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Shutdown – #67

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1. The 2019–20 NBA season is the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On March 11, 2020, the NBA season was suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Pastor and the visiting Pastor discussed whether or not we should have our Pastor’s anniversary celebration or not.  There was talk in the news about a virus called COVID-19. Four days later on, March 15, 2020, we had our Pastor’s 13th Anniversary. We had several visiting churches and a congregation full of people.  Little did we know how serious the virus would be especially for the genetic makeup of our congregation.  We learned later that African Americans, in particular, are more likely to suffer from health problems that are some of the main triggers for COVID-19 hospitalization; health problems such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity. On March 16, 2020, self-isolation started for older adults and those who have elevated risks.  So, I had to self-isolate I was considered part of the “high risk” group. I called my self-isolated period, Rick-quarantine 😊 I had to postpone my eye appointment, change my doctor’s appointment with my chemo doctor, and change my appointment with the primary physician.  I was able to schedule a virtual doctor’s appointment for both my chemo doctor and primary doctor.  I have had over 100 doctor visits in the past 2 years.  I have had some difficult times understanding the information from the doctors, knowing where each office was located, keeping up with all the different medications, and remembering to take my medication on time. I always think about how older people keep up; I’m not going to even get into paying the medical bills.  Now because of the pandemic, we have virtual office visits.  The following instructions were the actual instructions for my virtual visit.

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