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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 34,264

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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ER - the series - began running 20 years ago - 1994.

I challenge anyone to watch some of those early episodes and tell me how emergency rooms have changed since then. Some of the equipment is different, but they are still understaffed and IMO, chaotic and poorly managed. I am also of the firm belief that hospitals use ER charges as a profit center. Any hospital bill is full of incongruous and random charges, but ER bills take the cake. Why else would the bills for simple services be so outlandishly high?

We still have lousy experiences in Emergency Rooms because there is no real pressure for hospitals to change the way they are run. Any manager of a grocery store quickly learns that there better be some extra cash registers open on pay day. How is it that a visit to an ER still means hours of waiting with no information? It's what I went through back when my infant son had asthma attacks. It was what I went through last winter after a serious auto accident. (I'd also note that I saw several violations of infection control protocols with poor management of facilities as a root cause.)

The Ebola patient and denial -

I have a chronic autoimmune disease and I can tell you, it's easier to beat yourself up for being lazy and unorganized than it is to sit back and acknowledge that you have limitations because you are ill. I have also seen people seriously ill with acute symptoms, denying to themselves that anything is wrong. I have seen people put off going to a doctor, waiting for the symptoms to go away on their own.

The Ebola patient did not tell the ER staff he thought he had Ebola because he was hoping that they would find something else wrong. The best news he ever had was that it was only the flu.

Sooooo..... this year I managed to place all my orders for fall planted bulbs

back when everything was on sale in June. I'm out of town right now (my son is home holding down the fort) and I'm getting messages that UPS is leaving packages for me. The problem? I'm sure I actually ordered all this stuff, but I'm not sure what I ordered. It's going to be a gardener's surprise party when I get home!

Seriously - can we drop Ebola and get back to something serious like deaths from guns?

# People killed by Ebola this week in the United States - 0

# People killed by gunfire this week in the United States - 200+ by my estimate

(Based on CDC report of 11,068 killed by firearms in 2011 -

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm

Let's assume for a minute that some people are correct in saying that "they"

(They being the government, CDC, WHO or whoever) are lying to us about Ebola and that it is spreading worldwide.

So?

There's really no point in getting excited.

Either Ebola is hard to catch, and it's a matter of persistent effort to confine it to West Africa and ending the outbreak there.

or

It's very easy to catch, in which case there is really no good way to prevent a spread.

At the same time, it's better to look at history than at speculative stories to see what happens during a plague. Oddly enough, it seems that most people end up going about their business until/unless they get sick. There are some nasty stories from the Middle Ages, but also this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/09/20/349271621/ebola-battlers-can-learn-from-venices-response-to-black-death

Do some reading and see how life went on during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Things got so bad then that it dropped out of my high school history book completely! (:sarcasm Seriously though, did you learn anything in school about the small pox and yellow fever epidemics that swept the US from Colonial times into the 19th century? What about the on-going plague of Tuberculosis that lasted until a range of antibiotics were developed after WWII?

Two things I do know for certain:

1. We're all going to die of something.

2. Life will go on.

Folks! It's just Ebola! Now , if it were the STRAIN, then I could understand the

worry over air travel......

ER care and foreign travelers: for comparison:

My son came back from a work assignment in India and ended up in the ER for an emergency appendectomy. After being discharged, he ended up back in the ERand back in the hospital. My Dad was with him and told every doctor that came in - "He just got back from 6 weeks in India". It wasn't until the doctor who'd grown up in India came into the room two days later that anyone realized he had malaria.


Fortunately, a few years later, when he went in with fever and chills, someone was on the ball and he was tested for Chikungunya. Since it's viral, they really couldn't do anything for him, but at least he had a proper diagnosis!

Anyone else who was around back in 1980 during the first AIDS crisis having deja vu now

that the topic of the day is Ebola?

I'll grant you that Ebola is a faster killer, and is lightly easier to catch than HIV/AIDS, but the fear mongering is still awfully familiar.

So now we have the category of "gentle" rape?

Apparently, referring to statutory rape ( voluntary sexual contact between adults and teenagers) as "brutal rape" is considered over the top by many here. We have to decide, are some forms of rape OK? Less wrong than others? Where does sex with a drugged partner fall then? After all, the other person didn't have any objections at the time.

"Contract employee"

How many people out there are working as contract employees? What it means is

- no paid vacation

- no sick days

- no paid holidays ( a holiday means a short paycheck the next week)

- no security

- no decent feedback (you'll get laid off for no reason with no warning)

- no 401K - pension? what's a pension?

Software workers have been dealing with this a long time. Now, so are a lot of factory workers. Now, this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/27/351993359/more-flights-canceled-in-chicago-suspect-had-been-told-of-hawaii-transfer
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