Monthly Archives: April 2009

love in the time of swine flu

Mama’s got the flu. Here’s what worries me. I do not think the information we are receiving is accurate. This morning reports on the BBC said that a doctor from Mexico reported that they were being told not to communication with news media about the severity of the problem. Today, there have already been more cases in the US than in Mexico. To me this only means that Mexico is not reporting as honestly/accurately as the US. There have been 40 cases in the US and 26 in Mexico (today). If Mexico were being more forthcoming, I think we would see that the illness is much more widespread. That said, Mama’s got a really bad case of the flu. She’s "never been so sick in her life." She also had a vaccine for the flu this year (as did I). But, this year’s flu vaccine does not protect against this swine flu. So, if this flu has hit a little tiny town in NE Oregon (although to be fair it is not a confirmed case of swine flu), then I would say that this disease is much more widespread than officials are letting on.

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I went to dinner last night with my friend from yoga. Good food, good convo, but what I really take away from the experience is that I want to live in his house.

ouch

Alone on my birthday. For the last two years, I’ve had a boyfriend who took very good care of me on my birthdays. So, I was unprepared emotionally for how hard it would be to be alone today. It doesn’t help that plans and expectations were thwarted, leaving me alone to prepare myself a dinner and cry in my car as a blind man walked forward and back, forward and back, his cane tapping a car, the wrong box, the wrong direction, forward and back. Everything seemed all wrong and there was no place to park the car, get out and help him, which I swear I would have done and then asked him if I wanted to go get icecream or something.