as good as it gets


My neighbor, who is a nurse, told me her hospital has instructed its staff to don two paper gowns in instances of suspected Ebola. Two paper gowns when health workers in the big cities find that full hazmat suits are insufficient?!

Admittedly, the chances are extremely slim of Ebola making its way out here. Plus, this is the healthcare equivalent of local police lusting after all that Pentagon-issued assault equipment to deal with, what… their speed traps? But it does underscore the small-town reality of what it would mean if the handful of infections in the US should blossom into an epidemic that makes its way to the margins of civilization.

The place to fight Ebola is in West Africa, not here. Our country should help.

But I predict that if Ebola doesn’t get us, something else will. In the early part of the 20th century it was the flu. Sometime later in the 21st century it will be something else. The world is so overpopulated and crowded, we are due for a devastating pandemic. My son Henry tells me that a number of financial websites he visits predict it will hit any day now.

I don’t think so.

The fear of disaster is more dangerous than any real threat. (God, I am sounding like Franklin Roosevelt.) It’s more dangerous to talk on your cell phone while driving (we don’t have cell service out here, either… so we dodged the bullet again).

The other day my doctor asked me if I wanted a flu shot, and I told him we are already quarantined at Estrella Vista. That’s good enough. We’re safe.

We will be able to see it coming and avoid it… whatever “it” is.


Groove of the Day

Listen to D12 performing “The Ebola Song”


2 Responses to “as good as it gets”

  1. 1 anonymouse
    October 20, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Be careful what you say; Brewster County could well become the preferred site for the new National Ebola Isolation Facility.

  2. 2 Frank Manning
    October 21, 2014 at 2:57 am

    As long as you have brought up this subject, let me put in a few words for Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Fauci is leading the U.S. government’s medical response to the ebola situation. I have the highest respect for him, because in the later 1990s he developed the cure for congenital AIDS in children. Yes, the cure for children who were born with AIDS.

    How do I know this? The woman who was my girlfriend earlier in the 1990s had adopted a little girl who had been born to a NYC prostitute-addict who later died of AIDS. The child became terribly ill a few months after the adoption, and a diagnosis of congential AIDS followed soon thereafter. My girlfriend went to extraoridnary lengths to obtain the best treatment for her daughter, even getting a famous actor who funded a camp for AIDS kids to twist some arms in D.C. Through sheer stubbornness she got her child accepted into an experimental program for children with AIDS that was run by Dr. Fauci. It was frighteningly experimental, but I was won over after watching another little girl who had been born with AIDS die from an overwhelming respiratory infection by a common bacterium that lives on everyone’s skin and is completely harmless unless your immune system has been destroyed. Fauci’s team eventually found the magic combination of drugs that killed off the AIDS virus and regenerated the immune system in children. My girlfriend’s daughter was one of the first children that Dr. Fauci cured.

    So, with Anthony Fauci guiding this ebola response, we are all in good hands.

    Oh, my wife the nurse says geezers like us should get that damn flu shot. Our age works against us, she sez, and–unlike ebola–you can get the flu just by handling a gas pump in Alpine or having someone there sneeze in your vicinity. I’ll be honest–I probably won’t get the shot either!

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