So a week ago I published a blurb about the swine flu thinking everyone was freaking out for nothing. For a few days after, I wondered if maybe I got it wrong. Now however, I’m back to my original premise. I was also right about the foolish overreacting that would take place. Some ountries have banned travel to Mexico. Others have killed off a bunch of pigs. Everyone is still all freaked out. Yet the numbers of deaths have remained quite small and very contained even though the flu itself has shown up in many places. Craziness.
The killing of the pigs really bugs me. In spite of assertions by doctors and other scientists that this flu isn’t caught from eating pork, nor can it be transmitted from pigs to humans, Egypt killed over 300,000 pigs. In response, the WHO came out with a statement that the name needs to be changed because killing pigs is unnecessary.
All the news organizations went nuts when a toddler died from the flu outside of Mexico, the first case outside that country. EGADS! It’s spreading! Someone outside Mexico died! We’re all going to get it! It’s pandemic! We’re all dead! Um, yeah. Lost in the uproar was the fact the child was Mexican and had just been in Mexico. It wasn’t like the flu came crawling across the border, snaking its way north in ever increasing tentacles. Yet that is what the media worldwide seemed to want people to believe.
The actual truth is that most of the people who died had not gotten treatment when they should have. For everyone else who has contracted the flu, their illnesses have been sh0rt-lived and they have recovered. The trick was early detection and intervention. It would be nice if the news media could find a nice balance between letting people know they should do something and acting like lunatics. Unfortunately they usually lean towards lunacy.
The nasty right-winger radio hosts have used the swine flu as an opportunity to spread their hate mongering, lies, and racism. They blatantly lie, claiming that we’re all going to get sick from Mexicans and we better close our borders further. It’s disgusting. Maybe any idiots who believe their bullshit will lock themselves in their homes with a gun and stop wandering the streets. If this happens, I guess in a twisted way the hate mongerers have performed a public service.
Woke up this morning to my dog Molly having a major seizure. Her head was all twisted to the left her spine all to the right she could not stand she was shitting and pissing herself and her eyes were pointing in opposite directions. It was horrible. I’m kind of weirded out by the fact that last night I was writing about my other dog’s death, something I haven’t written about in months and I woke up to this happening.
I took her to the vet and she was not optimistic. However since Molly seemed to improve over the course of the visit, we decided to allow her to come home and say bye to everyone. Through the day, she improved to about 95% normal. If you didn’t know her, you wouldn’t know she is still off. She’s got this Picasso look to her eyes. They’re kind of cattywompus. I took her back to the vet this afternoon and we have adopted a wait and see attitude. As long as she seems to be comfortable and her quality of life is decent, she gets to stay with us, but we’re clearly on a track out. It is most likely Molly has a brain tumor. I could spend a thousand bucks to try and find out what is wrong, but there is obviously neurologic damage and even knowing wouldn’t improve her long-term prognosis, so I’m just going to let what it is run its course.
I’m too tired to say any more than this. I sobbed all morning long. I’m spent. Grief takes energy and now mine is gone.
These can be addicting. I sit here and have these random thoughts and want to write them here instead of my journal. I carry around this notebook to write my strange random thoughts and to draw pictures. Sometimes I’ll have a dream and write it in there thinking it’s profound and I should make a movie out of it. Then I’ll go back and read the dream later and realize it WAS profound…profoundly dumb. Now I’m experimenting with background color. Yes. My time is well spent. Well spent indeed. (:I had a cold in early November. A nasty wicked cold that kicked my ass and left me in bed for days. It lasted about 3 1/2 weeks. It started with a wretched, mind-blowing headache that just hurt no matter how much caffeine or ibuprofen I poured on it. Then there were two days of sore throat that hurt so badly I could not speak and swallowing was pure hell and torture. After that cleared, I suddenly had snot gushing from every available orifice in my head. That started to clear and I began to feel the rumblings low in my lungs of a cough that rattled every joint in my body. I attempted to stave off the cough, but to no avail. I would lie there, feeling it humming in my chest. I would breathe slowly. In. Out. In. Out. Please god, don’t make me cough. Then it would happen and it would hurt and it would not stop. This went on for days. I had to pile pillows high on my bed to prop myself up so I could sleep because anytime I was horizontal the cough would creep up and kick my ass. I would be in that lovely place right before sleep, drowsily imagining flying or that I had three arms, when that cough would smash me right back into reality. I remember lying there with my eyes dry feeling like I would never sleep again. I finally succumbed and took four of Milla’s triaminic cough strips. I don’t like taking those kinds of drugs because they drug me so completely I have a hangover for days, but even a hangover was preferable to that shit. Only it was like the cough sat and waited for the exact SECOND the dextromethorphan wore off. I love saying that word, dextromethorphan. I would lie there and say it over and over to take myself into that sleepy place knowing the cough couldn’t get me. ANYWAY. The SECOND it wore off, the cough would return with a vengeance worse than anything prior to the attempted cough murder. I finally started popping the dextromethorphan like some kind of an addict just to sleep. After about a week of this, my head hurt constantly and I was a walking zombie from lack of non-drug-induced sleep. That’s about when the tickle began. I didn’t have any mucous left. There was just that fucking tickle in the back of my throat. I’d be sitting there on the computer or reading a book or trying to work and feel that wretched ass tickle. Tickle. Tickle. And have to cough. And then I could not stop coughing. I even stuck my finger in the back of my throat in an attempt to stop the tickle. It didn’t work. I looked up the tickle on the internet and found many a distressed sufferer lamenting on various medical websites about the wretched ass tickle. Some had suffered for years. These were people with chronic conditions, asthma and the like. Thank GOD I did not have that. I had the tickle for about four days. I probably would have found a huge bridge from which to fling myself had the tickle continued much longer. I pity those people who live their lives with the tickle.
ANYWAY. What was my point? I had one. The POINT is that I had this bitch of a cold that lasted nearly four weeks, then I began gradually to heal. There was a period of about five days where I sneezed, but had no other symptoms, but that faded as well. Even Milla’s aftercare teacher would say, You are doing better. Then the next day he would say, You seem 10 percent better today. Finally one day he said, I think you are 98 percent better. Does that mean the cold is all gone and you are well? I would say, Yes! I am so much better. Thank you so much for thinking of me.
Well. We were both wrong. I woke up yesterday and the damn headache, lung ache, face snot, sneezing, sore throat, and cough are all back and all at once. No more of that systematic one at a time shit for this cold. No. It’s all back and it’s all back at once. And you know what is really strange? My friend Britta had this same crap about the same time I did and in the same order. And yesterday her shit came back exactly like mine!! It’s like some miracle virus that tricks you into thinking you are well when you’re not! It’s so cruel.
So this is what I’m contemplating as I sit here not doing much work because my head hurts and I’m tired and my lungs hurt and I’m WHINING. Wah wah wah! I guess I will see now if the pretty orange color stays when I actually post this thing.
DAMN!! I just typed in Evil Guerrilla Virus and in the process sneezed the biggest grossest sneeze of ick I’ve sneezed in years! Thank god for tissue and thank god more for soft tissue with lotion in it! Yikes!