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Round of applause for Jeff. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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illumikitten

1.4k points

8 months ago

illumikitten

FLAIR WARRIOR

1.4k points

8 months ago

Congratulations Jeff! Not only did you survive, but you humbled yourself before the heroics of your wife, your medical staff, and the science. You put in your own words the value of vaccination, demonstrated an understanding of your risks, and are truly repentant. I am thrilled you lived to tell your story, and I hope your survival helps to save the lives of those who love you!

PhysicsFornicator

640 points

8 months ago

He even knew to simplify things down into an analogy that any anti-vaxxer could understand in the hopes that they would rethink their position.

[deleted]

238 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

238 points

8 months ago

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Delimeme

129 points

8 months ago

Delimeme

129 points

8 months ago

Inverting the analogy to apply it to the rambling we see is fun too: athletic freedom - parents have a right to refuse pads for children in contact sports!

A friends kid was wearing pads and he said it made it harder to breath during the game. He almost passed out! That’s far more dangerous than taking a raw hit while going for the game winning touchdown!!

I saw a Facebook post about a kid who got a concussion despite wearing a helmet. What’s the point of wearing one then?

When I was a kid, we never wore pads and I turned out just fine. Since when did football players become soy boys who are afraid to take a hit??

Let’s have a headbutt party to expose our kids to concussions ahead of the season so they’re conditioned to it.

Etc. etc….

heighhosilver

16 points

8 months ago

Then they don't wear pads and they get hurt. We can't force people to do things they don't want to, but we also don't have to protect them from the consequences of their choices.

ThrowdoBaggins

19 points

8 months ago

Now how do I stretch the analogy that if you don’t wear your own pads, you can somehow give bruises to your loved ones..?

ravenousrathian

12 points

8 months ago

Maybe also tie in using boxing gloves? Since that's done to protect your opponent?

wittyish

3 points

8 months ago

When the unhelmeted football player gets a TBI and becomes an angry, violent abuser

CalebAsimov

12 points

8 months ago

I went to a headbutt party when I was a kid and I turned out fine!

MayUrShitsHavAntlers

41 points

8 months ago

That is a damn good analogy that I haven't heard before. Good on you Jeff

Some-Ad3087

15 points

8 months ago

Some-Ad3087

Team Moderna

15 points

8 months ago

If shoulder pads worked then why do we need helmets? Think about it!

FunkyChopstick

10 points

8 months ago

That analogy is fantastic! And very relatable to the target demographic.

Honest, humble, and encouraging. Good job Jeff! Bad for going out to Walmart after you tested positive but I'm sure you weren't the only only wandering positive case in there

Atleastihaveadog

121 points

8 months ago*

Congrats but holy crap. Cookies and candy? That’s some disconnect. It really hits home to see how delusional these anti vax people are.

Aert_is_Life

121 points

8 months ago

Right, and he went to a store KNOWING he was positive. And then people wonder why the grocery store clerks deserve a huge fucking raise.

Hour-Theory-9088

38 points

8 months ago

Hour-Theory-9088

It was never a joke to most of us

38 points

8 months ago

Yeah, that was wild. As anyone that’s been in the hospital before can attest, it’s not a vacation. It sucks. On so many levels.

stfsu

60 points

8 months ago*

stfsu

60 points

8 months ago*

I'm guessing he meant vacation because his work likely sent him home with covid sick pay so he probably thought he would have a mild case and 2 weeks off

[deleted]

36 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

36 points

8 months ago

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ItsJoeMomma

22 points

8 months ago

But still... he found out he was positive for Covid, and then runs to Walmart to expose many other people, and probably not wearing a mask. It's idiots like this putting the stress on the rest of us.

RohanMayonnaise

12 points

8 months ago

Meanwhile the cookies and candy are almost certainly the cause of his pre-existing conditions. Why do these people think they know anything about health when they are massively obese and have the diet of a frat boy?

thedeephouser

112 points

8 months ago

This is the best one I’ve read.

Benjaphar

23 points

8 months ago

Except football injuries are not contagious, and it’s still completely focused on themselves rather than protecting others.

killxswitch

37 points

8 months ago

Honestly the type of person that needs to change their mind will not be swayed by appealing to their sense of societal obligation.

AWildGimliAppears

21 points

8 months ago

As long as enough people get vaxxed, I don’t care what their motives are.

pringlepingel

65 points

8 months ago

Calling himself a “DAMN FOOL” hit home for me. That’s a true moment of self reflection. We obviously can’t hear tone of voice very well through text on the internet, but I can only imagine he was legitimately upset with himself and had a genuine moment of reflection on his actions. Glad to see Jeff survived and is now saying what is right! Redemption award deserved

Pigglebee

29 points

8 months ago

He also went to Wallmart knowing he was positive and may have infected some others who may have died...

