Hope everyone is doing okay out there

Hi all. Hope y’all are doing okay and are in good health. Michael and I are doing well, though it’s getting hard to stave off depression. I never went to many places, but the fact that now I basically never leave the house at all is getting to me. On top of worrying about Michael possibly getting infected at his job. But I know a lot of other people are worse off.

Recently I read an interesting book called The Origins of AIDS. It was extremely interesting and all the little connections, the butterfly-effect stuff of what happened, was astounding to me. At around 1910 a hunter in sub-Saharan Africa cut himself while killing or butchering a chimp, some of the chimp’s blood got in the cut, and a century later 30 million people are dead. And there were a lot of events that happened in the intervening years, and if even one of them hadn’t happened as it did, the history of AIDS would be much different now.

Stay safe, everyone. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. No one should consider themselves immune from COVID-19. Something like 15-20% of the people who have died were under 65, and around 10% had no underlying illnesses at all. That doesn’t even count the people who only survived by the skin of their teeth after a stint in ICU. Coronavirus is insanely unpredictable; a 108-year-old woman survived while a healthy five-year-old did not.

On the bright side, a Chinese man who was abducted in 1988 has been reunited with his parents after 32 years.

6 thoughts on “Hope everyone is doing okay out there

  1. KT Stanko May 18, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    Hey, my depression has been pretty terrible lately, too. I seem to go two or three days being fine and then all of the sudden I’ll have a massive mood drop. I could have written that first paragraph myself. Today marks two months working from and staying at home for me. I am fortunate that my fiance and I both can work from home, we’re not immunocompromised, and we don’t have children, so that makes me feel more guilty about feeling the way I do. Depression is great for guilt. I’ve had good stability for 6+ years thanks to Zoloft, but I’m not sure SSRIs can touch the depression that comes with dealing with a global pandemic of this magnitude for the first time…

  2. Vincent May 19, 2020 / 12:29 am

    Everyone please remember that you are precious beyond words. Your selves, your lives, your smiles and your inner beauty…. these are gifts, valuable beyond all measure. Every single one of you has touched the lives of countless others in positive ways that maybe you don’t remember. Those people you touched, they remember. They are grateful to you. They admire you. They think you are amazing. There is so much love for you in this world. All you have to do is stop worrying, stop being afraid. Just stop and breathe and feel the love surrounding you. Love others and you become attuned.

  3. Vincent May 19, 2020 / 10:52 am

    Hi Meaghan. Thank you again for all that you do for missing people and their loved ones.

    By the way, who is the woman pictured with the photos in the entry for Justin Lee McConville? I think maybe that photo is out of place. In your summary of Mr. McConville’s case, you didn’t mention anyone suspected of involvement.

    • Meaghan May 19, 2020 / 11:01 am

      That’s actually Justin. It’s a mug shot of him. I know it looks womanly but long haired skinny clean shaven men tend to look that way.

  4. David Bordelon May 27, 2020 / 6:23 pm

    Meaghan, I apologize if this post is out of place. I’m not very Internet savvy. I have some information about the Judy Davis case, concerning a young lady who has been missing for 48 years. I should clarify that I recognized an elderly lady here in town that goes by the name of Judith, and the picture looks remarkably similar. Even the height is the same. However, being deaf, I cannot make phone calls and never have. Please contact me if anyone is interested in more information.

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