Some updates and some COVID research
Yesterday was a day for running errands. I must have stopped at 10 places but I got pretty much everything I need for a while. Apparently along the way I also picked up a nail or something because my tire pressure light went out as I got near home. I identified the offender and Chris has offered to take care of it for me this morning.
Even with errands I still had some time for quilting and I finished the last row of cross-hatching. I only have the last border to do before I start in the posy blocks. I'm pretty sure this is going to be a a boring quilt but I'm going with it and my goal is to just finish it. Hopefully the border will be done today and then I'm going to take it off the frame and do a few veterans quilts before I commence with the flowers.
I've been crocheting and listening to books in the evenings. I think this one is going to be more of a little boy's quilt instead of a baby quilt. I bought way too much yarn for this one! I'm not thrilled with it but with a navy blue border I think it's going to look just fine.
I know that teal looks a little out of place in this blanket but if you look closely at the variegated yarn you can see that it has teal in it. That's how this particular color palette came to be. It's really soft so I expect that the colors will be forgiven.
Now about COVID. I may have mentioned that I've been obsessively researching COVID information since all this business started in March. At the very beginning they were saying that we were doing lockdown to flatten the curve. No one ever said that we would be able to reduce the spread, they just wanted to delay the spread until they had treatment options. Now I know that different people have different opinions about lockdown, school closures, business closures, etc. I'm not going to get into that.
I don't like operating from a position of fear. I like to figure out the worst case scenario and prepare for it, therefore, I wanted to assume that I would eventually get it and figure out what I could do to best prepare myself for it and I thought I'd share some of that information with you, in case you are interested.
I don't listen to any news sources. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is biased and they make loads more money the more fearful that we are. As a result we are getting a ton of bad data, bad research and bad statistics. I started looking for medical sources for some real information. I found a Youtube channel for Dr Mobeen Sayed, it's called DRbeen Medical Lectures and it holds a wealth of information. There are DOZENS of lectures there specific to COVID. He is a medical doctor and he had an online medical business providing continuing education credits for medical professionals. During COVID they decided to make all lectures related to COVID available free to the public.
My "research" actually started with our family medical doctor who recommended that we take Selenium. Dr Sayed (He goes by Dr Been in the videos) actually has a video explaining how Selenium works to fight specifically this virus. After watching that we are continuing with our selenium supplements.
Next he has had several videos explaining how Vitamin D works in the immune system to help prevent the cytokine storm. That is the information that led me to reading The Optimal Dose book that I mentioned several weeks ago. I am following the directions of the book and have realized a lot physical of benefits from it. It's a very high dose so research for yourself if you are interested.
Another lecture that was interesting is this one in Statins. Researchers have documented that people on statins have less of an issue with cytokine storm and this video explains why.
Lately he has been able to get interviews with several people from hospitals and drug researchers exploring different therapies for the illness. One that he talks about a lot is called MATH+ and was developed at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. They have had a great deal of success with their protocol that uses steroids in the advanced stages of the disease. They have recommended treatments for prophylaxis and home treatment of mild symptoms and you can get that information here.
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Long form PDF
Dr Marik, who developed the protocol did an interview with Dr Sayed and it was easy to understand for us non-medical types. I was impressed that Dr Marek sat down at 9 at night and did an hour and a half talk with Dr Sayed. You can watch it here.
I'm not recommending one thing or another. I'm just sharing information that I've found that seems to be unbiased and solid. I have every expectation to be exposed to this virus and my goal is to have my immune system prepared for it or even just for next year's flu.
7/25/2020 12:27:50 am
Thank you for making available your research.That is most helpful. BTW the flowers and crosshatch are beautiful. I can only imagine they will become moreso as you finish the quilting. And in this case, absolutely, 'boring' is spelled b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l !
7/25/2020 10:12:31 am
I like the blues and I think you're right that a navy border will just finish it off perfectly. And I agree that there's so much misinformation out there regarding the virus and it's so hard to weed out the good from the bad. I think the medical field is flying by the seat of their pants (or certainly were at the beginning) and a lot of what was suggested was trial and error. I'm using common sense (what little I posses!) and staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask when out in public, and washing more than thoroughly. I refuse to go anywhere where there is a crowd and stick to the social distancing protocols. We eat healthy foods and stick to our vitamin regimen. I watch a bit of the news each day but that's as much as my mind can handle.
7/25/2020 10:56:29 am
I have taken Selenium for several years so I'm glad to hear it is one of the protectors against the virus.
7/27/2020 09:25:43 am
Ever since you gave me this info I have been pretty good about taking the vitamins and supplements everyday although in my haste this morning I forgot to pack them to take to work today. I have been taking a supplement for hot flashes and finally read the back of the bottle. Here it contains selenium and I didn't even know it. I have been taking these for several years.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.