Kip’s Comments 7-23-20

Tall Bellflower Blossom - Image 644636 (© Kip Ladage)


No More Silence

As the COVID-19 virus has worked its way around the globe, I have remained almost silent on some of the issues that have been turned into political tools. I have been too busy participating in webinars and conference calls, requesting and delivering PPE, and continuing to attempt to do my job to the best of my ability. Throughout this time I have tried to practice social distancing. Most times I have worn a mask, even when all others have not.     

Today I learned that a friend, their family, and their extended family are all ill with COVID-19. I worked closely with that friend during a recent large event – a time when I did not always wear a mask and the friend did not either. You can only imagine the feelings I had to learn this – both for the friend and their family as well as myself.       

Since I am still within the self-quarantine days, I now cannot take a family member to their very important treatment at Mayo tomorrow. I cannot camp with family and friends this weekend. I will be spending more time alone until I pass the quarantine time (Sunday). 

Ideally I would have known about my exposure many days ago. Since I did not, I can only wonder – have I been asymptomatic and exposing others to the virus? How many and who might have I exposed? Had I known, my routine would have changed. This virus is so frustrating!      

If you see me outside and others are around, don’t worry about the mask – I am wearing it to protect you and the vulnerable population – my family members on both sides, friends of all ages, and maybe myself. If you have not already done so, feel free to join me. Put on a mask. Let’s defeat this virus.     

Today I found a nice group of tall bellflowers in full bloom. This was one of the blossoms.   

Tall Bellflower Blossom:

Tall Bellflower Blossom - Image 644636 (© Kip Ladage)

Tall Bellflower Blossom – Image 644636 (© Kip Ladage)


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