Things That Make You Go hmmmm.

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Just let me dust off my pretty little soap box here. There we go, all nice and clean. Ok, ready? Let's go!

The cost of one H1N1 vaccine is now at $30 per shot (this is up from the $16 per dose it was only last month). The Canadian government expects to spend over $2 million on vaccines alone. Canada is not a large country.
15 MILLION children die annually from starvation. 15 million....think about that number. This year, H1N1 has killed 6 thousand people worldwide.

Six thousand. We are spending billions of dollars worldwide to prevent 6000 deaths but we have 15 million children dying on an annual basis because they don't have enough fucking food to eat. I am tearing my hair out right now.Yeah, I totally get if one of my kids happened to be in that 6000 I would just drown myself in the fucking ocean and get it over with, but still, how does this make sense?

I was watching as a friend poured an entire bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer all over her body today at lunchtime and as I looked at the bottle I thought to myself...hmmm, the flu (all of them) is a viral infection, not bacterial. The only thing that can kill a virus is an anti-viral. So hey, how's that anti-BACTERIAL workin' out for ya?

The "experts" are now saying (contrary to what they said two months ago) that children 3-9 years old do NOT need two - half dose vaccines. One half dose will suffice. However, if your child has an underlying condition they should get the two - half doses. Ummm huh? What the fuck? What happened between than and now to make them change their minds? Why two seperate guidelines for kids? Does it have anything to do with the worldwide shortage so they're just saying shit for the sake of saying shit?

I'm not a health expert, I know shit about shit. I do know how to read, and I like to question things without accepting them blindly and unconditionally. I think we all have a responsibility to question what we're being force fed about this whole thing.

Stepping off soap box.

I was back to work after being home for three days. Being off work unexpectedly screws me up. By 3:00 this afternoon I said to my boss, "You know, you would probably be wise just to send my ass home before I do some major damage". I could do nothing right. He just rolled his eyes at me. I love my boss. I was filling out security check forms required by Corrections Canada for a bunch of our staff that are going to visit the local penetentiary (yeah we roll like that at work) and it was really detailed, like when was the last time you shit detailed. So I'm shouting to J in his office - "J, this form has some pretty personal questions on it, are you sure you don't want to fill it out yourself." "No, those forms drive me nuts, do you mind doing it for me?"  Meanwhile I'm sitting at my desk snickering to myself. So I shout again, "OK, what color would you say your hair is?". Poor J....he deserves a better assistant than me. I can hear him muttering to himself and then I hear, "Brown?" His hair is so not brown, it's gray and getting grayer by the day. So I reply, "Are you sure, you get that if you lie on this thing they may have to do a cavity search when you get to the jail." All I can hear is him laughing and muttering...jesus. Poor guy, he must have been a serious shithead in a previous life to get stuck with the likes of me in this one. I have nothing to do with the fact that the man is going gray. I swear.


Daffy said...
November 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM

...he must've been a serious shit-head in a previous life...

That had me cracking up! It interesting to see the different H1N1 perspectives. I had a dr appt yesterday - normal stuff - and the doc very seriously tried to scare me into getting the vaccine. I've made a choice and after about 5 minutes of his talking, he finally bothered to look me in the eye and immediately shut up about it. All I said was "My choice. Thank you for your opinion".

Anywhoha, great post today!

Anonymous said...
November 13, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I'm in a high risk group and by all accounts should get the vaccine. I also am the person who gets a regular flu shot every year. But I don't want to get the H1N1 vaccine, numerous friends that have gotten it were so run down after the fact, something I don't have time for, it was created hastily and is way too new, and frankly it's too ridiculous to try and even battle the lines to get it. For now I'm going to try and keep away from crazy sick people :)

gaylin in vancouver said...
November 13, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Which penitentiary are you going to? Is it to visit friends? Family? . . .

The Dr. asked me if I wanted the flu vaccines and I said no and she said okay. I like my Dr.

Jennifer said...
November 13, 2009 at 3:52 PM

LMAO! I say buy an anti-microbial, not anti-bacterial. Ick! Any flu is nasty, I don't want it.

I don't get the starving kids is ok mindset either.

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...
November 13, 2009 at 4:04 PM

you are...........


Dual Mom said...
November 13, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Gaylin - it's a work thing. I work at a College and we're in initial talks to do some training with the inmates.

The whole H1N1 things is crazy.

Daffy - you tell 'em girl!

Jennifer - I just can't help but think - what would happen if the media used their power (because make no doubt, they have incredible POWER) for good instead of just inciting fear and obsession in the general public.

OM - being in a high risk group would scare me. Not an easy decision to make if you have other crap going on that could make you vulnerable to it.

Martinis - yeah I've always wanted to be an allstar!!!

Aunt Juicebox said...
November 13, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Hehe. I tease my husband about his gray hair, which of course he claims I gave him in the first place. ;)

Dual Mom said...
November 13, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Don't take that shit Aunt Juicebox, there's no way I could fathom you're docile, gentle personality could cause anyone to have gray hair. (I heart the fact that you are sooooooooo not docile or gentle)