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June 10th, 2006
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Bax update
Bax called while I was eating dinner in Roseville tonight. He sounds much, much better and commented that Cipro is amazing stuff. Much less homesick and nauseus.

He thinks that with a good night's rest and a decent breakfast, he can probably hit the trail tomorrow. After which, he'll see how his body feels and plan accordingly.

So yay! We're back on track. Thanks to everyone for the ehugs and good wishes. We've both appreciated it a lot.

- Kady

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From:hafoc
Date:June 11th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck-- and I hope he's got enough Cipro to take the full course of treatment.
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From:thoughtsdriftby
Date:June 12th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Happy he's doing better
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suggest he treat all the water he carries
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From:roaminrob
Date:June 13th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
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I was wondering if anybody was gonna mention this. The typical reaction to someone getting Giardia is to figure they haven't been filtering their water.

I've wandered around in a few places, and I've almost never treated my drinking water (and never had a problem). I do choose my water sources as carefully as possible, and at that I have certain superstitions about precisely where in the stream to get water from. But, I don't treat it nonetheless.

On the couple of trips where I've had company, I get a lot of flak from the other folks for this. On one particular trip a couple of years back with Bax, Kady, and some of their friends, there was a lot of noisemaking about making sure nobody used any of the water I carried, and making sure we didn't share anything that carried my water and so forth. Bax accidentally took a swig from the wrong water bottle at one point -- mine, namely -- and made a joke out of following it down with some wine to kill all the nasty bugs in my water.

Then, while preparing for his trip, he read about a study which found that those that hadn't filtered their water had about the same chances of catching Giardia or other nasty bugs as ... wait for it ... those that had.

Most times, if you're paying attention, you can pull water straight from a stream and not worry about it. Sometimes, you'll catch a bug doing that. And sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you'll catch a bug anyway.
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From:thoughtsdriftby
Date:June 13th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
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You can grow bugs in bottled water once opened and yes it's a numbers game. Most of the time your body can deal with a number of bugs successfully. Your body's ability to respond to threats and the amount of exposure determine the outcome. Treating your water reduces but yes does not eliminate that exposure.
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