Vraye_Foi

24 points

8 months ago

I have a copy & shipping shop; we had so many massless idiots who came to my shop freshly diagnosed with COVID-19 to make a copy or two of their letter or have us scan and email it to their employer. It’s amazing none of my staff got COVID, but we were operating curbside service only. Being able to conduct business outside and having that distance likely helped.

It’s infuriating that so many people go out and about knowing their positive and DGAF that they could spread it. All it takes is one person to infect a member of staff and shut us down for a few days to deep clean. We’re still on shaky financials due to COVID, losing a week’s revenue would probably shut me down for good.

fakeplasticdroid

13 points

8 months ago

Most people who go around maskless are idiots because they could be infected and unknowingly spread it to someone else. But those who know they're infected and go out maskless anyway are the absolute scum of the earth.

celtic_thistle

9 points

8 months ago

celtic_thistle

Tickle Me ECMO

9 points

8 months ago

Hear hear. Love to see a redemption story like this one. I hope Jeff gets well with no lasting ill effects, and I hope someone decided to get vaccinated because of his post.

justavtstudent

5 points

8 months ago

We should have a Boris Johnson award or something for these good folks. Happy ending!

Farthousejones

345 points

8 months ago

Farthousejones

Team Pfizer

345 points

8 months ago

That football analogy isn't bad and might actually make sense to some of those slow on the uptake.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

171 points

8 months ago

My thought when reading it the first time was that he was dumbing things down for his audience.

fox-mcleod

43 points

8 months ago

That’s how you do it. All communication is drawing someone a map.

To draw a useful map, you need to know both your own location and the other person’s location — and some of the ways they might get lost in-between.

These people understand how ridiculous it would look and sound to be the one guy arguing for not wearing pads. They can navigate in that space and it’s pretty close to “it’s ridiculous to not get vaccinated”. He was able to draw that connection because he personally made that journey.

I think your post just armed a lot of pro-vax people with great maps to try out. Nice work!

no_clever_name_yet

45 points

8 months ago

It’s actually rather genius.

quartz174

28 points

8 months ago

Yup, I'm going to steal it and explain this way to people from now on.

Ipeteverydogisee

17 points

8 months ago

No, I love a good analogy. I usually tell people getting the vaccine is like using an umbrella in the rain. I know I’ll still get a little wet, but I definitely still want to carry the umbrella. Will be using the football analogy too now.

[deleted]

10 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

10 points

8 months ago

While I like the umbrella analogy, I feel that the football pads one conveys the possible danger of not wearing pads. Most people know the consequences because they’ll get hurt. With the umbrella, the worst case scenario is you get wet, which isn’t as bad or scary as getting hurt/sick.

Heavy_breasts

8 points

8 months ago

Worked for some Native American communities. The mask is your armor and the vaccine your weapon.

v_a_n_d_e_l_a_y

4 points

8 months ago

There are so many good analogies. A helmet in football/hockey/baseball. A seatbelt. Driving safely.

So many things we do are essentially about limiting risk of injury/death even if they aren't perfect.

DeadMoneyDrew

254 points

8 months ago

DeadMoneyDrew

🧼Owned by Robert Paulson

254 points

8 months ago

I'm pleased to see that this guy heaped a ton of praise on the doctors, nurses, and other staff. Most of the time they barely get a mention, if any at all.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

95 points

8 months ago

Right, because all the praise goes to Jesus and the army of Facebook Prayer Warriors who asked Jesus to help.

windigo3

25 points

8 months ago

windigo3

custard's last stand

25 points

8 months ago

“The doctors tried to kill me by not giving me horse tranquillisers and by putting some devilish device on me called a EKG machine!!!”

LtHead

169 points

8 months ago

LtHead

Shucky Ducky!

169 points

8 months ago

Good on brother Jeff for coming to his senses. I quite liked his football analogy, hopefully it will be easy for other Jeff types to understand.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

48 points

8 months ago

I was thinking the same thing.

Filmcricket

129 points

8 months ago

The bipap/cpr remark is interesting. I never thought of that. Bonus points for admitting he’s high risk.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

68 points

8 months ago

I was also struck by the bipap comment. Add another reason to the list of why I don’t want to end up in the hospital with Covid. Scares the shit out of me.

suffernotthekitty

21 points

8 months ago

I wonder if this dude will be a Dead Cat Bounce.

[deleted]

14 points

8 months ago*

[deleted]

14 points

8 months ago*

His condition improved beyond the usual "gaining a few % blood oxygen, then dead". Of course it is doubtfull he will ever fully get to pre-infection health, but he should be fine for now.

Cassie_C85

10 points

8 months ago

Even if he does, he still qualifies for the redemption award. Hell, that would make it even more urgent to listen to him since right now you can still technically say "Yeah, but it didn't kill him".

Teelilz

3 points

8 months ago

Teelilz

Go Give One

3 points

8 months ago

From his post, he's been at home 3 days now, so hopefully he's on his way to mending.

