Kaci Hickox is a hero not the villain, bitch or selfish media seeking brat she is portrayed as by American media and everyday citizens a like. She stood up for herself in the face of government tyranny and won. That is the American spirit that our Founding Mothers and Fathers fought and died to ensure lived on in future generations.
Nurse Hickox did something incredibly selfless and compassionate went she went to West Africa to help treat victims of Ebola with the heroes of Doctors Without Borders. She followed the Nurse’s Pledge also known as the Nightingale Pledge:
I solemnly pledge myself before God and presence of this assembly;
To pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully.
I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug.
I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling.
With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.
I have no doubts that she did just that here in the States before departing for Africa and in Africa. As a nurse, she knew the risks and she went willingly. Then she comes home only to discover her country has succumbed to hysteria and irrationality whipped up by the media, to be shoved in a tent in a parking lot outside of a hospital. Prisoners in this country have better living accommodations and more rights. Nurse Hickox was confined with an utter absence of due process and rule of law.
She fights the unlawful quarantine restriction in New Jersey and wins. Only to return home to Maine to be forced to fight it once again. Once again, she wins. She has no symptoms, has no indication that she might be ill but still a panicked public blames her for doing the right thing. Science and common sense are on her side, hysteria and failure to think are on the other side.
Put yourself in her shoes, would you behave any differently? No stop, it isn’t some vacation from work where you get to stay inside and read, watch television, or play video games continually. You are forced to remain indoors away from other people. No running to the store to pick up a gallon of milk or a six pack of beer. No walking the dog or going for a run either. Your friends can’t come over to keep you company when you are bored with your own company. And let’s not forget the unspoken financial impact because unless you have an extremely generous sick leave policy at your job, how many of you could afford to not work during the quarantine period?
So, stop panicking and vilifying the nurse who did what every American should do in her shoes. Read the science, read the facts and stop listening to the media whipping up the fear and hate. Your chance to catch Ebola from a person not displaying symptoms is infinitesimally small, 1 in 13.3 million.
So stop America, just stop. Have we turned into a nation of idiots and cowards? Are we so gullible and stupid today that we can no longer separate truth from media drama whipped up for ratings? Are we, as Americans, so incapable of thinking for ourselves that we no longer question the drivel the media serves up over the airwaves, our smart devices, and computers?
Grow up and grow a pair! Stop vilifying a brave American who has more fortitude of character and compassion that the nation she returned to from West Africa. I am embarrassed for my country once again. I am however incredibly proud of Kaci Hickox and am proud to call her a fellow American.