If I am repaired, can we meet again for the first time, in all of the places I have feared to go, and then, again, in all of the places I will have forgotten, if I am repaired?



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Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Note of Caution



Call it the bane of a vivid imagination, but for years I was under the impression that an Old Testamenty kind of name, like, Zachariah, was required to contract Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. That since my primary mode of transportation didn’t have hooves, my britches suspenders or that I hadn’t gone bust in some misguided mining venture, posing for grim-faced tintypes as I pulled up stakes, I was reasonably immune to the disease. I figured the malady had fallen to the wayside somewhere around 1910, along with cookie dusters, and phrases such as ‘malady’ and ‘wayside’.

How wrong I was.


Beware the lowly tick, child. Beware.





11 comments:

  1. ...wishing u well, steven ... miss u a lot ... and when u are all better, we will go on "some misguided mining venture, posing for grim-faced tintypes and pull up stakes" ... as long as we live, there's is gold to be found, hmmm? Love, cat.

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    1. Thank you Cat ... We're over the fever, recovering from the cure ... getting the machine back in good working order.

      Always plenty of gold ;)

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  3. Those ticks can give any biblical plague a run for their money. Sending healing wishes your way, you've been missed.
    Hugs
    ~Jo

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    1. Thanks Jo, I'll take all the healing wishes I can get.

      I wouldn't wish RMSF on my worst enemy. Its truly miserable.

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  4. Ahhhhh Steven, I'm sorry.
    I hope this RMSF is not something like Lyme's disease (since you get it from ticks too), which stays in your blood forever? I hope that when you are cured, you really are forever over it????


    stephanie

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    1. Yes... RMSF is something like Lyme's. They both can get deeply embedded into your system, and get harder and harder to overcome as they do. My family just lost a member to Lyme's last year. Trust me, if I hadn't been so damn sick, I would have worried more.

      Blood tests say I'm clean ... in that ambiguous way blood tests explain tick-related ailments. We'll see. I was pretty screwed up for eight months, it's going to be a while before I'm back to anything resembling normal. Feel better though and I'm getting my weight back up. That's a plus.

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  5. Oh crap.. I am so sorry to hear this. My youngest sister contracted Lyme disease a few years ago and the Medical system up here does not do proper testing of this disease and she was not diagnosed. and it has been screwing her life up ever since.. She began seeing a dr. in the states but the medication was too expensive so she had to end that... and the disease has progressed so far now, she just takes it day by day. She is on a very strict diet.
    I am glad that yours was discovered much sooner and I wish with all my heart that you recover fully.. I know the cure is a very tough one.. Have strength and continue.. We want you back to good health. xoxo

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    1. Sorry to hear that about your sister, Gwen. Lyme's is rough. You probably know that all too well. I'll keep her in my thoughts.

      Day by day. Strict (ish) diet. That's the plan I've been on. Continuing is priority.

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  6. So happy to re-connect, so sorry to hear about your RMSF struggle! But you're recovering and that's what counts so keep fighting that good fight! Sending lots of love and healing vibes your way. Besos!

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