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Boots Do Not Walk

Sometimes when the earth cracks open you fall inside. It isn’t a sweeping plunge from a cliff involving the use of gravity, velocity, or sanity. It is as if, one moment, you are riding the rough tide of a sunny day and the next you are snapped under the waves of a new moon sea … Continue reading


Last Thread

…back to the Dr. D’s office of infectious disease and the guy that is going to make me better because that’s how a good story would go… Day 23 “You’ve been poisoned. It’s not a bug bite. You ingested it. What kind of fish did you eat? Grouper? Snapper? Uh-oh. “I ate snapper.” “It’s Ciguatera Fish … Continue reading


No response from infectious disease. No answers from my doctor. Not a single thing I see. Like Robinson Crusoe, as primitive as can be. Wait and see. For 14 days and nights I spend most of the time in my bed trying to stay warm enough not to burn, yet, not too warm that I … Continue reading

120 Minutes

Dengue Fever – an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints. Later, Day Four Ka-pow! [The smell of smoke and the sound of me blowing the ER nurse’s mind with these symptoms hangs in the air] Doc comes in to tell me that they tested … Continue reading


Vector-borne disease – the term commonly used to describe an illness caused by an infectious microbe that is transmitted to people by blood-sucking arthropods. Day Four After a decision that invisible stinging skin, electrocution by cold water, and a secretly broken tongue may require more than a Benadryl, I make a flurry of calls on … Continue reading

Tastefully Done

Virus: a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Bacteria:  a member of a large group of unicellular microorganisms lacking organelles and an organized nucleus, including some that can cause disease. Toxin: a poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms and is … Continue reading