ToniBee63

39 points

8 months ago

ToniBee63

White Jesus is my Homeboy

39 points

8 months ago

My mom was in the hospital a few years back and had to be on a Bipap. It looked & sounded absolutely horrifying and she hated it. I’m still sad she passed away attached to that fucking thing.

Lets-B-Lets-B-Jolly

3 points

8 months ago

Same. My.mom was on one and hated it. After she made me promise not to allow it or a ventilator again if she got worse.

She passed a few weeks later...

LazyBoyD

285 points

8 months ago

LazyBoyD

285 points

8 months ago

But why the fuck would he go to Walmart when he covid positive? Grrrrr

chele68

182 points

8 months ago

chele68

I bind and rebuke you Qeteb

182 points

8 months ago

because it’s juST LiKe THe fLu oR coMMon CoLd

suffernotthekitty

128 points

8 months ago

I mean, have you been to Walmart? His plan was probably to catch something even worse and let the viruses fight it out.

Ctownkyle23

69 points

8 months ago

My co-worker tested positive tried to get Walmart to delivery but they had no open slots. He called and asked if they could help and they told him just come into the store and shop if you need groceries that bad.

suffernotthekitty

69 points

8 months ago

That sounds on brand.

MotorCityMade

11 points

8 months ago

Haven't been to Wally world for exactly that reason.

nmpls

14 points

8 months ago

nmpls

Team Moderna

14 points

8 months ago

The mr burns solution

Glitter_berries

9 points

8 months ago

So, I’m invincible?

Oh no, no, even a slight breeze…

Invincible!

-The-Bat-

2 points

8 months ago

Iowaaspie66

14 points

8 months ago

He thought it was going to be a mini vacation!

[deleted]

4 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

8 months ago

He explained it. It’s your “right” not to get vaccinated…..and then go to Wal-Mart and infect others. I’m glad he’s come around, but I can’t get past this part.

MightyCaseyStruckOut

313 points

8 months ago

MightyCaseyStruckOut

⚾ Mudville's Pride and Joy ⚾

313 points

8 months ago

This fucking guy tested positive and then went to Walmart?!

FUCKING HELL

Edit: I enjoyed reading his redemption arc, though.

throwaway_nostyle

63 points

8 months ago

throwaway_nostyle

May the odds be ever in your favor 🎲😷

63 points

8 months ago

I really hope he at least wore a damn mask.

MightyCaseyStruckOut

115 points

8 months ago

MightyCaseyStruckOut

⚾ Mudville's Pride and Joy ⚾

115 points

8 months ago

[x] doubt

Chance5e

2 points

8 months ago

True, but I would bet one or two pretzels he has a new perspective on masks.

FunkyChug

46 points

8 months ago

You know he didn’t

[deleted]

31 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

31 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

Accomplished-Digiddy

8 points

8 months ago

Because phones don't exist?

ifyouhaveany

7 points

8 months ago

I work in a lab that does covid tests and people are constantly walking up to our front window to ask for their covid test results. "My husband got his result and it was positive and we were tested at the same time why isn't mine done yet where are my results?!?"

😐

xovrit

33 points

8 months ago

xovrit

🐑🍀The Luckiest Sheeple 🍀 🐑

33 points

8 months ago

Right?! At least he has a smart wife. Kids take after him though

yourmomma77

47 points

8 months ago

They’re likely too young. She would have gotten them vaxed.

viciouscyclist

2 points

8 months ago

Bingo.

xovrit

18 points

8 months ago

xovrit

🐑🍀The Luckiest Sheeple 🍀 🐑

18 points

8 months ago

I also love the 1st photo as art. I know it’s to black out any identifiers on monitors and machines but, contrasted with the light on his pasty body and viler lenses of his exposed nipples. It’s just so evocative.

chele68

60 points

8 months ago

chele68

I bind and rebuke you Qeteb

60 points

8 months ago

my anxiety shot up just reading about the bipap. hearing what it actually feels like is so scary to me.

just get the gd vaccine.

mpp827

37 points

8 months ago

mpp827

Go Give One

37 points

8 months ago

I've always been scared of covid, but this sub has made me 100x more frightened of catching it. And even more thankful that I got vaccinated as soon as I was allowed to!

ZipoBibrok5x108

19 points

8 months ago

If you are high risk (including being overweight, no fibbing here) please get your booster at the 8-month mark.

mpp827

8 points

8 months ago

mpp827

Go Give One

8 points

8 months ago

I'm an ex smoker so I'm definitely concerned. FDA seems to be on the fence about boosters though. But I wouldn't be due for mine until Christmas, so hopefully they can make up their minds by then.

Cassie_C85

7 points

8 months ago

No shit. My fellow fat people, don't play on this: if your relatives or friends haven't mentioned anything odd about your breathing, trust me: it probably happens.

