My last post told the story of our encounter at the ER with our granddaughter’s scare with meningitis.
A conversation I had with someone else told of people losing their children to various and sundry diseases and conditions in the days before antibiotics and I’m as bad as anybody about believing in the overuse of them, but that is why – because if you overuse them then they’re of no good to you when you really need them – when you really have a situation that you would die without them – I’m very grateful for the 10 days my granddaughter was on them – they saved her life.
Having said that, been reading this book – and, lo and behold, CeeCee goes to her great-aunt’s “help”s house – this is the 2nd book I’ve read lately where that’s happened – when, unlike in the new Go Set A Watchman book ( where it seems it never did), as a child, this time with the ‘help’, going with her all the way back to her bedroom (which in the other book she also went that far back as well) and sees a photograph on the table next to the bed of a young girl, asking who it is. Turns out it was her daughter, which a very similar thing happened in the other book; being in the “help’s” house, there were also photographs there as well of her family. Think that was one of the situations with the GSAW book, Scout never seemed to realize their “help” had her own family, seemed to be a common perspective; they would talk about their help as “their” family, never seeming to have a clue that they already had one of their own. Anyway, in this case this daughter had passed away when she was 13 – from spinal meningitis. The doctors did everything they knew but pretty sure this would have been before antibiotics. Things like that do make you appreciate having them now, but also let’s not lose our respect for them by overusing them by taking for granted that we don’t have to worry about these diseases now – that could so easily have been our situation and I don’t even want to think about it.