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ak87 July 28, 2021

@cat it helped in Victoria?? How would it not help in Sydney? In NSW essential work includes unnecessary retail, we even had that closed down in the ACT in our only wave. There are at least 20 unlinked transmissions each day, which is from people being out and about, so limiting how far you can go to 5km (which still gives literally everyone in Sydney access to essential shops) to at least attempt to control things when you shouldn’t be leaving your house other than for essential work, groceries or exercise anyway is unacceptable how??

ak87 July 28, 2021

@grumpier monster that’s great in theory, but when there are 10,000+ Classified close contacts per day, I’m not sure it’s a viable option. At the start of an outbreak where case numbers are less than 50 sure, I 100% agree and I would be willing to do it daily outbreak or not if it became necessary (for me personally, it wouldn’t, but I’d be willing), but it is impossible in a situation like now, all frontline staff are stretched to the limits as it is, postal wouldn’t work as there’s no way it would reach them in time and they are meant to isolate unless symptoms appear anyway so no way of collecting the tests without risking spread as they may as well be getting the normal test which is far more accurate if they are leaving their house. It’s possible for transport workers as they can establish checkpoints etc, but in the sense you are talking about, it’s logistically impossible.

ak87 July 28, 2021

@cat unfortunately her position is a government one before a medical one and if she doesn’t do what the government tells her to, she can lose that position quite easily and be forced into ‘leaving due to personal matters’.

ak87 July 26, 2021

@mchris2 some people need that human interaction to be productive, for example, I tried a semester of uni online, I didn’t even get 3 weeks into it without giving up. I was far more productive at uni having somewhere else physically to go and have people in person giving me that motivation. This past year I have been lucky enough not to have been in lockdown at all because of where I live (we had mini lockdown at the start of the pandemic) but I had the option to work from home if my physical health needed it, those days I was half as productive as I was on days in the office, I had no one ‘watching over me’ to keep me on track. Yes, I’m an adult and I have succeeded in many areas of my personal life, but in my professional life, in the role I am in I am still learning and I feel I need that supervision, that encouragement and accountability given in person, I read too much into emails or IM’s. Human beings are designed as social creatures, we thrive being around other people (moreso with people we like) so it’s pretty natural to crave human interaction particularly when we don’t have it.

ak87 July 21, 2021

@ashleighrae I have another disability myself too but even though it affects my daily life because I hadn’t been hospitalised or needed to see a specialist in the 12 months prior to applying it wasn’t approved 😒 my mental health one was approved in less than a week because I had just got out of hospital for mental health related issues. Thankfully I can get some of the supports for my other disability though under mental health as they cross over a bit. I’m glad you are already applying though, it’s a tedious process but worth it in the end.

ak87 July 21, 2021

@meg Poor nurses... They've never been more celebrated and validated!
 you think that’s why nurses go into the job? To have to work the ridiculous hours they work, get paid the pittance they get paid for what they do (which is literally keep people alive) in hopes a pandemic comes along so people will validate them? They get their validation daily no matter what. Either you’ve never been to hospital other than maybe for birthing, or you have no heart. I on the other hand have spent most of my life in hospital, doctors may do the surgeries or ‘call the shots’ but they are on a ward/with a patient no more than 20mins a day outside of an operating room, the nurses are the ones that do the work, they deserve far more than a bit of a clap for working during a pandemic, sacrificing themselves and their families daily.
Nurses looking after covid patients are quite literally watching people die and not being able to help them, in other countries it’s over and over every day, which will be the case here too if we ‘open up’. There won’t be room for traumas and life threatening conditions, or kids that have put something in an orifice they shouldn’t have.
Sacrificing hundreds and thousands of literal lives for jobs that may not even exist in a few years pandemic or not is inhumane. Just look at other countries who do have ‘good’ vaccination rates opening too soon, hundreds even thousands of people still continue to die daily because they didn’t wait long enough.
My parents lost everything when my stepdad got cancer, but I would much rather have him back here over anything materialistic. I have been homeless through no fault of my own twice, once with an infant, once with a school age child and newborn, both times I had to go interstate to survive, but I was able to pick up the pieces and move on, not bitch about it not being my fault and it being unfair. Sometimes life isn’t fair and you lose everything, pandemic or not, but saying you’d prefer to sacrifice lives than lose what materialistic stuff you have? I’m not even going to say how that makes one look. People are still literally living in tents after bushfires destroyed everything they had, but they aren’t complaining anywhere near as much as city folk who ‘don’t want to be told what to do’.

