Ahhhhh just got the official welcome letter from the agency I’ll be interning for with the contract and everything and I’m super excited and maybe it’s silly to get excited over it but I don’t care at all
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.
That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.
Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.
In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.
Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.
At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.
About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about?
It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised."
That’s the worse, though.
Ugh yeah. I just. It’s for like eight year olds probably and I shouldn’t spend time on it anyway, but it was just like, half an hour’s distraction every day, and it was fun because I was building something and I’m just so mad that it’s been snatched away, right under me. I have to say, out of all the accounts of mine over the years that could have been jacked, I didn’t expect it to be over a horse game on the internet. Like, really.
I contacted support and reported the account stolen but I don’t know if they’ll give it back to me because, you know, the whole e-mail thing.
So I’ve been playing this stupid horse game online for the past month
but apparently never entered my e-mail when signing up
and now for some reason my password isn’t working
like I know 100% it’s my password…so something weird is going on
but it doesn’t matter because I can’t get back in
so all the pointless work I’ve put in for the past month was for nothing.