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Wayne Gray

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  1. Wayne Gray

    A Treasure Lost

    Of course. I hope it helps you write something great. This was one of those things where I'd had the tune, the melody in my head for literally years. And I'd hum it over and over, until it had made me a little crazy. So I was having one of those days on the way to work, and I stopped in the parking lot, and pulled out my phone. I literally wrote it in maybe six minutes. But it had been long overdue, and it just wanted OUT. So, out it came. 🙂
  2. Wayne Gray

    A Treasure Lost

    Thanks, JACC! I like the written (and sung) word a lot. I'm happy my little song prompted you to re-react to the chapter. 🙂 I appreciate that you'd take the time to comment. Thanks for that.
  3. Wayne Gray

    Real Friends

    "Real" is an interesting concept now-a-days. We experience the world through physical means, but more and more through electronic mediums. Does that make our relationships or friendships here less? We allow these electronic friends power over us by emotionally connecting with them. We let them in. We invest in one another's lives and spend emotional currency on them. You've hit upon a truth, I think. Friends we make here are people we have entrusted with a part of our hearts. Great poem, friend.
  4. Great job! Resistance training (bodyweight or otherwise) has been shown to be the biggest preventative measure to brittle bones as we age, so keep at it. You will feel the effects of your effort tomorrow and the day after. Your trainer will know this, and he'll modify things so you are either forced to work and burn through the lactic acid build up and flush it out, or he'll have mercy on you and allow a tiny bit of recovery. If I were him, I'd ... Well. I'll just let the immortal words of Robert Frost take it from here. ... From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire...
  5. Doing good. Got a little cough hanging on, but it's almost gone now. I actually worked out today for the first time in over a week. I took it slow (well, slowER) and didn't go nuts like I'd normally have done. I lost six pounds in a week from a lack of appetite. That comes and goes, but I'm making myself eat at least twice a day. FYI - COVID is not a recommended diet plan!
  6. Yassssss ... flannel, coffee, hats, raincoats. In July.
  7. Ahhh! Humboldt, CA here. We're literally a 1/2 mile from the coast, so we get the wet, moderating effects of the ocean. I love it. Rain, green, cool, misty paradise.
  8. Thanks, all for the well wishes. And my fever broke dramatically last night. I woke drenched in sweat. My temp is still 100.3F, but that's a degree lower than it was when I went to bed. I'll keep checking it throughout the day. But things are looking pretty good, and most important, I feel pretty good. 🙂
  9. Looking at all of the numbers related to the Delta and Omicron variants, I suspected since I'm in healthcare and my husband is in one of those "Essential Services" positions with lots of customer service interaction, that it was only a matter of time before we got hit. The night before, I felt ... odd. Cold. I went to bed dressed in a sweater, sweat pants, a knit cap and two pairs of socks. I woke the next day to largely the same symptoms. But I was feeling mostly okay - to the point where I debated working out or not (really glad I didn't!). Then we got a text from our friend, Matthew. We'd hung out with him on Thursday, and he texted to say he was sick, and positive. So. I pulled out our home antigen kits, and tested Kevin and I. Mine was barely positive after about twelve minutes. But coupled with the fever, I knew it was right. Kevin's converted positive within thirty seconds (with a fifteen minute incubation, so he has a LOT of antigen, or virus). Honestly, I think Kevin already had it from his interactions through work. He had minor symptoms (thank you vaccine!) for a while, and we did test him a few days prior to these events. He was negative then, but it was likely because he didn't have enough virus built up. Last night I still felt mostly okay. I thought, well, I can just work from home. I have evals to do, and I can do those from here. Then I went to bed. Shortly after I got up, and pulled out a space heater. I set it up right by the bed and cranked it. Before going back to bed I took my temp again. 101.4F. So. Yeah, this thing is definitely nasty. And no, I won't be doing evals or work today. I have way too much brain fog for that. But ... I know we'd have been so screwed without the vaccine. We'd have probably survived, and ultimately been okay, but I don't have any desire to have this drag on for weeks, or develop "long COVID" symptoms. Anyhow, I'm going to go back to bed. You guys all stay well.
  10. Wayne Gray

