« Home | "God is to engineering what Michael Brown is to hu... » | Update on avian influenza » | I love Mike Argento » | Oh, Mike Seaver, what happened to you? » | What the hell is going on with Tularemia? or, a Ra... » | "Clusters" of H5N1 infection? » | Great cartoon » | Tangled Bank #39 up and running » | What a week for prions » | Intelligently designed avian flu? » 

Friday, October 21, 2005 

Excellent avian flu article on DailyKos

Just in case there's anyone reading who didn't come here from DK (their traffic is just a wee bit higher than mine :) ), go read this piece by DarkSyde.

One morning, ten years ago, I awoke in a different body. The new body looked superficially like the old. But gone was the healthy 33 year-old, and in its place was a stiff, pale wretch, aching as if I'd been beaten by sticks in my sleep, delirious from fever, with lungs wheezing like a rusty harmonica. The next day I had to be driven to the ER because, in a rare moment of clarity between waves of delirium, I realized I couldn't drive; It was that bad.

After having my vitals checked, I found myself being hustled quickly into a cardio ICU ward! The diagnosis was influenza leading to pneumonia complicated by pericarditis.

And it only gets better. Two thumbs way up.


About me

  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
My profile


Powered by Blogger
and Blogger Templates

Powered by Blogger

Creative Commons License
The Tangled Bank Locations of visitors to this page
Enter your email address below to subscribe to Aetiology!

powered by Bloglet

The Evolution Education Site Ring

This site ring is owned by John Stear

Previous Site

List Sites

Random Site

Join Ring

Next Site