Anyone who really knows me knows that I play things close to the vest. This is especially true of anything to do with my health because things can change very quickly for the worse. Historically that has been the case for me. This time last year I had just gotten out of the hospital after an asthma exacerbation.
This year I was in due to both COVID and an asthma exacerbation and I was scared shitless. After 2 1/2+ years of being extra vigilant, being fully vaccinated and boosted, wearing N95 masks everywhere, including two trips to L.A. for work, I was exposed on a work trip to Miami. I was in the hospital within 3 days of testing positive. I left my quarantine bubble to go to the hospital, not knowing if I would ever come back. It was the most sobering and terrifying experience I’ve ever had, and that’s saying a lot.
I was in hospital for four days, released back home still COVID positive to quarantine, and continue treatment. All with the Damocles Sword hanging over my head that I may develop COVID pneumonia, and to come back if I did. Statistically, based on my medical history, I shouldn’t have survived. But I did.
I’m dealing with Long-haul COVID and residual asthma issues, but I’m here. Oh, and something no one tells you about COVID until you talk to others who’ve had severe symptoms…the hallucinations… Yea, let that one sink in for a minute. As always, I’m grateful for the team at Methodist West for taking great care of me.
This selfie below was taken the day before I tested positive for COVID, but two days after I experienced anaphylactic shock at a team dinner. Nothing like being escorted out of a 5 star restaurant by EMS and security, in front of 100 of your coworkers to make you super popular at work the next morning.
We are at the halfway mark of Holy Week and there is something that has stuck in my craw for years. It’s time for another PSA/ “Grinds My Gears”segment.
*Drags soapbox to the middle of the room, steps up and taps mic*
Excuse me, excuse me. May I have your attention please?
As you all gear up for Easter/Resurrection Sunday and are buying all these pastel colored dresses, Steve Harvey suits, hats, and finery, it grinds my gears when some of you people randomly do stuff and accept things just because they are in popular culture. Here’s a biology lesson just case you all didn’t know, rabbits/hares/bunnies DON’T lay eggs. Never in the history of the world has a rabbit or rabbit-related organism laid a multicolored, painted, glitterfied chicken egg. Not the Cadbury Bunny, not Bugs Bunny, no daggone bunny lays eggs!
When The Lord rose from the grave and the stone was rolled away there was not a bunny sitting at the threshold with the angel waiting to announce His resurrection. There wasn’t a rabbit there pooping out colored hard-boiled eggs and jelly beans on top of pink plastic grass.
Just as a bit of history for you, chicken eggs were dyed red by early Christians in Mesopotamia to symbolize the blood of Jesus shed on Calvary. The shell represents the tomb of Christ and the breaking of the shell a symbolic representation of his breaking the chains of death. The Easter egg custom was adopted by the Catholic Church in 1610 A.D. by Pope Paul V. We as Christians can see the egg as a symbol of resurrection as the egg contains new life within it. How this morphed into adults hiding cooked eggs that were dyed the night before while watching the Ten Commandments is beyond me. Hiding eggs in the grass, trees, bushes, under cars, etc. has to be one of the stupidest things I have seen. Kids are fighting and pushing each other out of the way to get an egg that you know they won’t even eat, it will decay in a plastic basket next to pink and blue marshmallow Peeps that will NEVER decay. You know that at least one of those eggs won’t be found and less than a week later as it rots in the sun, just out of sight, you will be complaining about a sulfur smell and dumbfounded as to where it is coming from. I have no issue with Easter eggs as long as you understand and explain to kids the symbolism behind it.
To do something, anything for that matter, just because it has always been done (tradition), just because, and/or without the right context is off putting and asinine.
Your ignorance is showing, tuck it back in, nobody wants or needs to see that.
And that my lovelies is what grinds my gears!
*drops mic, climbs down off soapbox, places a purple dyed egg covered in glitter on the ground and exits stage right*
Even the bunny is confused…
Food for Thought
Posted by grahamcrackercrumbs09 on April 16, 2014 in Grinds My Gears, Random Thoughts and Humor, Social Commentary, Uncategorized
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