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One man’s take on Ebola

October 12, 2014

I had an interesting email exchange with a friend of mine who works in the Dallas metro area.  He’s not very happy with the Ebola situation.  Frankly, there’s not a lot to be happy about.  I think it’s a stupid policy to allow anyone from the impacted area in Africa to come to America, at least until 30 days after the last Ebola case has burned out.  I also think it’s a stupid idea to send military troops to the impacted region.  As this is not a combat related mission, it should not be under the purview of the POTUS to send them there.

Anyway, I wrote this in an email back to my concerned friend and I thought it was worthy of sharing.

Look up this word:  nosocomial

 Well, I’ll do it for you.

 “(of infections) contracted as a result of being hospitalized; hospital-acquired. “  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nosocomial?s=t

 Years ago, when I was hospitalized for what was thought to be spinal meningitis, I was seen by several nurses and doctors.  During my 24 hours of testing and observations, I NEVER ONCE saw a doctor or a nurse wash their hands prior to seeing me or after.

 These people, despite their training, get busy, and don’t follow procedures because it takes a 2 minute job and turns it into a 30 minute job.

 When I did NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) training in the Marines, we practiced stuff like decon and just getting in and out of a charcoal suit “cleanly”.  It’s a two-person job that takes 20 minutes.  Taking a dump turns into a 2 person job and 30 minutes.  Human nature is to cut corners.  I don’t believe that most people are capable of the strenuous focus and discipline that it takes to contain an infectious agent like this.  It only takes ONE mistake.

 If you get a chance, read about the precautions taken at a place that handles level 5 contagions like Ebola.  Clean rooms, pressurized suits, duct-taped seams on protective garments.  That just doesn’t translate into the real world.

 Here’s another cheery thought for you.  Between 1916-1919, Influenza killed more people than died in the first World War.  I expect that if Ebola or some other agent promulgates a pandemic, the death toll will be staggering.  We’re so used to anti-biotics and miracle drugs that we’ve forgotten the simple things like the Black Death, Influenza and Cholera that have done more to keep the human population in check than wars.

 The best solution is to know where you’re going when you die.  Leave a firm foundation for your family.  Be ready to make that transition at any time, because you might make that transition at any time.  God sent His son to give us the ultimate “get out of death” free card.  Perhaps Ebola will remind people that it’s the greatest gift one can get.

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  1. October 12, 2014 7:45 pm

    Death is certain. Everyone dies of something. Good reminder that we need to be prepared to meet death in whatever form it comes. 🙂

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