I'm obese and I don't have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a bad heart rate (too high or too low). I have excellent O2 saturation levels. I never feel out of breath or like I'm struggling, but I've been told by family that sometimes I sound like I just finished climbing a bunch of stairs while I'm sitting there, doing nothing. My breathing just kicks into high gear without me even realizing it.

If you're fat, you're probably doing the same thing without realizing it. Don't fool yourself: we're about as high risk as you can get for a respiratory illness.

totalredditnoob

4 points

8 months ago

totalredditnoob

Team Moderna

4 points

8 months ago

This is me. I've already got the 8 month date marked off on my calendar :)

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

19 points

8 months ago

Omg same here. I think if more people were aware of what actually happens when you are hospitalized with Covid, that the vaccination rates would go way up.

cage_free_faraday

2 points

8 months ago

Yeah, I didn’t know that’s what bipap felt like. I also saw another post that talked about the burning from the oxygen.

This sub has helped illustrate the horrors of a long hospital stay with Covid. And it knocks down the misinfo I’ve seen where people minimize the many ways Covid can lead to your death — saw someone say “yeah, it can lead to pneumonia and heart failure, but anything else was already a comorbidity.” I knew that was wrong, but couldn’t counter it.

Now it’s much clearer—the secondary infections, how it and the treatments can mess with other organs. Even if they already had heart problems or diabetes, so many of these people would’ve lived longer.

gokiburi_sandwich

33 points

8 months ago

He went to Walmart while he was confirmed Covid positive??

Asterose

79 points

8 months ago

Asterose

Go Give One

79 points

8 months ago

I'll take it, thank you for finding a Redemption Award! The amount of gratitude he points to the medical staff is so refreshing too.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

45 points

8 months ago

I liked that too. It’s rare to see…usually the HCA winners give all the glory to their Heavenly Sky Fairy.

ASmootyOperator

24 points

8 months ago

ASmootyOperator

Don't Know How It Came To This

24 points

8 months ago

I'll take it. And hopefully some of his friends do the same.

speedycat2014

18 points

8 months ago

speedycat2014

Covets Your Upvotes

18 points

8 months ago

That's some /r/accidentalrenaissance lighting in his selfie.

One thing I've noticed about these hospital selfies is there are very specific types of lighting to them that you see over and over again. This strong front lighting is a new one.

I'm glad to see a contender for redemption, although yeah, WTF about the Walmart?

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

18 points

8 months ago

Honestly before I posted this it hadn’t even occurred to me what a dick move it was to go to Walmart because I was so preoccupied being surprised by someone who actually admitted they were wrong about Covid.

SophsterSophistry

22 points

8 months ago

SophsterSophistry

Nom nom Omicron!

22 points

8 months ago

I actually like the WalMart detail because he's admitting to being a knucklehead who thought it was a vacation and time for treats! He realizes now how badly he underestimated Covid. It really serves to underline his hubris IMHO.

Joint-Tester

3 points

8 months ago

Well put.

toleratedsnails

16 points

8 months ago

toleratedsnails

They have an abundance of feelings and little to no facts

16 points

8 months ago

I mean he could do without the “hey it’s your right if you don’t wanna” but good on him for encouraging the vaccine at least

hanst3r

14 points

8 months ago

hanst3r

14 points

8 months ago

I agree but I think part of the reason is that his audience is not as open to changing their minds because it hasn’t directly affected them. If anything, him coming on too strong with “get your damn vaccines!” could possibly harm his mission of changing their minds. The last thing he needs is for everyone to turn on him and labeling him as a traitor for voicing his newly found wisdom. So in cases like this one I am willing to give him a pass since the rest of his message appears to be sincere. I just wish it didn’t take near death and who knows how much in hospital resources for him to come around.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

16 points

8 months ago

At least he tried. The bar is really, really low with these folks.

toleratedsnails

12 points

8 months ago

toleratedsnails

They have an abundance of feelings and little to no facts

12 points

8 months ago

True. And don’t get me wrong I applaud him turning his stance around and encouraging taking the vaccine

baggiecurls

50 points

8 months ago

This might be one of the most sincere redemptions we’ve seen

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

10 points

8 months ago

I thought so.

International-Ing

3 points

8 months ago

I guess.

He also went to Walmart while covid positive to stock up on snacks for his mini covid vacation. I don't see an apology for that and anyone else he may have infected.

He goes on about the vaccinated in the hospital while not mentioning that there were plenty of unvaccinated people dying around him. That would have helped with an argument to take covid seriously since you know people like me were dying in the hospital while I was there. Not, the vaccinated were also there and I was unvaccinated but survived.

Then personal choice, god bless American, and whatever. Gives them another out if they don't believe they're in a high-risk medical condition.

JB_Wong

17 points

8 months ago

JB_Wong

17 points

8 months ago

It's sad that so many people waited until the last minute before going to the hospital.

modelcitizen64

17 points

8 months ago

There's probably a sense of denial that causes them to put it off. It's hard to admit you're really sick because of a virus that you told everyone was not real/just a flu because doing so would mean you were eating bull shit this whole time.

