I have this everlasting thirst,
no amount of water seems to quench.
My weakness is overwhelming,
and when I vomit, what a stench.
I have diarrhea and muscle aches too,
and my temperature is a hundred and one.
Oh, this pain inside my head,
and these cramps are no damn fun.
Is this the flu or some other virus?
It’s doing me in for sure.
Now, I’m bleeding from my nose.
I only hope there is a cure.
What is happening to me?
And why do I feel this way?
I have questions I need to ask,
as this gets worse from day to day.
Someone take me to a doctor!
Please give me what I need!
If Ebola is what I have,
don’t let the spread of this succeed!
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland
Symptoms of Ebola include
•Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
•Abdominal (stomach) pain
•Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.
Educate yourselves and please, please sift through the information that is available. Many of us want to panic because there is no known cure for Ebola. We don’t know whether this is being hyped up or what because we know that our respective governments lie and inundate us with false information. It is easy to buy into so-called ‘quick cures’ that are being sold but, apparently, there is no known cure as of yet and who knows if there will be one.
Most of us have heard of Ebola long before now and we simply shrugged it off because it was not something that we ever thought that we would have to worry about because we were told how it spread and of the regions this virus usually plagued. But the stories always died with what we thought was just a few people who succumbed to it but now, it’s not just being relegated to the place of its origin and since people are flying back and forth across this planet, that has us even more terrified.
If we can respect and believe the CDC, we know the signs and symptoms and when we should see a doctor. All we can do is hope for the best, express our sympathy for those who have the virus and hope that this does not turn into another ‘Black Death’. But know that if this becomes a pandemic, the human race will not become extinct as there have been plagues and pandemics all throughout history and yet, here we are today, billions of us. Live each day to the fullest because each day that you live in fear is another day lost.
Take the time to appreciate your loved ones, tell them how much you love them and above all, look up from your smartphones and your TVs and your tablets and realize that you are missing out on the very life that you so fear that Ebola will take!