The clock is ticking. Tick, tock, tick, tock. I am scheduled to arrive in Dallas, Texas around noon on October 30th. OMG!
I would be lying if I said I wasn't aware of what is happening down there with the EBOLA. You'd have to not have a television, radio, computer, smart phone or newspaper to be unaware at this point.
What I find very interesting is that both nurses that got infected, and worked at the hospital where patient zero (the man from Africa) was treated...both have been moved to other hospitals across the country. One was moved to Georgia and the other to Maryland.
The Infectious Disease Expert Doctors have stated that the school Officials that closed schools in Texas and Ohio have overreacted over EBOLA fears.
The fact that both nurses that worked with the EBOLA patient from Africa at the Texas hospital have been moved to other hospitals in other states indicates many things to me, I'll just mention a couple.
1. It indicates to me that perhaps hospitals in Texas are ill equipped to deal with Ebola.
2. It may be a NO CONFIDENCE VOTE from the CDC concerning Texas hospital's abilities.
So far...and I mean so far as of this writing...only health care workers in direct contact with Patient Zero have gotten infected. That may or may not change over the course of the next thirteen days.
Dallas Country Officials Decide Against Disaster Declaration as officials continued to try to assure the public that the United States is prepared to prevent an outbreak. WTH!
It's been my casual observation that more often than not, economic policy trumps public safety when politicians are making command decisions.
So what do I do? Well...I'm still training. My suitcase is packed. And I watch, and I wait. If between now and flight time, the number of EBOLA cases spills out of the immediate health care worker arena and into the general population, I've got to weigh the reality against the fears, and come to the best decision regarding travel for me, my family members in Montana, and those I may come in contact with.
Can you imagine the health risk implications if a restaurant worker handling your food became infected and just assumed they had the flu? Or a massage therapist? It can get frightening.
I may take extra precautions in Dallas for the Spartan Beast. It would be a little uncomfortable and may slow down my time a bit, but I'm considering extra personal protective clothing:
I'm just kidding here. Trying to ease concerns with bad humor.
My family members in Dallas, Texas are pretty much silent on the whole EBOLA situation on public media. (facebook) I guess they don't want to jinx themselves. No one wants to be a fear monger, but at the same time, no one wants to put themselves at unnecessary risk for exposure. I don't want to.
Here is hoping that by some massive stroke of good luck, that the CDC will get a handle on this situation and soon. Otherwise, we will see more of these walking the city streets: