So when I said that not having malaria was the only good news, I was frighteningly accurate. Well, there’s a little bit more good news, which is that I maybe didn’t have typhoid but the test just found my body’s reaction to the live vaccine I took before I left for
The other bad news is that I also have bilharzias.
My blood is like a swimming pool for tropical diseases. Over here they are doing the backstroke, and on the other side some of them are practicing the front crawl. I prefer the ones right up close here, learning that butterfly one.
The waiter at (yes, again) Java House just brought me a pineapple juice instead of a passion fruit juice and then, when I asked about it, said, “Maybe you can just drink this.” I didn’t QUITE say, “I didn’t come all the way over to Java House just to miss out on my passion fruit juice,” but I kind of felt that way. I have no idea when I will get to drink the stuff again.
Schistosomiasis/bilharzias, for the non-Africa travelers, are little parasites that divide their lives between the inside of a snail and the inside of a person. You can’t pass them on unless the snails are around, but the snails inhabit fresh water throughout much of Africa and Asia and maybe
I can only imagine how much less painful law school might have been if I hadn’t had a disease that causes tiredness. The levels in my blood indicate that I’ve had it for quite some time. Years, probably. Maybe many years. Let’s see, the possibilities are endless.
I’m still not staying out of available streams and lakes. But I will get tested for this regularly. And I’m about to start taking twelve pills, four per day, for three days, at a cost of $30 per day. (Funny, that sounds like a lot more when it is 2010/- (
In other news, I’m back in the
“Well,” I said, “I’m more concerned about women dying in childbirth in
And that’s how I’ve pretty much always felt about it. It may be a generational thing, but I just can’t really bring myself to care that much if we came to be through creation or evolution, or if many of the things I’m told about the government are true. I really don’t see that I’m going to change what I want to do with my life, who I want to be, how I want to interact with the world, if I know that, I don’t know, TWA Flight 800 was downed deliberately. I mean, what can I do? I can’t not fly. I can’t pick my flights to avoid the planes that someone wants to shoot down. It won’t change anything.
I don’t think any of it is as simple as we want it to be. I don’t even think D.arf.ur is as simple as we are told by the