    Yonder

    Of course. Thank you for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed it. That often keeps authors writing, so it's appreciated. Take care. And I hope you find another story to like.
  11. Great picture, Fae. Yes, it has been a strange year. But even during the craziness, there's joy to be found. As you've proven. I wish all the best to you and SP.
  12. Awwwww ... She was amazing. But you're right ... what a life!
  13. A huge part of my job currently is making sure that isn't the case for our patients. I am in charge of our testing supplies, interfacing with the state for allotments, tracking tests performed so our supplies are replaced, researching alternatives when our current supply runs out (the state warned us we need to switch testing methods a few weeks back due to declining stock), researching their limits (negative and positive predictive value, or false positive false negative %) and training staff on new tests as soon as I teach myself how to do them. This is now at least 30% of my job. It's not easy. But doing it means we can get someone tested the same day. We're lucky that my organization has deemed this effort worth allotting my time to do. Every organization doesn't have the staffing or connections baked into what is at my disposal. I'm not special - anybody could make this work if given the resources to do so. But again, a lot of places just don't have the staff and/or training required to make it happen.
  14. Finding asymptomatic carriers is important. But without timely testing, it's really almost useless.
  15. These are antigen tests ... the BD Veritor. Meaning they have to detect actual chunks of virus to be positive, and viral shedding varies a lot, even if someone has the virus. That's the reason for the disclaimer. This means, if someone is symptomatic, and has a negative antigen test, we still treat them as positive until we run what's called a PCR (polymerase chain reaction). That test is FAR more accurate AND precise. It is considered the gold standard. Had you been positive on the antigen test and symptomatic, we wouldn't run the confirmatory test. It sounds like they've collected for their own version of the PCR test, so you should hear back soon (depending on the backlog). The reason for running the antigen tests even with such limitations is two fold - speed and the fact that symptomatic+positive means not having to perform a far more expensive PCR test. They have their uses. Way better when the PCR can be resulted the same day to back up the results, though. Good luck and rest.
  16. Awesome. More ammunition for my kbois-based character! Some of the things that happen to you sound utterly made up, and I love it. 😛
  17. Kitt, weird things happened to those I followed, and to my notifications recently. All without anybody doing anything. So I think it's more likely there's a "ghost" in the machine at work.
  18. Wayne Gray

    Why Pride?

    I think it'd make a good kids book. That'd be pretty cool. I do think you're right. Acceptance is the key to almost everything good, and that's what it'll take to see a better world. My part in that is to write, provide examples of how things could be, and try to help others see it. Someday. Thanks for reading and for the nice comment!
  19. Wayne Gray

    Epilogue

    Thanks for the great comment, Chris. And it's all right if you're late to the party; it's still here to be read! 🙂 Oh, I guess you're right about Mia! Chad and Mia have a healthy baby girl, and they plan on having another baby down the line. They make great parents. Paul undoubtedly saved Corbin's life. And along the way, he snared his heart too. I like how this one turned out, and I appreciate the time you spent reading it. Now, if you want to switch gears a bit, start on Camp Refuge. Eventually you'll see characters from this story there too, though not for quite a while. And that story is not a suspense/mystery. But I hope you enjoy it anyway.
  20. Merry Early Christmas to all those who celebrate. We're hosting a couple we know this year, and I somehow became the guy cooking? I am still unsure how that happened. Regardless, the menu is: Beef Tenderloin with a spicy, umami, slightly sweet rub, mashed parsnips & potatoes, puff pastry brie cups with my husband's homemade apple chutney, and various finger foods. Eggnog with brandy too, of course. I've done as much as I can today to prep, and now we just have some cleaning to do. Bring on the morrow!
  21. I'm with Kitt. Bailey's Irish Cream cheese cake, and wash it down with eggnog! 😄
  22. Thanks, Reader! We're fine. Kevin was working, and he didn't even feel it. Crazy. hehehe
  23. Thanks, kbois! Yeah, earthquakes are just a thing here. Gotta learn to live with them.
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