By Patricia L Johnson
Earlier today I was talking to a friend on the phone. I called to see how she was doing as she is still in the hospital recuperating from surgery and during the call we discussed a few problems she was having with two people in her life.
In both instances she was only able to view the problem from her own perspective, without giving any consideration whatsoever to what the other person might be feeling or thinking.
After I explored a couple different scenarios, it was as if she was now able to see the world through rose-colored glasses. Her pessimism immediately turned into optimism at the possibilities that could lie ahead.
That conversation came back to me as I was listening to the news this afternoon. Everyone in this country is so busy trying to find someone else to blame for the spread of Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, that the ink isn’t even dry on the paper before someone else is being accused.
Whenever there is any sort of error in the workplace, whether small, or horrific as in the case of the Ebola infection, there is enough blame to go around the block several times. There is a time and place for everything however, and now is not the time to start passing the blame, calling for resignations, assigning fault, etc.
Now is the time for everyone to pitch in and see what they can personally do to help find the cause of the initial contamination, and take every measure possible to ensure that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Now is the time to sweep politics under the rug and get on with doing whatever needs to be done to protect the health and safety of all Americans.
As far as I’ve been able to determine there has never been a case of Ebola in this country before so how would the majority of those in the medical field know the seriousness of the illness, or all the steps that are necessary to follow to ensure the disease does not spread?
We are a country that learns from its mistakes and in this instance we need to learn pretty damn quickly so we’re not sitting here a month from now with a stack of dead bodies wondering where we went wrong.
For all those out there that are opposed to ‘regulations’, this may be a difficult lesson to learn, but had regulations been put in place that made it mandatory for all medical personnel to treat patients exactly the same, wearing exactly the same protective equipment, etc., hospital to hospital, state we state, we may not have been positioned as we are now.
All the pieces have been put in place for a major Ebola outbreak in this country and it won’t be pretty, so believe me there will be more than a sufficient amount of time for everyone to spread the blame.
While they’re busy spreading the blame though, they might ask themselves a question. Thomas Eric Duncan initially went to the hospital with Ebola symptomology, but was not hospitalized because they believed he had nothing more than the flu. Why didn’t anyone treating him the first time around become infected with the disease?
© 2014 Patricia L Johnson