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Interesting thread (embedded in this tweet) on the situation at the port in Long Beach, CA. 

https://twitter.com/typesfast/status/1451673736877428742

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Well, looks like Maersk is making bank while the supply chain snafus continue….for how long? They actually seem happy about it. While we struggle, they make money. 

What was it Rahm Emanuel once said about never letting a good crisis go to waste? 🤨😏

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/11/02/business/maersk-record-profit-supply-chain-chaos/index.html

 

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Yesterday I talked with a fellow home care aide, and mentioned how there seem to be a lot fewer of them (we used to have several dozen show up for mandatory meetings, now I hardly see any).

She told me a lot of them left because of CV. They have families or health issues, etc. and did not want to risk exposure to the virus, especially for low pay and inadequate health insurance (if you can get enough hours to qualify) and no paid sick leave. Driving house to house to house every couple of hours means more  potential spread of infection, too. Also, some families are not allowing aides or nurses in their homes for fear of catching it.

Can you blame the aides for leaving?

For now we’re not required to get the V, but OSHA’s mandate may change that because we receive funds from Medicaid. Home care agencies are screaming for help already. If they lose more aides, they may be forced to close their doors, for good.

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@notmycircus I have a lot of clients with the V problem. The religious exemption is what people are taking and so far, everyone I know of has been able to take it.

This is real people, real life, in various different states, including blue states.

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One of my VA clients is about to run out of a life-sustaining medication. He will die in a few weeks without it.

The VA cannot get it in yet and there is nothing they can do but wait for the shipment.

His wife has a back stock of the pill (expired 🤫) because her husband warned her not to trust the VA to always have it in stock. Meanwhile, she is sick with worry and putting the heat on them to either get the medication to her ASAP or hubby will be forced to go to the hospital. 

Don’t be surprised if hospitals start getting patients who simply cannot get access to critical meds thanks to the supply chain issues, so the hospital is last resort to get them. 

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His medication came in today, hurray! 🎉 

He did have to take some of the expired medication, though, to tide him over. This is something to keep an eye on.

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Update: The VA (Veterans Administration) appears to be having some supply chain problems.

One of my VA clients just got bedpads after weeks of not receiving any—I was buying them for him at the store so I wouldn’t have to change his  bed linens every day.

The other one is having a little trouble getting certain medications in on time. The life-sustaining medication he takes is currently available only in generic form which his body doesn’t absorb very well (so it barely helps him). 

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@notmycircus reading this just pisses me off so bad. I am so sorry for what you and your patients are put through. We all know it doesn't need to be this way. I am sorry!

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@elsa It gets better.

The VA is getting ready to cut caregiver hours—both for family caregivers and professional. Today one of my VA clients and his family caregivers did their normal assessment (over the phone) where the VA asks a bunch of questions to figure out how their client is doing at home, blah blah blah. VERY invasive series of questions. Anyway, today both wife and daughter said the lady in the phone was NOT NICE this time. We suspect they’re looking for excuses to trim back resources and hours, maybe even take clients out of their homes and put them in nursing homes. 

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https://twitter.com/aginnt/status/1483486770255695874

Supply chain issues may be about to intensify.

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