access to vaccines

A Dreamy Diagnosis

Intro: So I wrote this little (not so little) piece for @outside-the-government‘s Winter Blues Challenge (tbh I kinda forgot about it until you sent the reminder and I freaked out because I couldn’t figure out a story, but I think I got it!)

The prompt was: “I thought that was eradicated years ago!” I kinda changed it to “That was eradicated years ago!” Because reader and Bones are in medical field so I would assume they would know if something has been eradicated or not. 

Pairing: Bones x reader

Word Count: 2578

Summary: Reader is a nurse who is presented with a pretty tricky case.  The nurse enlists Dr. McCoy’s help to figure it out, and eventually does.  Is Bones developing feelings for the reader?  Maybe?  

Also: I had my respiratory infection lecture notes open for this one so all that information is accurate, but I kinda took a few liberties in the sense that I made up that the medical equipment wouldn’t test for this disease so be gentle. 


You owed your date on Friday night to a 6 month old baby with a cough.  

“One more minute, little one.” You cooed, smiling down at the child as you ran the dermal regenerator over her wound.  

The Enterprise had received a distress signal from a nearby planet, the signal coming from a small colony that were being attacked by Klingons. The rescue was not as successful as it could have been, losing about half of the colony before you were able to stop the Klingons.  You were assigned to one of the children that had been rescued, a 6-month old that had been orphaned during the attack and had a upper arm laceration that you were quickly healing with the dermal regenerator.

She squirmed under your grasp and began to cough.  You noticed the cough as soon as she had arrived, but thought the laceration to her arm was a more pressing concern.  

“Oooo, that’s a pretty nasty cough you have there.  Let’s see if we can’t get you some antitussive medication, huh?” You babbled as you finished up with the dermal regenerator and moved to set up the medication to run through the IV that you had already inserted in her tiny arm. 

“Everything alright in here?” A deep voice sounded from the doorway and you didn’t even need to look up to tell that it was your boss and the CMO, Dr. Leonard McCoy.  

“Yep. Just finished up with the laceration, then moving on to figure out what this cough is!” You sang the last few words down at the baby, tickling her little belly with your gloved fingers as you did. 

You heard Leonard chuckle low and soft behind you, “Alright, well let me know if you need anything.”

“I will, Dr. McCoy.” You waved him off and heard his footsteps retreat as you focused your attention to the screen on the side of the biobed.  

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creatingyourself  asked:

So when I graduate I'm going straight to traveling. But the problem is it's going to be really hard leaving my cat. She's my therapy animal and she's very attached to me and vice versa. I see those adventure cats all over the Internet and I was wondering if you have ideas on how to accomplish that. I've got a year before I start traveling.

I honestly don’t know if I would advise aiming to have her become an “adventure cat” - you have to remember that those are very carefully curated social media marketing ventures that are highly unlikely to represent reality. 

To start, think about your cat’s personality and behavioral tendencies. Is she an animal who handles change and lots of stimulus well? An animal who travels with you is going to have to able to weather constant change and an endless supply of new noises, smells, people, and more. That’s hard even for people, and it’s why service animals are chosen so carefully - it’s not something most cats are honestly going to be comfortable with. Is your cat interested in interacting with a lot of strangers? If she’s traveling with you - especially if you have her out in public like those adventure cat accounts - she’s going to be constantly deluged with attention and photos, even if you’re not letting people pet her. 

Next, think about the logistics. 

For the cat: is your cat trained to wear a harness and walk on a leash? Not every cat is happy to wear a harness and leash while exploring, and you can’t have a loose animal in public. Will she be in a carrier or riding on your shoulders, and is she trained for that specific behavior?  How will you handle veterinary care in each location, if it is needed? Will you take medical records with you? Is your cat micro-chipped in case she gets loose somehow? How will you acclimate your cat ahead of time to the new experiences you might want to engage in while you’re on travel if you’re wanting to take her with you, like tram rides or canoeing or hiking? They’re not in the normal range of an experience for your animal, so you’d want to make sure she’s comfortable with similar situations ahead of time. What will you do if your cat is stressed during an experience you really don’t want to quit, or have invested a lot of money into? What will your backup plan be?

For travel logistics: can you ensure that everywhere you’d be staying will allow pets? Hotels and motels often have extra fees for animals, if they allow them at all. What about buses or trains or planes? Unless you’re driving your own car, there’s a lot of extra considerations about pet allowances to keep in mind. What about when you go places pets aren’t allowed? You can’t take your cat into a grocery store or a restaurant - cats aren’t legally allowed to be service animals, and anyhow it’s immoral to lie about that to get access - so where will your cat be left during those periods? 

