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My Corona Diary December 2020 - 2021


Nasiadai
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A note on my own behalf:
I suffer from severe high blood pressure.
That's why I had a stroke exactly 9 years ago.
I have been in hospital for the last few days because of another high blood pressure attack;
a so-called “hypertensive derailment”.
The doctors can't help me. No medication helps me.
Blood pressure lowering drugs only work in extremely high doses.
In this critical health situation, I will hardly come to SEA and Siam in January 2022.
I can die at any time due to another stroke.

I have invitations from my Thai friends and their families (all speak good German; are/were colonels and generals of the Thai military).
In the past years we have always had a wonderful time together; e.g. dinners together in restaurants at Chayo Praya in Bangkok, Oktoberfest 2015, family parties, football tournaments and much more.
They all ask when I'm coming back, because Thailand is now letting tourists back into the country.
Maybe I will fly in January 2022 (if I am still alive then).
If I die in Bangkok or Jomtiem, the urn with my ashes can be placed in a Buddhist Wat and my family (daughter, brother, sister etc.) can come and “visit” me there later and say goodbye.
I think that is a good idea. This may sound like "gallows humour", but I have no other options left.
 

 

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In Classical Peroid Greece, humans were called the "mortals". The Greeks considered themselves the earthly counterpart to the gods, who were called the "immortals". If you look closely at the stories and myths of the classical Greek era, immortality is the only really decisive criterion that separates us humans from the gods. For the behavioural patterns and the emotions of the Greek gods are infused and permeated with the human and the all-too-human, so that immortality remains as the only and distinguishing criterion.

Today the Greek gods have faded; they have passed their twilight of the gods. Today's Greeks are Christian Orthodox and Zeus and Hera, Aphrodite, Pallas Athena, Hermes, Poseidon, Ares and all the other deities of the classical era of Greece have literally faded, passed away. They no longer exist.

One of my best friends has been struck by a severe stroke.
He has been in intensive care at the Düsseldorf University Hospital for about four weeks.
The stroke was so severe that he fell into a coma from which he has not woken up to this day.
He is no longer responsive and it is doubtful whether he will ever come back.
It is terrible! It's a disaster!
 
It's not looking good .... Pray for him. There is nothing else we can do.
 
Today, Friday, I wanted to take the bus to the Elbe and the Elbe dyke for a long walk.
tI can't, I'm shaking all over.
I can't, I'm shaking all over. Bernd, what are you doing?! Come back.
Bernd, please come back.You are still needed in our circle of friends.
He has considered himself immortal. He always thought that only others die, he himself never dies.

Das 4. Buch Mose 6, 24-26

Der Herr segne dich und behüte dich;
der Herr lasse sein Angesicht leuchten über dir und sei dir gnädig;
der Herr hebe sein Angesicht über dich und gebe dir Frieden.

Maybe this blessing we all know will help:
The 4th book of Moses 6, 24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
To shine upon you and be gracious, and be gracious unto you
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCpxgEHqjFA

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I too am threatened with the same fate as my friend. A stroke that will either lead directly to death or make me a total invalid. This can happen at any hour on any coming day.

So, that's the end of the bad news.

I'm changing the subject and returning to the pleasant and beautiful topics, the topics we are all gathered here for and are interested in.

 

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