Beware another kind of deadly COVID-19 threat

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 Duluth News Tribune

Sunday August 2nd, 2020


In these days of forced isolation — and with psychologists and other health officials sounding alarms about a coming crush of suicides and mental health challenges related to COVID-19 — I think it’s important we all become more aware of folks who may be at high risk.  Maybe by sharing my husband’s heartache with the world, it will save someone else’s loved one.



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  1. Debi King on August 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Isolation is horrible for those of us with depression normally. I have COPD and have to be especially careful to begin with. My husband has diabetes and is an essential worker. We are raising a 3 yr old Grandson (in preK), a 5 yr old grandson (in Kindergarten), and a 7 yr old granddaughter (2nd grader) in a school district that is returning to school full time (5 days per week). I feel torn. We can opt for online learning but I feel least qualified to teach these kids. The middle one has extreme ADHD and the youngest has speech therapy through school due to developmental speech delays due to neglect from the parents. COVID can kill. It’s frightening.

    • Doris Rauschenbach on August 10, 2020 at 7:15 am

      You’ve got some very valid concerns. I especially feel for those kids who need extra educational/developmental support. The ability to understand facial expressions is an important part of nonverbal communication. How are these kids going to learn that when everyone around them is wearing a facemask?!

      • Ida on November 27, 2020 at 12:08 pm

        I am not a teacher, but I believe that smiling, a lot of smiling will go through the mask toward the student’s eyes. They might respond positively when they see the wrinkles around the eyes go upward.

    • Elmyra Lewiski on August 17, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      My heart goes out to you! Our government should give more support to those who need it!
      Love and light,

      • Georgia Lowe on October 22, 2020 at 4:39 pm

        The problem is, if the children are one’s kinship, the only help they will receive is food stamps, WIC, and voucher’s for daycare. However, the grandparents can achieve fosterparenting, so therefore the system may or may not pay them peridium for caring for their grandchildren.

        • Vicky on November 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm

          That varies by state…Virginia has whats called family foster….As for this article…i think it helps to pick a friend that will social distance and take precautions…and socialise together only….(except for other household members) i seen during quarantine where 4 elderely women decided to quarantine together…they would put signs in the window when they needed their grown kids to pick up something…one sign read “need more wine”…lol…they were sewing…playing cards…watching movies…cooking…etc…and having a great time….

      • April Wortman on November 4, 2020 at 9:22 pm

        You honestly think that anyone in our government gives a rat’s ass about anyone? Two thirds got stock in masks, vaccines or anything else they can make money off people dying.

        • Judy Dobson on December 16, 2020 at 2:03 pm

          Unfortunately you are 100% correct.

    • Trish on October 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      You are a blessing for those kids to have. I hope you continue to stay strong and steady, and capable of handling your grandchildren. May God give you strength.

    • Kirby Shiggs on October 7, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      I’m so sorry for your situation! It’s not fair to anyone but especially you and your husband! I wish there was more assistance for people in these situations unfortunately its just never has been a priority! You just have to keep pushing on and try searching out other solutions! Check the internet ther could be help available

    • Marylou Kirk on October 21, 2020 at 4:50 am

      You have a right to have a speech therapist and special ed teacher come to your home if needed! Call principal and request, not ask for an I E P meeting!
      You may also want to get a letter from your husbands dr explaining he is high risk!
      Also, ask your dr or school counselor for help with the child that has ADHD.
      Good luck to you and your family❤️🙏🙏❤️

    • Bonnie on January 2, 2021 at 11:00 pm

      I have a friend who was torn about her ability to teach. However over time the kids were really doing well. IMO you get a curriculum and many group activities and testing. My friend loves it and so do her kids. You get support and you learn too!!I say try it. It has empowered her kids and they are very independent. She has been doing this from preschool and on. Her kids are very kind, polite and can carry on very well. The boy is 12 and the girl is 13. Hope this some more research for home schooling.

  2. Debi King on August 8, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Depression is a killer in and of itself. Medicare allows my physician to prescribe antidepressants, however finances do not allow me to afford their copays. Therapy is not covered whatsoever by Medicare. So far it is by sheer determination that I survive!

    • Doris Rauschenbach on August 10, 2020 at 7:02 am

      There is something wrong with our health care system when it comes to mental health illnesses. It’s soooo frustrating! Please don’t ever give up and stop asking for help. Prayers to you, my friend.

      • Vienna on August 17, 2020 at 7:53 am

        Frustration has now compounded your many family issue’s now. I feel your pain..How is mental health NOT a priority to a major care taker in a multi generational home in today’s world? I just don’t get it, either. Your grandchildren and husband all require YOU to be THEIR caretaker in so many ways. WHO TAKES CARE OF YOU? I’m praying for you my friend and hope you have or get a support system close to HOME to be there for you🙏❤

      • TW on September 7, 2020 at 7:20 pm

        Oddly, develop an alcohol or drug issue…all sorts of help available.
        The ounce of prevention does not seem to exist.

      • Barbara on September 18, 2020 at 2:25 pm

        Maybe the teachers should wear the plastic, see through masks, but only if the s hook districts provide them for the teachers.

      • Kirby Shiggs on October 7, 2020 at 9:06 pm

        There’s definitely a lapse in mental health help across this country! The problem is enormous! My roommate works for a mental health organizer and the things he deals with are from children to adults are just heartbreaking and sad!

    • TD on September 4, 2020 at 8:39 pm

      Not true. As a mental health service provider, I know for a fact that Medicare pays for psychotherapy. I bill for services every week and they pay.

      • Kirby Shiggs on October 7, 2020 at 9:09 pm

        That’s true but I don’t think very many people know this! And those in states that didn’t go for expanded medicaid don’t have any access to healthcare at all! They will be seen but there stuck with the bill!

    • Rhonda Bailey on November 14, 2020 at 4:38 am

      I’m on Medicare and I have used it for going to a psychologist. You have to have paid your $195 deductible first and then nothing after for your visits. They can do sessions virtually, too.

  3. AlyAnn on September 6, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    It doesn’t have to be done by the government. Churces, communities and websites can direct you on things to do.
    We need to start depending on each other.

  4. Pat P on September 14, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Yes. I’m on Medicare, and my therapy appointments are covered, other than a co-pay.

  5. Louise spurck on September 19, 2020 at 8:16 am

    I’m on medicare, the cover all meds, therapist, psyciatrist, cold machine and treatment. Only 3 prescriptions are $1.00 and no copays. Covered all my hospital and hospice care til I was better, and I got to go home while doing mistreatment through a lift line. Maybe you should call..i’ve never had an issue.

  6. Marjorie Robinson on September 22, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    My heart goes out to you all you do have your hands full but you will be blessed. For taking your grandkids. I have my grandson but he is 19 now. He’s been here for 5 years. It’s hard when our kids can’t raise their kids. But you all did good prayers for all of you

  7. Janis Perrin on October 20, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Prayers Just having you around is the best medicine that they can have! Let it go it will all work out😷

  8. Judy Evans on October 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Bottom line is no one cares if a person with depression dies. The UN issued a statement saying that 95% of the people on earth would have to die for the earth to be sustainable for the future generations! Others have said the world can only sustain 500,000,000 people. We have about 350 million people in the US! Whether people want to deal with it or not the New World people are taking control of every thing.right before our eyes and we are following along like sheep to the slaughter!
    The democrats are pushing the New World Agenda and fools are voting for them! The German people believed Hitler’s lies too. BTW he also did away with the police and replaced them with his Brown Shirts was we’re murdering thugs! Think about that

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