Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Nuclear Shadow Over the Happy Boondocks


Last night the county called--time for all of us within a 10-mile radius of the power plant to come pick up our potassium iodide pills. Should we have a meltdown--or, more realistically, should the plant be attacked by terrorists--everyone gets a 2-day supply, to protect our thyroids.

Of course, as the nurse put it this morning, "that's the only protection we provide. The rest of you is still getting irradiated. So really what you want to do is get the hell outta Dodge."

We had a brief discussion about just how to do that---the Happy Boondocks are kind of isolated, there are only so many ways in and out, and in the case of nuclear disaster everyone would be on the same main road. It would be a bottleneck beyond belief.

We also discussed the school thing---last time we received these pills, all four Sons were still at home. These days, two are in school and next fall I suppose they all will be---but apparently the schools within the 10-mile zone keep the pills on hand, too.

They would probably still not give them out. The school would only dose our kids if they knew they would be barricaded in the school building for a day or two. Anything less than that, and our kids would be released to us so we could, as he so cheerfully put it, "run like hell."

It's a small scrap of protection we may never need. And to be honest with myself, if we need those pills we will be in the middle of a crapstorm much worse than a little potential thyroid damage. But, I took my envelope, just the same.

7 comments:

Sue said...

I'm kinda glad I live near an oil refinery instead. Although... we get cancer a lot here. I wonder why... hrm.

Christine said...

Yeah, not really into the whole cancer thing, either. Yeesh.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Woah baby! Well, at least you'll have two days of thyroid function.

I've also been having a discussion with my dad about whether or not standing on your head is good for your thyroid. He's never heard of that & he's a doctor. But my yoga teacher said it was. So, if you run out of pills before you can get out that one road, you might at least give standing on your head a shot.

Christine said...

Actually, Jill, if I remember correctly the KI is supposed to cram our thyroids to the brim so that they can't process the radiation. I think it's supposed to shut the thyroid down for 2 days.

So I guess in case of nuclear attack we should all practice excellent posture?

Cynthia said...

Gee, Christine, you make the whole thing sound so happy. Can't wait to pick up my new supply this week...my thyroid doesn't function well already, but hey, why not protect it.

As for getting the hell out of dodge, ha, fat chance...no way would we make ANY progress on these roads. It would be faster to walk out...

Knot said...

That just kind of seems freaky to me.

That's like giving the pill to teenage girls and saying, "In case of emergency break glass."

I still have that odd look on my face in amazement.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Yeah, if nothing else at least you'll have excellent posture and be as relaxed as possible under the circumstances. :-0