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3 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Oh, Betty, that is bad news. 

It really is. Every life is special, but this guy and his two brothers were practically raised with my three kids. He’s 6 weeks older than my son and they are like brothers. As this thing rages on, sooner or later it will hit someone important to each of us, it seems.

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19 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I have word (Couple of days ago) that one of my nephews has Covid. He first tested negative, so he went about his business thinking he had allergies. Exposing workmates, his wife, etc. A day or two later, he saw his doctor for a thyroid problem, told her about the test and she re-tested him. Positive.
My sister told me his lungs took a turn for the worse yesterday. He’s still at home, and I’m not sure if we can trust him to get help if he worsens. He’s pretty independent. His doctor told him it would be doubtful any bed would be available at any of the city hospitals, which are overrun. I think some people resist going because they know the hospitals are short handed, care is slipping because of too few medical personnel taking care of too many sick.
My sister is a retired nurse and she once explained how long it took to assess a critical ICU patient. If she had too many assigned to her, she ran from room to room and had to rush assessment. It needed done often, and sometimes a heavy patient load would cause her to run behind. Not good. She once went to the Head of Nursing threatening to quit unless she had more help. She said she was afraid someone would die on her watch because there wasn’t enough time to care for them right, and she couldn’t live with it. She stayed on because she couldn’t abandon them.
My nephew has several things wrong with him.

That's truly awful Betty, I hope your nephew makes a swift recovery.

 

Carol

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21 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I think some people resist going because they know the hospitals are short handed, care is slipping because of too few medical personnel taking care of too many sick.

 

A Nicaraguan woman I know here lost her mother and one brother to the virus, but managed to have one brother treated at home who did recover.   A local doctor arranged for them to have oxygen delivered and got him the medicines being given here that might aid in recovery (basically redemsivir and a couple of others).   Last year, when the virus was bad in Italy, one other contributor posted about how his 90 something year old grandmother had survived it with the help of a granddaughter who was a doctor.  Getting the family the necessary personal protection gear seems to be critical, too.   Oxygen by mask seems to be extremely useful.

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Betty I have just caught up with this thread and am so sorry to hear your nephew has covid 19. For all your sakes I hope he makes a quick recovery.

 

Allan

 

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In the early 90's on the annual trek down to Cornwall in the car with two small boys we stopped for the third time at Travaunance Cove near St Agnes.

We stumbled into the little cafe and settled down. As is their way the boys struck up a conversation with an elderly couple on a near table. They had a happy conversation together about the merits of scones with cream or scones with butter, always with jam.  The old couple were absolutely charming and taken with the boys and their excited holiday jabbering.

I'd seen the old guys face on many book covers, I knew who he was, but we just enjoyed their company.

 

Very sad to to see the passing on saturday of David Cornwell who wrote as John Le Carre.

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On 01/12/2020 at 18:16, NYCat said:

I became a vegetarian because of a dream I had. Too scary to relate here if you love animals. I do eat fish now since the nutritionist at Sloan Kettering advised it when I had cancer. I'd still hate to be in the position of killing the fish though I think I could probably do it. Other creatures no way.

 

Paulette

 

I'm pescatarian as well. If like me you still like and in a sense crave the taste of meats like chicken and beef mince etc try out the Quorn meat replacement foods, they are great substitutes and if you mix them well with spices and other tasteful foods it really tastes like and has a similar texture to the meat. The mince makes for excellent burrito filler and the diced "pieces" make replacement filler for chicken wraps. I assume you can get Quorn in the USA.

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36 minutes ago, Cal said:

 

I'm pescatarian as well. If like me you still like and in a sense crave the taste of meats like chicken and beef mince etc try out the Quorn meat replacement foods, they are great substitutes and if you mix them well with spices and other tasteful foods it really tastes like and has a similar texture to the meat. The mince makes for excellent burrito filler and the diced "pieces" make replacement filler for chicken wraps. I assume you can get Quorn in the USA.

 

Thanks for the tip, Cal. I looked it up and it is available here but banned in Canada because there can be allergic reactions to one ingredient. My favorite meat substitute is portobello mushrooms. I haven't tried the "impossible burger". Most vegetarian burgers are very unsatisfactory though I used to be able to get a "nut burger" from a local restaurant and it was excellent. Unfortunately that restaurant closed a very long time ago. There had been a change of chef and the new guy liked things very spicy. Apparently that was not a good move for a vegetarian restaurant.

 

Paulette

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30 minutes ago, NYCat said:

 

Thanks for the tip, Cal. I looked it up and it is available here but banned in Canada because there can be allergic reactions to one ingredient. My favorite meat substitute is portobello mushrooms. I haven't tried the "impossible burger". Most vegetarian burgers are very unsatisfactory though I used to be able to get a "nut burger" from a local restaurant and it was excellent. Unfortunately that restaurant closed a very long time ago. There had been a change of chef and the new guy liked things very spicy. Apparently that was not a good move for a vegetarian restaurant.

 

Paulette

 

Falafel burgers are a nice alternative as a veggie burger. I consume quite a lot of falafel and houmous now. Yes I've heard mycoprotein can cause reactions.

