Walking Biohazard

This morning, I woke up with crusty junk caked on my left eyelid and my eye was itching like crazy.  Unfortunitly, I have conjunctivitis (aka: pink eye).

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Conjunctivitis is highly contagious, so my family and friends immediately started to distance themselves from me.  Basically, they  would prefer to have no contact with me while I am infectious.

I don’t really blame them.  After all, I am a walking biohazard at the moment.

Poor Joey is Sick

I noticed one of Joey’s toes is swollen, so I took him to the veterinarian.

I confess, as soon as I saw his swollen toe I was very worried about Joey.  He is 9 or 10 years old and a 100 pound Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix.  That puts him in the geriatric range and increases his risk for health problems.

I am glad to report that Joey will be fine.  The veterinarian found a small cut on the toe, which became infected.  He doesn’t have a fever and there is no sign that the infection spread past his toe.  The doctor prescribed and antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.

Joey needs a few days of TLC and he will be back to his rambunctious self in no time.

Rabid – A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

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This book is unique, because it takes an in-depth look at rabies and how the virus influenced human history and our culture.

There is a historical section that describes treatments used in the middle ages.  The infected person would have the wound cauterized and blood would be drained from their bodies.  Various herbs and spices were also used in an attempt to purify the body.

Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine that could save victims if administered before they showed signs of the disease.  However, some physicians of that time did not believe in germ theory and felt the vaccine was dangerous or would be ineffective.

There is another section that explains how the virus is transmitted and how it kills the victim.  It also talks about the viruses ability to spread quickly within a geographical region and which animals are most likely to be carriers of the virus.

The final section of the book discusses how rabies has influence our culture.  Victims of the rabies virus displayed shocking symptoms, which influenced the folklore and helped develop stories about werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

Rabies also played a role in popular literature and in movies, for example:  Cugo, The Rage, and Old Yellower.

I enjoyed the book, because it was informative and I learned a great deal about the rabies virus.  I was also impressed by how much this virus influenced culture, literature, folklore, and movies.

Bell’s Palsy Recovery

I saw the neurologist today and he was impressed by how fast I am recovering from Bell’s Palsy.  I have regained 95% of muscle control in the last three weeks.

The doctor said I am very lucky, because a lot of people take months to achieve this level of recovery.  Also, I will not need physical therapy or facial nerve stimulation treatments.

I have an appointment in two weeks to see an ear specialist.  Since I had surgery on the mastoid bone ten years ago, I may need another surgery to clean out any leftover fluids from the infection.

I am pleased with my current rate of recovery and appreciate everyone that has prayed for me, sent positive thoughts, and helped me during this difficult time.

 

 

 

Blinking Deserves a Nap

I am still struggling with Bells Palsy, but I am starting to see improvements.  The recovery processes is going to take several more months.

I can fully close my eyelid again, so I am not taping my eye shut anymore.  However, blinking my left eye still requires a good bit of effort and concentration.  I also get fatigued easily, since my body is still trying to recover.

The other day, I told my mom I needed to take a nap.  I was exhausted, because I spent hours blinking.

My mom laughed.  She thought it was the most ridiculous sounding excuse for a nap that she ever heard.  However, she did admit in my case it was valid.

 

Thank You Everyone

As of today, I can blink my left eye.  It still takes a bit of effort, but I can do it.  I am really excited about this, because I will not have to tape my eyelid closed anymore.

I have not gained control of the left side of my mouth yet.  However, I do occasionally feel my muscles twitch around my lips and nose.  That is also a good sign.

I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts.  You guys have really helped keep my spirits up during this difficult time.  I appreciate all of you.

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