01 September 2011

Back to Health

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01 September 2011: I have recovered from over a full week of a nasty head cold. I still get about one cold per year, and, like summer colds Stateside, these warm weather colds are the hardest to kick. Because of my busted up sinuses – broken from boxing and from an ice climbing accident – my left Eustachian tube blocks up and thus the hearing in my left ear goes way down despite taking antihistamines. My left ear is my good one; the right ear has major permanent nerve damage from an in-coming NVA mortar round back in 1969; so I am a bit deaf for a while.
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Whenever I start coming down with cold or flu symptoms here in Thailand – body and joint aches, fever, chills, etc. – I immediately suspect Dengue Fever and rule it out first. That is the most dangerous mosquito-borne disease threatening us, and it would require immediate hospitalization.
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I took a short walk to the store in the middle of my cold bout, seeking ice and beverages. It is only about a 700 meter round-trip, but coming back I thought I would have to sit down and rest. It was so hot and I was so thirsty. Checking the weather after finally arriving home, I saw that the Heat Index was over 114*F. Wicked humid heat and major dehydration. Break out the ice drinks!
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It will be an up-hill battle to get back in shape, walking, marching and eventually lifting again. But then, life is always an up-hill battle, isn’t it? The Myth of Sisyphus comes to mind, in which Albert Camus muses on our ephemeral creations.
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-Zenwind.
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