William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 10, October, 2008

I Don’t Need The Work.

Filed under: Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 17:14

I find, along with Scott Adams, that sometimes sarcasm helps us see things more clearly.   I’ve been asked, more than once, by folks for my opinion about their buying a motorcycle.  Granted, usually these querants are men, asking at the behest of their wives.  My usual response is “I don’t need the work” or, if they have children “How much life insurance do you have.”  with a follow up of “Get more.”

OK, usually not the answers they are looking for, but it is the one they need.

Medicine has done a good job preventing a lot of childhood diseases.  We’re losing ground, and some of them, particularly meningococcal meningitis and tetanus, can bring you to coroner’s attention.  Dr. John Kiely, formerly of the CDC, recounts his experience as a measles survivor. Personally, I had chicken pox as an adult, part of an outbreak in a laboratory.  I agree with Dr. Kiely, and would  take the immunization over the disease.



  1. What was that saying. . I drive too fast to worry about cholestoral.

    Given the really fun places I end up at work, I’m vaccinated for about everything including hepatitis, typhoid and other things. I’ll take the minute chance of a reaction to any of those diseases thank you.

    Comment by brigid223 — Friday, 10, October, 2008 @ 18:13 | Reply

  2. You all need to talk to the anti-vaxers.

    Comment by marcia (2) — Friday, 10, October, 2008 @ 20:44 | Reply

  3. I’m sure the anti vaxers will put my mind at ease after I’ve spent three days sorting through body parts on the side of mountain in Angola.

    Comment by Brigid — Friday, 10, October, 2008 @ 21:04 | Reply

  4. We called bikers organ donors… anti vaxers are just stoopid; they will be the cause of resurgence of numerous diseases. I just hope they wipe themselves out before they transmit enough to cause major problems.

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 11, October, 2008 @ 02:21 | Reply

  5. I thought about buying a motorcycle for a while, but decided I’m not a good enough defensive driver, and settled on a bicycle. It’s still a bit dangerous, but there’s a world of difference between falling at 15 mph and at 55 or more. And then there’s the whole exercise thing, which is a bonus.

    I’m a big fan of potable water, vaccines (especially smallpox!), and antibiotics. I read about the ways people died in the early modern period, horrible deaths from broken legs, injuries we’d consider very treatable, and oh so many diseases. I’m really glad to be alive now and not then!

    Comment by Bardiac — Saturday, 11, October, 2008 @ 12:11 | Reply

  6. Brigid, I didn’t mean talk to them for your own peace of mind. I meant talk to them and give them a piece of your mind. I agree, anti-vaxers are stupid; they are reducing the herd effect many immuno-suppressed people have to rely on for protection against disease. They are selfish, too.

    Comment by marcia (2) — Saturday, 11, October, 2008 @ 13:05 | Reply

  7. My children were not of the chicken pox vaccine era and had to suffer the disease…and suffer they did.

    My son was covered from the soles of his feet to the scalp of his head. He ran a 104 degree temperature and vomited for two days.

    My daughter had one that covered the tear duct not allowing it to drain causing a secondary infection. She looked like she had been punched in the eye and spent a week on antibiotics.

    A simple childhood disease my ass!

    I abhorred those mothers who intentionally had ‘chicken pox parties’ to expose their children because it was just a ‘few itchy bumps’ and it was better to ‘get it over with’.

    I would have jumped in a heart beat to vaccinate my children and save them from the misery they suffered. What is wrong with these parents? Breeding should not be so easy!

    Comment by Lucy — Monday, 13, October, 2008 @ 07:43 | Reply

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