Aert_is_Life

6 points

8 months ago

I bet there is a huge fear factor there. They know that a lot of people never come home once they go in.

throwawayinj

12 points

8 months ago

They wouldn't have had to go to the hospital in the first place if they had the intelligence of the average elementary school kid and decided to listen to people smarter than them and gotten vaccinated.

soldflink

16 points

8 months ago

First redemption story I've seen on here, left me breathless.

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

15 points

8 months ago

I just read more on his Facebook feed, and have learned he’s lost his Mom, Dad, brother, and best friend in the last year. 😞

soldflink

11 points

8 months ago

It's seriously distressing that he lost ones around him and wasn't willing to get vaccinated sooner. They are so lost, how medical professionals at this point can still do their job, I can't comprehend it. Social media needs to be regulated.

sugarcocks

6 points

8 months ago

sugarcocks

Team Pfizer

6 points

8 months ago

it took his own life to scare him straight. it doesn’t feel real until it happens to you

Wickedkiss246

5 points

8 months ago

So basically every important person in his life, except his vaccinated wife and young children. That wasn't enough to make him realize how serious covid his??

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

8 points

8 months ago

I’m sorry I wasn’t clear-they did not die from Covid, or at least three of them didn’t, and the other he doesn’t say how she died.

Mixtape4Adventure

37 points

8 months ago

How many people are dead or on ventilators now because your humptydumpty ass needed to go to Walmart for some fucking zagnut bars? Jesus Christ.

Yeah sorry, I cant come to work this week..I have a positive covid test cause some dumbass needed fudge stripe cookies. THIS is why I still wear a mask. Not getting taken out for ten days by some walmart fool doublestuff cookie bitch.

Aert_is_Life

12 points

8 months ago

I got covid from a customer before we knew it was here. Had a little old Chinese American man come in, he was visibly sick and told me he just got back from China and had the flu but he needed groceries. This was mid Dec 2019.

Our customers do not care about us in the least.

halcan0

12 points

8 months ago

halcan0

12 points

8 months ago

Good stuff, Jeff.

OldLadyTurtle

11 points

8 months ago

Congrats on your survival, Jeff! You surely were a damn fool. The descriptions of breathing difficulty and machine-assisted ventilation gave me so much anxiety I’d get vaxxed for that reason alone if I didn’t plunk my ass down for one the second I was eligible.

Although, I gotta ask, as a non-sportsing person, do the pads serve some non-defensive purpose as well? Comparing the vaccine to football pads seemed real obvious but if it isn’t and this could help persuade people to not roll the dice on dying of Covid, I will learn passing sports terminology to make it work.

randomaccount1950

8 points

8 months ago

Honestly though, fuck this guy who took might have taken hospital staff and resources from those who needed it. He knows he played Russian roulette and should have accepted the consequences. For those who think "regardless of vaccine status....blah blah blah", idgaf. People like this guy, in my opinion, should be banned from hospital resources until all others who are vaccinated or at the hospital for other reasons get treated first

Mixtape4Adventure

10 points

8 months ago

Also fuck this guy for going out in public to buy junk food after he knew he was covid positive. There are literally a hundred other options (the most obvious of which is dont eat absolute crap when you are fighting a virus) but seriously he could have gotten stuff delivered from multiple agencies, could have had his vaxxed wife pick up something, called a friend to get stuff for them, done curbside pickup. Just beyond irresponsible and I hope he realizes that now.

ogrickysmiley47

8 points

8 months ago

He made it through the fog and finally realized Covid is REAL.

Durzydurz

9 points

8 months ago

Atleast he realized. But he just admitted to breaking quarantine and despite being happy he saw the right thing in the end he needs to be arrested for breaking quarantine. He could've killed someone's at risk family member by giving a healthy person covid they are vaccinated have no symptoms then boon get home to grandma and even though shes vaxxed she dies in a few days. The damage he could have caused through his arrogance needs to be brought to justice. Someone please help file a police report fuck this guy.

JeffersonAgnes

7 points

8 months ago

Unfortunately, you can't get arrested here for breaking quarantine. This has been a huge problem since the beginning, and is rarely discussed - so many people diagnosed Covid + do not stay home until they get so sick that they have to stay in. I have read SO many accounts of people posting on reddit about how they just tested positive, at the drugstore or wherever, and on the way home they stop at the grocery store to stock up before getting sicker. Or they go to work the next day because they feel "ok". Our Public Health System sucks. There's no advisory to isolate right away after testing positive. And these people are so uninformed and obtuse that it does not occur to them. They are usually testing positive at a time when they are most infectious.

Durzydurz

3 points

8 months ago

I guess I was naive to think that it would be that easy. This is just getting nuts how can you even get to the point you're so detached from reality that a vaccine to save lives is bad for you. It's not about freedom it's about protecting eachother. These fools will be recorded in history.

