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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
October 8th Challenge
Good Morning! I
may or may not get this blog finished before I have to go outside. You see,
this morning at 6:25 is the start of a lunar eclipse, and I’d like to see it. Actually,
scrap that. I just ran out to the car to get Dani lunch money, and the eclipse
already started. I guess when they said 6:25, they meant the moon would be
fully eclipsed at that time.
See how the details are magnified in the orange area?
getting a picture of it for y’all, but my camera isn’t strong enough. All you
can see is this reddish-orange dot. It’s a shame, because it does look really
cool. I like when the eclipse is partial – part is blocked, but then you can
see where it goes from dark to light, and in that orangey section, you can see
all the details of the moon’s surface. I found a picture online to better
explain what I’m having difficulty articulating.
The other big
story that caught my eye was about Enterovirus D68. There are now over six
hundred confirmed cases in the US, fourteen here in New Jersey. The NJ number
will probably go up later today or tomorrow, because there are five children
who have recently been admitted to CHoP, who more than likely have the virus.
admit, I didn’t know a whole lot about Enterovirus, but like with everything
else I don’t know about (if it interests me), I read up on it. Being a mom, and
hearing that two children have died from this already this year, it interested
me. If it does not interest you, you can skip down to the writing challenge,
and we’ll chat again tomorrow.
I’m no doctor,
scientist, immunologist, but I will try to explain this the best I can. There
are five different categories, for lack of a better word, of viruses in this
family – Enterovirus, Echovirus, Poliovirus (scary, scary), Rhinovirus (your
common cold) & Coxsackie (aka – hoof and mouth, or hand, foot and mouth).
Enterovirus is then categorized A – J. What we are dealing with now is the D
strain of the virus. Enterovirus E & F used to be called Bovine Enterovirus
and I wonder if that’s what we were calling the swine flu? Hmmm, I may have to
do some more reading on the subject – later, when I have more time.
D68 hits young
children the hardest because they have not built up immunities. Adults can get
D68, but chances are you’ll just think it’s a “nasty cold”, and never get
tested for the virus, so the annual numbers for the virus are probably much
higher than ever reported. Seriously, who goes to the doctors for a cold? I
know I don’t.
My sentiments exactly Mr. President.
Along with all
the online articles, of course, come all the comments. One particular comment
warranted a response, because the person was so off base. I was nice even
though my knee jerk reaction was to call him a moron. Yeah, I know, not exactly
PC, but hey, I’m human.
He blamed the
outbreak of the virus on President Obama and his allowing illegals into the
school system. Seriously? D68 was first discovered in 1962 in California, but
really didn’t become widespread until 1987. I told him if he insisted on
blaming a President, then he should blame Ronald Reagan. I also put in the link
to the CDC website in case he actually wanted to get his facts straight before
spewing any more politically based nonsense.
Honestly, I’m currently
not a fan of any government politician, and heaven knows there are tons of
stones you can throw in President Obama’s direction at the moment, but the D68 outbreak of 2014 is not one of them. Sheesh! What goes through some people’s
heads... Good grief!
Anyway, if you
have kids, and they get a cold, watch them a little closer than you usually do.
Keep in mind, some of the symptoms can be minimal. The little boy from NJ went
to bed one night with pink eye, and never woke up the next morning. Pink eye
was his only symptom. I’m sure this was beyond rare, and there may have been
underlying issues we don’t know about, but it’s scary all the same. Mostly the
symptoms are cold like and may or may not be accompanied by a fever.
prevention of spreading this virus, simple - hand washing, at least thirty seconds with
warm, soapy water. Please note, alcohol based hand sanitizers are not effective
against D68. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you
cough or sneeze; and for the sake of us all, if you’re sick, STAY HOME. News
flash, the world will not stop revolving if you do not show up for work for a
few days. Yes, you will probably have tons to catch up on when you get back,
but at least you will not have infected your entire office.
for one day. I hope you have a wonderful day, and happy writing!
Use the following: A Cupcake, A Moose, and An Open Door
You have ten
minutes (be honest). There is no right or wrong, just write. Spelling and
punctuation don’t count, and NO ONE is allowed to criticize what someone else
has written. Go.