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Dispatches From Ohio

Greetings from the land of lockdown!

I didn’t think I’d ever say this but I’m actually really impressed with our Republican state administration.  They came out early and hard on coronavirus and shut everything down.  So what does that look like here?



Seriously. The vet clinic is still open. We closed our waiting room. People could check in and then go to their cars until we came to get them. That started on Monday. By yesterday we were in a bit of a race to see what clinic employee had a complete mental breakdown first. I guess in our minds we were going to be here to treat sick animals. What are we seeing?

Toe nail trims


I’m not even kidding.  On Monday we saw over 90% new people with animals who haven’t been to the vet in years.  Why does this animal suddenly need a vaccine when they haven’t had one in the last 5 years?  I swear, people are just bored and looking for something to do.  

Yesterday was just ridiculous.  What part of STAY HOME don’t people understand?  We actually had people in the exam room when they got a text that they had been exposed to a person who is symptomatic for coronavirus infection.  I AM DONE.  I’m not super worried about myself but the husband is medically delicate.  

On the way home last night I passed an ice cream stand that was open for the season starting Monday.  There were about 10 cars in the parking lot and a freaking line for ice cream with a side of community spread of coronavirus.  

This morning I ordered the doors to the clinic locked.  Now, if the animal isn’t sick we send someone to the car to get the history and the pet and bring it inside.  Owners aren’t welcome.  If the animal is sick and there is going to have to be a lot of conversation, they can come in.  

I’ve always washed my hands a lot because we see so many patients but I’m being extra, extra thorough now.  The back of my hands are burning because of the scrubbing no matter how much lotion I add. 

This morning, Ohio banned all elective surgeries to conserve gloves.  We only do surgeries once a week.  We had an extensive waiting list waiting to get scheduled for May dates.  Now we are calling everyone scheduled to say it is all off.  Mostly they are leaving messages but we did have one person start yelling that she was just going to spay her dog at home herself.  Good luck with that ma’am.  Bye Bye.  

How are things in your part of the world?


  • Stephanie Jane

    Situations like this really do bring out the idiot in people, don’t they 🙂
    My OH is high risk too so we’re staying in rural-ish France for as long as we can rather than returning to the UK. We just heard today though that friends back home are going ahead with their daughter’s 18th birthday bash. It will be ok though because ‘only friends and family’ will be in their house. Obviously they believe coronavirus can only be transmitted via strangers!!!

  • Mae Sander

    This is a pretty damaging assessment of how people don’t understand (or even try to understand) the situation. Thanks for sharing your experiences, as they are revealing in a sad way.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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