Second, we continue to get calls from the erroneous radio report today that Scott is sick with Ebola. It is a rare opportunity to experience Mark Twain’s famous quote: rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. Though we can take it with a dose of humor, we do feel terrible for our friends who live in fear and have lost so much already, to have to hear another report of bad news.
Now the news:
- Total cases remain at 115, the first time we’ve had no new cases or admissions. Praise God for a respite.
- Deaths: 31. CFR 26.9%. One of the deaths today was the 20-something daughter of Jeremiah Muhindo. She had been fairly stable, and we had hoped she would pull through. It is an example of the power of this virus that even healthy young people who initially seem to have great hope sometimes succumb.
- Census: 16 Bundibugyo, with 1 discharge (Dr. Sessanga), 1 death, and no admissions. `12 in Kikyo, with 1 death and 1 readmission.
- LABS: no new results.
- Spread: four highly suspicious cases in Fort Portal, all are contacts from Bundibugyo. We agree with the advice that contacts should stay put for 21 days to help contain the spread of this disease, and we are doing so ourselves. So far Jonah’s family is fine, again a tribute to his care.
- Contacts: 359 identified, 152 followed up today.
Can life become any more bizarre? We ask that frequently. Our dear elderly neighbor has been struggling with congestive heart failure, hypertension, a hip fracture, and possibly cancer . . . So when his son came to call Scott to see him urgently today, I ran over to assess the situation. Twice in the last year he has been near death but sustained by good management of his medications when Scott adjusts them . . .I found everyone on the porch and our neighbor in a closed room alone. He had urinated blood colored urine. The family was panicking. He had no fever, no vomiting, no diarrhea, no contact with Ebola, so I reassured them that this was most likely a urinary tract infection, common in bedridden older people. But what are the chances that such a sign would come up precisely in the middle of an Ebola epidemic???
Last but not least, Luke is boarding an airplane in the next few hours, to return home. His grandmother will miss him terribly; his siblings are going to be bolstered by his return. I will see them as soon as my 21 days are up. Pray for safe travel.