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  • Writer's pictureKen Murray

Isolation Day 23 - It's a Joyous Day!

The latest news from my brother Al. "Connie was removed from the ventilator today (day 16). She's doing very well breathing on her own. They will keep her in ICU one more day to monitor her and if she is still doing well move her to a special wing just for Covid-19 patients. She will be getting on-going physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and occupational therapy. They are re-testing her for corona virus. Sent a swab out for test yesterday and expect it back maybe tomorrow. If its negative they will immediately send out another swab for testing. If that comes back negative they will consider her free from the virus. Here's a statistic to mull over. The day Connie went on the ventilator (March 23rd) there were a reported 413 deaths in the US from Covid-19. Sixteen days later when they took her off the ventilator there were over 11,000 reported deaths from the virus in the US. Hopefully in another day or so I will be able to talk to her on her phone and she'll be able to call her Dad. I'm convinced all off your prayers got Connie through this difficult time." Thank you for all your prayers!

Latest news on the virus from New York is trending positive. Hospitalizations from Infections are down for three days in a row. Also the models predicting 100,000 to 240,000 deaths has been revised downward. Let's hope this trend continues. The DC-Metro area is slated to be one of the next hot spots. We're going to try to limit our grocery store visits to one over the next two weeks.

Shelly and I are doing well. We haven't killed each other yet, and we're playing our Scrabble games. I do miss seeing Melissa, Rhys and Knox and going to the beach.

Lennon and McCartney are fairing well. We don't let them outside because we don't have face masks for them. Here they are relaxing.

I came across one of my favorite Gary Larson The Far Side comic strips today. Always makes me laugh.

I watched a movie I haven't seen in years, "The China Syndrome" starring Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and Michael Douglas. It's from 1979 and is about a nuclear power plant incident following an earthquake. What struck me most during this watch were the clothes. Straight late 70's flare pants, clogs, and wide lapels.

A throwback photo. In September 2016, Shelly and I visited Niagara Falls. We'd seen it before, but it is always magnificent. Here's Shelly on the Canadian side of the falls.

And in closing, Shelly and I saw Peter Noone from Herman's Hermits, Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees, and Mark Lindsay from Paul Revere & the Raiders perform at the Ocean City Springfest in May 2010. It was quite a good concert, and great seeing these rock idols from the 60's. I couldn't find any videos of them sharing a song together, so here is Peter Noone singing the Herman's Hermits hit "Silhouettes."

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