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Very glad to see you posting here again, HMOD. Your presence was missed.
Quote from: iCe on September 13, 2018, 09:53:51 PMWest Nile... A friend and coworker managed to catch the first case of WNV in NM almost a month ago. It dang near killed him...It's a kick in the behind, that's for sure. Sounds like your friend had one of the neuroinvasive forms of the disease. The vast majority of people infected with the virus show no symptoms at all. About 4% of those infected show flu-like symptoms ranging from mild to severe. In less than 1% of victims, the virus jumps the blood-brain barrier and attacks the brain, spinal cord or other parts of central nervous system resulting in symptoms that resemble meningitis, encephalitis, polio or a few more arcane diseases. That's probably what he had. The kicker is: there is currently ABSOLUTELY NO medical cure for any of the forms of WNV. You just ride it out. In the case of the neuroinvasive forms, hospitals can offer supportive care to attenuate the worst symptoms but they can't end the infection. Only your own immune system can do that for you. Apparently, I have a severe form of the febrile version of the disease (confirmed by IgM blood test). It's still an open question as to whether it'll wind up jumping my blood-brain barrier. 1 in 10 of neuroinvasive WNV patients die. I'm watching my symptoms carefully and have so far declined a spinal tap which is the only way to conclusively confirm neurological involvement. Confirmation doesn't necessarily improve survival chances. A key risk factor is males age 60+ . But I've been fever-free for four days now, though I'm still utterly exhausted, with lingering joint pain, mild photophobia, and slight hand tremors - which isn't exactly encouraging. The good news is I've lost 10lbs. The bad news is, even in the best of cases, I probably won't be back to full strength for another month, maybe two. That'll probably kill any chance of me returning to the Bend this year. The irony is, back in the early 2000's I did some work identifying and tracking the spread of WNV in Texas, especially in Corvid populations (crows, jays, etc.). I was frequently in the middle of high incidence areas and, as far as I know, never contracted the disease. Now I'm no longer in the field and.....BOOM! I intend to be back in the Bend, but it may take awhile.
West Nile... A friend and coworker managed to catch the first case of WNV in NM almost a month ago. It dang near killed him...
Wow HMoD. You are one tough mf. I will disagree with you about not getting to the Bend anytime soon. You could actually come to relax. Maybe.
Reflecting on what others have stated about metal state and being tired, it makes total sense. I've been to that point many times out there. It sneaks up on you. You get a bit tired and hungry and possibly dehydrated, but are focused on finishing a hike or making camp or whatever, and the small amount of head-fuzz (i.e. lack of clear thought) will get you. I've taken falls, dropped camera equipment, damaged gear, etc. while being in this state. It's too easy to do. And it most certainly sours your mood and starts a negative cycle of thinking and feeling.It's a tough situation. No one is there to remind you, "hey dummy, eat something and drink some water!" You plod on in frustration trying to just get there.
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