22-year-old Fatu Kekula nursed her entire family through Ebola. Her father. Her mother. Her sister. Her cousin. Fatu took care of them all, single-handedly feeding them, cleaning them and giving them medications.
And she did so with remarkable success. Three out of her four patients survived. That’s a 25% death rate — considerably better than the estimated Ebola death rate of 70%.
Fatu stayed healthy, which is noteworthy considering that more than 300 health care workers have become infected with Ebola, and she didn’t even have personal protection equipment — those white space suits and goggles used in Ebola treatment units.
Instead Fatu, who’s in her final year of nursing school, invented her own equipment. International aid workers heard about Fatu’s “trash bag method” and are now teaching it to other West Africans who can’t get into hospitals and don’t have protective gear of their own
DUDE. SHE MANAGED TO GET A FUCKING 75% SURVIVAL RATE OUT OF A DISEASE WITH A 70% DEATH RATE.
Sheldon’s back from the vet. His lump is actually solid, not an abscess, so they couldn’t do much for it when they tried to drain it. He seems to otherwise be in good health (he’s a little sleepy right now from the procedure) but i have some anti-inflammatory medicine and some antibiotics for him, so hopefully that’ll clear it up. If it doesn’t (I’ll know in a couple weeks -A-) we’ll have to see about getting the lump removed and sent to a lab for analysis. That’ll be around $300-400 which is why I didn’t do it this round, so hopefully it won’t be necessary, but in the meantime I’ll try and save up to make sure if it comes to that we can do it sooner rather than later. D: poor guy. He’s doing ok for now though, basking and eating some greens while he recovers from his vet visit.