Archive for October, 2007

Bird flu in children and the poor.

October 31, 2007

Today I was talking to a very poor person about the bird flu.  The lady burst into tears and told me that she can’t afford to stock up her house.  She asked me what she was going to do?  This lady told me she lives on food stamps and has very little extra money.  She has problems supporting her kids just to get by from month to month let alone trying to fill her house up with groceries.  This got me thinking about how many other people are in this shape.   

When everything closes down and these people are hungry, what are they going to do?  There is no where for them to turn to and if a child is crying because they are so hungry, what parent on earth can tune out those cries?  History has proven that desperate needs lead to desperate acts.  People are being told to stock up for three days and that is not nearly enough to make it through a bird flu pandemic.   

Babies will need formula, diapers, food and comfort.  Little children do not understand what is going on, they will want to eat, go to the park, go to school and play.  The avian flu is raging outside as people are being told to stay home with the military patrolling the streets.  While the kids scream for food, Mom and Dad are looking at bare shelves.  I can’t imagine the heart breaking pain that those parents would go through.  They are going to want to get food for their children no matter what the cost to themselves.  I would, as I could not stand to see my child go hungry or be in pain from needing life’s bare necessities and not having them.   

In situations like this when people become desperate they will resort to desperate measures.  Hurricane Katrina showed us this as people kicked in store windows to get food and supplies.  They broke into gas stations, houses and started shooting at people from roof tops.  For them there was help coming but imagine when there is no help. There is no one going to come to the rescue and hope seems lost.      


One of the most famous photos in American history–Dorothea Lange’s ‘Migrant Mother’ who was a hungry and desperate mother with her young children.

Bird Flu Vaccine or being prepared- which is the better plan?

October 26, 2007

Today I sat down to read the report from the government on how they plan to administer the vaccine when it comes out.  At first I was upset to find out that my son would fall at the bottom of the list since he is 13 years old, young and healthy.  But then I thought about it and asked myself does it really matter anyway?  

 I think the promise of this vaccine is to give people hope, something to hold on to when this bird flu pandemic thing hits.  I know that the vaccine will take about 6 months to make and there will be a very limited supply of it. I also know they can’t even start to manufacture an effective vaccine against the bird flu until the virus is in full swing.  Then there is the issue of the virus mutating again and again and again even while they are producing a vaccine for the current strain.  By the time they get this vaccine out to the general public the virus will have done its damage anyway.   

No matter what we think, when push comes to shove on this H5N1 virus the reality is we will be on our own.  Being prepared and having a good plan will be the best measures to take, not the promise of a miracle drug that will show up some time or day during the course of the serious virus.  If we wait for this miracle drug, it may be by far too late.  

 I read another article today stating that they think the blood of the survivors from the 1918 Spanish flu may hold a key to helping with a cure for the H5N1.  Gee, I wrote the CDC over two years ago and brought up this idea.  I am just glad they are doing something with it even though they never answered my email about it. I don’t care, just go with it and see if this will work to save lives.   

I am not going to argue with the government’s ideas of who is the most deserving to get a vaccine first and who should be last on the list. You can bet their families will get it no matter where they fall on the list but hey that is to be expected as it is just the way things are.  If I am still alive when it becomes my turn and my son is still alive, I will give him my vaccine shot.  I truly believe that the children are our future and personally I do not see them as expendable.  In the mean time, I will do everything I can think of to protect my family, my home and will get ready for this thing.  In the end when it does come down to the wire, the only person I have to depend on will be me. Because many other people will be depending on me as well, I will have to draw on every grace I can from God to get through these very hard times. The promised vaccine, well that is another story for another chapter in the bird flu saga and I personally will not hold my breath waiting on it.    


Halloween Gathering

October 21, 2007

Happy Halloween!! 

I love this time of year!  Halloween is cool as it gives a person a chance to dress up and be what ever they want!  Around here it is a time of watching the adults get just as excited as the kids.  Everyone is figuring out what they want to be, where they are going that night and who is hanging out with whom!  It is also a night I take out my camera for ghost hunting.  We seem to get some really neat ghost pictures on Halloween.  

 I never know what is going to happen from one minute to the next on Halloween which makes it awesome.  Last year my little three year old granddaughter wanted to be a Fairy.  We got her costume on, did her makeup and made sure she was a beautiful little pink Fairy. She was totally adorable.  Five minutes later she was running through the house carrying a ghoul’s severed head and screaming like a banshee.  In the mean time, as we are trying to capture the little Fairy gone wild, lots of various characters are hanging out in my house. My Werewolf son is in the living room with a chainsaw searching out his next victim while Batman sat on the couch watching cartoons. Also my grandson, dressed as a Fallen dark angel was in a discussion with Dracula.   