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I’m a carnivore. Beef stews, roasts, steaks, burgers, I love them all. That said, a lot of my meals are meatless. I try not to overdo it. I have ramen noodles cooling to eating temperature at the moment.

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Xmas knocked on the head by UK government, had hoped to see grandbairns on Boxing Day, but that's not going to happen. Probably a wise move as lots of new cases are being reported, while the vaccine should be available for us oldies in January, although I'll believe that when it happens. I had washed the car, topped up the fuel, adblue and windscreen wash in preparation for our now cancelled trip......

 

More positively we visited Beamish open air museum today, caught a glance of Santa who had abandoned his sleigh for a posh old open topped car and OH was able to sing a few carols with a socially distanced choir.

 

Oh, and the sun shone, I was able to add a few shots to my Alamy collection.

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5 hours ago, Bryan said:

Xmas knocked on the head by UK government, had hoped to see grandbairns on Boxing Day, but that's not going to happen. Probably a wise move as lots of new cases are being reported, while the vaccine should be available for us oldies in January, although I'll believe that when it happens. I had washed the car, topped up the fuel, adblue and windscreen wash in preparation for our now cancelled trip......

 

More positively we visited Beamish open air museum today, caught a glance of Santa who had abandoned his sleigh for a posh old open topped car and OH was able to sing a few carols with a socially distanced choir.

 

Oh, and the sun shone, I was able to add a few shots to my Alamy collection.

 

Much the same as with you Bryan, our trip next Sunday to meet up with my daughter and grandson is now off. We were to meet up in the Forest of Dean for a socially distanced Sculpture Trail walk. Here we jumped quickly from tier 2, to 3 and now 4. It was on the cards for some time, which is why we previously met up in the Cotswolds when we could, and swapped presents early.

 

We were in our town centre briefly yesterday avoiding the covidiots, I wonder how bad the situation has to get before they wakeup. One keeper so far from a limited shoot. My car nearside dipped headlamp failed Friday, need to replace the H4 bulb later as it hopefully brightens up, both weather and the headlamp. Have also to make temporary repairs to a fence, and tidy up the kitchen table ready for Christmas. Plenty to do.

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Just when I thought I got through Christmas within a sensible budget, driving home today car lost power warning lights on dashboard indicates some sort of exhaust system fault.  Just about got home, car dead outside till Tuesday with unknown garage bill. 😒 

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16 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

Just when I thought I got through Christmas within a sensible budget, driving home today car lost power warning lights on dashboard indicates some sort of exhaust system fault.  Just about got home, car dead outside till Tuesday with unknown garage bill. 😒 

Is it a diesel perchance?

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11 hours ago, aphperspective said:

Just when I thought I got through Christmas within a sensible budget, driving home today car lost power warning lights on dashboard indicates some sort of exhaust system fault.  Just about got home, car dead outside till Tuesday with unknown garage bill.

Sometimes those VW warning lights can be much scarier than they deserve to be, 'STOP! STOP! STOP!' when the coolant level sloshed slightly below the line is a case in point, that terrified me the first time it happened. Losing power doesn't sound good though, perhaps it went into LIMP mode, the electronics sometimes take over.

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13 hours ago, aphperspective said:

Just when I thought I got through Christmas within a sensible budget, driving home today car lost power warning lights on dashboard indicates some sort of exhaust system fault.  Just about got home, car dead outside till Tuesday with unknown garage bill. 😒 

 

There are times when you long for the days when you could open the bonnet and know what all of the parts were for, most of my recent motoring problems have been caused by jittery electronics or failed sensors. I recall my mate touring and having to replace an engine on the roadside with one picked up from a scrapyard.  I don't actually need electric windows, seats that adjust automatically, or Bluetooth in my car, just much better reliability, and an effective heater would do fine.

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My days of scrabbling around under cars have long gone, used to change clutches, gearboxes etc no problem. Its probhably a stupid sensor, its going into the garage on Tuesday. Luckily my local one is run by a great bunch of lads. 

Thanks for the help.

Andy.

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5 hours ago, aphperspective said:

My days of scrabbling around under cars have long gone, used to change clutches, gearboxes etc no problem. Its probhably a stupid sensor, its going into the garage on Tuesday. Luckily my local one is run by a great bunch of lads. 

Thanks for the help.

Andy.

 

Catalytic convertor?  I hope not  as they are rather expensive.

 

On my diesel VW I sometimes run it in lower gear on high revs to clear the CC out.  Lovely cloud behind when I do it and if someone is right on my tail they quickly drop back.

 

Allan

 

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1 minute ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Catalytic convertor?  I hope not  as they are rather expensive.

 

On my diesel VW I sometimes run it in lower gear on high revs to clear the CC out.  Lovely cloud behind when I do it and if someone is right on my tail they quickly drop back.

 

Allan

 

I think a lambda ehaust sensor fault usually just causes an NCT failure on emissions but the car still runs, inefficiently. Power loss can be an awful lot of things, mostly, if you don't do your own code reading, slightly expensive ones alas🙁

You clear the DPF, not the cat.

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