Locker Rooms and COVID-19

The Coronavirus known as COVID-19 declared a world wide pandemic in 2020
COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic in 2020

COVID-19 is an acronym for a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, ‘D’ for disease and ’19’ for the year 2019.

It is believed to have had its beginnings in the Wuhan, China area in November 2019. It wreaked havoc there and spread outwards to the rest of the world.

WHO (the World Health Organization) deemed COVID-19 to be to be a global pandemic. It’s been raging worldwide since its beginnings. It seemed to first be regarded of as a threat in the United States in January of 2020, but was not taken seriously enough at that time.

Gyms and many other public gathering places have been shut down for months at the time of my writing this in mid May. Gym locker rooms seem like a dream from the past after months of quarantining at home.

As with many issues facing society at large, belief systems are all over a continuum. And as expected, conspiracy theories are abundant.

On the furthest political right side of that continuum are those who don’t even believe there IS a pandemic. They actually believe this is all a government plot of some sort.

Then there are those who want to just go about life as usual in the face of the pandemic. Many legitimately concerned for the loss of income staying home entails. They’re willing to take their chances.

Others simply don’t want anyone telling them what to do. Those who don’t like being told what to do amaze me the most. After all, most of them don’t think anything of driving on the right side of roads, obtaining and renewing their drivers licenses, paying their taxes, and conforming to most other things that they are essentially “told” to do in order to maintain a civilized society. They’re also willing to take their chances with COVID-19. After all, it’s THEIR freedom of choice to carry this to those in contact with them.

Then there are the rest of us – about 85-90% according to national polls. We are those who are quarantining in order to try to prevent getting infected and – every bit as important – keeping our health care system from becoming overburdened. One has only to see what happened with COVID-19 in Italy to understand the dilemma we could end up in. When intensive care units fill up – and even more individuals still need such services – more people die. That cruel outcome played out in Italy.

The common sense part of quarantining is that should the numbers of hospitalized individuals rise to a level where it can’t provide the needed intensive care services, then more people die. It really is, unfortunately, that simple. So quarantining now lets us spread the pain of this disease out over time – and definitely help with cutting down the deaths.

Typical hospital mask
Typical hospital mask

I’ve chosen to comply with quarantining. And to follow the CDC recommendations – especially wearing a mask in public. In this situation I’m personally for saving lives. I believe every life is to be valued. There simply is no way to replace those who are lost. I’d feel awful is I were fortunate enough to not have the symptoms of COVID-19 but passed it along to someone else who it devastated.

But as with any argument, there are always people on both sides of it.

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Itchy Back?

Winter dry air brings on itchy dry skin. One way to moisturize, (if you don’t have someone nearby to do this for you) is to slather lotion on a towel and, in the same way you dry your back in a diagonal motion with a towel, work the lotion into your skin while at the same time, exfoliating the dry skin.

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Marigolds as Insect Repellent

Today I learned from my locker room/gym buddie, Candi, who has been helping me with gardening tips, that Marigolds make a good insect repellent.  Just snap off one of the heads and rub it on your skin.  I tried it and it works.  You just have to apply often, but it’s better than applying poison, and it’s a good way to put those dead heads to use.

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Easter Lily

My “Easter Lily” bloomed again!
All you professional gardeners must be dying to let me know that this is not an Easter Lily. In the locker room this morning (making this official locker room news),  I was very nicely told  that Easter Lilies are white.
OK ok. This is the lily that I got for Easter. So it is MY Easter Lily!

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Tip for More Manageable Hair

I was not having a bad hair day, I was having a bad hair week….two weeks actually!  It was heavy, oily, and limp.

It suddenly occurred to me that maybe it was the expensive shampoo and conditioner I was using, which is too heavy for my hair.

I was sharing my hair woes in the locker room and my friend Susan suggested that a little Dawn dish detergent on my hair would take care of it.  It sure did.  I didn’t even have to use the blow dryer, my hair was nice and fluffy again.

