Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Here's the thing. I recognize that I have been full of doom and gloom lately but it's not without reason. Some of the people I care most about in the world are frequent readers of our little slice of cyberspace. Lately the things I have said here are things that have been the most consuming to me and I share them not to bring everyone down (which I am fully aware it has this affect on some people) but to share what little I may know about things that are wrong with the world. I am fully convinced that the largest problem Americans share is their lack of education on real world topics and even more so, their lack of concern.
Don't stop reading here! This is quite practical. Anyone who has been paying any kind of attention to what is happening in the world will quickly note that there are wars and rumors of wars, there are storms and earthquakes in diverse places, famine, pestilence, drought and disease are rampant.
Today I read several blogs and articles about a woman named Dr. Susan Puls. She was a cardiologist and has been in the full employ of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in order to prepare for pandemic crisis situations. She has given a number of lectures, firesides and presentations outlining ways to prepare.
In a nutshell Dr. Puls is saying that the "experts" who study world health issues are all predicting a pandemic. Dr. Puls believes that she expects this to occur within the next 2 years, and "sooner rather than later" and it will likely come in the form of the Avian Flu virus which is apparently one mutation away from being able to pass from human to human (there are incidents where humans have been infected in Asia).
Different organizations are predicting different things, but I have read the expected death toll to be at least in the millions, some are saying over 1 billion. I am sure that this will mostly be in poor countries where food and water supplies are likely to be largely affected and shared. Reportedly the World Health Organization is expecting 40% of the world popuation to be infected with a 50% death rate among those who are infected. (I'm still trying to verify this, their website is pretty huge). This is expected to be a very rapid ordeal with the damage coming in a 3-4 month span of time. During this time there will be quarantines and most public systems will be shut down. You will not be able to leave your house without literally risking your life. The entire point is this: organize yourselves and prepare every needful thing (D&C 109:8)
Dr. Puls says that every household should have a minimum of a 3 month supply of food, water and supplies. For LDS folks out there this is nothing new. For those who are not, it is quite practical to have a food storage that you can rotate. When you fall on hard times, or if/when you are not allowed to leave your home for months. So there are a couple different ways to look at this, you can say that I'm crazy and it will never happen, at least not to you. You can let fear and anxiety overcome you so that you end up doing nothing, OR you can get your house in order. Even if it ends up never happening (and I hope it never does) the worst that will happen is that you will be prepared.
Once again, I hate to be full of crazy bad news, but I love you all. It would make me so happy if nothing were to happen to any of you, and I can only hope that you would warn me. Listed below are a few links to back up what's above and ways to get prepared.
blog article about Dr. Puls
La Crosse Tribune Article
Emergency preparedness information
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I've always had a hard time finding balance in my life. Everyone finds different things challenging, and I find taking care of my kiddies, along with everything else, quite difficult.
The part that makes me feel inadequate is that I have really good kids (we all say that I'm sure). I don't feel like I should have a hard time accomplishing everything in a day because Jack is really great at entertaining himself for long periods of time, and Addie allows me to get a full nights sleep. Even so, I do have a hard time. If I feel like I've actually spent a good amount of time with Jack and planned activities that help him learn, I feel like I've neglected Addie. If I feel like both children are getting enough attention, I realize the house is a wreck and I haven't paid any attention to Eric in 3 days. Then on top of that you add in church callings, budgeting, grocery shopping without breaking the bank, preparing meals, etc.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I pulled out a headband and clip for Addie today and passed Jack on my way to put them on her. When I got close to him he put his head down and said, "No mama!" I just laughed. He thought I was gonna put them on him. Now where would he get an idea like that?!