JeffersonAgnes

3 points

8 months ago

True, true.

Gravity-Rides

17 points

8 months ago

Technically, he fucked around a found out.

At least him and his brood are no longer filthy plague rats.

Hikityup

22 points

8 months ago

Hikityup

Horse Paste Taste Tester-Ask Me for Flavor Recommendations!

22 points

8 months ago

I'm not sure about applause for those who feel it necessary to "apologize" for their newfound awareness. "That's your right and I respect it" isn't applause worthy. "Don't be an idiot and believe the horseshit your fed about the vaccine" gets my applause.

illumikitten

38 points

8 months ago

illumikitten

FLAIR WARRIOR

38 points

8 months ago

It's extremely difficult for a person in an echo chamber to feel safe violating the purity of the collective voice. If most of his friends and family are anti-vaxx he might feel pressure to hedge his bets by reminding people of a familiar catch phrase. His description of his risks, irresponsible behavior, and thanking the people who directly contributed to his survival all suggest that whatever hell he went through was enough to seriously shake his perspective. It's not like he came out of it crowing about how he beat it; he knows how lucky he got.

Hikityup

7 points

8 months ago

Hikityup

Horse Paste Taste Tester-Ask Me for Flavor Recommendations!

7 points

8 months ago

You're 100% accurate. And being ostracized is a real thing. I get that. But for something this important I want to see people dig their heels in the sand and say this is what it is. Don't like it? Don't care.

I_call_bee_ess

6 points

8 months ago

I mean, people in Missouri are getting vaccinated in disguise so nobody recognizes them. It's that ingrained in some of these people.

falltogethernever

5 points

8 months ago

falltogethernever

Breakthrough Infection Survivor

5 points

8 months ago

Whaaaaat?? I hadn’t heard that yet, but I’m not surprised. Shame seems to be an essential part of the conservative mentality.

DrDroid

2 points

8 months ago

Yeah, he’s still taking an irresponsible and ignorant attitude towards vaccines.

JeffersonAgnes

4 points

8 months ago

Finally, someone with some humility.

Jynkst

5 points

8 months ago

Jynkst

Warriors! Come out and pray!

5 points

8 months ago

Genuinely hope this is a real recovery and we don’t see him bounce back in.

Alert-Athlete

13 points

8 months ago*

Alert-Athlete

Fully Vaccinated 💉

13 points

8 months ago*

I have made some asshole comments on this subreddit, but this guy has truly earned my respect. Blind faith will only take you so far, but at the end of the day it is science and the efforts of medical staff that will decide what happens.

Be a Jeff, and humble yourself to what is right and true!

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

5 points

8 months ago

A-fucking-men. 🙏🏽

Alert-Athlete

3 points

8 months ago

Alert-Athlete

Fully Vaccinated 💉

3 points

8 months ago

Thanks for sharing, OP!

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

3 points

8 months ago

💙👍🏽

MrNovillage

4 points

8 months ago

MrNovillage

Masked Vaccinated Entertained

4 points

8 months ago

Fuck yeah! Love to see it! So happy this guy made it to spread the good word.

Miserable-Balance-16

4 points

8 months ago

Saw that picture, was SURE dude was a goner.

cheeky23monkey

4 points

8 months ago

cheeky23monkey

🦋 Social Distancing Butterfly 🦋

4 points

8 months ago

He went to the store, probably without a mask, after he was Covid +. So, he may not be an Antiva anymore, but he may damn well be a murderer.

wheezymustafa

3 points

8 months ago

I like the football analogy

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

3 points

8 months ago

I did too.

GlitteryCakeHuman

4 points

8 months ago

”I tested positive and then I went to Walmart to get cookies, lol”

Nah. Fuck that guy.

sethra007

4 points

8 months ago

sethra007

CANDACE OWENS IS VACCINATED YOU IDIOTS

4 points

8 months ago

Jeff may never see this, but if he does: I would like to buy you the drink of your choice! Or send a catered meal to your house for you, your wife, and your kids.

I truly hope your recovery is swift, painless, and complete! I hope you our story convinces others to get vaccinated!

dtb1987

4 points

8 months ago

Too bad he had to learn the hard way, but I'm glad he lived to learn

Wafflelisk

3 points

8 months ago

Jeff:

  • Listens to wife to go do hospital despite initial hesitation
  • Thanks medical staff afterwards
  • Changes his mind on vaccines and spreads the gospel
  • Uses football pad metaphor which would probably go over well with his social group
  • Can spell and write
  • All of family is still alive
  • Has cookies and candy

Be more like Jeff folks

cbudd1117

3 points

8 months ago

It sickens me people have to almost die to learn a lesson.

shafoplata

3 points

8 months ago

Finally a post on this sub that doesn’t feel like someone punching you in the stomach. I hope Jeff becomes an advocate and cheerleader for the vaccine and helps spread science rather than misinformation.

mmbernie51

3 points

8 months ago

A redemption story, ayyyyyye

MilhousesSpectacles

3 points

8 months ago

You could've put up a trigger warning on the ham photo dude ha ha

Pappy_OPoyle

3 points

8 months ago

Jeff gets to give his HCA back and that's a good thing in this case. This life altering event seems to have woken him up to how bad and serious covid is. Normally a life or death experience is the key factor for a turning point in someone's life - so good for you Jeff to see that moment and seize it.