We finally capture the runaway Fairy and take the severed head away from her. She then discovers a coffin to play with, so she is fine for the moment.  The door flies opens and in comes my daughter dressed as a Witch followed by some neighborhood ghouls.  They are carrying a dish of eyeballs and body parts to pass out to the children who come begging for treats.  After closer examination, I discovered that these parts are chocolate and safe to give out.  The next thing I know, Satan walks into the house followed by a Medieval princess.  I sneak over to a corner to catch my breath but this only lasts for two seconds since the little Fairy has discovered the chain saw and had a mad Werewolf running after her.  We wrestle away the chain saw from the Fairy and give an axe to play with instead. The Fairy becomes content.  She is closely being watched by Satan now.  

I am fighting my way through my house that has been transformed over the last week to look like a graveyard with ghouls and body parts all over it when unexpectedly Dracula pops around a corner to ask me a question.  When I got my heart back out of my throat from this dramatic sight, I answered him then snuck into my bedroom to change.  I checked under the bed and in my closet. I was making sure that no ghouls were  hiding in there. Just as I was about to change, the Witch comes into the room to borrow a few pieces of costume jewelry.   

I escaped the bedroom to then discover a man dressed like a Woman has entered the house followed by a Star Wars Storm trooper.  Dracula has centered on the Storm trooper, the Medieval princess now has control of the Fairy and Satan is playing video games with Batman.  The Fallen angel has taken to the streets outside where he is terrifying small children and I am thinking, “Geesh, we get to give them all loads of candy!”  

 A Zombie comes up on my back and tries to bite my neck while a ghoul’s severed head is knocked across the table.  I tried to catch it while my dog is losing her mind, yelping at the head and threatening it with her teeth.  I caught the head and threw it to Batman who put it on the kitchen table.  The Fallen dark angel comes in, grabs the severed head for his outside trip to torment children with.   

Finally, they all headed out the door to go and terrify the neighborhood with trick or treating.  As they take to the streets, it was like watching an invasion of ants at a picnic.  Kids are everywhere as the adults scream and yell in trying to keep them from being hit by cars.   

After several hours of walking around and screaming the rules at the kids to not enter any houses,  to not frighten the little children, not to play with stray dogs, watch out for cars, to stop running and to watch out for little kids.  It was time to go back to the house.  Dinner has been simmering for hours; the smell goes through out the house in hopes of tempting the Halloween clan to at least eat a little real food. But this hope is dashed when I look over to see the little Fairy with both hands full of chocolate and a sucker in her mouth.  Satan is munching on a sugary Pixy straw and Dracula is eating a Butterfinger candy bar.  I enlist the aide of the Witch and a ghoul.  We effectively gain control over the trick or treat candy. The candy is checked over for bad things that evil doers may have done to it.  Batman is mad because he has to eat a Sloppy Joe sandwich. Though wants his candy instead. So I tell him, if he is not careful I will flatten the tires on his Bat mobile. He gives in and eats with grumbling the whole time.    

We finally get them all fed and everyone leaves to go home. The little Fairy is carrying her wand, hitting people on the head with it as she walks by and yells out good night.  She runs over to give the dog a strangle hold of a kiss. She is pried off the dog and her Dad gets her out the door.  Finally, the last ghoul has left and the house is quiet. The Werewolf has settled down and gone to bed.  I sit amid the mess and can’t wait for next year’s Halloween to come to do it all over again.     



Pernel’s Psychic Predictions come true …

October 18, 2007

Psychic Predictions made on August 27, 2007

* There will be an upsurge in the number of people infected with the H5N1 (Bird flu) virus as the virus continues to spread. 

Human death toll from bird flu rises to 88 in Indonesia  Oct 13, 2007 | A 12-year-old boy died of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza Saturday morning, bringing Indonesia’s human death toll from the disease to 88, the Health Ministry said. via Kyodo News

 * Something is unsettled with the waters. There may be an increase of ships in distress or problems with the waters concerning ships, boats, illness, or the aquatic life.   

