Axl and Taylor's Ebola Quarantine
My name is Ann Mayburn and I know Axl and Taylor from a convention from the past that we attended together. When I heard about what had happened, and their response by choosing to self-quarantine, one of my first thoughts was ‘Wow, that’s great that they did that and I wish that the CDC was half as proactive as they're being…but how are they going to still pay the bills? That really sucks’. A lot of my fellow authors and our beloved readers felt the same way, so I decided to use GoFundMe as a place where people could go to help Axl and Taylor out. The money will be split 50/50 between the men and they’ll have complete control as to how they use those funds.
Ebola Quarantine: Day 6
By: Axl Goode
Today is Sunday, October 19, and day 6 of our voluntary quarantine. Here’s a quick recap for those unfamiliar with our story: After discovering Wednesday that my friend and I had been on flight 1143 with Amber Vinson, Taylor Cole and I decided to quarantine ourselves from the public. We did this in order to protect our family, friends, and the public. We both were exposed, in close proximity, to a symptomatic health-care professional infected with the Ebola virus. In fact, she was seated one row behind us.
I’ve spent the last several days in a flurry of interviews attempting to bring awareness to this disastrous situation. I contacted the CDC Wednesday, October 15th at 11:19am. There was an 81-minute wait time with an option to have them call me when my turn came. I opted for them to call me back. Approximately 100 minutes later they returned my phone call and took down my basic information. I had no further contact or instructions until nearly 24 hours later.
I was contacted by the Dallas County Health Department on Thursday, October 16th at approximately 11:15am. I spoke with an epidemiologist and she related several instructions to me.
◆ I was issued a “no board order” effective through November 3rd. That means I’m not allowed to board any commercial flights or cruise ships, et cetera.
◆ I am to take my temperature twice a day and keep a medical journal.
◆ I was told to quarantine myself if possible, but it was NOT mandatory. She also said that I should try to stay 3 feet away from anyone in my household. I live alone. No worries there.
◆ A nurse will come twice a day and monitor my temperature. This is performed by me taking my temperature and her verifying its accuracy.
◆ I was also informed I was within 3 feet of Amber Vinson on the flight, so I’m considered “high-risk.”
I’m happy to have finally gotten some information, really I am. But the only thing they told me that I wasn’t already aware of was that I am “high-risk.” I didn’t need anyone to tell me to quarantine myself. I did it of my own free will because 3 weeks of my life is a small price to pay to ensure this virus doesn’t spread. How would I live with myself if I infected another person and they died because of me? Even if the likelihood of being infected is minimal that’s not a chance Taylor or I are willing to take.
I’m appreciative that someone has finally called me, but I’m also worried that it’s pointless. I’ve been asked to self-quarantine because I was exposed to the Ebola virus, but it should be mandatory. The CDC is failing to take decisive action in a potentially pandemic situation. I woke up with a headache today. It’s been there for several hours. I finally just took some medicine because it was becoming unbearable. Do you know how scary that is? It’s terrifying. It’s day 6 since exposure. One of the first symptoms of Ebola is a headache.
After I finish writing this article, I’m going to finish writing my will. I’m 26 years old and I could be dead in less than two weeks. This scares the hell out of me. Truthfully, my hands are shaking as I write this. I’m forcing myself to though, because it’s the easiest way for me to relieve tension and anxiety while getting the word out. I’m not panicking for myself anymore. I know I’ve done the best I can to protect those around me and my fate is out of my hands. But what about those I care about? What will this do to my mom, dad, and siblings?
We need to address the real problem here. I don’t want to finger point at government officials, but then they haven’t exactly shown concern toward me, Taylor, or any other American. What’s incredibly disturbing is that as an American citizen I’ve taken it upon myself to stay quarantined for the duration of the possible incubation period of Ebola for the safety of others, while the government is STILL accepting international flights coming out of countries with current outbreaks such as Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. What’s the point in staying self-quarantined for 21 days when an infected person could fly right over here unhindered? I feel like my quarantine is pointless unless a change is made. We have to stop thinking of the problem and start working on a solution.
The solution is to stop an epidemic before it starts, prevent the virus from spreading versus cleaning it up later. If someone wants to travel here from a highly infected country then they either need to pay for a blood test to clear them for entry onto U.S. soil or make them wait in quarantine for 21 days. Yes, it’s inconvenient, but what’s your life worth to you? What are other people lives worth to you?
The current lack of goodwill we have towards each other is our true pandemic. It starts at the bottom, right here, inside all of us. It’s a tiny seed that can either be squashed or allowed to flourish. The government isn’t going to help us; we can only help ourselves by caring for and about each other.
