I think this is the longest I have ever gone without blogging in a long time, but things with us have been very quiet. The only outing all week was taking Mother to get a haircut on Thursday.
There simply wasn't anything I could blog about. I have spent a lot of time going through papers and files in my room, trying to throw out old stuff I don't need any more. I am also actively job searching and I don't blog about that.
I was watching a show on PBS last night, The Forgotten Plague, about how tuberculosis [TB] patients were treated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I had been unaware of the fact that it was such a prevalent disease. Many people moved west because the vast area between Mississippi and California was considered more healthy.
So TB played a big role in how our country was settled. Fascinating.
I was also surprised to learn that Vivien Leigh had suffered from TB and it caused her death at the age of 53. I have been a big Gone With the Wind fan since I was a little girl and I thought I knew a lot about her, but I certainly didn't know that.
I also had never really thought about TB affecting my life in any way.
I was telling Mother about this program about TB, and she said when she started teaching [in 1956] she had to have a chest x-ray every year, to prove she didn't have TB.
When I adopted Alesia, there was some question about her TB test not being accurate, and so her chest had to be x-rayed at a Moscow clinic before the Department of Homeland Security would let me bring her into America. I couldn't get Michael enrolled in school here until he had a chest x-ray, even though his TB test was negative.
We're so fortunate that there are now ways to cure TB, although it is still a problem in a lot of countries.