Monday, 18 January 2021
The World Health
Organization has declared
that delaying the
second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech beyond
21 days should take place only
under “exceptional circumstances”, and
that any change to this
would be considered "off-label use."
I am beginning to feel sick and vaccines won't cure me.
Sunday, 17 January 2021
I received my first Pfizer Covid vaccine jab at a Primary Care
Clinic in North London. There was a long queue in the street of many elderly and disabled people.
There were a number of volunteers there to give us information on what to expect and why we had to wait. While standing outside with my stick, more than one volunteer asked me if they could get me a chair. I told them that although there was a long wait, I was able to stand.
Inside the clinic things moved
quickly and efficiently. Before I sat down in the waiting area the
chair was scrubbed. The clinic staff were very young and the woman
who gave me my vaccine was a pharmacy student. We were then given a stop watch to ensure we stayed on for 15 minutes and had no after-effects.
When I got home I found this on the NHS website: “The response of current NHS staff and those who have come forward to help out – whether the tens of thousands of former staff and students, or the hundreds of thousands of volunteers – has been nothing short of inspirational, and played a major role throughout the pandemic.”
Yes Indeed, and a much bigger role than the billionaire beneficiaries of the Covid pandemic. Yesterday was a shot of reality. The world is divided into those who have used this crisis to buy this house and those who prefer to offer you a chair.
Thursday, 14 January 2021
have been listening to the BBC recording ‘The Covid Ward’, which
includes an interview with Michael Rosen and the staff of Whittington
Hospital Intensive Care Unit. He was in the ICU there for seven weeks
after contracting Covid-19.
This is what he said, “When we created the NHS we created something beautiful. We found a way of caring for each other that is, at the same time, anonymous and incredibly intimate. I don’t know these folks, but they know me. You know my intimate details. You do all those things that we as parents do. You saved me and you didn’t know me. I’ll be forever grateful.”
As someone who has been a patient at the Whittington and with experience of ICU, his words and those of the ICU staff choke me up and leave me more than ever determined to fight for our NHS and defeat the profiteers who wouldn’t understand the concept of care, until perhaps they too find themelves needing it.
Members of the Whittington ICU interviewed included Dr Maria Goddard, Prof Hugh Montgomery, Dr Amanda McCaskill, charge nurse Ali Aladin and Nurse Jo Eardly.
Here is Michael Rosen’s “These are the Hands” composed for the 60th birthday of the NHS.
are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
And make your bed.
are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.
are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.
these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Log the dose
And touch us last.
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
“The Little Man does not know that he is little, and he is afraid of knowing it. He covers up his smallness and narrowness with illusions of strength and greatness.” Wilhelm Reich
Donald Trump is that ”Little Man” and perhaps even he has reached the limit of his illusions about his strength and greatness. Even before the recent events on Capital Hill, his niece, Mary Trump, spoke of her uncle as being, “criminal, cruel and traitorous” and that he should be indicted and put on trial.
But what of his red-capped MAGA followers? Mary has said that her uncle’s state of mind is mirrored in society and that the US “is looking down the barrel of an explosion of psychological disorders.”
The Capital Hill insurrectionists stand out with their disorders. They included not only a lieutenant colonel and off-duty policemen, adherents of QAnon who believe the government is run by a cabal of Satan-worshipping paedophiles and Confederate flag-wavers who refuse to believe the American Civil War is over. There was also a buffalo-horned shaman from Arizona with face paint who, at 32, still lives with his mother.
More ominously they included men with T-shirts reading ‘Camp Auschwitz’ and ‘6MWE’—(6 Million Weren’t Enough)—a reference to the mass murder of Jews in the Holocaust.
Their gun-toting racism, bigotry and warrior-worship is, of course, fascism. Their targets include those perceived to be enemies of their leader, Donald Trump.
One Trumpist I happen to know has, for some years, devoted his Facebook posts to uploading photos of USAF fighter jets – a new jet posted every day.
As the president’s incendiary character became dangerously transparent, and we moved towards the end of his Presidency, this particular Trumpist changed his posts from “patriot” pilots in thundering war jets to pictures of 1940s propeller model airplanes, adorned with Rita Hayworth pin-ups.
Trump slinks off to his golf links, it would seem his followers are
retreating to a childhood they never left. A longing to buy DIY
model airplanes with plastic parts and decals. Armchair warriors, equippped with anger and Trumpian mysogyny,
buzzbombing their sisters. They are seeking the comfort
of the nursery at a time when reality is too tough to be faced.