UPDATE: After writing this entry I was—finally—issued a mandatory quarantine by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Axl Goode is a proud author and model for Ellora’s Cave Publishing. He loves life and can’t wait to get out of quarantine. If you would like to contact him, his email is AxlGoode@gmail.com.
Due to the number of emails, expect a slow response time.
Thank you so much for all of your support. Axl and Taylor want to pass along their thanks as well and let you know they're doing as good as possible. Both are currently in their voluntary quarantine and are dealing with the circumstances remarkably well, taking their temp and maintaining the positive while trying to calm their families' fears. For those of us that have met Axl and Taylor we know what positive, kind men they are and while this is a less than ideal situation I can't think of two better people to bring public awareness to taking responsibility for yourself before you wait for the government/CDC to ask you to voluntarily quarantine DAYS after the potential exposure.
It would have been the easy thing for them to go about their lives, to wait for the CDC to call them, to assume that everything is hunkey dorey but instead they put themselves into VOLUNTARY isolation in order to protect not just their loved ones, but the greater public in general, as did many people on their flight. Sucks, but it is what it is and I want to personally thank those that have potentially been exposed for keeping themselves away from others until those important twenty-one days pass.
We know(in theory-ish kinda) how Ebola spreads, we know how deadly it is, and we know that one of the most important steps to eradicating this illness on our shores and around the world is isolation. Unfortunately Taylor and Axl both have very public jobs that they can't go to until November 3rd but as we all know, the utility companies could give a crap and their bills will keep on coming despite their lack of income. They aren't rich, they're average guys trying to support themselves and their family in a crappy situation, so your contributions mean a lot to them and help ease a bit of the mountain of burden they're currently shouldering.
Long, rambling update later- thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for throwing a few bucks their way.
PS- Thanks for the eye candy temp shot, Taylor. ;)
Okay, there are some rumors floating around and I got some well meaning warnings from friends that fundraising for Axl and Taylor might be a bad idea that they could be faking it for money/pr/whatever. First, in the brief time I've known both men they've struck me as nothing but gentleman and I cannot imagine either of them wanting to put their family through a false Ebola scare. Second, yes they work for a company that is going through some crazy issues at this point, but that has nothing to do with them. They are two guys, doing their job, supporting themselves and their family. Third, they were on Good Morning America this morning talking about being on the flight. I really don't think they'd go on public television to pull a 'stunt' of this gravity.
Not saying it couldn't happen, not saying it won't happen, but am saying that I don't think it's happening with Taylor and Axl.
That said, THANK YOU for donating as much as you have! We're up to 1,300 with a goal of 5,000. That's 2,500 split between both men which isn't enough to take them to a private island in Hawaii for their voluntary isolation, but it should help pay at least some of the bills. 21 days of isolantion=21 days of no paycheck and that sucks.
PS- this is not an elaborate scheme on my part to steal 5k for botox. :P
I am just curious how these guys are getting everything they need as far as food and groceries
Paul you obviously don't know anything about viruses especially Ebola-viruses mutate. Axl and Taylor are demonstrating the American spirit by doing what is right for their family, community and County. Thanks guys
Hope you both are doing okay, thanks for being cautious.
Robyn, you are an idiot!
You guys are more responsible than our government officials who are supposed to be on top of this? Id let you quarantine yourselves at my house anytime! Thanks for being so selfless, and hot!
So Robyn Jasmin Banez you would have rather these men go to a Dr's office and possibly expose others. Why are you even on here if you don't support these men and their choice? What, so that you can get your ridiculous opinion heard. Move along honey this particular fundraiser isn't for you to spout your negativity! As for you wonderful Men thank you very much for doing what is the right thing to do in this situation. I pray for your great health and hey you could always use this time to get to writing some more novels ;-) Or just enjoy an unintended but possibly much needed rest.
I gave a signal boost on my blog: http://deirdre.net/post-romanticon-axl-taylors-self-imposed-ebola-quarantine/
There is more info on the guys if you just look. They have pics from the flight. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2796284/inside-frontier-flight-ebola-stricken-nurse-ohio-texas-strippers-sat-three-feet-amber-vison-reveal-self-quarantining-21-days-bleached-luggage.html I hope everyone on that flight is ok.
I'm his sister and he's not faking it. He was on that flight within 3 feet of her and our whole family is very concerned about him. I love my brother and I am praying that he's going to be okay. I really appreciate all that are making it possible for him to keep others safe by helping support his quarantine.
And where, exactly, are they quarantined?
I am thinking of both you men and seeing what I can afford to donate. It may not be much but every little bit can help.
I'm so sorry you guys are going through this!
Hope you guys are ok
I posted for help. I really hope you guys are ok.