I had an extra-long shift scheduled at mom's today.
The regular caregiver is burned out and needed a long weekend.
The roofer called and said they were going to start today. Crap, crap, crap, crap.
Normally, no problem. Mrs ERJ and I would split up. One would stay home and the other would do mom-duty.
I had to call and renege on mom-duty which got siblings and other care-givers' panties in a wad.
I called the roofer at 8:30 this morning "What time will they show up?"
"Oh, something came up. The tear-off crew will be there after lunch" the contractor said.
At 12:30, two guys pull up in a pickup and drop off a few rolls of underlayment and say they will start tomorrow.
I head to Mom's five hours later than scheduled. The person who showed up at 7 the previous night was still there and a walking zombie. She said she wanted to stay until the next person came and I could go back home. Hey, her call.
I walked the dog and then went home.
Things being what they are, I don't know what other choices I had. The contractor from last year stiffed us from late June for the whole rest of the construction season. I cannot get too bent about this guy slipping a day.
The other thing is that roofers work in rain-free windows of time. We have sporadic rain forecast and they are going to tear-off and roof one side at a time.
I will be very, very happy when the new roof is in place.
While in town I had a conversation with one of my brothers. He was pissed at me (brothers can tell these things).
The conversation was about changes to The Rules when mom clocks through the two weeks after her second shot and is considered fully vaccinated.
The CDC guidance varies from webpage-to-webpage. One place it says "everybody fully vaccinated...good to go" other places it says "Full face masks and physical distancing is still required if anybody in the house is at high risk (which includes old people over 65)". Holy crap! Mom is 89 and by those standards will never see a human face the rest of her life.
My brother was knocked on his butt for four days by the vaccine (Pfizer). He is pissed that he went through the grief and there will be no benefit.
With Mrs ERJ away, I have to monitor the family Facebook page. I floated the idea of dropping the masks if mom and caregiver are fully vaccinated. I also pointed out that every decision has two risks. There might be a slight increase in the risk of Mom getting Covid if we drop the masks but there is an increased risk that multiple caregivers will jump-ship if we don't give them relief on masks. Caregivers with flu-like symptoms are expected to recuse themselves but that was pre-Covid anyway
My gut feel is that some of them are already not wearing masks when more than six feet from Mom and Mom is A-OK with that. She is not going to rat on them. I caught myself doing it. Mom asks "What did you say?" and down comes the mask so she can see my lips move.
A basic rule of leadership is to not issue directives that will not be followed and you cannot enforce. Something our Governor never learned.