Diary Entry December 2014

December 1st, 2014

When I found out that night, I was absolutely devastated and terrified. That is my sister, my cousin and my own mother. All of us were around the thanksgiving fire having an educated discussion which seems like yesterday. The whole family talking about how every ignorant person that thinks the world will end when the next war starts, but Ma, Lilly, and cousin Ann all knew that they are all wrong. When the world ends, it will because a virus that spreads easily through humans and its mission was to kill. I fear that the time has come and the virus was Ebola. This virus is destroying millions of families including mine. Just imagine for a second; not being able to hug or even touch your close family because of the high risk of catching the deadly virus. Everyone should be prepared and know how serious Ebola really is.

December 2nd, 2014

Today, I saw them take my neighbor, no a friend of mine, to the ER because she has symptoms of Ebola. I have coffee with her every morning and seeing her like that just tears me apart. A lot of people think of Ebola is a joke and takes it very lightly, but let me tell you. I lost a person close to my heart today at 2:33. Losing someone you told everything to... and then they are gone before you can say goodbye. Not only do I want to scream out but I feel scared. Being placed in isolation because her and I hung out every morning, seeing all these people that loved being around her that are now locked up and forced to take tests and medicine is crushing.. Losing friends is the worst feeling and Ebola has already killed around five thousand and is spreading fast, something needs to be done.

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December 1, 2014
We have to have the basic things, meaning chlorine and water. You have to calm yourself down for what can be very scary and emotional reporting experience. For the most part our bosses won’t put us in danger. Instead, we have to rely on groups that take pictures. It’s pretty hard to not go because of how serious of a story it is and we don’t want to get the wrong information. However, we have to make sure we don’t bring it back, and make everyone else sick. For the safety of everyone else we stay put and wait for groups to bring back information.
December 2, 2014
However, there are some places that do have their reporters covering the Ebola cases. They have been doing just fine. We just have to stay calm. Like I said, sometimes we just use what we hear and make do with that. If we get it wrong than we change it and put the correct information in it. We do our best to get everything we can. It’s not always perfect. Ebola is a tough case, we do what we can to keep our crew safe as well as get all the information we can. I am lucky that I have not had to go yet. I have known a few people that had to go. They said it was a life changing experience. If I get the chance, I will just have to follow our procedures and make sure to stay calm as possible.

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December 1, 2014

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It's my first day on the job and I have to say I'm extremely nervous. I look around and see other guys my age dressed in gear that make them look like they're from outer space. What am I doing? Did I really give up my family to risk myself into getting the virus that's been going around? This job might be dangerous, but hey, someone's got to do it.
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It's only been two days so far and already I've seen more than 20 dead bodies. I buried three on my own making sure I was protected and I tried not thinking about what was in the actual bags. The smell of chlorine is everywhere and my nose burns. My hands still smell like rubber from the gloves and I reek of sweat because the suits are so dang hot. We're one guy short now.. he's got ebola.

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