We Are Not All the Same, We Should Not Strive to Be All the Same

This is a really good break down of the Biden-Harris campaign ad about Equity vs Equality. On the surface, it sounds great, as most of Liberal philosophy initially sounds “Yeah! Equality for all!”, but as usual, when you scratch the surface and start asking questions, the meaning is in fact, not well intentioned, and in fact, sounds like a scary place to end up.


How was your election day? Did you vote? Did you have a hard time voting? I know when I was getting ready for work this morning I heard on the radio that there were traffic jams and lines not only out the door, but along the building and down the street. That was before work. I don’t know what it looked like after work.

I was actually able to vote at the hospital. That was nice. It was nice not to have to leave campus and stand in line for an hour. But I was surprised at how long the lines were that I stood in. It was encouraging to see so many people take time out of their days to vote.

I was proud to hear our oldest son Blake voted. I don’t know if our youngest voted or not, I haven’t heard from him.

I tell you though, I’m SO ready for this election to be over. I know you probably feel the same. It’s been a brutal year with COVID and the riots but the crazy that came with the election drama was nearly too much.

Oh 2020, when will you be over??

By the way, did you guys know that a meteor came close to Earth on 11-2-20? I mean … why not!? I’m sure we’ll be visited by the zombie apocalypse will be next. In fact, Kevin, who is a numbers guy, text me: “Hi. The meteorite didn’t hit today at 8;33 AM so I guess we are going to have to vote after all. It was a .41% chance of it hitting the Earth. So, in other words, you are about seven times more likely to die of getting hit by a meteorite than by dying from the virus.”

Ha! Nothing like math to bring things into perspective!

Anyway. I’m sitting here now, too scared to watch any of the election coverage. It just stresses me out. I know life will continue as normal no matter who wins but I can’t help thinking how it will change, again, depending on who wins. Will we be better off? Or will we have to fight tooth and nail for every right we still retain? Will people even WANT to fight to retain our rights? I feel like people are giving up. I know we were a punching bag to a big, bad 2020 bitch, but we can’t give up! We have to keep fighting the good fight.

Or the bad fight, again, depending on who wins.

Let’s change the subject – I can’t think about the election anymore tonight. All I can do is pray that we keep Trump in the office four more years.

I’m tired. Like bone tired. It’s because I’m so focused on writing and increasing my word count I’ve been staying up too late. And I really need to get to bed early tonight because I’m in clinic with my doctor tomorrow and I’m in clinic with another doctor on Thursday and when I’m in clinic, I feel like I need all of my mental capacities.

We’re still doing Telemedicine, by the way. We haven’t stopped doing Telemedicine. I don’t think Telemedicine is going away any time soon, to be honest. My doctor LOVES it and to be fair, I think a lot of patients are digging it. It took a little getting used to at first, and I still run into people who are flat out against Telemedicine or who can’t participate for whatever reason but I think people are starting to get used to the new normal.

And that’s really the theme of 2020, don’t you think: Finding our new normal. I hate that phrase though. I feel like finding our new normal is not usually a positive thing and God knows, I don’t want to make wearing masks our new normal, but I’m afraid that’s where we’re heading. I can’t tell you the number of times I forget my mask at work and when I realize my face is naked, I feel embarrassed and exposed. I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I forget to wear my mask. It’s so commonplace now I’ve forgotten what some of my coworkers look like without a mask! How sad is that??

But life is starting to settle down at work. We have indeed found our new normal and we’re pretty much back up to full capacity as far as seeing patients and doing surgeries. Our volume is still not all the way back though. Usually, by this time of the year, by the end of the year, we are scrambling to find places for people on our schedules because people want to get in before the end of the year in order to meet their deductible. But not this year. Our schedules are spotty at best.

Speaking of meeting deductibles: Kevin was looking over my work benefits and it looks like our insurance is going to change the date on our yearly cycle. For example, our deductible won’t start over at the first of the year, but in fact, in April. I think this is a great idea because if we stagger everyone’s “end-of-year” deductible resets that will prevent bottle necks of people wanting to do whatever before their insurance resets.

Oh, and speaking of deductibles, our premiums are going up, again. You would think I would have great benefits working at a hospital but that’s not really true. I mean, it’s not terrible but it’s not as great as you would think. I guess I should just be thankful that we have insurance. Hell, I’m grateful I still have a job, considering the environment we live in now.

My team is throwing a luncheon to celebrate PA week, MA week and my birthday. It was a weird time for all of us and now that the dust is settling, we are playing catch up. I spent a considerable amount of time on the doctor’s schedule, re-arranging people so we could carve out an hour so we could all eat together. It’s a lot of work, but we really enjoy being able to stop, break bread together, and have some laughs. I brings us closer together as a team and recharges us a bit.

Sorry, I realize I’m rambling. I’m seriously half brain dead right now and I can feel my eyes at half mast. I really need to go to bed early tonight but I’m about 500 words shy of making my goal for today so I’ll trudge onward.

What else can I talk about? What else is going on in the world right now besides the obvious?

Oh. Just read that Trump won the state of Florida and 29 electoral votes. I really hope he wins Wisconsin and California. Those are traditionally Blue states and it would be very satisfying, especially with California, if he won those states.

What the actual hell …

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance over the weekend explaining that voters who have tested positive for COVID-19 can still exercise their right to vote, even if they are currently sick or are undergoing quarantine.

“CDC’s recommendations for isolating someone who has Covid-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with Covid-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote,” a CDC spokesperson told CNN in an email Monday. Source

We live in madness, folks. Complete madness. I guess COVID is taking a break so people can get out and vote but as soon as this is over, GO BACK INTO HIDING BECAUSE COVID WILL GET YOU.

Gads. I can even roll my eyes hard enough at the sheer stupidity.

Okay, uncle, I need to get some sleep.


(The next morning)

Well. I’m at a loss for words. As of this writing, Biden has more electoral votes than Trump. There are still some states that haven’t finished counting votes, so there’s still hope as it’s a very close race but I can’t help but be discouraged. I will not, however, turn into one of these lunatic people you see recording themselves having a screaming fit because they didn’t get their way, but I’m not going to lie, I’m disappointed and worried. I honestly thought, in my heart of heart, that Trump would win by a landslide. And if you look at the breakdown of states Trump won the midwest and Biden won the coastal states. That’s not surprising.

I’m going to go to work now and distract myself with that and … well, I guess life goes on, right?

Have a lovely day, Blogfam.