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This is just cool

http://gizmodo.com/this-laser-can-hear-malaria-eating-your-red-blood-cells-1497068171

So cool!

In other news from the wide world of ooze-- Mike and I continue recovering from the flu. He ate some soup tonight and half a cheese sandwich. He also went to work and did desk stuff in a warm corner there. He has now fallen asleep on the couch with Hazel in his lap. She just loves it when people are sick. They are so warm, and they just sit around and smell really interesting. She would really like to put her tongue up his nose...

C went to school and is slowly prevailing against the infected leg. The antibiotic is very tough on her tummy though. It makes her throw up Despite this she is recovering her bounce much more quickly than an older person would. She just looks sort of pale.  I feel pretty safe with her at school because there is an actual nurse there all the time, with an actual office, and the ability to do medical stuff. Not all schools have that, although they should. I have talked to the nurse before and she seems sensible, efficient, and kind.

And I find myself thinking again, because I think these things, that this infection would probably have killed her anytime before 1950. At the very least she would have lost her leg. How blessedly lucky we are to be here now. She may have some scars, to remind her of this little escapade, and of course she will have the big dorky tattoo-- but she is getting better.

(There was a man in my town, when I was a kid, who was family to my best friend. He was 106. He had a son who died just at the start of WWll, because he was doing gymnastics and abraded his testicle skin on a vaulting horse. Infection set in, and that was the end of him.)

I am ready for spring. It is months away yet, and I am already done appreciating winter.

Goodnight, all of you-- stay warm, stay safe.

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donnaimmaculata
Jan. 10th, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
The malaria detector sounds fabulous! I think someone I know died of malaria last year. He was travelling in Africa, and in the last email I ever received from him he told me he had malaria. I've never heard from him since, and I've no way to find out through other sources.

I'm glad your family is doing better. I can picture Hazel being all delighted about and affectionate towards the sick humans. It's nice to think that even the common flu has its upsides if it makes the dog happy.
charliecochrane
Jan. 10th, 2014 12:45 pm (UTC)
We take antibiotics and the like so much for granted!
ba1126
Jan. 10th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
One of the things I am most grateful for is living in a time (and place)with good medical understanding of how the body works and good prevention (flu shots, vaccinations, clean water,etc.) and remedies (antibiotics, surgery, etc.)
katriona_s
Jan. 11th, 2014 01:58 am (UTC)
It's good to know your situation seems to become better now. I'm sorry I have not commented before. I've read your posts but it's not easy for me to find suitable words when friend is in rather difficult situation for I can't be sure if I understand the situation correctly with my poor English skill. I love Hazel sleeping with Mike. How lovely she is!
eglantine_br
Jan. 11th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes-- things are getting better. I am feeling much better today, C too. Mike is still coughing, but that is all.

And I have a plan with the landlord, if he will only do his part!

I think your English is amazing. Just trying a little at Spanish made me feel great respect for anyone who speaks several languages. Learning what little Spanish I did was hard. And it shares many words with English already.

Hazel is very kind when we are sick. Because she is a dog she likes to just lie around anyway, so she is happy when we join her!

I am sorry my journal has been so full of my own little troubles lately. Now I will be able to think about other things I like better. (Like Archie!)
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