Sea Life Dying as Red Tide Grows Sept 27, 2007 by D Treen IMPACT ON WILDLIFE A second wave of dead fish washes ashore in Nassau County. IMPACT ON PEOPLE Severe coughs, burning eyes and nose are possible. Nassau County lifeguards hoisted red warning flags Wednesday at beach parks as a second wave of dead sea life washed up on shore, likely killed by an algae overload known as red tide identified in the waters. Dead fish also washed ashore Wednesday at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville, where people complained of mild respiratory irritation, according to a news release from the city. Water samples have been sent to a state lab. Researchers from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg have identified medium concentrations of red tide in water samples from Fernandina Beach and low to medium levels in Amelia Island samples. The Florida Times-Union –

Psychic Predictions made on June 2, 2007  

*As I said in November 2006, expect a lot of activity this Summer for 2007.  Between 3 to 5 large storms will strike land, they may not all be in the United States, but they will hit.   There is one I have been watching for months which is a monster.   : (


Super Typhoon Krosa is featured in this image captured by the MODIS on the Terra satellite on October 5, 2007. This is indeed where Krosa is heading, with winds of 150 mph, and gusts up to 185 mph.

Krosa pounds Taiwan, puts China on Alert

BEIJING, Oct. 7, 2007 (UPI) — Typhoon Krosa set its eye on China’s east coast Sunday after pounding Taiwan where it reportedly left a trail of death and destruction. Krosa, packing winds speeds of up to 123 miles per hour, was reported to be heading northwestward at about 9 miles per hour.  Science Daily

* The heat will be horrible this Summer.  The temperatures will continue to be above normal in many places. July and August will be particularly deadly months. 

Unseasonable Fever Sweeps Nation Oct. 9, 2007 — Dozens of cities in the Midwest, East and South set more record highs Monday as an unusual autumn heat wave appeared to crest… More than 30 cities across the eastern half of the USA set new marks for the date. For Detroit (90) and Indianapolis (91), it was the latest day in the year for readings in the 90s since record-keeping began in the early 1870s. By Patrick O’Driscoll, USA Today 

* A new avian flu subtype of the H5NI will begin to emerge and it will be easier to transmit to humans. 

Scientists Show Deadly Bird Flu Strain Is Evolving Toward Human To Human Form  October 8, 2007 In a study published in the journal Public Library of Science Pathogens, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) reported that one key evolutionary step has already been achieved in new forms of the virus that are circulating in Africa and Europe.  Led by virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the team has identified a single change in a protein on the surface of the virus that enables it to get a foothold in the cells of the upper respiratory system of mammals. The upper respiratory system is the nose and throat. This step is important because it gives the virus the ability to infect a wider range of cell types and also to spread via coughs and sneezes. However, it is not enough to make it fully contagious from mammal to mammal; other, as yet unknown, mutations would be necessary for that to happen. But Kawaoka and his team suspect that too is just a matter of time. Medical News Today

Listen, Bird Flu is NEWS !

October 9, 2007

New recent findings indicate that the bird flu has mutated again and some strains of it have the capacity to go easily human to human. This report is posted at

  Scientists Show Deadly Bird Flu Strain Is Evolving Toward Human To Human Form In a study published in the journal Public Library of Science Pathogens, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) reported that one key evolutionary step has already been achieved in new forms of the virus that are circulating in Africa and Europe.  Led by virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the team has identified a single change in a protein on the surface of the virus that enables it to get a foothold in the cells of the upper respiratory system of mammals. The upper respiratory system is the nose and throat. This step is important because it gives the virus the ability to infect a wider range of cell types and also to spread via coughs and sneezes. However, it is not enough to make it fully contagious from mammal to mammal; other, as yet unknown, mutations would be necessary for that to happen. But Kawaoka and his team suspect that too is just a matter of time. Medical News Today 

After reading this article and several others like it, I tried to approach people with the information.  I started with my daughter who blew it off.  I have tried a thousand times to talk to her about it. She gets angry and tells me that she will not deal with it until it is on her doorstep.  My daughter has even told her friends that I have gone over the edge with bird flu because I have stocked up my house to prepare for it.  She does not understand my concern as after all in her mind,  it can’t happen in this day and age. She will glare at me, tell me she does not want to hear about it and stomps off. I am hearing over and over again that if this bird flu was this serious then it would be all over the news.  This type of attitude is consistent with so many other people I talk to.  They do not believe it, do not want to hear about it and you are labeled nuts if you try to talk to them about this topic.  They point out to me that the bird flu is not major news or others would say they have not heard anything about it. Some have even said that perhaps this is something made up to try to get people to spend more money. But when this bird flu is at their doorstep, then what? 

