The Loudoun lowdown
By Nicholas Graham
Desiree Jennings can whisper softly, but not talk loudly.
She can run a 3K, but can’t walk 5 feet normally.
She can move sideways and backwards, but not forward.
Desiree can still hope and dream, but realizes that her life the way it was may never come back.
Desiree is a “one in a million” person. Tragically so.
She is “the one”.
Apparently, the one person in a million, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who may have developed severe and possibly life-threatening side effects from getting a seasonal flu vaccine seven weeks ago at a Safeway in Reston.
It’s easy to understand why Desiree felt compelled to get a flu shot. Warnings that this fall would see a harsh seasonal flu season, compounded by growing concerns about the impact of the new H1N1 ‘swine’ flu – have driven healthy people to get inoculated, and especially those in defined high-risk groups....