Full Circle

Who knew a year ago we would pretty much still be in the same boat we were last March? I remember back when Covid-19 was just beginning and people were saying things like, “Well it’s only those who have auto immune disorders and pre-existing conditions that may die from it.” It was like a punch to the gut. I have an auto immune disease and pre-existing conditions that could’ve put me at risk. It was like being talked about while still in the room. Many of us got the message-we were expendable.

Flash forward to 2021 and now there is a vaccine that everyone seems to think is going to solve our problems…EXCEPT there are those who cannot or may not be able to take the vaccine. That means that we are right back to where we started, “It’s only those with a possible serious side effect that can’t have the vaccine.” Again, we are expendable.

Oh but wait there’s more! If perchance one of those pre-existing conditions caused an issue making it extremely difficult to wear a mask, we were told we didn’t care about anybody else, except ourselves and we were putting others in danger. So, what you are saying is that we are expendable, but you are not? Therefore if it’s only those of us with these “issues”, our lives don’t matter, but if it effects you ALL lives are important?

Do you see how convoluted the thinking was and still is? People are expendable if you are not “one of those people”. Not one thing in all the “precautions” we have taken makes sense, nor protects anyone. I can go to a drive through coffee shop and need to put a mask on (in my own car), however if I don’t have one they will give me one and if I refuse they won’t give me my drink? I need to wear a mask to go into a restaurant to pass by others sitting at a table without masks to sit down and take my mask off, yet my server must still wear one. I wear a face shield into a medical facility for testing and am asked if I have a regular mask, when I say I cannot wear one I am given a little slip of paper that essentially marks me for ugly faces, sometimes reactions and stares by other patients the whole time I am there. I have sneezed and coughed into my face shield (no it was not pretty and I don’t recommend it) and it has gone all over the shield and nowhere near anyone else. Yet my husband has coughed while wearing a mask and I felt the air expelled from his mouth. People have become mean in their treatment of their fellow man. Even some of us who live a life following and obeying Jesus, myself included, are having trouble loving our fellow man because of the vitriol and hatred that is being spewed. And now again there are those who are disposable.

We have come full circle.