Plague – half the community is sick

This is the down side to sharing.  Living closely to each other we occasionally can do nothing about passing on infections.  The last week has been pretty hard for the community in general.  i got off easy.  i was only down for part of a day and i did not have diarrhea nor was i vomiting like many of the folks here were.

Fortunately, this virus which has hit over 50 members, guests and visitors in the last week does not typically last more than a couple of days.

Perhaps our nemesis looks like this

And what strikes me most about this unfortunate situation is our collective resilience.  With all these people sick, only one meal has been missed (which we could have gotten covered if the ailing cook has just asked for help a bit earlier).  Hundreds of shifts: tofu, dishes, child care, garden is this crazy heat, shipping, wood working, chairs weaving, auto maintenance, bike maintenance, cheese making. food process, seeds gathering, seed packing, cow milking, bread baking and granola making, orchard, ornamental flowers, Louisa, CVille and Richmond buses and many more – are all running at nearly normal capacity.  People who are not sick are doing some extra work so people who are can rest and get better.

What is especially impressive to me is that even though the community is no longer linking hammocks production to quota, and even though our current production goals are lowest of the year, because we have sales that members know we can make if we make more hammocks – even with these ailments and incapacitated workers we are still producing more hammocks than our goals.


About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

2 responses to “Plague – half the community is sick”

  1. moonraven222 says :

    I’m sorry to hear that so many people are ill–I hope *everyone* recovers soon.

    And you’re right. It is impressive that so many shifts still functioned. Kudos to all those who took on a little more so that the community could keep going.

  2. Ahnika Delirium says :

    Any notion as to what the virus is? Transmission methods etc? I’ve been re-reading Starhawks “The Fifth Sacred Thing” & near the beginning of the story it is suspected by the residents of the future San Fancisco, (who, in this future utopia vs. future dystopia now live by consensus in a relatively egalitarian way focused on community, sustainability, & imbuing deeper meaning & creativity to life), that the “Stewards” (Horrible name), who are the imperialist theist government/corporate body that lords over the post-industrial-collapse southern California, are conducting germ warfare against their peaceful northern neighbors. My mind is in the conspiracy theary-esque place, both from reading this particular text (which has been a favorite inspiration since chyldhood) & due to the current crazy state of law, big politics, government & corporate psychosis in the western world, as I understand it.
    I suppose it’s a moot point whether or not this TO plague was contrived. & my logic brain says probably not & I’m being reactionary.
    Are y’all on county water? Or a well? I don’t know if I ever knew one way or t’other…
    MAd props (that is, high compliments) to those who’ve been holding it together so that others can recover; I’ve decided it takes a village (or village like device) to get ANYTHING done & done well, and illness/healing is one the most important & least addressed issues within more loosely knit, less intentional communities. Often folx suffer thru’ on their own, missing work; & friends send well wishes, but there is no system in place outside of a communal environment for friends to take up the work slack of friends (except domestically). Which is to say well done TO. & well done Paxus for reporting on i to those of us afar, who care!
    I’m wanting to talk with you soonly about yer “new community” idea you posted about awhile back; Chubby Squirrels! I have a big vision, & this notion really resonated with me. I won’t wax poetic about it here, but I’d like to be sending love letters back & forth. Lemme know if this is titilating to ye, once the viral storm has passed. Be well. Don’t fergit yer garlic!
    <3- A

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