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#1 freysman

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:12 AM

I'm on my way to the doctor for blood test to confirm or deny a case of West Nile Virus. According to the doc I spoke to at Galveston County Health District my symptoms and recent heavy exposure to mossies make it a likely diagnosis. If so, I'll be the first case in Galveston County this year.  :what???:

Please take proper precautions when headed into the woods. DEET isn't enough. (I was lathered with DEET 100 when I was swarmed last week.) Long sleeves and pants will help, but it might be better to simply avoid the deep woods until the current crop of mossies has died back.  O0

Addicted as I am to this sport, the pain of a three day headache that runs all the way down my spinal cord isn't a fair trade for a handful of smilies. Ditto the other generally flu-like achy joints, fever and chills. Be careful out there!  :'(

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:21 AM

Best of luck, freysman!
As one of the UTMB people who do research on WNV, the one bit of "good" news is that people who are exposed to it typically build up good antibodies against WNV.  Future exposures to WNV would then be negated by the antibodies and you (theoretically) won't be re-infected.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:24 AM

I'm on my way to the doctor for blood test to confirm or deny a case of West Nile Virus. According to the doc I spoke to at Galveston County Health District my symptoms and recent heavy exposure to mossies make it a likely diagnosis. If so, I'll be the first case in Galveston County this year.  :what???:

Please take proper precautions when headed into the woods. DEET isn't enough. (I was lathered with DEET 100 when I was swarmed last week.) Long sleeves and pants will help, but it might be better to simply avoid the deep woods until the current crop of mossies has died back.  O0

Addicted as I am to this sport, the pain of a three day headache that runs all the way down my spinal cord isn't a fair trade for a handful of smilies. Ditto the other generally flu-like achy joints, fever and chills. Be careful out there!  :'(


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:56 AM

Whoa, man. Hope your test come out negative and it's something else.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 10:47 AM

Geez, Dave. I hope you are okay.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:39 PM

Hope everything is all right with you. 

I understand about the mosquitoes.  There were a couple of caches I found while out there where the skeeters were so bad I almost changed my mind about signing the log and I had on DEET, too! (The first that comes to mind is Island Trache Pirate Cache.)
There is no adventure without risk.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 12:54 PM

Best of luck Freysman, we'll be thinking of/praying for you.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 05:35 PM

Dang, that's the pits!  Best of luck in the coming days.  I like Lefty's positive outlook, hope you do too.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 06:03 PM

I hope you didn't pick it up while doing my BNC caches.  :o

Best of luck to you, Dave!
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 06:39 PM

I hope you didn't pick it up while doing my BNC caches.  :o


Given the incubation period before symptoms, my best guess is that I got it last Tuesday at BNC - For the Birds. Its a 'mild' infection, which means that the doc expects it to clear up in a few days. I got a buttful of torridol to break the pain cycle and I'm on a steady diet of Ibuprofin and Tylenol for the next few days. Aside from that there isn't much they can do about it except keep an eye on my symptoms and hope nothing gets worse. Since I'm in generally excellent health, a quick recovery is expected. I plan to return to work tomorrow.

Yep, I'm the first case in Galveston county his year. That's one FTF I'm not so enthusiastic about.   :buck2:

I gave my mother a stack of sudoku puzzle caches to work on while we waited, then went out and grabbed Su Doku Shells on the way home. Not gonna let a little virus break my streak (58 days so far, no threat to OHL Hockey Guy yet.)  :coolsmiley:

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 07:57 PM

If you knowingly have West Nile and still go looking for tupperware in the woods; You just might be a geocacher.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:04 PM

If you knowingly have West Nile and still go looking for tupperware in the woods; You just might be a geocacher.

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Well, I've already got it, and if Lefty is right I'll have immunity in the future, so what the heck? Yeah, I'm a geocacher. But I think I'll switch to long sleeves and pants until the mossie infestation is gone, and I'll probably have to cut back on my numbers until I'm feeling better. As it is, walking sends a jarring pain up my spine with each step, but its not as bad today as it was yesterday. I should be fine in time for the Four Cache Loop expedition.  ;D

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:15 PM

We need a badge system for geocaching kind of like the Scouts.

100 finds
500 finds
etc...
Speeding ticket
Detained
Arrested
Tazer'd
Posion Ivy
Broken Bones
West Nile
Snake bite
Rocky Mountain Spotted fever
list goes on...

We could have a badge for each one... :D

I hope you feel better soon man... You'll need your health to battle the ticks on FCL.  ;)


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#14 freysman

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:17 PM

We need a badge system for geocaching kind of like the Scouts.
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I hope you feel better soon man... You'll need your health to battle the ticks on FCL.  ;)


Heh. Maybe I can earn my Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever/Lyme Disease badge.  :o


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:21 PM

Good luck, David, hope you feel better soon!

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 10:51 PM

We need a badge system for geocaching kind of like the Scouts.

100 finds
500 finds
etc...
Speeding ticket
Detained
Arrested
Tazer'd
Posion Ivy
Broken Bones
West Nile
Snake bite
Rocky Mountain Spotted fever
list goes on...

We could have a badge for each one... :D


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:42 PM

We need a badge system for geocaching kind of like the Scouts.

100 finds
500 finds
etc...
Speeding ticket
Detained
Arrested
Tazer'd
Posion Ivy
Broken Bones
West Nile
Snake bite
Rocky Mountain Spotted fever
list goes on...

We could have a badge for each one... :D

I hope you feel better soon man... You'll need your health to battle the ticks on FCL.  ;)


Don't forget "Attacked by wild pigs"!  O0
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:47 PM


We need a badge system for geocaching kind of like the Scouts.

100 finds
500 finds
etc...
Speeding ticket
Detained
Arrested
Tazer'd
Posion Ivy
Broken Bones
West Nile
Snake bite
Rocky Mountain Spotted fever
list goes on...

We could have a badge for each one... :D

I hope you feel better soon man... You'll need your health to battle the ticks on FCL.  ;)


Don't forget "Attacked by wild pigs"!  O0


And gators!

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:52 PM

I don't want no stinking badges.  ;)
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:55 PM

I think at least of a couple of folks here have also earned the 'collision with deer' badge.  :D




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