My Friday was no fun. At first I thought I could get away with not going to the doctor. My doctor was out for the day, anyway. Not so. By late Friday I had a fever of 102 °F, and I thought ‘That’s it. Off you go, right now, go find some help.
The doc at the after-hours clinic prescribed Tylenol for the fever and an antibiotic for what looked like a sinus or middle-ear infection.
As I read up on the antibiotic on line, I also read that so far, the only diseases completely eradicated by humankind are smallpox [in 1979], and rinderpest [in 2010]. Polio is one of only two diseases currently the subject of a global eradication program, the other being Guinea worm disease. Pakistan is one of just three nations where polio remains endemic and along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, huge efforts are being made to tackle the disease. India, which once suffered the most from polio, recently celebrated being three years without a confirmed case.