Re: And the Swine Flu won’t go away
The H1N1 is all around us and in the schools . They quit testing for it unless you have to be hospitalized . The line up for the shots were a lot longer than the number they had shipped in.
We still have not gotten it as far as I can tell . I joked with the neighbor to bring it on so we could get it done with …..and they were horrified . OOPs . I am weird that way . I tried to expose my children to the chicken pox when they were younger that did not work either . But really I would like to get it done while we still have more sunshine and warmer days to get us through it .
Hi, Full Moon;
Not many people remember the old interventions. When I was a youngster, I was sent down to play with the neighbor girl, who had the German Measles (rubella), to ensure that I would not get it while I was pregnant, later in life. I was pretty sick for a few days, then bounced back, just fine, and happily immune. So did my brothers, and all the other kids who got it, that year. Ditto for the chicken pox (varicella), which, I can attest from professional experience, can be lethal in adults . . . Talk about cytokine storm! Varicella, when acquired for the first time, in adults (not as a re-emergence, as in “shingles”), is a killer. I’ve seen it take an adult, from the time they presented for care, to full-out cytokine storm, complete with shock, respiratory failure d/t ARDS, and multisystem organ failure, in a matter of a couple of hours. By the time I saw my second case, I had a lot of respect for this pathogen . . . A couple years later, on seeing the characteristic lesions on an adult woman with slightly labored breathing, I did not hesitate to pull the alarm. I immediately called for an intensivist, and prepared for intubation and mechanical ventilation . . . not a moment too soon. The young, but very competent intensivist did not initially believe my diagnosis, but did what was needed to stabilize the patient: intubation and mechanical ventilation and fluid resuscitation. A few days later, serology confirmed the diagnosis. I daresay that intensivist has also gained a great deal of respect for what varicella can do to the previously unexposed adult.
I must say that the most vicious viral-induced cytokine storms I’ve seen were in healthy adults in their prime. But, before you panic, and rush out to get your H1N1 vaccine, consider this: That the horrible neurological sequelae of influenza vaccine reaction are also a result of the same phenomenon: inappropriate response of the immune system to an invading agent, resulting in catastrophic damage to the brain and peripheral nervous system. But, don’t take my word for it . . . see Dr. Blaylock Speaks about Vaccines, and More. Dr. Blaylock is a prominent and courageous neurosurgeon who has taken on the task of educating the public.
Epilogue: Both patients survived. The first patient finally went home to take care of her newborn infant, who had been born a few days before the onset of her diastrous illness. She had been in the hospital for several months, leaving her husband to care for the infant, while she fought for her life. Although she survived, she had severely scarred lungs, which will almost certainly shorten her life, if the vaccines don’t get her first. She also had craters on her arms and face, up to 1.5 inches across, left by the areas that were decimated by the combination of the virus and her own inflammatory processes. The second patient survived with little or no long-term problems. I survived because I’d had varicella as a child, and I have since been ever vigilant for detecting this killer, early in the infectious process.