If you’re travelling internationally, you’ll have to think about dealing with the mandated quarantine periods for your cat upon arrival and the fact that laws for animal access and required vaccinations will be different every where you go. If you’re just travelling within your country, make sure you know all the state and local laws for each area - you don’t want to end up with your animal confiscated or at risk because of lack of research. 

As you can sort of tell from the questions above, travelling with an animal ads a lot of complications to your plans and severely limits what you can do. Very few dogs are suited for engaging in that sort of long-term level of novel stimulus and stress, and I would hazard a guess that even fewer cats would be appropriate candidates for it. Honestly, as much as I know you’re highly bonded to your animal, it would likely be kinder to her to leave her behind - and you’d be able to get much, much more out of your travel experience when not having to plan around all the logistical issues associated with bringing her with you.  

I think my fav thing about “Bill Nye saves the world” is during panels with experts he will stop them and make them explain concepts they bring up. Its a way to bring in the audience in and understand what the experts are talking about.

That’s great, sometimes experts forget that not every body knows certain space terms are, or psychological terms ect. I think that’s an amazing way to stay accessible to everyone that could be watching, and you can tell Bill is trying to make science accessible to as much people as he can. I appreciate that.

The accessibility is noticeable in the vaccination episode too.

markfarroyo submitted to faithinhumanityr:

INSPIRING: Boy with special needs collects nearly 50,000 bottle caps for charity

Yuteru Domon, a 15-year-old junior high school student in Japan, has collected 49,512 plastic bottle caps for a charity that gives children in developing countries access to polio vaccines.

Some kids are just exceptional. Yuteru Domon, a special needs student at a junior high school in Date City, north of Fukushima, took charity to a whole new level by collecting almost 50,000 bottle caps all by himself to save children from polio. Starting last June, his goal was to get polio vaccines for 50 children in developing countries. With 800 caps equalling one vaccination, his goal was to collect 40,000. By the time winter vacation rolled around, Yuteru achieved that goal, but he kept on going. He asked for help from his schoolmates, and they brought him whatever caps they could find. The 49,512 bottle caps netted him a total of 1623 yen, enough for 61 vaccinations.

“It was hard to wash and count every single bottle cap,” he said. “I want to thank everybody who helped me.”

While many kids his age just spend their time playing games on their cellphones or watching television, Yuteru decided to save kids across the world that he’s never even met. What a hero.

Thank you markfarroyo for submitting this! :-) What a guy !

yogilovelocs  asked:

Question: How are you enjoying Med School? What are you future aspirations? How will you use your expensive education (lol) to contribute to this world?

Hi there!

I really like this question since it’s a good change of pace from the usual ones about GPAs and extracurriculars etc. that I get, so thanks for asking, luvcloud99! Sometimes I feel like a bit of a broken record answering those aforementioned questions (not that I mind—I remember what it was like being a premed. I just need to take a page out of Ladykay’s book and make a nice, organized FAQ section). 

As for how medical school is going, that’s a bit of a loaded question. Any med student can tell you that life during med school is just plain weird.

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We’re told by our deans and preceptors that we are in the top 1% of the country in terms of achievement and intelligence (eh maybe…experience with our past profs. makes me think that the physicists and biochemists are probably much smarter). We’ve passed every test, climbed every mountain of applications, dutifully recorded hundreds of volunteer and shadowing hours, and have found ourselves among a supposedly elite group of peers. 

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Some of them will be among the most brilliant, genuine, kind-hearted, and inspiring individuals you will ever meet. You spend 15 minutes with them and you just know that they are going to be incredible doctors, and you’d trust them with your life or that of a loved one (once they have their MD and have finished their training of course!)

For me, the academic side has been better than the social side of things. This was only amplified by the events of this past summer and crumbling of my prior social support system (parents are too absorbed in their own divorce issues and then there’s the ex-bf of 3 years), so you could say my med school career got off to a very rough start.

I guess I came into medical school expecting (and excited) to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, but it turns out that med school is just as diverse in personality and maturity level as any regular high school or college is. Which is fine but comes with its perks and caveats like anything else. 

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I am a nerdy, thin-skinned and generally kind-hearted person but being an introvert and also having fairly low self-confidence means being around some of my more “shark like” classmates have worn on my morale greatly.

