Children and Bird Flu pandemic

I’m a little moody today and have spent most of the day reading reports of bird flu.  Of particular interest to me are the reports from Scott McPherson regarding what is going on in West Bengal.  What a nightmare is happening there.  

http://www.scottmcpherson.net/display/ShowJournal?moduleId=1366394&categoryId=116462 

After reading these reports about thousands of people reporting bird flu like symptoms, herds of goats dying from a severe respiratory illness, the massive bird culling going on and the fear that these people are going through, it really hit me hard as I thought more about it. What if that was happening right here in the United States, right now, this very minute?  

 I decided t o ask my 13 year old son, JJ, and my 9 year old grandson, Eli, about their thoughts on bird flu and if it was here, right now what would they do?   Both of them got really quiet when I asked them about the Bird Flu.  Eli said he feels it will not happen here.  JJ concurred and said we live in America and we have the best hospitals, the best games and the best doctors.  Eli agreed and said that the military would shoot it.  I asked them what if I had it, their Dad had it and everyone in the house died from bird flu and they were the only ones left living?   JJ looked stricken and said, “I would be terrified.”   Then he added, “I’m not the best at answering ‘what if’ questions and it can’t happen here in America.”  I asked him further, “Why do you think it will not happen here?”  He told me he feels it is in the land where chickens roam free and are in people’s houses.  Eli said he thinks it can’t cross the water and we don’t have any chickens roaming around so it can’t get here.  I explained to them that this H5N1 illness is a flu, just like the regular flu. So the bird flu could someday be caught and spread like the regular flu.  They both told me they would stay home.  JJ said he could chew on wood to survive if he had to. 

Then I hit them with the real question for a kid their age to relate to, “What if there was no electric for up to three months at a time?”  I made sure they knew and explained that there would be no game systems, no TV, no computers, no lights, no washer and dryer, no cold food and no microwave.  That floored them.  They could not grasp the idea that they would not be able to access the regular everyday things they were used to.  JJ thought for a while and came back to tell me that he could play his PSP and we could get a nuclear generator to run the power for the house.  Next, he added that if we can’t afford a nuclear generator then we could get a windmill or make the entire roof solar panels to charge up the batteries for the game systems or get the computer to work.  Eli said he could play with his toys and have camping at night with flashlights to keep the monsters away.  Then both boys said that they could play a board game if they really had to.  

As I listened to them discussing this and how they would handle a bird flu crisis, I realized that the terror that the children in America would face will be extreme.  Everything they are use to will be disrupted and they will find themselves in an entirely different harsh life style than they were accustomed to. It is hard for them to comprehend what a bird flu pandemic is, what it could realistically do and the massive effects it can have. They will face death straight in their faces with little or no understanding. The monsters they fear at night will take on entirely new faces.  I realized it is time to talk to my children and to inform them.  I also realized it is time to make sure a plan is in place in case the unthinkable happens and everyone in the household does die except them. They need to be prepared as well as the adults should be for the possibility of this bird flu pandemic to lessen their fear, help to contain their terror and to know what to do if the unthinkable does happen.    

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2 Responses to “Children and Bird Flu pandemic”

  1. Children and Bird Flu pandemic - Bird Flu Protection, Avian Flu News Says:

    […] story psychicinsights and posted with Elliott […]

  2. john hope Says:

    Unfortunately, the children are the ones who will most likely die from Bird Flu.
    see this chart from the World Health Organization.

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