- September 20, 2020 at 9:41 AM #6919Northern DancerParticipant
This is my last little report on this year’s canoe trip. It’s been a funny summer or as I have recorded – the lost Summer of 2020; the year of COVID 19. I trust everyone is doing super well and enjoying good weather in your region. This Sunday morning in my neck of the woods is chilly but the skies are a brilliant blue and sunny.
Giardiasis, popularly is known as “beaver fever”, is a parasitic disease caused by Giardia duodenalis [also known as G. lamblia and G. intestinalis]. It’s a common cause of waterborne disease in humans. About 10% of those infected have no symptoms. When symptoms occur they may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight loss. If left untreated, the symptoms can persist for one or two months before gradually improving. SO WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT? I chugged down a mouth full of Red Pine Lake water as I frolicked off the rocky shore. Not a good thing to do you can avoid it. Apparently I also gulped down a “bug” I didn’t know I had until the wee hours of Sunday morning two days after returning home. I didn’t have a fever or chills and for the most part, I felt okay, and then I didn’t. Like, big time didn’t. I called for an ambulance that sped me off to the emergency ward of our new community hospital and after waiting a few minutes for them to open my file was in a treatment room. I felt like I was going to explode. Nurse Darcy gave me a quick cat-scan and said I had a lot of liquid not being released and he immediately hooked me up to a catheter. Big time relief! Blood tests confirmed that I didn’t have Giardiasis but there was definitely something else that decided to lodge in my gut. I was given medication but had to keep a leg catheter on for a week. I was transferred to the Nursing Clinic and they closely monitored me daily for a week. I’m still n medication until it runs out and now under the care of my family physician. I’m feeling fine and the prognosis is good. What did I learn from my experience? Well…even a fish wouldn’t get hooked if it kept it’s mouth shut. 🙂
- September 20, 2020 at 10:26 AM #6920OutdoorsmanParticipant
WOW Dancer glad you’re Ok ! Maybe next time stick to the Bottle water or at least boil it !
- September 20, 2020 at 12:46 PM #6922huntaholicModerator
Dancer you just convinced me to watch the Water even if it looks Clear and Beautiful, hopefully you will be Ok and back out before long. Be Well my friend
- September 20, 2020 at 12:48 PM #6923BIG JimParticipant
I posted but don’t know what happened, anyway Dancer keep a Water filter with you in your Pack ! Get well soon
- September 20, 2020 at 9:04 PM #6924Jack 3Participant
Dancer I’m pleased to hear your better, you have to watch drinking raw water. I actually did this year’s ago in a Mountain stream and was SICK as a dog, nothing to kid about. I’ve Never forgot this !
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