Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Losing Patients (with Ebola-Like Symptoms)


A word of caution regarding the title of this post:  Today's post title includes use of a 'Homophone'.  If you are easily offended by several words which sound the same but are spelled differently, please read the following at your own risk.  - Thank you!

No, I am not losing 'patience' with people with Ebola-like symptoms, rather, the Department of Homeland Security apparently IS losing potential 'patients' with Ebola-like symptoms.  As with all things literary, the difference in the usage of the two homophones used in the prior sentence is HUGE 

(i.e.:  I may be losing 'patience' regarding the ineptitude of the CDC, Federal Government, and Homeland Security's handling of the whole 'Ebola-Thing', but I'm not the one who is losing PATIENTS who are flying into the US with Ebola-like symptoms.  When it comes to health care, it takes steady hand of highly skilled government professionals to lose the aforementioned patients...  But hay (another Homophone!), don't take my word for it, check out the following excerpt from folks at the Washington Post!)  




The Washington Post - Ashley Halsey III October 21, 9:30 PM
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Four passengers who flew into Dulles International Airport recently were taken to a local hospital after enhanced airport screening alarmed the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

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The agency and the CDC provided no details on the hospital visits or whether the passengers were admitted to the hospital. Spokespeople for the two Northern Virginia hospitals closest to the airport said they did not receive the passengers.
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“We have no patients,” said Reston Hospital Center nursing supervisor Kim Wilfred.
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“I’m not aware of anything like that, and I would be aware,” said Tony Raker at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
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The CDC and DHS could not explain the discrepancy.
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A person familiar with the screening at Dulles said that a 13-year-old boy and his mother were taken to a hospital last Thursday after the CDC became concerned about their symptoms. The source, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity surrounding Ebola fears, said two other passengers also were taken to a hospital over the weekend. 
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The person was unable to name the hospital, and said that all four passengers apparently were released after further testing at the hospital.
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 "All four passengers were released after further testing at the hospital..."  
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This would be the hospital where no one knew they were taken two (yikes - yet another homophone!), right?  
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I'm not the brightest light on the Christmas Tree string of Merry Midgets, but didn't they just say that they didn't know which hospital these people were taken to?  And yet, even though they don't know where they went, they know for a fact that they have been released following 'further testing'?  
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For the record, I have no confidence that the Federal Government can put together a coherent plan to manage this crisis any better than they have any of endless wave of the other ones we've been through over the past six to eight years.  

This crisis won't make you poor (their's (homophone - sorry) always SNAP benefits at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply!), hurt your feelings (www.stopbullying.gov), or interject itself into your personal communications (www.nsa.gov) - this one will punch your clock following a week or two of unimaginable internal intestinal distress and conclude with obligatory period of 'bleeding out' through most major orifices of your body - through no fault of your own...  Simply because we wanted to be 'nice' and keep our airports open to everyone.
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Mr. Obama, Build Up Those Walls.
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It's getting weird out here.

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