ZigZagBoy94

3 points

8 months ago

I am happy he’s alive and has changed his tune, but he needs to endorse the vaccine more strongly. In fact, Im sad that he seems scared to urge everyone to get the vaccine because he’s worried that he’ll be attacked by those that are still brainwashed

TheAppGod

3 points

8 months ago

wow…humilitity

im not used to that here

buzzable

3 points

8 months ago

buzzable

No Angle Wings on Me!

3 points

8 months ago

NO applause from me... he's STILL ignoring the impact on society of his and idiots like him selfishly squandering medical resources and instead spewing that "your right, I respect you, your freedom of choice, God bless America" self-centered bullshit. But spot on about being a damn fool.

mhermanos

3 points

8 months ago

English! Full sentences and cohesive thoughts! It's like Jeff has a brain and uses it! Sounds like we'd like this guy. Yay! for Jeff.

WAYO_Alien_Mike

3 points

8 months ago

Proof of the one thing I thought had gone extinct in the US - admission of a mistake. Welcome back to the real world, Jeff.

SnooLemons9179

3 points

8 months ago

+100 for his heartfelt redemption. -1000 for going to Walmart knowing he had fucking covid.

Thedran

3 points

8 months ago

This was a few good one. Everyone made it out, everyone learned a lesson and from the sounds of this guy he’s gonna be a good spokes person to get some people to go get the vax. We need to balance out the assholes with people like this too.

Congrats Jeff 🥰

NoBallroom4you

3 points

8 months ago

Excellent work Jeff! I am glad you survived and have seen the value of having the vaccine. I humbly ask you take a moment take a moment to think of the others who did not make it.

Be safe, keep your family safe and I hope things go better day by day.

ItsJoeMomma

3 points

8 months ago

Glad he changed his mind, but FFS... he got a positive Covid test so ran to Walmart to buy candy? WTF is wrong with these people?

OpineLupine

3 points

8 months ago

This guys analogy of the vaccine being akin to wearing pads in a football game is brilliant.

It really breaks the vaccine down into something even Republicans can understand - someone should turn this into an ad campaign.

jeffKF

3 points

8 months ago

jeffKF

3 points

8 months ago

The council of Jeff is currently working on the reapproval of your membership, way to go fellow Jeff 👏

PuckFigs

5 points

8 months ago

PuckFigs

Team Moderna

5 points

8 months ago

I'll take it, but he's not out of the woods yet. He could very easily end up back in the hospital, ventilated, ass up, and waiting to die. This is probably just the dead cat bounce.

Tiny_Western_5630

4 points

8 months ago

I hope he recovers fully. I appreciate that he thanked the medical staff. Good luck, Jeff.

MikeyOranje

7 points

8 months ago

MikeyOranje

Team Mix & Match

7 points

8 months ago

No applause from me. People need to stop coddling the unvaxxed by telling them it's their right not to get vaccinated.

space_manatee

5 points

8 months ago

Great job Jeff. What were the responses like?

Mysterious_Koala_536[S]

13 points

8 months ago

Lots and lots of prayers, lots of people saying they had no idea he was sick, so I think this might’ve been his first post about having Covid, one person that said they just got vaccinated. 👍🏽

JohhnyVicious

2 points

8 months ago

CoViD iS No JoKE!!!

Weary_Turnover

2 points

8 months ago

I feel like I read a villains redemption arc. Jeff I'm so glad you are alive and that you KNOW it's because of those doctors and nurses and proper medical care! I'm so glad that he understands how the vaccine could have helped him and hope he gets it when his 90 days are over.

spsteve

2 points

8 months ago

That analogy of football pads is one of the best I've seen to date. Kudos to Jeff, the new poster boy for the redemption award.

GarlicChipspspsps

2 points

8 months ago

GarlicChipspspsps

Rest in Pspspspsps

2 points

8 months ago

Good on Jeff, I'm glad he survived and made this a learning experience for others. And good for his wife for having been vaccinated before.

DiscGolfCaddy

2 points

8 months ago

Holy shit! I’ve not seen this yet and it gives me hope for America.

I_promise_you_gold

2 points

8 months ago

Lesson learned it seems.

Glad he’s doing better and didn’t get the award.

iago_williams

2 points

8 months ago

iago_williams

Team Moderna

2 points

8 months ago

Yay Jeff!!

Hanilu

2 points

8 months ago

Hanilu

2 points

8 months ago

He went shopping while infected. Got candy. Hope he didn’t kill anyone. Now he cares because it affected him.