Whenever an effective vaccine becomes available, which will take several months of the flu circulating throughout the population, the vaccine will be administered as per a priority list. First the vaccine will be provided for Government, front line workers like nurses and doctors, then the military. Next will then be people who are in between the ages of 20-40 years old. After all of those are done, the rest of us get what is left and that is IF there are any vaccinations left. Current thinking is, the 20-40 years olds are the work force and the major contributors to society. So hey, a 5 year old, well they will not be added to the bottom line for years.   

There are other questions to really think about. Will it even matter when they do get a vaccine?  Which strain of this bird flu will it cover?  How many mutations will have occurred while they are cultivating a vaccine for one strain? You may have a different form than the one I have.  Therefore, is this one vaccine really going to matter?  There will be millions dead before it even hits the market for one strain and then what about the new mutated ones. Think about it, new vaccines are needed for each strain as well.   

My problem with this line of thought is that my grandchildren are in the “expendable” zone, so is my son who is 13, so am I and most of my family.  They are telling you not to even go to the hospitals as it is the worst place you can be.  As a mother who loves her children and a grandmother who loves her grandchildren, I do what I can do to inform them to help them save themselves.   

We go through hurricanes here thus I have seen first hand panic runs.  Waiting until this is all over the news is way too late to do anything.  When we got the news that Hurricane Jennie and Francis were coming, there were major panic runs here.  Within a few hours, the shelves in the stores were all bare.  The gas stations started raising their prices and it cost me $30.00 for 6 D batteries.  In the aftermath, gas was really hard to get for weeks and it took almost a month for the stores to get back to normal operation again.  If we could have these kinds of problems from a hurricane then imagine what it will be like with a global flu pandemic when nothing is open and there is no place to buy anything.   

When this does come, I believe most of the people will be angry for not being fully informed.  If they have the knowledge to know what is going on, how to prepare and are made more aware of this pandemic then they may have a chance to survive.  The media is a powerful tool and from what I am getting from people is, if it is not on the news then it is not happening.  I wonder when this bird flu takes the forefront of the news, how many people is it going to be too late for?  I wonder if my children are going to finally listen before it is too late. Or will they remain like about 80 percent of the population that does not understand this virus, has no clue what we are in for and have no idea of what to do.  Personally, I am going to do the right thing and increase my efforts to let as many people as I can know about this bird flu pandemic.  Even if people call you insane, or off the wall or whatever, who cares?  Talk about it, make people understand and save some lives out there.  Just one life saved is worth all the name calling in the universe. 


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Bird Flu Pandemic: Is the public really aware ?

October 6, 2007

This week a friend of mine, who is a Behavior Analyst called me and we chatted about the bird flu.  She told me that she had recently noticed a commercial ad for bird flu preparedness on the Soap Opera channel.  She said the government is doing ads to let the general public know about the bird flu pandemic. The commercial refers people to go online to find out more information about this topic.  I said, okay, but… is this enough?   

What is wrong with doing a full show on a major news network program to reach out to more people?  Feature the important information regarding bird flu on prime time shows that people actually see, like Glen Beck or Anderson Cooper or any other similar shows.  The more that the public knows about this, the more lives can be saved.  How many people have or watch the soap opera channel?  Here, in my area, on cable it is an extra channel that has to be additionally paid for.  So if you just have basic cable and do not have the extra money for the extended channels then what is the probability of ever seeing this commercial on bird flu?  I spend my Sundays watching Discover and Science channels and have never seen one of these ads.  I am now looking for them to see if I can find one.   

I applaud the government for doing these commercials as they will reach some of the people if they actually do get on the computer and look for the websites.  However, that is if they have a computer to do this with and if they have the extra channels to see the ads in the first place.  I know there has been coverage of the bird flu on the major networks. I have watched some of the programs that have been done but they are few and too far in between.  

To save more people wouldn’t it seem to be necessary to educate them?  To let people know what to do instead of waiting until the last minute and then lay all of this on them.  That seems to me like it would create a panic in itself due to not knowing as the confusion of what is happening sets in. People need to know that this bird flu pandemic can and probably will happen here in the United States, on our home soil. Sure we may be scared but we are Americans and what do Americans do when there are times of trouble? They band together, face the problems and fight. So it will not matter if it is with a can of Lysol to face a virus or any other serious threats that may come, we are going to fight.  We are a nation of survivors and hey, we can take the actual truth about this bird flu virus. Therefore, do not hold back, get this info about the bird flu out there to as many people as possible, educate them about this virus and make it something which is as well known as the dangers of smoking. Lay the knowledge of this virus at the feet of the American people and then let us show you how we can handle it.