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I just hate that tense, “must always be competing, must wish others do poorly, must put others down and judge them,” sort of attitude that some of my classmates have. Often times I’d feel like I couldn’t really connect with them because I couldn’t trust them to not turn around five seconds later and put a scalpel in my back (or just be plain talking behind my back, as I’ve sadly often heard them do to others).

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Also I was disappointed that some of the people I initially hung out with would rather gossip incessantly (and often maliciously) about other people in our class or the Kardashians and feed off drama and drink/party every weekend (don’t get me wrong, I like to blow off steam every once in awhile as well but this just got to be too much). When not talking about medicine or studying, I’d much rather discuss movies,TV shows, life, current events, have a board game and wine kind of night, play volleyball, go find some new experience aside from bar-hopping, etc. Also when the people around you are like, “What’s Reddit?” or give you judgmental looks for collecting Giant Microbes, you know you are likely not among your nerd brethren. 

Anyway, I’m branching away from them and am finding other classmates to befriend who I jive better with, both in terms of interests, personality, and general philosophy about life. 

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As for the academics, it truly is like trying to get a sip of water out of a fire hydrant. There is so much information and you feel so overwhelmed and like you’re a complete idiot 98% of the time (but you learn to accept that with time). 

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There are days where I come home and cry

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But then there are others where I come out of lecture or shadowing for an afternoon completely in awe at how amazing, intricate, and resilient the human body and spirit are

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And then I remember how incredibly fortunate I am to be in medical school and to eventually be entrusted with the responsibilities of a physician and to have people share their lives with me in such a unique and meaningful way.

And now for my favorite part of this ask: “What are you future aspirations? How will you use your expensive education (lol) to contribute to this world?”

So I have what I jokingly refer to as my “life flowchart” but it’s really quite simple. All roads eventually lead to working for Doctor’s Without Borders (MSF), whether that be shortly after my residency and/or fellowship or as part of my “retirement” plans. It is something I have wanted to do for a very long time—ever since I was old enough to comprehend that being born in a stable country, with access to highly-trained physicians, vaccines, life-saving medications, and public health infrastructure was truly the luck of the draw and nothing more. I’m not very religious, but I firmly believe in leaving the people in our lives and our world in better shape than we found them in. I also am a strong believer in the “teach a man to fish” philosophy, so MSF’s organization, advocacy work, and execution of their missions (they overwhelmingly attempt to employ local people as doctors, nurses, field workers, epidemiologists, etc.) align well with my personal beliefs about how global health and medical aid should be administered. In many ways, I think medical mission work is one of the “purest” forms of medical practice. When done for the right reasons, you expect nothing in return for your work—no money, prestige, research publications, etc.—aside from the personal satisfaction of knowing that you may have been able to use your skills to give someone a new lease on life today or were at least able to ease their suffering (granted this is not every day. I hear there are many frustrating days in mission work as well) when otherwise the rest of the world would have simply turned a blind eye to them because they’re “poor” and “have nothing to contribute.” As physicians, we’re supposed to value all lives just the same—whether they’re a criminal or a saint—it’s not our place to judge, yet we as a society allow money and international politics to decide whose lives are more valuable and whose humanity is expendable. I guess working for MSF will be my own minuscule way of trying to fix that glaring hypocrisy.

The in-between is really just gravy, but I plan to pursue a residency in either internal medicine, preventative medicine/dual MPH residency, or med/peds followed by in infectious disease medicine fellowship. I’m also keeping work with the CDC and/or WHO on the table. Basically the future is full of possibilities, and I’m just hoping to use this super expensive education of mine to create a life of meaning and to leave this place at least a little bit better than I found it. 


There’s an African immunization conference going on right now…we want to make sure the serious issue of skyrocketing prices of new vaccines is not left off the agenda.

High vaccine prices are a key barrier to immunization efforts in Africa, and other developing countries. Sign our petition to #AskPharma to lower the price of the pneumonia vaccine:

In Bangladesh mothers walk with their children, clutching vaccination cards on their journey to the health centre. Vaccines save millions of lives each year - and have led to the eradication of smallpox and near-eradication of polio - but despite great progress 1 in 5 children today still don’t have access to the vaccines they need. This photo is part of “Art of Saving a Life”, a collection commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to inspire the global community to reach all children with the life-saving vaccines. Thirty painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians took part - view more artwork at © 2014 GMB Akash


Two mothers, two children, two very different journeys for vaccines.

Let’s close the gap and make sure ALL children - especially the poorest and most marginalized - have access to the vaccines they need.