Monday, October 27, 2014

Check out 60 Minutes on nursing people with Ebola

I was very impressed--even shed some tears of admiration--for the nurses who took care of the first Ebola patient here--Thomas Eric Duncan.

You can see their story at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ebola-inside-the-first-united-states-diagnosis-thomas-eric-duncan/

The times I have been hospitalized, the nurses made it bearable--they were great, while the occasional doctor was often stiff and snooty.

Ebola is a horrible disease with waterfalls of vomit and feces and bleeding from every orifice. Even one virus--one!--slipping in can start up a case in someone.

These nurses had to learn on the fly--they had incomplete info on protecting themselves...they are truly heroes. They sucked it up and did it.

But if you ask me, the succeeding cases were treated more casually. I feel nurses and doctors--of all people--should be overly cautious. Instead, they waltzed around bowling and flying to try on wedding dresses and so on.

I also was irritated that one nurse did not want to be isolated. Sitting out 21 days should be part of the job. The suits should know that.

We had quarantines when I was a kid--measles, chicken pox, mumps--a big sign on the house. Maybe we need that again until this burns out.

7 comments:

Anna Maria said...

My oldest grandson is a Pediatrician who works at a children's emergency clinic in Dallas. His wife is an Internist who works at Presbyterian Hospital where the Ebola cases were first diagnosed. Their son...my first great-grandchild, goes to daycare at the facility.

You can't imagine my fear when I first heard of the outbreak...until I was reassured that everything possible was being done to prevent the spread of the disease.

Those of us on the outside can only speculate. Those in the know...know what to do in situations like this that no hospital in this nation was prepared for...someone to walk in the emergency room in a "mysterious" infectious state to be diagnosed with Ebola. The nurses who were infected were caught soon enough to prevent them from spreading it and have recovered. Let's thank God.

Star Lawrence said...

In the 60 Minutes piece, they were sort of winging it on old CDC advice aimed at 3rd world countries. Now we learn that NJ nurse got an early test, neg--good to go--but the doctor who is now in bad shape also had an early neg test. I think there is a lot we are not being told or else they don't know it. What happened to being on the safe side? Q could be more pleasant than that tent--pay them a ton, good food, a chance to rest up from Africa...

Anna Maria said...

I tuned in late to the 60 minutes piece but did hear the guy who said he was still having nightmares about it and it would take awhile for all the staff at Presbyterian to heal.

I agree, all those who come from the 3rd world countries need to be evaluated for the proper amount of time to make certain they are not infected.

Grandson John posted a link on FB about a preventive vaccine that is showing good promise with tests on primates. That is the ultimate goal.

I can still remember how frightened I was back in the late 1950's & early 60's for my kids when polio came close to home. An uncle died from it and a cousin is still on crutches from it's horrific effects. Fortunately, a preventative vaccine was soon found. One for Ebola will be too...I'm keeping the faith. :)

Star Lawrence said...

I got polio when I was four--and my dad, then a resident, was working on the polio ward. So imagine how HE felt. These health care people need to think this over carefully. I wonder if they are fatalistic or think they are somehow getting immune...I don't get it.

Star Lawrence said...

Plus--why do these health providers want to go right home to their families--you'd think they'd want to have a pleasant place to wait it out--and not run right over to their kids or loved ones. When we even get a cold--we tell fam members--back up, don't get near me...

Anna Maria said...

It still amazes me that none of Mr. Duncan's family he stayed with for days running a temp was infected, they were surely in close contact.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about what happened we may never know the truth of.

I do hope you don't have any ill effects from polio and I'm sure your Dad was devastated when you got it. Virus's are strange curses...the two nurses recovered quickly after the man they got it from died like so many others have in Africa. I guess it all has to do with how and how fast you are treated.

Aids, which also originated in the jungles, was a death sentence until they came up with drugs to keep it in check...but unfortunately, still no preventative vaccine. Modern medicine still amazes me though at the progress it has made.

Star Lawrence said...

think the survival here is better so far bec some got that Dr Brantly's antibodies or an experimental drug--but this means Africans will want to get here somehow...without a system, this will be chaos. There are also indications that the president wants to bring sick people from there to hosps here.

As for the polio, I had almost no residual--one leg is 1/4 inch smaller around and maybe a little weaker. I injured the knee playing tennis when I was a kid. Thanks for your good wishes on that--it sure could have been different.

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