Who Knew?

Jul. 16th, 2010 11:04 am
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So I get an urgent email at work warning me that California has declared an epidemic of Pertussis.  Que? 

Turns out this is the clinical name for Whooping Cough.  Now, I can understand renaming some diseases due to their scientific name being unpronounceable without training, but Pertussis is kinda cool.  Sort of, I don't know, like a Roman landowner or something you'd name the 3rd moon your space station is built on in a B-movie.  And "Whooping Cough" sounds, well, gross in comparison: I don't need to be coughed on, let alone Whooped on.

On a small public service note: those of you with kiddies in CA, don't think that this is a signal to not leave your homes until further notice: epidemics in the *legal* sense of the word is very clearly defined when levels of infection are still very low just so that the State authorities have the mandate they need to stop the infections from getting worse.  Yes, epidemics technically include the Black Death of 1347 - 1351 and the Flu epidemic of 1918, but those are not what we're talking about.  Right now the most impacted counties, Marin and San Luis Obispo have seen 47 and 33 cases per 100,000 respectively.  There is a very effective and simple vaccination for Pertussis given to kids 2 - 6; talk to your pediatrician if you have any questions.

Pertussis.  I would totally name a pug that.... 

Date: 2010-07-17 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scifinut.livejournal.com
OMG that is the PERFECT name for a pug.

Or a bulldog. I might have to give that idea to my sister.

Date: 2010-07-17 05:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtineebee.livejournal.com
Just warn her that doctors, nurses, and hyper protective mothers may look at her odd. Personally, I say that's more reason to do it!

Date: 2010-07-17 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scifinut.livejournal.com
I had to explain to everyone at work why it was funny. They didn't know what pertussis was.

Date: 2010-07-18 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alkari.livejournal.com
It would be a really fun name for a Basenji - those barkless dogs. "Well, he had pertussis at one stage and this is the result ..."

Date: 2010-07-19 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtineebee.livejournal.com
Take points for that one! LOL!

My pertussis experience

Date: 2010-07-19 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caitlyn-mc.livejournal.com
LOL at this thread!

Unfortunately, I am that parent that googles my child's symptoms (luckily for my sanity she rarely gets sick) and I thought that she HAD Whooping Cough from the clips of children whooping it up. And then they run that pertussis warning shit on TLC to scare all the people who have children. Seriously, from the ads you pretty much gather that it is OMGWTFBBQ THE BLACK PLAGUE! and your child can DIE!!!!!

There's nothing like listening to a nine-month old at night going, HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK. GAAAAAAASP. HACK HACK HACK HACK GAAAASP!

I kept listening and listening to the samples, then playing them for my husband who eventually just told me:
"You have a doctor's appointment TOMORROW. GO TO BED! She is already ASLEEP!"

Anyway. She didn't have it. The gasping she did at the end of her coughing fits was "striding" that basically meant that she didn't know HOW to catch her breath in between coughs yet like adults and older children know how to do. So she would just cough till she was out of air and refill her lungs with huge gasps. Luckily my pediatrician never makes me feel dumb. :-)

Re: My pertussis experience

Date: 2010-07-19 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xtineebee.livejournal.com
Being a parent can be overwhelming enough *without* scare mongering from the media; TLC has oodles of 'health shows' that fit that bill. Then we get the Government involved with sensitive legal terms like 'epidemic' and it just gets better! Whee!

I have no doubt that listening to your Princess hack was upsetting enough - and Yay! that it was just a terrible sounding and terrifying nothing! (That is a joke - seriously, the panics we work ourselves into over what turns out to be nothing is only funny in retrospect).


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