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INSIDER: Ebola Fears Drive Patients From Dallas Hospital

UPDATE 10/23/2014 at 10:18 a.m. Central:  A CNBC report confirms what I shared almost two weeks ago. Among other things, the article points out a 21 percent drop in average daily patient occupancy and a 25 percent decrease in surgeries.

UPDATE 10/18/2014 at 5:59 a.m. Central:  In an article this morning, ABC News expanded on the news I shared eight days ago.

UPDATE 10/16/2014 at 8:32 a.m. Central:  My friend in Dallas tells me he observed a CDC representative at his place of employment (i.e., a major medical center in Dallas) “observing an in-service on one of the ICU units,” a possible indication they could be getting a patient soon. Same person said he’s “heard rumblings from Presby that nurses are threatening to walk out” after “being thrown under the bus” by CDC director and others.

The number of patients seeking care at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas on any given day has nosedived since Thomas Eric Duncan began receiving treatment after contracting the Ebola virus, according to an employee at the hospital. Following his death, many tough questions face this hospital and others as Ebola looms as a nightmarish threat.

Ebola Virus

Ebola Virus

Two days ago, I spoke with a friend who works at a major medical center in Dallas, but NOT the hospital — known to locals as “Presby” — where Duncan sought treatment once, was mistakenly sent home, and later returned for before dying days later. My friend told me that a friend of his who DOES work at Presby shared the disturbing news about unwanted side effects of the hospital’s involvement with Ebola.

Specifically, that friend of a friend said the number of patients at Presby receiving care (a.k.a., the “census”) nosedived after news broke about Duncan being treated there for Ebola and, as a result, many employees — including nurses, nurse assistants, housekeepers and others — have had their shifts cancelled due to a shortage of patients.

In other words, people are choosing to go to other hospitals for care.

This morning, I called Presby’s public relations office to inquire about the hospital’s census numbers. Not surprisingly, no one answered and I had to leave a message asking for a return call. I do not anticipate a quick response — or any at all for that matter — as I suspect they have been flooded with media inquiries.

If what this friend of a friend insider claims is true, this news only adds to the hospital’s woes.

According to a Dallas Morning News report Oct. 2, Presby has lagged behind its peers on emergency room care and lost some federal funds the past three years because it had high discharge rates of patients who later had to return for treatment.

It will be interesting to see if, despite its best efforts to educate people about Ebola, Presby can survive. Likewise, it will be interesting to see what happens if it does not survive and other hospitals are forced to deal with Ebola and the fears people have about stepping inside a healthcare environment where Ebola-infected patient(s) have received treatment and/or died.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I will update this article if or when I receive a reply from the PR folks at Presby.

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Prediction: World Series Will Bring More Racial Unrest to STL

You might be tempted to label this “premature” since the St. Louis Cardinals still must win the National League Championship Series in order for it to become a reality, but indulge me for a few minutes as I wax poetic about the prospect of more racial unrest in St. Louis during the 2014 World Series.

The graphic above shows a list of the organizations endorsing "Ferguson October" Oct. 10-13.

The graphic above shows a list of the organizations endorsing “Ferguson October” Oct. 10-13.

Caveat: Because I’m not a St. Louis native, I escaped the formal indoctrination program that is part of early-education programs for all who live in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. I did, however, take part in a distance-learning version of the program. You see, as a child in my forever hometown of Enid, Okla., I listened to Cardinals ballgames on the Cardinals Radio Network via KCRC-AM 1390. That, combined with the fact I’ve lived in the area for 14 years, makes me at least partially qualified to comment on local events. So here I go.

If the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS and find themselves in the position of hosting at least three Major League Baseball World Series games at Busch Stadium during the final ten days of October, I predict downtown St. Louis — instead of little ol’ Ferguson, Mo. — will become the epicenter of more racial unrest and protests waged by members of the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” crowd — still upset over the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson and unwilling to wait for the grand jury to determine whether charges should be filed against Wilson — will be hijacked by groups with no direct connection to anyone in St. Louis.

In case you haven’t heard, a practice event is scheduled to begin Friday and run through Monday. Formally known as Ferguson October, the event is endorsed by a laundry list of local, state and national organizations, many of them extremely radical (see graphic above). That list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

The Organization for Black Struggle — According to the group’s website, their program is “based upon the Black Freedom Agenda that was introduced at the founding of the Black Radical Congress in 1998 and ratified in 1999.”

