Release the Kraken!

I chose measly for the Ragtag Daily Prompt because there is a measles outbreak. Great. Another outbreak? Yes. Parents are behind on bringing kids in for Well Child Checks and kids are behind on immunizations, so measles.

Measles is way more infectious than Covid-19 and is spread by coughing and droplets. Per the CDC: “Measles is one of the most contagious diseases. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.” Read here. Immunizations are at 18 months and age 4-6, two shots. That will make the vast majority of children immune but not quite all. No immunization reaches quite 100%. Measles unfortunately can have some awful and serious complications including death. If your child is behind, get them immunized as soon as possible!

If some has the measles, the rash, they are measly. That is one of the definitions of measly.

Measly weasely
You are so teasely
Your heart has a rash
Our friendship is hash
You toss me like trash
Your heart just smashed
You are so measly
Weasely teasely


I keep wondering if the earth is annoyed at the way people are behaving. Perhaps she has said, “Release the Kraken!” But the most efficient Kraken turns out not to be a giant monster attacking New York City, but Covid-19, influenza, measles and strep A. Invasive strep A is out there too. Having had strep A pneumonia and borderline sepsis twice, I very much do not want invasive strep A.

It’s the little things that get us, right? Viruses, bacteria. Measles is a virus, like influenza and Covid-19. Strep A is a bacteria. I had very bad influenza in 2003 that put me out for two months. I read about influenza and thought, oh, we will have another pandemic and in fact we were overdue. They come about every fifty years. My children heard quite a bit about it. My daughter said she wondered if I was a little nuts until the ebola outbreak and then she decided that I was probably and unfortunately correct. The only surprise for me was that it was a coronavirus instead of influenza. That and that humans behave in very interesting and often dysfunctional ways when they are stressed: and the same ways as in the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic. Logic flies out the window replaced by panic, magical thinking and rumors and people happy to take advantage of others. Selling fake cures, refusing masks, refusing immunizations and denying that it is happening at all.

For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: measly.

10 thoughts on “Release the Kraken!

  1. This has to be so frustrating for you!!! There’s no reason we should be seeing a measles outbreak now. Anti-vaxxers need to read up be it Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Brontë Sisters, Charles Dickens or Jane Austen to name a few. During the periods of time in which they wrote, losing a child was a normal and expected occurrence. Science has gotten to a place where death in childhood is no longer an accepted conclusion. We cannot go back to a time and space where losing children to childhood diseases is common place.

    • drkottaway says:

      Louisa Mae Alcott, talking about a 19 year old getting a “putrid sore throat” and then dying from it. And people were sad but calm. I don’t remember which book. Maybe Jack and Jill?

  2. I’m 100% sure the earth is fed up with us. I nearly died when I was 8 of measles before the vaccine was developed. No picnic. The ignorant sentimentality of humanity which they confuse for “values”? Really chaps my hide…

  3. Lou Carreras says:

    Our family escaped the great influenza of 1918-1920. But I know families where an entire generation disappeared. It seems amazing that members of those same families could now be anti-vaxers. Do we ever learn?

    • drkottaway says:

      My kids great grandfather on their father’s mother’s side died at age 29 in 1919, of pneumonia, so probably influenza. His great grandmother raised the two children alone, running the photography studio. We have photographs of a portrait of each of his parents.

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