Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Share

Linking up with Five Minute Fridays, where we write for five minutes on a one word prompt, without editing... just whatever comes to mind. Today's word? SHARE. 

Go...

Share brings to mind warm, cozy feelings like me voluntarily giving Caleb the piece of cheesecake from Kelsey's.

Or a bite of my ice cream so he can see if he likes the flavor.

Or a bucket of buttery popcorn sitting between the two of us at the movie theatre.

Share a hug... a kind word... a knowing glance just between you and someone you care about.

But really,  the first thing that came to my mind this morning when I saw this prompt probably isn't too warm and fuzzy.  It may not be the most popular topic, either...

Because this morning I watched the news and heard about the measles outbreak that is continuing to grow in California.  Measles is a childhood disease that can be fatal and was previously thought to be almost eliminated, because of the success of the MMR.

Yet we have so many fears and misperceptions related to vaccines that people are refusing to allow their children to receive them. Fear of autism and fear of not knowing the results and fear of harmful side effects...

And I thought of how easy it is to share these germs in our society.

I'm thinking particularly of the flu.  We all know that the flu vaccine was a bust this year, which really kind of defeats the point I'm trying to make in this post...

I don't get a flu vaccine, because flu is a mutating virus and the vaccine generally only targets one or two strains.  I'm not working at the bedside that much and because we've pushed clinical back to the end of the semester, I'll not be "nursing" during flu season, so I'm not worried about putting patients at risk.  I'll just cross my fingers, use hand sanitizer and wash my hands...

But the MMR is a proven vaccine and it targets the right strain of measles, mumps, and rubella.

If you're a parent, research these.  Share  your concerns with your pediatrician and ask them to share information with you. 

But let's stop sharing germs, ok?

And please, for the love of man, wash your hands!!!

6 comments:

  1. I love this! I love how you shared your heart for beautiful ways in which we can share with each other and then boom! There are definitely things in life that are good to share...and then something we should really keep to ourselves! #FMFParty

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  2. I am hoping that people's eyes are opened up with this outbreak. I live in LA and frequent Disneyland often so it worries me, but it could have happened anywhere and you can't stop your lives. I still wish there wasn't so much fear around vaccines. They are so important and life saving.

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  3. It's so true... my thoughts of sharing tend to go to the warm fuzzy ways too - but as Sarah said, there are definitely things we do not want to share! And Amen to the Washing of Hands!!! ;)

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  4. Isn't it amazing how many folks don't wash their hands even ladies after using the women's bathroom. Yes, I echo, let's stop sharing germs.

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