Archive for January, 2015

Ebola Update 30

28 Jan. 15

Patrica Cafferkey has made a full recovery and left hospital some days ago.  It is such good news that protocal is allowing for such success.

It seems that Ebola has slowed down significantly but world health organisations are saying that it is too early to say that we have indeed turned the corner with this deadly virus. There are only 118 people being treated in Sierra Leone, compared to double this amount only a couple of weeks ago and it is said that there are only five current cases in Liberia.
Recent figures show that, while there have been far more cases in Sierra Leone than in Liberia (10,518 as opposed to 8,662 cases / 7,968 as opposed to 3,138 laboratory confirmed cases), Sierra Leone has had fewer deaths (3,199) than Liberia (3.686), with numbers for Guinea coming in at 2,917 cases, 2,569 laboratory confirmed and 1,906 deaths. Totals outside these three countries come to 34 / 32 cases and 15 deaths.

I will now leave reporting on Ebola, unless there are significant changes to publicise.

Ebola Update 29

21 Jan. 15.

Pauline Cafferkey, who is still in the Royal Free Hospital in London, is said to be now off the critical list and showing signs of improvement.  Let’s hope that she can soon be released from hospital and enjoy her future.

Cyberbullying!

For those with access to UK television, I wonder if you watched Cyberbullying on channel 4 last night (15 January)? It was just over one hour in length and all of it took place in a teenage girls’ bedroom. Basically, the computer took over and the girl became controlled by someone who had hacked into her system. It was one hour in that girl’s life and it was quite frightening to think that these things can happen to such vulnerable people. Go and watch it if you can …. .

Ebola Update 28

4 Jan. 15.

Pauline Cafferkey, the care worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola upon her return from Sierra Leone, is in hospital in London and her condition is said to have deteriorated over the last two days.

A new case of Ebola is to arrive in the Nebraska hospital, where three patients have already been treated, two of whom survived. The person is not showing any symptoms and is not ill. No indication of how this person came into contact with the virus have been given.

‘Walking the Walk’ …. but only for a moment!

Puerta Banus. It was 3rd. January, 2015, and I was only fifteen minutes away by car, so I had to go, didn’t I? There’s always a lot of famous people swanning along the marina and, dressed in my best second-hand jeans (from my daughter-in-law), my eight-year-old autumn-coloured scarf and my Matalan (a cheap chain store in the UK) flat shoes – oh, and my fake Dolce and Gabbana black handbag – I walked the walk.
It seems that to ‘walk the walk’, you carry your handbag over the curve of your elbow and also wiggle your bottom a little (I tried this but my dog kept pulling on his lead, which gave me more of a drunken gait), while trying to show your importance.
Okay, yes, after ten seconds, I gave up. I remembered that I am me and I couldn’t give a hoot about what anyone else thinks. What you see is what you get and well, hmm., I was tempted to have my photograph taken against one of the boats tethered there but decided to buy an ice-cream instead.
As I walked along, a ‘go that extra mile’ dolly-bird stopped to stroke my (yes, he’s a mongrel) dog and she spoke at length about her umpteen dogs, Springers, King Charles and all). Oh! Was she famous, I wonder? She was walking along with a gentleman who may have been her minder. She had dark skin (Spanish or Caribbean maybe), talked of living on a farm and was walking the walk.  And she was nice.
And, do you know, I was so proud that she had stopped to talk to me, in my second-hand jeans and with my mixed breed dog. Dogs. That’s all we talked about. And it was a good feeling.
Even if I don’t walk the walk!
So what does this tell me about myself?
I have no idea!  It was five minutes of fun but not a world I would like to live in.

Puerta Banus