Since then, I have done some more reading about hair products and have gone back to experimenting with different combinations of baking soda, borax, apple cider vinegar, and honey a couple of times a week. Big difference.  Just a reminder that although we often think about what we are putting IN our bodies, we also should be mindful of when we are putting ON our bodies.

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Fresh and Fermented

Most recently, on Monday mornings, I’ve been doing the aqua fitness class at the Bond Wellness Center, with a very social, chatty, happy group!  What a great way to start a week!  By the way, if you haven’t tried aqua fitness, its a great way to add some variety to your strength and cardio workout.  When I can, I go to Patti’s class at 7 am,  and Bruce’s class at 5/5:30 pm (schedule). Continue reading “Fresh and Fermented”

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Bone Broth

My latest health craze is Bone Broth.  A few weeks ago, I blogged about having itchy skin.  Other women in the locker room have had the same problem, and the common denominator is that we all spend time in the pool.

I tried a lot of new things to combat this skin delimna.  Maybe it was the combination of several changes, or maybe it was one magical thing, but whatever I did, it worked! So I don’t dare to stop any of them.

Every day now I do the following:

  • Brush my skin (see blog entry from Feb 25th)
  • Moisturize with Cetaphil lotion
  • Wash with Cetaphil bar soap or African Black Soap (don’t really know much about that, but it states that it’s good for dry skin)
  • Take 2 Tbsp. of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Drink 1 -2 cups of real, home made Bone Broth
  • Drink more water

The apple cider vinegar was suggested to me, thinking that perhaps the ph of my body was causing the itching. That led me to finding articles about bone broth.  In addition to being a natural probiotic (which helps with body ph), it is one of those miracle health foods, providing collagen, protein, calcium, and lots more. This is not chicken stock, it’s bone broth.

This morning we got in a discussion about probiotics and home made Kimchee.  Stay tuned for that recipe!

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe
(from Dr. Axe website – https://draxe.com/recipe/chicken-bone-broth-2/ )
Total Time: 48 hours Serves: Varies
Ingredients:
4 pounds chicken necks/feet/wings (you can get organic chicken parts from Nature’s Green Grocer in Peterboro).
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
3 tablespoon ACV
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme
5-6 sprigs parsley
1 teaspoon oregano
18-20 cups cold water

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a 10 quart capacity crock-pot.
Add in water.
Simmer for 24-48 hours, skimming fat occasionally.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander. Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.

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Organic Food – for pick up? I’m IN!

                   

A few days ago I was lamenting in the locker room about how the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) I was a member at was no longer going to be open this year…..where was I going to get organic locally grown veggies….whine whine whine!  Sue and I were still chatting when another lady told us about Newfield Farms in Temple.  Tim the farmer already had a strong online market were you could order organic food from his site and it gets delivered to a pick up site in Peterboro!  Woo-Hoo!  And new this year is the ability to purchase a CSA share and basically reserve your food spot each week!  YUM!  And the best thing about the CSA – you only get what you order! NO more getting veggies you aren’t going to eat!  Can’t wait to get my first order this spring!  Visit his online market here

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Skin Brushing

This morning, I met a new person in the locker room who was using this brush on her arms.  She told me how effective it is for healthy skin.  I thought it was ironic that she just happened to talk to me about this because unbeknownst to her,  I have been very irritated this winter with dry, itchy skin on my back, my legs, and arms.  I’ve tried moisturizing with Shea butter, vitamin E,  including fatty acids in my diet, and with the recent spring like weather, soaking up some vitamin D.  One, or all are helping a little, but not enough.  Looking forward to trying this.

Stay tuned for results!

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“Crap” is Crap

I’ve tried many different anti-fog products for goggles during the many years I’ve been swimming.  I  tried “Cat Crap”.  It is AWFUL.  It works like CRAP.  It made my goggles fog more than ever, and left a greasy film on them.  “Spit”, on the other hand, works great.  I found it at swimoutlet.com.  A little goes a long way, so your Spit will last forever.

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