Tuesday, September 16, 2008

flu.

or something like it.

for the last six weeks or so i have been experiencing flu-like symptoms that have gone from sinus conjestion to the guts and back.

i believe the immune deficit began with mosquito bites while camping, something i rarely do, and so the effect of so many bites overwhelmed my natural ability to deal with such foriegn matter in my system. i would have been fiine but we ran out of repellent on the last day and so while packing to leave i was bitten hundreds of times and by the time we had driven 200 miles home i was already feeling the effects.

i can understand now how things like westnile virus can kill older people and those already ill.

we live in such a sheltered place in suburbia that any time we venture out into the wild away from airconditioning and starbucks we run the risk of exposure to things that can threaten out very existance.

i will have to take more repellant next time.

5 comments:

American Hill BIlly said...

That sucks!!! I hope you are feeling better soon. Two things I learned in America Central are: 1.) put stick deodorant on the bites. it sucks the poison out, reduces iching/swelling, limit's scares, and the bites will clear up within a few day's.
2.) possibly a week before going where there are a lot of mesquitoes start eating raw garlic. Keep it up until done. It works, and you'll bite rate will be halved!!



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Libby said...

hi, dr a! i'm here from ricardo's blog...but don't hold that against me, okay? i like your blog...i'm all interested in psychology!

dr.alistair said...

thanks for the advice ahb, i think i will re-think the camping next time though.....very few mosquitoes where i come from!

hi libby, nice to see you. ricardo`s blog? that`s ok, he`s good people.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that you were sick!

dr.alistair said...

anonymous.....thanks. anonymous is better than none.

cheers.