Eisele, Rose M. - Linn County
Describe what you remember about the fear surrounding polio epidemics:
As far as I remember the subject wasn't discussed in front of us
children. We lived in a small town that didn't have a pool and
were allowed to play with friends as usual.
Tell us what you remember of the impact of polio:
My brother and I were diagnosed at the same time. I was
in sixth grade and he was in fourth. My Father was a voracious
reader and when we got sick on a Sunday night, he had the Dr. the
next morning do spinal taps. This was on Oct. 31, 1946. We were
hospitalized at the U of Ia. hospital and in quarantine for two
or three weeks. No pillow, couldn't get out of bed, and
everything that was sent to us was put through a sterilization
process which usually messed them up. Both of us recovered, but
have some post-polio symptoms.
Describe the reaction of your family and others you knew to the development of the vaccine:
By the time the vaccine was developed I was grown and had two small children. I was greatly relieved that they wouldn't have to face the possibility of having polio.
To this day I am amazed that my Father knew right away what was wrong with us. We had two other people in our small town who came down with polio a few days after us.