Thursday, October 23, 2014

Is Ebola Scary toYou?

Read some facts of other more common viruses and then you will be sidetracked...
I have been reading about the present ‘Headlines’ on Ebola and how that may affect us and especially those of us in the nursing field. I also have talked to 2 Doctors about this subject and their opinion on the matter and seems quite stable and is very sensible. So between them and the trusty CDC I have put together some thoughts on the subject, and yes, many fears about it are false, you don’t need to be getting scared it is going to wreak havoc in the US. Some facts that put Ebola to shame are; in 2009 - between 8,870 and 18,300 deaths in the United States and up to 203,000 deaths worldwide were caused by the flu, the flu! Now look at the meager 4,000+ that have died from Ebola, what should we be focusing on? Take cancer, it is also a virus started disease, 1,638,910 died in the United States in 2012 from it. So by these facts I think it is easier to put Ebola in to a better perspective and know just how to feel about it.
Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus.  Ebola is found in several African countries. The first Ebola species was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically in Africa.  The natural reservoir host of Ebola remains unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is animal-borne with bats being the most likely reservoir. Four of the five subtypes occur in an animal host native to Africa.
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. This outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa. One imported case and associated locally acquired cases in healthcare workers have been reported in the United States. CDC and its partners are taking precautions to prevent the further spread of Ebola within the United States. A person infected with Ebola can’t spread the disease until symptoms appear the time from exposure to when signs or symptoms of the disease appear (the incubation period) is 2 to 21 days, but the average time is 8 to 10 days. Since the incubation period is so short it is extremely easier to find cures and the source for. The diseases that take 2-10 years are very hard to catch in time and study.  Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).  Signs of Ebola include fever and symptoms like severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.        
Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. If you have a good immune system you have a higher chance of not catching the disease. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years. Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or through your eyes, nose, or mouth) with Blood and body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.  Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola.  Ebola is not spread through the air, water, or food. Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness. Last week 20 people were injected with the first vaccines as a trial since there was a 100% success rate with monkeys.
 “Ebola is hard to fight, but we know how to fight it and how to beat it…We’re going to put in extra measures of safety to protect Americans.” —CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH
Timely treatment of Ebola is important but challenging since the disease is difficult to diagnose clinically in the early stages of infection. Because early symptoms such as headache and fever are not specific to Ebolaviruses, cases of Ebola may be initially misdiagnosed.  Some of the ways to help with slowing down the process they are using right now is. Providing intravenous (IV), fluids and balancing electrolytes (body salts), Maintaining oxygen status and blood pressure, Treating other infections if they occur
All cases of human illness or death from Ebola have occurred in Africa (with the exception of several laboratory contamination cases: one in England and two in Russia). One travel-associated case was diagnosed in the United States on September 30, 2014. On October 12, 2014, a healthcare worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the index patient has tested positive for Ebola. CDC confirms that the healthcare worker is positive for Ebola.

       So after reading all that it doesn’t sound too bad now does it? Now I’m getting freaked out I might catch the flu or cancer…..
  Here is a link to a very good news report on ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How's My Influence?

Fall Is Here, Where Am i?

So the past 3-4 months have been busier than normal and taking 17 credit hours in school and working 2-3 days a week, keeps your wordy spirit in check. There are times when the words have to flow out though, they spill forth in torrents, raining on the poor earth not in need of yet one more blogger...BLOG: A profound read on the power of how we treat others.

 How am i Affecting those around Me?

So this has been on my mind and in the deep crevices of my fractured brain of late. Think for a moment, where are you leading those around you? Do you enrich their lives or do you leave them filling you with no returns?.  I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that You can be used mightily of God. I feel far from being the influence i need to be but time is a grower as well as a healer. And yet we know that "Influence is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have  to inspire fellow Christians on the road."
Robin S. Sharma. Here at Hillcrest we have a great advantage to make a good impact on many lives. We all live and work and fight together and that calls for a lot of grace, patience and love at times, but when we get to the end of the year we look back and say, wow, that was a great time. We as humans tend to forget what we want and remember the good or in some cases of jealousy or pain, the bad. It is at these times when the true character comes out and shows are you going to be a good influence and forgive or are you going to forget it? It may hurt your pride, it may bruise your heart ever so slightly, or it may even involve you in the newest gossip, but what are you going to do with it? You need to cast it aside and take on the influence of Christ and do what He, the perfect example would do, Forgive and move on. It is not just the offended parties that need to forgive, the offending parties need to forgive for the hurt they have caused and the spoilage of precious time they have caused. It is so easy to "forgive" and next time you are around them you show the same feelings, whatever they are. The span of a life is far to short to be at odds. Be that strong influence and stand up and take the way of peace, the way that makes others want to follow. We at times are scared to step out of our "zone" but when we do there are those who will follow. You need not be scared of being a influence, but just be willing to be the one that God wants you to be. It is at the times when you think you are not affecting anyones life is sometimes when you are doing the most harm without realizing it. We can never be off guard.
One of the reasons this has been on my heart is i have been thinking of my childhood influences and the influence i was to my friends. I was in need of a lot of things in my life and those people who were influenced by me i feel sorry for now. I look back and think, but look at all the factors to make my life bad, they extremely outweigh the good. But what excuse do i have? None. God gives us all grace we just need to accept it. Some accept it sooner then others.Those who Receive His grace and Love early have less to look back at and be regretful for. I now can look back and am thankful i came through rough times, i know broken homes are not Gods plan, but i am thankful that He can make me a stronger example through that. I know that leaving home at a young age is not always the best but through that He can make you stronger for the future, or maybe He had me move to be a influence to someone i dont even know i touched. Maybe He brought me to Hillcrest to be influenced by a stronger and more secure Christian than i have met before. Ask yourself, Why did God bring me here? Could i be touching more lives and influences others more for the good? God did not ask you to come here for a easy life. He wanted more of you. He wanted you to be surrounded by Godly friends in close quarters to show you something. I challenge you find that purpose He wants you here. Touch a life before your opportunities are gone.
If you want to avoid ugly in a conflict, you must have a plan for how you're going to respond when someone pushes that giant red button on your chest and invites you to a duel. Because there's a real chance that the person who pushed that button is already under the influence of fear or pain and that person is not ready or willing to manage themselves well in conversations.