Considering a car crash, a lightning incident, and a couple of incidents from my more reckless years, I figure my luck has been pretty good. After all, I was still around, healthy, and able to embark on brand new mini-adventures after those. But surely I had punched all the boxes on the good luck ticket. Not so.
I’m sitting here, right now, able to type this, and finally able to sit at my desk for a good chunk of the day. That’s a good thing, since classes started a couple of weeks ago. I’m recovering from a tangle with encephalitis caused by West Nile virus. The worst of it was very quick, considering that others have dealt with months or years-long West Nile virus ordeals, or coma, or paralysis, or death. I just have to gain my weight and my strength back. And I know what day it is now- lol! So there was another punch left.
I think that even some (many?) doctors aren’t aware of the symptoms of or the possibilities with West Nile virus. So the general public is probably also not aware. Part of this is because so few cases become problematic. Most people who get it will never know they had it. They won’t have any noticeable symptoms.
“Out of sight” should not mean “out of mind,” with this nasty bug. Although it is normally the very young or the old, or those with compromised immune systems, who develop problematic symptoms, it can happen to anyone. Even completely healthy, somewhere-in-the-middle aged people. Sadly, a 29-year-old Minnesota woman died from it a few days ago. Please be aware.
More importantly, protect yourself and your loved ones against mosquitoes. That’s how West Nile virus is transmitted to people. Common sense probably tells you to use some sort of mosquito repellant, and to stay away from mosquito-infested areas, if possible, at dusk and dawn. Also, think about the things around your yard that can collect water. Even uncovered candles. Empty containers out after it rains. A small amount of standing water can be a mosquito breeding ground.
My daughter and I did some stargazing last night. Here is one of the Perseids that made its appearance.
It’s been quite a show, these past few nights.
Before I ran, ranting, from Facebook, I was enjoying taking part in a photo challenge on a page there, where each day there was a new subject. Water was one of the subjects, and I had taken this shot to see if I was quick enough or had the camera settings right to catch a splash.
This inspires me to create my own challenge of four themes. They are earth, air, fire, and water.
There have been so many changes in my life over these past two years that I’ve decided to reorganize my blog. All past posts have been unpublished. While I normally love bicycling during the summer, this summer I’ve taken a greater interest in photography, and I’m starting to learn beyond point-and-shoot. So I’ve added a blog category for that, as well as a new gallery. Gone are the politics and religion categories, since they seem so heavy-handed. Books and pets are more enjoyable. The biggest change has been going back to school, to get a degree in programming and web development, so two more categories were added.
It is time for a fresh start here.
George Zimmerman was found innocent after a trial that shouldn’t have even taken place. The verdict is fair, but unfortunately, the trial isn’t the only ugly thing Zimmerman and his loved ones will have to face. There are violent individuals out there who are calling for and perhaps even planning an attack on Zimmerman. Not only has he faced a stacked media, but even social websites, or at least one, are facilitating these calls for violence.
There is a page called “Kill Zimmerman” on Facebook, and it has been OK’ed by Facebook, according to comments from those who have reported it. Here is the current “about” section for that page: