per half court at a time. How does someone get a virus from black asphalt in the hot Florida sun? I can see the concern over teenagers who lie to their parents and then tell a friend meet me there. Then give the key to the adult property owners and make them responsible. For adult use only. They pay for the court. Violators will be fined. Punish the stupid people, not the smart ones.

I like decisions that are based in science not fear. I like having the ability to take care of myself. Palm Beach County government is putting me in a position where the only thing I can do is walk, which does nothing for my elbows. I even have a friend who lives on the Island and they’ve limited when they can walk on the path. All of this is going too far. They should have been limiting what states people can come into Florida from. They should be limiting, what states you can be from in order to rent a vacation house. They should be making the pharmacies adopt delivery models. They should have made the non-essential businesses close sooner. I’ve known all this was coming since the second week of February. They had adequate time to respond.

But now, they are making a difficult situation worse on a lot of people.

Going to Publix is a far bigger health hazard than any of the above mentioned items.

I can tell you that I fully intend to vote some people out of office. And if the situation goes on long enough then Palm Beach County should pay for the quarterly dues that we pay for these facilities every month. Why should we pay for something we cannot use? Particularly when it’s against what the CDC says. Private property should be private in America because public officials have no idea what’s going on in private property.

I do not believe and science does not support that the above mentioned activities with those rules would either spread the Coronavirus or put me at risk. The way to contain it is through social distancing and staying out of groups. People are what spreads this thing. All of the above rules are by yourself. One size does not fit all for Palm Beach County. I work from home and live by myself.

It’s so infuriating to see photos of people in New York who went down to greet the hospital ship and they are standing in crowds and law enforcement fined no one. That’s how this stuff spreads. Not by me, swimming by myself.

Intelligent decisions are not being made.

If you want to read what the CDC says, and it’s accurate:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html

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I am sitting on the edge of my seat…

01 Apr

I’ll tell you why.

It’s not that what’s going on with COVID-19 isn’t bad enough but you know my focus is on the work I am doing for a marketing and advertising a Medicare company.

I am anxiously waiting to see if the government will open up a Special Enrollment Period for Medicare so that people can pick up Medicare plans or drop plans that would leave them vulnerable to owing too much, God forbid if they were hospitalized for COVID-19 or thought they had COVID-19.

I am sure there are many people on Medicare who would not pick the plans they are on if they only knew what this might cost them. And that is why people should not pick their Medicare plans on their own. They really do need to talk to an expert who lives, breathes and sleeps this stuff like the agents do. I’m not kidding about that. I’ve learned volumes about this after taking on this challenge.

My function is to market and communicate to end clients through web sites, tv commercials, social media, email marketing etc. It doesn’t do me any good if they aren’t eligible for an SEP. If they can’t change plans right now or add additional coverage, this will bankrupt some people on Medicare. There’s no other way to say it. We just should not let that happen. Right now some people are eligible for an SEP but we need a special one for COVID-19 for the people who aren’t eligible for the current SEP.

I am on the edge of my seat waiting for a decision on this one.

We desperately want to help those people but someone has to put us in a position where we can.

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The CDC says swimming pools are safe…

30 Mar

Because of the chorine, swimming pools kills the Coronavirus.

I wanted to start swimming again since we are in a Shelter in Place order in Palm Beach County. You are allowed to exercise outside.

So my thought was, walk out the door with just the bathing suit and flip flops and avoid touching any surfaces. Then immediately shower (at home of course) and turn the heat lamps on in the bathroom. Create as much steam as possible.

The pool and cabana house is just at the end of the building. Basically, each building has their own pool. We have 16 units in a building. Much of the building is vacant since we have so many people from Canada that own them as vacation properties.

So I went and swam it was terrific. The one upside of this whole deal is that friends in other places are getting to see how I actually live :) .

I snapped a few photos for you tonight. Here’s the Cabana house and grills and below is the pool. It has a golf course and lake view as well. It was a fantastic swim. I plan to do much more of that now that I am working from home. I like to swim at night since I am a fair skinned blonde.

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Trees in Atlantis and My Favorite Course

29 Mar

Since we have a Shelter in Place order, there isn’t much we can do outside except for walk or swim. So today I will take you on a walking tour of some of the more interesting trees along the way and a few shots of my favorite golf course.

Atlantis is it’s own city with 2000 people in Palm Beach County, FL and home to four golf courses and the PGA. Which by the way, are all closed right now.

This is my very favorite course. I live on a private course (in my backyard) and a lake, but this course is the course if you walk out my front door and right across the street.

And I thought as I do my walk, I would snap some shots of some of our really interesting trees.

I bought into this neighborhood because it reminded me of a neighborhood up North where I bought the third house I owned. The neighborhood was called North Hills. There was something about Atlantis that just reminded me of it but it many ways was better. I owned a huge house up North but I said “Never again” after I sold it. I swore that I would stick to condos so I could have more free time.

Atlantis is home to every thing from condos to multi million dollar homes.

