[RDM] Prayers, please

By | December 2, 2020

Hi Everyone,

It’s not easy dealing with this Covid mess. And you all know I am not a lockdown person. But that doesn’t mean I have ever taken the pandemic lightly. Especially for older folks, this is something dangerous that needs to be watched. Well, all at once, three family members of mine contracted Covid-19: my mother Barbara, my step father Glyn, and my sister Nancy. 

Fortunately, Nancy is asymptomatic at this time. My mother and Glyn really got nailed, however. I spoke to my mom about this a week ago, when she suspected she had it but was waiting for test results. She sounds worse than I’ve ever heard her sound. 

However, I am reminded of the generally high survival rates, even in older people. My two aunts, both older than my mom, also had Covid earlier this year and both recovered. So right now we are going on that knowledge. 

The other good news is that both mom and Glyn were discharged from the hospital after a very brief stay and are staying with Nancy, who happens to be a nurse. Since she is on quarantine herself, she has to be at home anyway and can take care of them safely. 

My mother has kicked chronic lymphocytic leukemia for 26 years. She was supposed to last not longer than five. She’s amazing, for sure. And thankfully Glyn seems to be getting better as I write this. But if you can spare a positive thought or prayer for my beloved family members, please feel free to do so. They all will appreciate it. 

And let’s not forget all the members of this site who have had to deal with sickness and death of family members during this pandemic. We all have taken a beating this year, aside from the destruction of global economy and rights. 

ALSO… Tracey and I want to thank the members of the RDM Team who sent us flowers. Guys, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

This is a picture of mom, Glyn, and Nancy from last year during Christmas. Yes, my mother is a character. She loves those green Christmas Tree antlers! 

And here are Tracey and me with them, in October 2019 when they visited us in Rochester. 

Thanks to all the wonderful people everyone on this site. You make our day EVERY DAY. 

Richard and Tracey

68 thoughts on “[RDM] Prayers, please

  1. Scott Santa

    All the best to all of you during this awful time … Get well Momma Dolan and Papa Glyn – We love you!!

  2. Lynda

    Prayers and love to your entire family for complete recoveries.

    The same for our entire Dolanite family.

    Lynda & Steve

  3. Pyroxide_Martini

    Wishing your family a speedy recovery Richard! It would be a troubling time despite the evidence indicating that the majority of people will recover perfectly fine (I hope this is the case) but as people and especially with regard to our loved ones, we can’t help but worry for their safety.

    Love and prayers!

  4. peggy robberts

    My heartfelt wishes that all your family will be quickly restored to health, Richard. I have every faith that it will be so.

  5. Robert Arthur

    I’m sorry to hear about your families difficulties and I will include you all in my prayers, be well Richard.

  6. Alan Davis

    Richard, I reach out in humble prayer to your Mother, stepfather and sister, that they will get through this COVID-19. I pray that the vaccines will be made available this month for folks over 65 who tested positive for Covid and of course those brave health care workers who risk infection daily.
    Oh and for the record, I’m no fan of these lockdowns either. The “cure” must never be worse then the disease.
    God bless you guys and keep up the good fight.

  7. PressToDigitate

    Great pictures! We can see the resemblance. You’ve described your Mother as ‘feisty’ (if not ‘ornery’ lol) on a number of occasions, so I’m sure she’ll get through COVID, ‘undaunted’. Our ‘Get Well’ Wishes for her and the rest of your family. It will be interesting to see if they get badgered to take the Vaccine a couple months from now, for something they should already have been immunized against by contracting the Virus itself.

  8. Enquirer

    I’m praying that Barbara, Glyn, and Nancy will all recover fully, and that you and Tracey will be comforted in this time of real stress.

    And thanks for asking for us to pray for this.

    1. David Attardi

      Richard and Tracey… best to you and your family. I miss you both and our local meetings in Rochester. I hope your family does well. my mom is 92 and a hermit in Florida… I miss her dearly. Best regards… doc

  9. MojoJojo

    Sending good vibes to you and your family Richard!!!! I just tested positive myself today…… fingers are crossed we all make it through this crap. Hopefully 2020 isn’t simply a trailer for 2021.

  10. Ron Holmes UK

    Hi Richard, I’m not a classically religious person, so prayers may not be the best way for me to help here. But I do care, and your family seem like such good people, so I’ll send them a whole shitload of love instead. Keep strong for them as I’m sure you already are, and keep some of what I’m sending out to them for yourself and Tracey too. This awful illness is hard on everyone, even those who aren’t suffering directly.

  11. WickyBu

    All the positive thoughts I can muster up are heading to you and your family Richard. Combined with others, the power of collective consciousness is huge.

  12. whatif

    Richard, sorry to hear the news. My prayers are with you and your family. Everyone, get better!

    Also, not sure if you read it yet, but Johns Hopkins published a study about a week ago, which they deleted because “it could be used in a negative way.” I’m paraphrasing. Anyhow, it’s mind blowing. Please read it, but essentially they have determined from new CDC data that Covid-19 has not introduced any new deaths in terms of our country’s total death count so far in 2020 as compared with the same statistic from recent years.

    Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.

    Here’s a simple analysis:

    Consider the following figures- US Total deaths by year per CDC:

    2013: 2,596,993
    2014: 2,626,418
    2015: 2,712,630
    2016: 2,744,248
    2017: 2,813,503
    2018: 2,839,205
    2019: 2,855,000
    2020: as of 11/14 total deaths= 2,512,880

    At present the US is experiencing a 1.12% increase in overall mortality rates for 2020- not good- pandemicky numbers to be sure.

