Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Prepared Family Photo Shoot

I am sorry for the silence of the last week!  I have been so busy finishing the last minute details on The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases that I lost track of time.  I had no idea it would be so much work!  I picked up the manuscript from our contributing doctor over the weekend and then spent the next two days adding his comments and corrections.  He was thrilled with the project and I was thrilled that he was willing to check the text for accuracy - first do no harm!

Doc mentioned that Smallpox is no longer even studied in medical school!  He actually treated a case in the 1960's in Algeria.  There is nothing like first hand experience.  He also related stories from his time spent in Norway during the Chernobyl crises.  He ate Reindeer stew made by a local culinary school that turned out to be radioactive - and lived to tell the tale!

Sir Knight, Maid Elizabeth and Miss Calamity staged a photo shoot upstairs for the cover photo of the book.  The picture is wonderful, however the cover isn't exactly what I was looking for.  Oh, well.  I'm more interested in getting this book into the hands of the people on the front lines than I am about it meeting my artistic criteria.

I should have copies of the book listed on Paratus Familia in a couple of weeks.  I can't tell you how excited I am!  It is really something to see a project from inception to completion.

Anyway, here are some pictures of us getting ready....


  1. Oh Enola- I have missed you and glad you are back with us-I cant wait for my copy of your book- been sitting (patiently) on the edge of my chair-- now get out there and advertise- Ill help advertise for you too... keep it comeing.... Glo

  2. Wow! Congratulations! That's so very exciting. I can't wait to read it. (But I pray I never have to actually use it.)

    NoCal Gal

  3. Will the book be available as an e-book or just a paper copy? Looking forward to adding it to our references!

  4. Dear Daniel's Helpmeet;
    At this point, it will only be available as a paper book. The reason behind this is that if people need to use the information, chances are the grid is down and there is no access to the internet or the hard drive on your computer. I really want to put this in the HANDS of people who need it! I can't wait to tell everyone that it is available!

  5. Terrific news! Can't wait to order! I'm planning on giving copies to my son(doctor)and daughter in-law(nurse)and of course, myself:)
    Have a second cup of tea and reflect on a job well done!

  6. Enola,
    This piece made the news this morning.

    135-Year-Old Piece of Skin Triggers Smallpox Scare At Virginia Museum

    Scabs -- pieces of desiccated skin that contain white blood cells, viruses and other material -- were used in the 19th century to vaccinate people against smallpox. They were inserted into small breaks in the skin, prompting the body to build an immune response.



  7. Drugs For Critically Ill In Short Supply
    Some Hospitals Consider Rationing


    Electrolyte fluids and drugs to mix them are on backorder and not available.
    What on earth?


  8. How exciting! And the pictures are captivatingly real looking!

  9. looking for one for myself and one for my son who is a paramedic

  10. Will the prepared family cookbook be available in hardback? ( I prefer hardback with books I plan to use often.) JM