You’ve seen the pictures of the inside of my condo from where I gutted it and redesigned it. I have a 2/2. This is what the building looks like on the outside if I stand across the lake and shoot a photo. There are only 16 units in a building. My building is the grey one. Each building is it’s own HOA. If you look all the way to the right on the grey buildings and first floor corner unit, that’s me. The unit next to me (on the inside) has been vacant for years and our ceilings are firewall concrete so I never hear anyone. The story with the unit next door is that it was redone, but not by a designer and people don’t want it at that price. They made very bad decisions in that unit. It was purchased by a little old lady and she died. It’s been for sale ever since. It needs to be redone properly. But I am happy it is vacant. It looks nothing like what I did, that’s for sure.

I’ve never felt like I live in a condo. I have windows in every room and I never hear anyone. The building is only 3 stories. I have covered parking, 20 feet from my front door. Half of the building is owned by people who live outside of the country and just visit for a few months. So it’s nice a quiet. Our pool and cabana house, is on the lake and golf course and is only for use by the building. I love it here.

We also have tennis, basketball and recreation buildings for parties and a Country Club. JFK Hospital sits on our property. In the event of a hurricane, my home is on the hospital’s electrical grid. That means that I would get powered restored first. Hospitals are always given priority.

I feel like I get to live in a little piece of Paradise. If you’re going to be stuck somewhere, this is a great place to be stuck.

No two houses are alike in Atlantis, just like North Hills. There is one that really intrigues me. It’s a modern house (perhaps mid-century modern) and it’s tucked away. But every time I look at a house like that I think, “Just remember how much work that is – let it be someone else’s work. A house like that is too much for one person.” The house I had in North Hills sat on a 1/2 acre of land.

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Super funny…

28 Mar

A girl friend sent this Facebook post of two cats and said, “Oh look, it’s you and I at bar at The Breakers getting drinks.”

https://www.facebook.com/1230773288/posts/10220547157568849/

LOL!

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Today’s news and an old remedy…

28 Mar

Palm Beach just issued a Shelter in Place order. I live in Atlantis, so we have our own government. However, when county wide orders are issued, we are Palm Beach County. There are 4 golf courses in Atlantis. When the county of Palm Beach ordered the golf courses to close, they did close the Atlantis courses.

So I am now free to walk around my home in my underwear or nightgown. No one ever hits a ball near my home. They always go the other way into the water.

Even with a Shelter in Place order, we are still free to exercise outside (meaning walk). They closed all the courts (tennis and basketball). I have been contemplating about whether I should get into the pool for a swim. But tonight I am walking. Today is Saturday, so I cleaned of course.

Atlantis has some extraordinary trees. I was thinking about snapping photos of some of my favorite trees. I mean these are really interesting.

In all this craziness, I thought of an old remedy that someone once taught me. I didn’t think it would work but it did. Here’s the story. I used to have a client in the jewelry business. That business was originally started by Pius Kaufmann from Switzerland and this remedy is actually his advice.

I was starting to get a sore throat. It’s a rare, rare day when I get sick because I have an overly strong immune system, that is also to my detriment at times. But I was actually getting a sore throat. He said I should take a shot of Gin and put as much into my mouth as I could and tilt my head back for a full minute. I did. The next day all the skin in my mouth started blistering and peeling off. It was painful. Gin kills everything and I mean everything. Aside from my mouth being painful for four days, I did not get sick.

I wouldn’t have believed this remedy unless I tried it. I love Gin and tonic, but you can’t dilute the gin when you sanitize your mouth. And you have to hold it. And just know that the skin will peel off and blister but I bet it killed every bit of bacteria. Gin is 80 proof alcohol.

It’s an old remedy. Pius is in his 90s and has sworn by this his whole life.

I’m going to do some reading tonight and I might have dinner and cocktails on the patio when the sun starts to go down. That was really nice the other evening.

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Work is hopping…

27 Mar

If you’ve been reading the blog, then you know I traded my primary luxury goods client for a Medicare business right about October 1. It was a strategic move. What I do for a living is to make web sites, animation, e-commerce, social media, social media advertising, PPC, email  marketing, videos, servers, push traffic etc. etc. And as you might know, this has been my profession for years, and years and years.

And now is the time to push this company forward because no one is being booted from Medicare. We were originally booted from a local television commercial scheduled to run on Fox News in Phoenix when the Coronavirus broke. So now rather than testing two commercials, we’re going with my gut instinct and small Internet test and in April, one of the commercials is going to run in 73 markets in the United States on Fox News. That test will run for 10 days. I am still wondering if you can get conversion on this kind of product through television. But I also recognize that right now, people are glued to the TV and the computer. I specifically held out for Fox News because of their aging demographic. Medicare however, is not just for people over the age of 65.

I pitched a story to the New York Times a few weeks ago, they took the idea and readapted the content to be bigger companies. However, they screwed up and labeled the article under “retirement.” People forget that Medicare encompasses anyone under the age of 65 who is on disability. I sent them a note. Medicare covers a huge range of ages.

