Sherry and I were talking today about this big problem facing the world today. She was saying the disease we HATE, cancer, at least is not contagious. When Mom Dad sister or brother has it, you can hold them hug them and offer some intimacy with your concern.
With Ebola, if you are even able to communicate at all, it is through masks and layers of sealed clothing. The victim must feel terribly alone.
If you are old enough to remember the terrible time in the late 1940’s to mid 1950’s when Polio was the fear of a nation. Parents kept their kids quarantined voluntarily, at least where I lived.
I am one of the positive souls, I guess I was born that way. When I was first aboard ship my new wife asked what I would do if the ship sank. My first thought was, and I expressed it, “Honey, count on it, I will swim home.” If a plane crashed and I was aboard, I would survive. Or that is what my mind says. I am not as positive about others and their abilities, but I am a survivor.
I just came back from tucking my girl in. I told her I enjoyed today with her, it was a good day. Then I said, “Every day on this side of the grass with my girl is a good day.”
I am smart enough to know that I could not swim the Atlantic ocean, but you cannot tell my heart that. I do not dread life, no living in fear. I am not cavalier enough to step in front of a train, but I am not afraid to cross a trestle.
I would not risk being around a person with Ebola, if I knew it. Back when the outbreak first was announced, I said we should stop all commercial flights from West Africa, until we know more about it. Sure it would inconvenience many, but it may also stop the spread until we know more.
My mind set, is not a fear that I or my family will die of Ebola, but I fear many will. My belief is in God and the Medical Scientists of the world. Someone will develop a cure, resistant, or viable control. We have some brilliant men, and someone will find the answer. BUT in the mean time we must be vigilant.
I mentioned Polio early on, many suffered with Polio and had the results the rest of their lives, but Jonas Salk, persevered and saved millions of lives.
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On March 26, 1953, American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.
……… polio was considered the most frightening public health problem of the Post War United States. Annual epidemics were increasingly devastating. The 1952 epidemic was the worst outbreak in the nation's history. Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year, 3,145 people died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis, with most of its victims being children. The "public reaction was to a plague," said historian Bill O’Neal "Citizens of urban areas were to be terrified every summer when this frightful visitor returned."
There is a Jonas Salk out there. I believe it.
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