Saturday, January 11, 2020
Know Fear --- know polio
FDR & the car:
A high profile polio victim
In my life I remember one disease that put fear in people’s mind even more than cancer does today. I believe because the majority of victims were children; and it would suddenly choose a victim, as simply as waking up, out of the blue, no warning, no cure, no one knew why!
Poliomyelitis has been around since the first epidemic in 1895. There was an endemic in NYC 1916 Franklin Delanor Roosevelt (FDR) was stricken in 1921 later to lead this country as president.
In over 60 years I have not seen a REAL FEAR of a disease or epidemic such as the one that ripped our part of the country in the 1940s. When the word POLIO was mentioned it struck fear in the hearts of millions. There were city-wide quarantines.
Some of you reading this can remember it. What did you think? How did you feel?
When Sherry and I discuss our blessings, Health always comes up. I asked her about Polio the other day. She said just the name had scared her when she was a kid. Back then I was not all that worried. But as we talked I learned why she was so afraid. Two kids she knew go hit. One died and one was crippled for life. Since I did not know anyone personally who contacted Polio it didn’t affect me as much.
Thousands of people lived in the new machine called the IRON LUNG the only body-part not in the machine was the head.
Later in life I met several people who had lived in the IRON LUNG or were crippled for life, most wore braces seeing them maneuver amazed me.
And then in 1947 an amazing man, Jonas Salk began research and delivered the vaccine in 1955. WOW that name went around the world. He was a Medical hero and still is today. In 2020 a few victims still live with the effects of Polio. God Bless ‘em.
Are we blessed, YES!
PS: The disease of Polio is still alive and well in this world today, but not in force as before.