The recent outbreak of dengue is all over the news. To date there have been several thousand recorded cases and this number could rise since the rainy season is far from over.
I know for a fact that this is true. When Adi was confined for suspected dengue, the hospital was popping at the seams with similar cases as well as confirmed dengue cases. I overheard from one of the nurses that they were even going to transform several V.I.P. suites into dengue wards to accommodate all the patients they would be treating.
Lucky for us, Adi was negative for the dreaded disease. It was a case of pneumonia.
But since we all got a pretty good scare, as soon as we got home I started anti-dengueing the house.
First things first. Cleaning. We made sure that the house was clean, inside and out. Especially outside where the mosquitoes tend to congregate. I had several boxes of disposables thrown away just to be sure.
Then I whipped out a long time nemesis of mosquitoes….good ‘ole katol….in floral scent at that.
On any given day we light up at least 4 coils and spread them all over the house. Then we turn on the fan to circulate the fragrant smoke. Never mind that we normally end up like we had just indulged in some Romeo cigars. At least our house has been mosquito free since then.
But to be honest, I love the smell of Katol…on a mild scale. Reminds me of my Lola for some reason.
How do you keep dengue at bay?
This last week officially ushered in the rainy season…for us. Despite the fact that PAGASA announced it earlier, we only felt it in earnest last week. Why? Well, we had to pass through our first patch of flooded road after a heavy afternoon downpour.
With the recent spate of flash floods all over the globe, it makes me wonder if the same thing will happen here. I’m sure that many are still shaken up about what happened to the metro last year after Ondoy made an indelible mark on our city’s landscape. Then there is that recent flooding in Singapore that rendered Orchard Road impassable…prompting local media to rename it Orchard River. This one really saddened me….imagine all those shop merchandise that were ruined
So we have already dusted off our rain gear. Bought some spanking new umbrellas and got the kids their raincoats. I still have to get my kids new rain boots since their old ones are already too small for them. And if I had my way, I’d buy a boat (will definitely need rv financing for my chosen model…hehehe) since there are roads going to my kids’ school that really go underwater….like maybe 6 feet of water. No kidding.
Keep dry and safe y’all.
Ok ok….this is so redundant. But the heat is really oppressive. Despite the damage brought about by the rains last year, I find myself wishing for rain. And lots of it too.
I have good reason. The dams are drying up and that could lead to so many problems quite obviously. Aside from the lack of water there is the added problem of not being able to generate enough hydropower to run the generators. Therefore, the dreaded brownouts that we are, unfortunately, already having to suffer through.
And its just so damn hot!!
Rain Rain come again!!
On a day to day basis, we can feel and see the effects of what we have been doing to the environment. These so called “natural disasters” which are approaching cataclysmic levels, cannot be entirely classified as “acts of God” anymore. Lets face it, folks. Much of what nature has thrown back at us is caused by what we have done to nature. And if we read our signals right, if we don’t do more to save our planet….impending doom is probably knocking at our doorstep right about now. Some skeptics will probably scoff at this but think about it, we haven’t seen floods this high since Noah built his Arc. And the weather is going haywire in just about anywhere I’m half-expecting it to snow in the Sahara dessert anytime soon. Its scary to say the least.
So is there a way out of this global debacle that we, yes WE, have gotten ourselves into? The answer is a resounding YES. Everyone can start small. Its not like you should give up your car and start planting trees on Mt. Banahaw right now. Start small. Start an effective recycling system in your very own home. Bring your own reusable tote bag when you do your groceries. If you have to make a trip to a nearby location, try taking a walk instead of taking your car. If walking isn’t your thing, get a bike.
It may seem like its insignificant but if everyone can do this all together it would really make a huge…no….ginormous difference.
This weekend let’s all make a difference as our one and only planet celebrates this year’s Earth Hour. The biggest environmental event happens tomorrow evening at 8:30 P.M. We can help save our planet in our own small way by switching off our lights for 1 hour. Together with all the gazillions of earth lovers, we can make a difference.
Earth Hour…March 27, 2010…8:30 P.M. …..lights out.