Social media is so TOXIC these days.
South Alabama was hit with some pretty horrific storms and tornadoes last night and I’ve seen a lot of posts about people helping each other out in this time of need. Which is great. That’s the kind of thing you like to see during a crisis. People coming together to help one another.
So, why is it that I’ve seen so much negativity surrounding the coronavirus pandemic? People are dying. Like literally dying. As I sit and type this, I’m sure someone somewhere is drawing their last breath in a hospital bed. With no family around. Only nurses and medical staff. Their loved ones are sitting at home helpless while a person that means the world to them is dying.
We live in a time where we are SO LUCKY to have the knowledge and resources we have to help fight this ruthless virus that literally no one in the WORLD has ever been exposed to until now and therefore has no immunity. This isn’t the flu. Yes, people die every year from the flu. The flu kills tens of thousands of people a year. Do you know how many people have died from THIS virus in just roughly three months? Over 40,000. IT’S NOT THE SAME.
Our governments made the very difficult decision to shut down as much as possible to try and slow the spread of this dangerous and deadly virus. Because that is the ONLY solution as of this moment. They asked you to stay home if at all possible. Don’t go out and come into contact with tons of people and unknowingly spread this disease to tons more people. Because at some point in all of that socializing there’s a very high chance that you, yes YOU, were a part of the spread to one vulnerable individual that came close to or, god forbid, did lose their life to this horrific beast of a virus.
And yet here we are just a few measly weeks into this just bitching and whining about having to stay home.
It’s been over a month since I’ve stepped foot off of my property and gone in public. It’s been well over a year since I’ve gone to work. What do both of these facts have in common? They’ve been for the health and safety and quality of life for my son. I had to quit work to stay home and take care of my special needs child. I’m now having to not even leave the house in order to protect that same child from possibly catching this virus that could very well kill him if he were to catch it.
Oh to be so privileged to think that I should be able to go and do what I want and not give a second thought to anyone else in the world.
My life has been really fucking hard since Apollo came barreling into it in all of his beautifully happy, yet complicated glory. I’ve soldiered on though, and done whatever needed to be done to make sure that he has the absolute best quality of life not just because he is my son and I love him, but also because he is a human being and that is what he deserves. So, to see all of these people just not giving a crap about the REAL threat that is going on…man it just burns me up. I’m angry. And I’m disappointed in the human race.
I’m getting way too worked up and angry writing this, so I’m just going to leave it there.
Get your shit together people. Do what needs to be done and don’t be so damn selfish. My son’s life depends on it. Someone’s mother’s life depends on it. Someone’s brother. Someone’s child. Someone’s grandparent. Do you get it yet?
— Angry special needs mama bear signing off now.