ak87 July 19, 2021

Personally I find the cave of wonders cake the best so far.

ak87 July 18, 2021

I have no idea if you will actually see this Ashleigh, but I would be happy to give advice on applying for NDIS for mental health. It is only since becoming a participant that I have been able to truly start healing.

ak87 July 16, 2021

@rush I was one that posted waaaaay too many of me and my ex-husband, I think of it now and cringe. It was like I was trying to convince myself and the rest of the world I was happy. Granted I’m not a ‘brand’ to the world, but if you’re truly happy, you’re in the moment, not worried about getting photos of it, even with my kids I don’t have photos of special times because I learned to be fully in the moment.

ak87 July 14, 2021

@gypsy right? Dan Andrew’s may be hated by many victorians, but look at what would have happened in Vic if he hadn’t been hard with lockdowns, it’s playing out in Sydney now and it’s putting far more people at risk other than Sydneysiders. 

I have felt pretty safe here in the ACT basically the entire pandemic, and I’m fully vaccinated now (1B person) but I am actually scared of what is going to happen because there is still no full lockdown in Sydney/NSW despite 2 people having died in less than a month and almost 1000 contracting it and it being clear that too many people aren’t restricting their movements. Where’s the common sense?

ak87 July 8, 2021

@anonymous I have to disagree with that last part, the push back from the LNP over the inquiry into veteran suicides has been going on for years, the push has come mostly from the families of the suicide victims and Lambie who as much as I don’t like many things about her, pushes for things she cares about. The veterans wouldn’t have the PTSD they have if not for the government sending them to those war zones. The government owes the families the answers.

As a survivor of domestic violence myself, having almost been killed by my ex and having PTSD myself from my attack and having gone through the court process for my attacker to still walk around freely and I had a dearly loved family member killed THIS YEAR by a DV attack, which was highly publicised. 
I’m also the daughter of an active serving military man with severe PTSD who is being forced into retirement this year after serving his country for 39 years, and all he wants is to be able to make 40 years, us kids have suffered from watching his PTSD take over his life too, including him being suicidal, he is a shell of the man he once was, he only leaves the house to go to work and to buy groceries, he deserves to have his death prevented, because it is extremely likely, once he retires he will attempt suicide, our family is preparing ourselves for that likelihood, knowing that no matter what support we try to give him, we won’t be able to save him if he decides to do it. They are both things close to my heart, but pitting them against one another and calling it political, when both have and are being fought for by the families and survivors for years. Unless you have experienced both, you can’t possibly understand the toll both takes. 
They are both just as deserving and both deserve full focus and to say otherwise is just outright disgusting and disrespectful.

ak87 July 7, 2021

@megan_deng195 interesting you assume because the writer says they’re elderly they only have a few years. 

It seems the government classes anyone over 65 as elderly, my dad isn’t far off that but he still works full time, that’s definitely not my point though.
My grandfather passed away in his early 70s from MND, my grandmother turns 90 this year.
70 is classed as elderly, but my grandmother has so far lived a further 20 years past that age and given my great grandmother, her mother, lived to 101 even after having breast cancer in her 70s and bowel cancer for the last 2 years of her life, she’s got a good chance of another 10+
I wouldn’t say 20-30 years is ‘only a few’ would you?
If she got covid though, well it’s highly likely she wouldn’t make it to her 90th birthday.

ak87 July 1, 2021

@snorks so from what I got from the article, because of his deal 15 years ago (which surely should have had an expiry date 😞) and the supreme courts ruling that he can not be tried again, it’s not an option, so it’s effectively and acquittal with double jeopardy rules (can’t be found guilty of the same crime twice). It’s disgusting, unfair and a huge step back for us survivors, but especially those in the US. Thankfully our laws are broadening and becoming less fallible, but I can say from experience, the process of having someone successfully convicted is twice as traumatising as the event itself, I was lucky that my abuser was convicted, but I can say 100% wholeheartedly, I would not have called the police if I knew what I would have to go through, it destroyed my entire life, including my family and it was not worth it for what I got in return, especially when he still walks free and just the other day I saw him in public and it sent me into a panic attack and triggered my PTSD.

ak87 June 30, 2021

@mustlovebooks whilst I do agree with the quarantine facilities, that lockdown was caused by someone that had been in Adelaide quarantine and returned to Melbourne after their quarantine period was done. It wouldn’t have mattered what kind of quarantine they had been in.