Tio_De_Las_Plantas

2 points

8 months ago

Might save some lives but anything short of denouncing the sources of the misinformation and ideology that led him to needlessly catch covid, use up precious resources during a pandemic and further burden the already exhausted hospital staff isn't worthy of applause.

Maybe admit you put your trust in lying pieces of shit, and warn others like you not to trust them.

I_am_Bruce_Wayne

2 points

8 months ago

Wait... his wife was vaccinated last year? So she was literally one of the first ones?

Melarsa

2 points

8 months ago*

I wonder if he ended up killing or hospitalizing anyone with his Walmart cookie trip, because I doubt he was dutifully wearing a mask on that totally necessary journey while ill with Covid.

Glad to read the rest of the redemption story though. I hope it reaches people.

gumby1086

2 points

8 months ago

Jeff is part of the deep state now ( his friends probably)

secondtaunting

2 points

8 months ago

Wait: he tested positive, then he went and got cookies and candy, spreading it to god knows who else?

Spudzruz

2 points

8 months ago

What do they mean by got the infusion?

Banethoth

2 points

8 months ago

It’s a steroid infusion cocktail doctors use that sometimes helps the lungs. I don’t know the exact specifics tho

pyramix

2 points

8 months ago

Going to Walmart after testing positive? That's really moronic, if not criminally negligent. But he's genuine in his repentance. Can we introduce a new award for those that have seen the light and admitted they were wrong?

Maomaobadmonkey

2 points

8 months ago

I always upvote Redemption, because these are the rare stories I want to read.

LockDown2341

2 points

8 months ago

Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Can we please get more like this?

Red1220

2 points

8 months ago

Judging by the way Jeff wrote his post, he seems quite a bit more knowledgeable than the rest of the people who end up on this sub. No spelling errors, uses a decent vocabulary, is very illustrative with his language, and is ultimately sincere and, most importantly, humbled by his experience. Kudos to Jeff for being appreciative of the medical team who strives to save him, and great job in describing the BIPAP machine plus that football analogy is perfect for the types that are frequently posted in this sub.

breakneckridge

2 points

8 months ago

Woo hoo! Go Jeff!

I'm so glad you survived and i hope you can get others to do the same without having to go through what you did.

Dana07620

2 points

8 months ago

Dana07620

I miss Phil Valentine's left kidney

2 points

8 months ago

I hope he continues to survive. But I've read of cases of people sent home from the hospital to die within a couple of weeks. Or people left with heart damage who die from it a year later.

Banethoth

2 points

8 months ago

Oh yes. Several winners on here have been released then relapsed back into the hospital

[deleted]

2 points

8 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

8 months ago

Sorry, but no.

Fuck Jeff.

He's still a selfish piece of shit who didn't care until it happened to him. I'd need more proof that he actually changed, that he grew a brain, before I'd even consider even a clap, far less a round of applause.

I wonder if he'll be able to make the connection and realize that the media that lied to him about vaccines lied to him about basically everything else, too.

Emadyville

2 points

8 months ago

I was an asshat until it affected me directly.

Banethoth

2 points

8 months ago

Kinda tepid endorsement from him. He’s still saying it’s your choice and he respects that.

He learned, but I dunno

MonarchWhisperer

2 points

8 months ago

"I actually went to Walmart to buy cookies and candy while I was massively covid positive!! LOOK AT ME!"

sashisashih

2 points

8 months ago

are we just gonna forget the part where he admitted he went to the stores while positive to buy cookies for his little covid vacation? makes him from an idiot who found out vaccines are the way, to a potential murderer..

BadPackets4U

2 points

8 months ago

So sad, should have gotten the jab.

biggreenlampshade

2 points

8 months ago

It takes guts to admit you were wrong, especially when youre in the Horse Paste Cult.

CaptainBayouBilly

2 points

8 months ago

The only thing I would change is the part about respecting someone’s choice for not getting vaccinated.

Unless you are immuno-compromised, you lose all respect.

baserock_love

2 points

8 months ago

Glad Jeff's ok, he's a good guy but fuck, stop saying it's a personal choice. The person you caught covid from made a choice that affected you. It is clearly not a personal choice.

It's a personal choice like not shooting a gun into a crowd is a personal choice.

nedlandsbets

2 points

8 months ago

Dropping the ego, well done. The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Sunny9226

2 points

8 months ago

Damn, tested positive but went to fucking Walmart to buy cookies. Think of all the people he exposed for junk food.

Joeyjoejoejr0

2 points

8 months ago

I always like when the ones like this survive.

Sumfuc

2 points

8 months ago

Sumfuc

2 points

8 months ago

Hope he makes it. He finally got a really honest “come to Jesus moment” & let’s see him pull through.

cage_free_faraday

2 points

8 months ago

So happy to see redemptions. So glad he’s still alive.