Next week I will power up the email marketing. I have been on the disbursement list for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Centers for Disease Control and the EPA. We are like one of their news outlets. They push releases, then I push content as a service. I make sure it ends up in places where people can see it. I am finding that the content we are pushing is useful to people right now. For every item that gets pushed to social, there are also web pages to make. There are ad campaigns to make and presentations to make. Work is hoping right now.
My job in a crisis has been to find and disseminate crucial information. It is keeping me very busy. I am working completely from home and have been for at least a week. My social life has become text and phone conversations. We trade a lot of funnies back and forth.

If you need to get recent updates on COVID-19 you can find some of the stuff I’m pushing under https://www.instagram.com/medigaplife/

https://www.medigaplife.com/covid-19-coronavirus-news-page

https://www.medigaplife.com/corona-virus-and-medicare

https://www.pinterest.com/medigaplife/

and many other channels on the web.

There’s a really interesting post that is scheduled to run tomorrow that is a list that EPA just released on what cleaners will kill the COVID-19 virus. So if you are looking under your kitchen sink and wondering, you can check this list.

http://medigaplife.com/EPAList/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020-1.pdf

All the people who were working who were at age 65 and just got laid off, they are now eligible for Medicare Part B. Part of my challenge will be to find ways to let them know that piece of information.

Long term readers know that I started my executive career in what’s called The Chemical Valley, 30 years ago. Did you ever think that they would be the thing to save you? As anti-chemical as we’ve become, everyone is reaching for it now. I guess those of us who paid the dues and the price to build that valley feel somewhat better right now that it is at last, of use. It wasn’t for nothing, in other words. We technically consider the Chemical Valley to start at Marietta, Ohio and run to Charleston, WV.

Every major chemical company that you can think of resides there. It’s also why so many of us grew up with good math and science foundations – our dads were engineers. Mine worked for of the largest aluminum manufacturers as an electrical and mechanical engineer. My step-father had a doctorate and worked in the medical field. The people I went to school with grew to run Dupont or were like me and went to work for a GE company. That region had nothing but chemical companies, plastics companies, aluminum companies, oil refineries and gasoline manufacturers – A boatload of engineers basically.

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Cheers…

26 Mar

Don’t know if you saw this one…

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It was so much fun…

26 Mar

I went and played ball yesterday and it was so much fun.

But you know outdoor courts are filthy places. I hope the hot Florida sun kills all the bacteria. So these were my rules. No touching the face. Obviously. I took bleach wipes and wiped the ball down when I was done. When I got home, all my clothes , shoes and bag went into the laundry and I went into the shower.

Then the ball got a bath in Mr. Clean. Then I wiped down all the doorknobs.

But in terms of the fun factor. I had a blast. I am looking forward to going again. Although I was rusty, I was not nearly as bad as I actually thought I would be. And yes, my neck ached a little last night. But now is the time to do something like this. I just had the nerves in two more vertebra killed so right now I feel like I can do these things. I don’t really care whether I am suppose to or not. I mean that in terms of my neck. I treat it so I can do things in life. I want to enjoy my life.

As long as I can shoot a basketball, why not. It’s something that is good for my soul. Always has been.

I’m walking tonight.

You know I don’t understand these people who say now that they are working from home they don’t do their hair or their makeup. I always do my hair and my makeup. I look forward to making an improvement on my look each day. Part of the fun is to play with the colors. I love picking out the clothes, the jewelry, the makeup – the whole 9 yards. I will say, now that I am working from home, I am living in my cute yoga and golf clothes. But that’s as slouchy as I will get.

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Guess what I intend to do?

24 Mar

Oh yeah. That’s right, basketball. By myself of course…

50 years old or not, I intend to play this week on the court in Atlantis.

I haven’t touched a ball in over 20 years. But you know there used to be a day when nothing made me happier than a ball and a hoop.

I am fairly sure that no one is ever on that court. I say, “What the hell. Time to play.” I’ll wipe the ball down when I’m done.

How much you wanna bet I end up being the HO in the game of HORSE?

LOL!

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Video on General Recommendations for Cleaning & Disinfecting during COVID-19

23 Mar

Hopefully I have a talent for making the ordinary entertaining.

Below is the link to General Recommendations for Cleaning & Disinfecting during COVID-19.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxCxfPSPu8g

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Positive thoughts and love….

23 Mar

JFK Hospital sits on the property of Atlantis, where I live.

Sending out positive thoughts and love to all our friends in healthcare today.

Atlantis is a small, private city of 2000 people in Palm Beach County, FL.

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The big offender…

22 Mar

I have allergies and this is the worst time of year in Florida. Do you see the trees with the yellow blooms in the photo below? This is my backyard. That’s the big offender. Anything with a yellow bloom causes congestion.

One of the things I like to do is to keep a glass of orange water around all day and night on my night table. Just drop a few slices of orange in and keep refilling the water all day. I started taking high doses of vitamin C yesterday.

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