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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Scary Thought

So an African (not African-American) man sitting behind me on my plane back from Florida gets so sick the pilot asks for a doctor and the man is taken off the plane by paramedics.

What's the first thing that comes to mind?

Ebola, right? Maybe Marburg.

Sleep well, OrthoMom.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isnt it Marburg in Africa? I thought that was a different form of Ebola.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you scaredy cat. it was probably the flu. unless it *was* marburg, in which case you are going to die. hope you had fun! (hope you didn't spend all your time alive worrying about dying!)

12:39 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

I guess it would be poetic justice to get Marburg because I dared to go away for Pesach.

1:42 AM  
Blogger Noam S said...

Think how the doctor treating him felt. :-)

10:18 AM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

maybe is was autism?

10:54 AM  
Blogger Just Passing Through said...

I was once on a plane to L.A. with the family 2 years ago on the anniversary of 9-11. Sitting next to my wife was an Arab who didn't speak any english and just looked reeaaaalll suspicious. The plane takes off and he hadn't put his seat belt on. He's reading these tour books with all the landmarks prominently displayed, with a little smile to me and the family every once in a while. Freaky. What really almost drove me to clock him over the head with something heavy-and worry about the repurcussions later, was that he stats taking off his shoes! I swear I almost pee'd in my pants, but I had to put on a brave face for my wife, who noticed all of this too and was crying hysterically.

Then again, there's always my friend who once got in a fight in an airport with who he later found out was Khallid Sheikh Mohammed. True story.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Noam S said...

Is it time for plane stories? I took a red eye to San Francisco for a meeting a few years ago and heard the dreaded "Is there a doctor on board?" call. After looking around to see if there was a real doctor willing to answer(there wasn't) I raised my hand. Luckily the problem was pretty close to my speciality, but I had to tell the pilot we had to get the person to the hospital pronto. Never have I dived so far so fast in my life. The only thanks I got was free headphones for the rest of the trip(well, everyone got them) and a thank you card from the obviously very happy(if you now what I mean) male flight attendant. I missed my connecting flight. Thankfully, the person did ok.

2:07 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Dilbert, what is the Marburg incubation? Just so's I know when I'm in the clear.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Noam S said...

I have no idea(cross infectous disease specialist off the dilbert specialty listings) although usually viruses dont incubate for more than a week or two at the most without symptoms. I'd guess you are ok by now. :-)

4:44 PM  
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