A Year’s Worth of Properly Ridiculous

One year ago I signed up for WordPress & published my first post 6 days later.

In this span of time, I’ve managed to convince 683 people to keep an eye on it. I watched that number go up and down quite a bit – depending on what was being ranted, raved or praised. I’ve monitored the traffic behind it all, almost to a fault.

I’ve watched my writing progress & change. I’ve explored different styles; wrote my very first fiction & followed with a few more.  I attempted to make sense of crazy trials, news stories, missing planes, made my fear of Ebola known & told a whole-lotta people to STFU.

I struggled through my ridiculous anxiety, and learned how to curb it. Later in the year, listened to an audio book that rocked my socks off & told everyone to just go out and follow your own arrow. I Attempted to explain resting bitch face … In turn, I was kinda bitchy about smoking & littering.

I’ve documented my son growing up, his continuing crush on the Tooth Fairy … & when he tried to plunge the toilet with a towel. Yeah, It Happened. I’m so happy it’s written down & saved for his future girlfriends.

Since I’m obviously a professional, I shared the wealth of knowledge and told you how to raise your kids also.

I made my love for football well known. Wrote a few open letters to Jared Allen & Brett Favre. Stuck up for Adrian Peterson & Ray Rice, called out ignorant football fans & directly told the entire NFL to get it together.

I turned thirty and intentionally have not changed my About Me page to reflect that; Properly Ridiculous will forever be, pushing 30. It’s been a good year & next will be better.

Thank you, 683 people who validate my lack of a filter.

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Seriously STFU: EBOLA

Recently, Ebola has officially convinced me to be afraid of it.

That was before a second nurse had been diagnosed with it… who flew on a plane from Cincinnati, Ohio – two days after she started running a fever.

I’m tired of people scoffing and rolling their eyes when I say this makes me nervous.

SERIOUSLY: STFU

Oh, Please…Cancer & Diabetes kill people everyday.

Yes, lots of other diseases infect and kill people on a regular basis. Guess what? I’m scared of Cancer, too. Am I allowed to be a bit nervous about both? Stop telling me about other diseases… I’m not stupid.

Only one person has died in America from Ebola.

Yes, only one person has died in America from Ebola. When he was diagnosed – we were told not to worry… it’s not airborne. We have this under control.

Now, two nurses have it.

This is not West Africa – This is AMERICA.

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This IS America. With that being said, I would like to have our countries back the way the rest of you non-worriers do, however… all this “it’s not airborne” crap – I don’t believe it. It might not be ‘by-the-book’ airborne … but in my opinion…

(No, I’m not a doctor or scientist – my opinion holds no real value)

If someone with Ebola can sneeze… and their bodily fluid can travel onto my body… It might as well be airborne. 

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Additionally, when it comes to us living in America… and thinking we’re so stinkin’ wonderful – I’m not certain our government tells us much of anything. They tell us what we “need” to know… but even then, it’s encrypted in some way, shape or form.

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If you’ve been following the news regarding this topic, I’m sure you’ve heard that the initial nurse who contracted Ebola has flat out said that there were no protocols in place while treating the disease. To take it a step further, here is something I read on CNN today:

“The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place, and … those protocols are not in place anywhere in the United States as far as we can tell,” National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said Tuesday night. “We’re deeply alarmed.”

Yes, I’m nervous. If you’re not, that’s okay – but stop telling me not to.

For myself, it seems realistic that I stay on top of the news & remain cautious…but that’s just me. 

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Okay Ebola – you win. I’m scared.

I try and stay away from scary news. I attempt to shield myself from things that are nerve-wracking that I have no control over; seems like a logical way to stay sane if you ask me.

Cue: Ebola.

I mean, it can’t happen to me…right? That’s what I thought when I wound up pregnant…and now my son is 8 years old. I learned the, “it won’t happen to me” way of thinking does not always work in my/our favor.

Today, I read that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted:

wellllllll, Ebola could be or could become airborne. 

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Experts are increasingly expressing fears that the Ebola virus can spread through “droplets suspended in the air” [AKA: Casual Contact].

Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment or having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD case while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.”

study that was done in 2012 showed the Ebola virus was able to travel between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages – with no direct contact.

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We’re all screwed.

I’m not a doctor, scientist, pig or a monkey…but, that sounds airborne to me.

I don’t like it when I’m not able to ignore a problem anymore because I feel it actually poses a legit threat to myself, my family… millions of people…………..the whole world.

So then, I start reading more…and see this on CNN

“Every time a new person gets Ebola, the virus gets another chance to mutate and develop new capabilities. Osterholm calls it “genetic roulette.”

Osterholm is, Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota…and he goes on to say:

“I can’t imagine anything in my career — and this includes HIV — that would be more devastating to the world than a respiratory transmissible Ebola virus.”

So, I think it’s safe to say that things are getting serious. At this point…It’s not just going to go away. We aren’t going to wake up one morning, turn on the news and hear that Ebola has been taken care of – and it’s ran its course.

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I don’t like it… I’m scared. You win, Ebola…I’ll now be reading about you every single day for the latest unnerving information while attempting to keep myself and family away from you.

Gross.

Source: The Anti-Media