Bloody Lock-Down 2 – The Escape!

Dammit! I’m sick of being told I’m over sixty-five and must stay confined while the young pups are soon to be allowed out to play. Why, in this day and age, is sixty-six considered old? My father is 104, and admittedly he’s not the dashing young thing he once was, being as he’s wheelchair bound after a bad fall last year, but he’s still got all his marbles and can argue the toss with the best of them, even if his dentures do rattle around a bit in the process.

I appreciate the ‘still-wet-behind-the-ears’ kiddies, who are presently running the show in most governments, think of us as has-beens, no longer profitable to the nation. They’d love it if we all died off and saved them the cost of our pensions. Of course, it wouldn’t be considered politically expedient to actually state that on the BBC, or CNN, or whatever news channel is relevant to your country, but take my word for it, privately it’s what they wish for.

Of course, the one exception in all this is Donald Trump. He’s well over seventy and definitely not profitable to either America or the rest of the world. But we do have to remember that dementia can strike at any age. It would be kinder if he were gently led away to a waiting ambulance and escorted to a nice retreat somewhere where he could live out his remaining years in peace and quiet. Hopefully, they would take the rest of his repugnant family and camp followers with him and charge them with looking after him.

Okay, I’m sixty-six, but suppose I were sixty-four. Would I be safe to play out with the pups? And, if I were to have my sixty-fifth birthday a month later would I be expected to rush inside, slam the door, and remain confined until I pegged it, maybe, as in the case of my father, thirty or forty years later.

It’s so ludicrous it beggars belief. I appreciate that the older one is the higher the risk to life, but given they think all us old ‘uns are weak and doddery, rather than peg it from coronavirus I’m probably more likely to absent-mindedly step under a bus, fall of a railway platform and under a passing train, or die from an over-enthusiastic orgasm.

Admittedly, the chances of the latter are somewhat remote. Yet, given that there’s no bloody buses running at present and I never have use for a train, perhaps it’s not so unlikely after all.

Mind you, there is one vital ingredient missing. So girls, if you’re reading this and want to help me test my theory….

Meanwhile, come May 11th when France relaxes its lockdown –  I’m outa here!

2 Replies to “Bloody Lock-Down 2 – The Escape!”

  1. It really sucks. I don’t think it is so much the ‘number of revolutions you have made round the sun’ issue as the sliding line that brings in the higher risk of complications.

    Our Newsroom journalists were reporting in mid March (before our lockdown started) that:
    “The mortality rates calculated by the Chinese CDC estimate 8 percent of those aged 70-79 die from Covid-19. For those 80 and over the rate jumps to 14.8 percent.”

    In New Zealand, since then, out of the 20 people who have died, two were aged 60-69, and eighteen were over 70. Only 116 people over 70 have caught it (I think that makes it a 15.5% mortality rate for the over 70s). And this is despite our 20-29 year old cohort being by far the highest to test positive (nearly a quarter of all cases).

    And part of that is that there is a higher risk around having other health issues that the body has to fight against. My mother-in-law died last year from pneumonia, as a side effect of the same cold that her daughter shrugged off in a few days, and her husband (with a few minor health issues) took a couple of weeks to recover from. We believe (without a medical qualification between us 😉 ) the difference was that my mother-in-law had severe osteoporosis, which was crumbling her spine, and she was in constant pain, even with knock-her-out medication (even when she was sedated and intubated, my sister-in-law said that they could see she was still hurting). Her body didn’t have anything left to fight with, and she went from having a cold to the doctors turning the life support off in just over a week, and she died whilst we were transiting through Australia on our way back to the UK.

    And whilst there are certainly at least one US senator who have expressed the opinion that the elderly would be willing to die to save the US economy (, I hope that by being sensible, other families don’t have to go through what we did this time last year. Particularly given that, had it happened now, we would not have even been able to get back for the funeral.

    So – long lecture just to say – please take care of yourself. The world needs RJ for the next 30 years 🙂

  2. Jo ~ Unfortunately, your recent comments ended up in my spam folder, and I’ve only just noticed them. Usually, I leave Akismet to get on with it as it usually does a fairly good job, but it is programmed to kick out any comment with two or more links, and as this one contained three I can hardly chastise it too severely. Hopefully, as I’ve now approved all three of your latest comments it will accept you as a real person rather than a bot in the future. However, I will keep an eye on my spam folder just in case.
    As for your comment, I appreciate very much what you are saying, though I’m not sure the world would miss me in the least should I succumb in the next thirty years, but thank you for the compliment.
    It is, of course, a fact that older people do seem to be more seriously attacked by this virus and I don’t consider myself less prone than others of my age. The difficult balance for us all is our quality of life versus our safety. I’m fortunate, I live in an area of France with one of the lowest death statistics in the country (only 35 deaths out of a population of 600,000, while departments around Paris and further east are totaling in access of a 1,000 each) so I feel quite safe walking outside or visiting the supermarket once a week. Unlike the UK and the US, France has handled the pandemic quite well after a slow start and the regulations put in place have been strictly enforced.
    Finally, I would like to make a couple of personal comments: first, my condolences to you and your husband on the untimely passing of your mother-in-law. We have recently discovered my wife has serious osteoporosis of the spine causing great pain. Three of her vertebrae were badly damaged and she has had a procedure to inject a substance into the damaged joints to help support them. It is early days, but to date there has been little noticeable improvement. I worry about her in America where the handling of the pandemic has been more than chaotic, though Illinois, where she is living, is acting more responsibly than most states.
    I’m also concerned for my father’s welfare in the UK. So far, he has been okay and the carers take every precaution when with him, but it would undoubtedly kill him if he contracted it. I would not be allowed to visit him, or even attend the funeral were the worst to occur.
    These are difficult times. We can only take each day as it comes.

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