Tag: Vaccines

Category: Health and Wellness

COVID-19: The Not-So-Much Bunch

When I was a kid, I grew up surrounded by relatives. My mom had five brothers and sisters. On average, they had 4.3 kids per family. Add that to the five kids in our household, and you had the makings of quite a cousin party, pretty much all the time. My mom’s father gave up trying to remember the names of his 29 grandkids. He gave us numbers based on our ages. I was #3. My youngest brother, Chris, hated the fact that he was #27. Read more

Category: Health and Wellness

There Is a Light Coming! Can You See It?

As strange as it seems, I got bullied a lot when I was a kid.

I could hardly blame the other kids; I was a prime target for bullying. By the time I was 11, I was overweight, wore glasses and those old metal braces, and had a really bad complexion. With five kids, money was tight, and my mom, God love her, made a lot of my clothes herself. And cut my hair herself. Read more

Category: Health and Wellness

A Tale of Two COVIDS (with apologies to Charles Dickens)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times in the Bertaut household, and, oddly enough, both times were happening simultaneously.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, I started feeling a bit puny. Sinus-y and a little fuzzy around the brain. Over the next couple of days, those symptoms stayed about the same and I started feeling fatigued. On Saturday, Oct. 10, my daughter, who lives with us, started feeling bad and had a fever. She got tested for COVID-19. Her result was positive. My wife and I decided to go get tested. I was positive; she was negative. Read more