    However, last year, 2019, there was also a 1.12% increase. Did we miss a pandemic in 2019?

    But wait it’s even “scarier”- 2018 saw a 1.22% increase in mortality rates, 2017 saw a 1.24% increase, 2016 1.27% increase, 2015 1.27% increase, 2014 1.29% increase- all exceeding 2020’s increase in mortality rate- so does this mean we have had pandemics for the last 7 years? Or is our population merely aging? It’s amazing our country can be taken so easily, isn’t it?

    If this is indeed news to you, I hope it raises spirits.

    Cheers, and an early Merry Christmas!

  13. Lauren2844

    Your a loving and great son! Your mom must be proud! You always want to see your children successful and happy. I’m sending the healing prayers to you and the entire Dolan lineage. You and your family have made the planet and our lives on it BETTER. Lauren.

  14. Christina

    Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear that… Prayers and lots of positive thoughts to all of you 🍀💚 🍀 Such lovely photos of you guys, and I remember some of the stories you’ve shared about your mum – she sounds like an awesome woman 😊 May everyone recover soon…


  15. FirstContact

    Prayers to your family and you! Extra prayers of thanks for the blessing of a nurse in the family, who is a loving and able caregiver !

  16. Susan

    Richard and Tracey … Positive thoughts, energy and prayers headed your way and to all your family. Are you aware there is treatment for this virus … successful treatment? If you would like , I can send you the information or links. Mercola.com has a huge amount of information re treatment. Have you listened to Docs4opendebate.be.en ?
    Frontline doctors have been successful also, and various other physcians around the world.
    Prayers for recovery,


    I don’t do prayers, as such. I do other things, and did them, for you and your family as asked in lieu.

    My best and warmest wishes on top of that, like whipped cream. And then some more from me and my friends, like nuts! Top with the cherry of everyone’s admiration for your new book!

  18. Geoff at Large

    I just lost my 73 year old father (who was a huge Richard Dolan fan!) after a long fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. These are some very frustrating times, especially when trying to see our elderly loved ones who are ill during this whole Covid mess. Im sending positive thoughts and prayers to your family, and wishing you & Tracy all the best, too!

  19. Watson

    Just read about your family and hope they have seen some improvement since you posted this. But I will happily offer prayers in their behalf. I wish them a speedy and uneventful recovery.

  20. cre8ive74

    My thoughts and prayers are with your mom and stepdad for a speedy and complete recovery. Also, hoping You, Tracey, and the rest of your family stay healthy and safe. Here’s to the entire Dolan family and Tracey’s family having a wonderful New Year and nothing but good blessings for 2021.

    Warm Wishes,
    Heather G.

  21. ddimatteo

    Those Knickerbocker Avenue ,Bushwick people are tough!
    My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, Rich..

      1. ddimatteo

        I’m the guy that met you at Anne’s in Newport. Lived on Knickerbocker Ave and Gates above my father’s butcher store for my first 5 years.

  22. Bill1950

    My wife and I are praying for you and your family Richard. We have to maintain a determined approach and deal with this pandemic in the serious manner which it deserves. We are praying that your family members recover quickly and experience no lasting issues from their illness. Hopefully vaccines are coming in the near future and a degree of normalcy can return! Also, thank you and Tracey for all you do with this site and for making a very serious topic available to us for legitimate public discussion. We are all better because of your efforts.

  23. fredrik

    I work as a front line carer for old people in Norway, and the survival rates from covid are high here, among the elderly on what we are calling the second round of the pandemic. general opinion among carer staff is that the effects of the covid virus is weakening, we are adapting.
    Distressing despite plenty of hope. Stay safe, be cautious: vigorous hand cleaning and mask wearing is the norm here. Hope you and family stay lucky and stay well.
    hugs from the height of darkness.

  24. Todd Flowers

    I’m sorry I am late to the subject but, I am praying and sending positive vibes to your family members and you Richard and Tracey.
    Best regards,

  25. cchubeck

    Prayers and good wishes sent to you and your family. I lost my Dad recently, not to COVID – but to restrictions on seeing people in a rehab facility. BUT – he is still with us in spirit and reminds me that this life is not all there is.

  26. D.A.

    Your mother, step father, and sister are in our thoughts and prayers as well. I truly wish I could come up with something more clever and profound to express my sentiments, but there’s nothing I can really say that hasn’t already been said here at least 5 times over…well, except maybe for ACTIVEGUARDIAN’s whole ice cream Sunday analogy thing; it might be just a tad too bland for me without hot fudge or caramel, but what the heck, if it works…then ditto to that too. Stay safe and well my virtual friend.

  27. Edhubble

    All best wishes and healing prayers to you and your whole family, Richard.
    You and I are similar age so I’m guessing our mums are too and mine just recovered from cv19. She’s 82 – and feisty!
    Apologies for long absence but always here/there in spirit.

  28. laughingspirit

    They’re on our prayer list. We will keep visualizing them as whole, well and happy.

    Barbara & Earl

  29. GrannyChanie

    Richard and Tracie, I just saw this, since I’ve been busy dealing with some things with my family. My prayers for you both, and for your family, Richard. Hopefully, by this time, they are doing a little better, and you can rest easier.

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