Why do you guys want tests? What difference does it make?
The CDC recommends an additional booster shot for certain individuals to increase protection from severe disease from COVID-19. People over the age of 50, or who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, can get an additional booster of Pfizer or Moderna 4 months after their last dose. This is especially important for those 65 and older who are at higher risk from severe disease and most likely to benefit from getting an additional booster.
To be honest, what you're hearing there is that through job interviews and my current coworkers is that everyone else on the planet seems to have no trouble accepting my age and that I'm late to the party. In my case I like Indiana Jones' adlib line - it ain't the years honey, it's the mileage. I put on some hard miles and it shows. Probably look ten years older than I am.
Some people age better than others but it all catches up sometime.
You should not have had to go back to work. If this pandemic had been handled correctly, you and millions of others would not have spent every last dime preparing for the worst. You are not alone there are millions in the same boat, Pigfarmer.
There are pensioners living out of their cars right now. They were fine until our leaders started power tripping. You are doing great. Food in the fridge and cupboards, clothes on your backs, both working, extended family supported, utilities paid, treats every once in awhile.... You're doing great.
Man, this post is haunting me. I meant this as an affirmation of what a wonderful and resourceful human being that you are. I do believe that you are your own worst critic and you can be very hard on yourself. When in fact you are an amazing person who does whatever it takes to keep those around him safe, secure and happy.
Thanks. I'm only 57 and too young to hang it up. Real retirement might come at 62, preferably 65 assuming our government doesn't hand everything I've worked for for decades away to god knows who. If ET really did land on the White House lawn within a month we'd be paying for their kids to go to our schools, handing them driver's licenses and voting rights. But I digress.
I was just saying - probably badly - that accepting how others perceive me in that regard takes some getting used to. One one hand I feel it and on the other I don't yet seem to be reminded of it often enough. Covid didn't cause the laundry list of aches and pains I have right now, Entropy did
But I do see your point. Living on a fixed income was fine until the entirely predictable result of the last several years made those incomes inadequate. We're fine but there are a number of people I work with who really have retired and are now forced back to work in their late 60s and 70s. Big box retail is like an enormous wood chipper that's always running. It's easy enough to get sucked into it and get chewed up like everything else. Of those at work that I speak to about this I can say they aren't necessarily victims of anything beyond their own poor financial planning but like most things, one answer doesn't fit everyone. Always more to the story that what you see at first glance. Some people just rack up debt and/or piss away $$ and then rationalize things with whatever's handy. For every one person struggling financially because of this verdammit plague there is at least another who uses it as a fig leaf for, at a minimum, poor choices.
In my case it checks off enough boxes for me to make the **** I have to deal with marginally acceptable. It's like eating bugs and icky stuff for survival - it'll keep you alive but some things are hard to choke down. At least it's a place that doesn't care much about my age and in their own way heaps praise and recognition upon me. Hard to see that sometimes.
In this area of about 300K people there had been on average five or less people in the hospital because of covid. Now it's about two dozen and I've been reading the CDC is recommending masks again in the surrounding counties. I wouldn't be surprised to have the useless rag back on my face before long. That's fine, covers up the grey beard
From another country, or another part of Canada?
I'm wondering if Covid has affected my stamina and recovery time somewhat when I'm doing various tasks...A friend tells me it's because I'm getting older, and yeah it's easy to brush it off as that, but I don't think that's it and I'm not sure if even Covid is the answer either...What I'm alluding to is, my body has been taking some punishment lately and taking longer to recover and it's not intentional...I'm doing various tasks at my job and at home but no more than I have in recent years, sure the garden is much bigger than last year's, but I've been pacing myself a bit more than I would typically do too...Still though, some days after some fairly hard work I'm hurting physically where as I normally wouldn't on the same level...Its nothing serious though, not something I'm inclined to see a doctor about but enough thst I've taken notice yet still, even as I type this post I'm hurting from work I performed yesterday and last night...My forearms and biceps and the tendons within them are fairly painful, the lower back, thighs, and knees are in pain, not serious pain but on a level I'm not used to dealing with...I recover and will again this time but it takes a bit longer too...I've also considered maybe I've been slack on nutrients but I looked into that and ruled that out, I'm eating healthy enough and also I'm sleeping a bit more than normal...This past Wednesday in the afternoon at my job my lower back, thighs, and knees were fairly painful and it was difficult to bend over or kneel down and I would get very stiff if I sat down for too long, I started feeling better the next day whereas typically I wouldn't be hurting to that degree given the work I'm usually doing...I don't get it, this has only started happening recently too...I've read of people having energy and endurance issues for some time after a Covid infection, but I'm not sure if that's the case for me...
It was Covid, I tested positive on my home tests and confirmed it with my doctor...That explains the sinus congestion I was having too along with the fatigue, I shrugged off the sinus thing as change in weather because it got way cooler for a few days...I'm feeling better now, the sinus congestion has gone away, I haven't been to work yet this week, my boss prefer I stay home until I'm testing negative and feel better...I haven't been really sick per say, just sinus congestion and that fatigue and body weakness, the latter is going away now too...I tested positive yesterday and going back to the doctor tomorrow morning for another test...One thing for certain, I've gotten plenty of rest lately but I've been doing chores around the house, beans are sprouting in the garden, Yay!...