Code Pink — A radical organization known, among other things, for its support of Hamas and other terror groups;

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice — “Established in March 2012 in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin,” according to its website, this group appears to advocate some worthwhile causes while also having a funny name and some seriously-misguided beliefs about guns and gun laws; and

New Black Panthers Party — After a long absence, this group reemerged on the national scene in November 2008 after some of its members were observed intimidating voters at a polling place in Philadelphia and then assisted by Obama Administration appointees who interfered with their prosecution;

The names of several other pro-union, anti-Israel, pro-Islam and left-wing political groups appear on the laundry list as well. Curiously, however, neither Al Sharpton’s National Action Network or Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition are listed on the website as being involved in this so-called “Weekend of Resistance.”  Rest assured, if the protest attracts national news media attention — and you know it will since its set to overlap with the first two NLCS games being played Saturday and Sunday — St. Louis-area residents can count on both race-baiting reverends to be there with bells on.

Factor in the possibility that gunfights — like the one that killed two and injured another in downtown St. Louis earlier this week — and Ebola might break out during the same period, and St. Louis could rocket back into the world media spotlight — and for all the wrong reasons.

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UPDATE 10/08/2014 at 12:13 p.m. Central:  After posting the piece above, I saw this article about Missouri authorities reportedly planning for possible riots if Officer Wilson isn’t indicted. Am I the only one now wondering if an announcement about the grand jury’s decision might be delayed until after the World Series? It wouldn’t surprise me if that happened. Just sayin’.

UPDATE 10/10/2014 at 7:10 a.m. Central:  Another officer-involved shooting of a young black man in St. Louis has tensions at a fever pitch. According to  this local news article, at least one police officer was injured when violence erupted Thursday night, as protesters blocked traffic, broke windows of at least one home and a business and burned American flags.

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Letters From 1918 Speak Volumes as Ebola Threat Looms

Because of the Ebola threat now facing the United States and the world, I thought I’d share links to three letters written during the influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed more than 50 million people worldwide. These letters should help to remind people of the horrors that have previously occurred in the world. Hopefully, this will make them take extra precautions to ensure that Ebola will not have as much of an impact as it did in 1918.

Ebola is a fatal disease that spreads from person to person through close contact. Previous outbreaks have shown that many people are vulnerable to this disease, so it’s vital that communities pull together to try and prevent an outbreak like the one in 1918, that unfortunately took so many lives.

Back then, hospital technology and protective wear were limited. This meant that a lot more people were able to catch and spread the disease. However, these days, we are lucky to have technology and science on our side to try and prevent another outbreak. Hopefully, we can take steps towards preventing the virus.
Should an Ebola outbreak occur again, we should be able to protect ourselves more effectively than the people in 1918 were able to do. Our medical staff, and the people of the United States, will be able to find a procedure face mask that can help us to prevent the spread, potentially reducing the number of deaths that Ebola can cause.

These letters that I have shared on this page should be able to inspire people to stay strong when times get tough, especially through scary times where fatal viruses and infections are spreading through communities. After reading these letters from 1918, I think you’ll agree that they speak volumes about man’s ability to deal with adversity. Stay safe everyone.

Click to download nurse's letter (PDF).

Click to download nurse’s letter (PDF).

Links to the letters appear below:

Letter from nurse to her friend at the Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas, October 17, 1918;

Letter from visiting doctor reporting situation to superintendent, Albuquerque Day School, New Mexico, December 20, 1918; and

Record book of patients in South Beach, Washington hospital, 1918. Army Air Corps.

To view several images from the same time period, visit the National Archives page, THE DEADLY VIRUS: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

See also: Missouri Doctor Says ‘CDC IS LYING!’

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Missouri Doctor Says ‘CDC IS LYING!’

A Missouri doctor wore head-to-toe protective gear as he walked through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this morning, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. On his back were the handwritten words, “CDC IS LYING!”

Dr. Gil Mobley, described in the article as a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo., was quoted as saying, “If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” and he’s not alone as public concern over Ebola in the United States grows following the announcement earlier this week that a Liberian man in Dallas tested positive for the deadly virus.

According to Mike Adams, author of a Natural News report published yesterday, all the disinformation being spread about Ebola by the U.S. government and the complicit mass media will unfortunately make the Ebola pandemic far worse. That’s because the public isn’t being told the truth about how Ebola spreads and how individuals can help prevent transmission of the disease. Considering the doctor was walking around in head-to-toe protective equipment, it might urge some citizens to think about getting themselves face masks as well as other protective gear to further ensure their personal safety, as well as the health of those around them.

Michael T. Osterholm, author of a piece that appeared in The New York Times three weeks ago, shared his belief that public officials don’t want to be accused of screaming “Fire!” in a crowded theater – as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing. But the risk is real, and until we consider it, the world will not be prepared to do what is necessary to end the epidemic. But what does he know as director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota? Forgive my sarcasm.

Pay attention, folks, and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. Your life might depend on it.

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