Rabid – A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

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This book is unique, because it takes an in-depth look at rabies and how the virus influenced human history and our culture.

There is a historical section that describes treatments used in the middle ages.  The infected person would have the wound cauterized and blood would be drained from their bodies.  Various herbs and spices were also used in an attempt to purify the body.

Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine that could save victims if administered before they showed signs of the disease.  However, some physicians of that time did not believe in germ theory and felt the vaccine was dangerous or would be ineffective.

There is another section that explains how the virus is transmitted and how it kills the victim.  It also talks about the viruses ability to spread quickly within a geographical region and which animals are most likely to be carriers of the virus.

The final section of the book discusses how rabies has influence our culture.  Victims of the rabies virus displayed shocking symptoms, which influenced the folklore and helped develop stories about werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

Rabies also played a role in popular literature and in movies, for example:  Cugo, The Rage, and Old Yellower.

I enjoyed the book, because it was informative and I learned a great deal about the rabies virus.  I was also impressed by how much this virus influenced culture, literature, folklore, and movies.

Thank You Everyone

As of today, I can blink my left eye.  It still takes a bit of effort, but I can do it.  I am really excited about this, because I will not have to tape my eyelid closed anymore.

I have not gained control of the left side of my mouth yet.  However, I do occasionally feel my muscles twitch around my lips and nose.  That is also a good sign.

I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts.  You guys have really helped keep my spirits up during this difficult time.  I appreciate all of you.

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Human/Alien Hybrid

According to X-Files (which is obviously a reputable source for paranormal/scientific information), secret experiments were conducted on pregnant women in 1973, at Roswell, New Mexico.

These women were infected with an alien virus, without their knowledge.  The purpose of the experiment was to create human/alien hybrids.

My mom was pregnant with me in 1973, and she lived in El Paso, Texas.  However, she did go to Roswell to watch football games.  She could have been infected with the alien virus at that time.

The obvious conclusion:  I am a human/alien hybrid.  That explains why I am so awesome.

 

 

After the Cure – Book Review

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The book After the Cure has a unique perspective on the zombie genre.  The story begins with a cure for the zombie plague and the rebuilding of society.

There are two main characters (one was cured from the virus that caused the plague and one survived due to an immunity to the virus).  They struggle to deal with their actions during the plague years and attempt to find those responsible for the virus, so they can be held accountable for the destruction they caused.

I really enjoyed the book.  I give it an A-

Affliction Z – Book Review

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Affliction Z is about a team of Navy Seals sent to Nigeria on a rescue mission.  They enter an underground laboratory that was conducting research on biological warfare and attempt to locate survivors.  However, they encounter hoards of people that are infected with the Z virus.  The virus causes the afflicted to be extremely aggressive and impervious to pain.

This book is interesting and I like that the author provides a reasonable explanation for the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

The story changes perspectives rather frequently, so you have to pay attention or you will end up lost and confused.

I give the book a B+

30 Minute Plan – A Book Review

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This book is a part of the zombie genre (of which I am a huge fan).  In the story there are several different types of zombies, since they have the ability to mutate and evolve.  The main character is fighting for his own survival when he becomes infected and ends up being a leader in a pack of zombies.

The first few chapters of the book was awful.  I felt bored and confused, but I decided to go ahead and read the entire thing.  I am glad I stuck with it, because it got a lot better.  I started to relate with the main character and was able to really get into the story.

All and in all, I would recommend the book.  I give it a B-

Biohazard Home

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My mom has been sick for a week.  Last night, I took her to the ER and she was admitted to the hospital.  She is a very sick woman.

My niece is also sick.  She is congested, coughing, fatigued and nauseous.  Poor Gwen has to stay home from school today, because of her illness.

I decided to post a sign on our door to warn people that this house is full of biological contaminates.

I am very grateful for Jennifer Miller.  She is working hard to get this place cleaned for us.  I really needed her help this week.