Monday, 15 January 2018

Disease


"                                       November 16 [1981]: Port of Spain, Trinidad

I have been monitoring my health pretty carefully and am concerned about my weight - I'm up around 200 pounds, about 35 heavier than when we got here. Dana, too, has put on weight and is nearly bursting the seams of his jeans. We'll have to cut down on the starches and sugars we've become accustomed to, and still crave.
Dana's sores and wounds are pretty well healed, though my own continue to give me problems. My two biggest salt sores, though vastly reduced in size, are still oozing fluid and, sometimes, pus. In my years of research for the trip, I read about tropical infections, and am determined to have any sores healed by the time we go into the jungle, where the heat, humidity, and foreign germs can turn a mere scratch into a major medial problem. We'll have to doctor all our bites and wounds no matter how small. Malaria and dysentery are other problems that have stopped many more experienced jungle travellers than ourselves. I have pretty good resistance to disease, but that's probably what they all say - I can see it on my tombstone: "He had pretty good resistance to disease."     "

Don Starkell and Charles Wilkins Paddle to the Amazon
(p 231 in my 1989, Prima Publishing, edition)

4 comments:

  1. Are you and the man heading to the jungle?

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    1. Making preparations to make plans to start training for the old canoeing hobby is being thought of, yes.

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  2. That epitaph is almost as good as "I TOLD you I was sick!"

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    1. I will relinquish a snappy last word to never again having dysentery. It is literally s..t!

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