It’s kind of ironic now though given the state of Australia and how Victorians where complaining about other states not being locked down. 

ak87 June 30, 2021

@guest2 but it shouldn’t have to be the case, that’s the entire point. We shouldn’t HAVE to spend more money on an item of clothing to make it fit. Men certainly don’t seem to have that issue, so why should we have to suffer when the designers could cater for us from the start. Surely the more money they would get from us spending on their clothing by being included is better for business overall?? They happily dress plus size celebrities for red carpets 🤷🏼‍♀️

ak87 June 30, 2021

@rush saaaame! I’m young enough that Facebook came out in my early 20’s but old enough that to take the photos someone had to take a digital camera out and to upload photos we had to physically attach a digital camera to a computer to upload photos to it, I didn’t own a phone that had internet until my eldest son was born.. so glad I’m classed as ‘old’ now!

ak87 June 29, 2021

@rush my state (well territory, ACT) hasn’t had a lockdown at all so to speak, we had advisement at the start but no lockdowns, and we had panic buying here too. This is one time I’m glad for the ‘canberra bubble’ regarding no community infections ever, but I feel for all of you who do the right thing but get screwed by those that don’t, like how many people need to spread the virus a few days after getting out of quarantine for those that do to say, ‘ok, imma spend the next few days at home to be on the safe side’?? 

I am begrudgingly wearing my mask since it’s been made mandatory here, even though it sends my ptsd through the roof, particularly seeing my attacker yesterday when going for my 2nd vaccination. But I am doing so to do my part, to keep myself and others safe, just in case. I have an elderly neighbour who hardly left her house all of last year because after having breast cancer and going through chemo during it all, she knew if she got covid, it would kill her.
I’m also extremely glad I always have bought the large packs of toilet paper (got 14 rolls left and I bought it 3 weeks ago) my mum did, so it was instilled in me as a teen, so I was set when the hoarding started, good tip for once it stops 😉

ak87 June 23, 2021

@laura__palmer sorry, but no. I live in an ‘upper class’ suburb in my city (in fact one of the most expensive to live.. in public housing. My sons father and I both made the decision to send our son to the local Catholic school as it was much better and safer for him to attend than the public school literally right next door. At the time I was able to pay half his school fees, however some very awful things have happened over the last couple of years and I am unable to keep working part-time, so can no longer afford my half of the school fees. The government funding the school receives helps to cover my half of the fees so they can be waived and my son can continue to get the best education available to us in our feeder area.

We aren’t married and never were. He was baptised under a religion not recognised by the school. He goes to school with Muslim children, atheist children and many other kinds of children. I am an active Christian in a different denomination, his father hasn’t attended church since school.
I attended a ‘religious school’ for part of my high school education and it was the best part of my education years, I was pushed to excel, everywhere else, I was ‘encouraged’ to just pass and do the bare minimum.
We know what he is being taught at school, but we, his parents are the ones that teach him his values and what is right and wrong and we are solely responsible for that, so I know without a doubt in my mind that if this was presented to him in high school, he would be one of the ones to stand up and say it’s not ok and expose it, which males students did, no-one would know that it happened if none of the male students had told anyone.

ak87 June 21, 2021

@suezab I get it and totally felt the same way reading a few years back when I was only on DSP and not able to work at all (I’m back there currently after having to have a major surgery earlier this year), then when I had a little extra money being able to work (and at tax time) I would put away enough to buy a product or two each month. 

It means I never need to buy them all at once and the slightly pricy brands (I use REN & body shop skin products and make up products from mecca) honestly made a difference not only to how my skin looks but how I feel. I spend approx $1000 per year now on skin care over 12 months - $20 per week - which the average person spends on take away coffee or wine/alcohol - I don’t drink and almost never have takeaway coffee, both contributes to bad skin anyway 🤷🏼‍♀️ $200 on one skin item is outrageous, but all the makeup she recommended can be affordable and there are plenty of good products out there that are affordable and do exactly the same things.

ak87 June 12, 2021

@michelle.lynn.smith72 Chicago Hope craps all over E.R! I was only a kid but I remember watching both it and E.R with my mum and E.R only gets in lists like this is because of Clooney, who despite popular opinion isn’t all that great..