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A quick one

That’s not my picture. I Google searched “sick badger” and that cropped up. It belongs to the good people of the Northampton Reptile Centre — because it’s okay to steal stuff if you say something nice and give a link. That’s how you internet, right?

Uncle B has come down with a nasty virus. Fever, sweats, outrageous vertigo. Probably something inner ear. So we’re all out of sorts and off schedule here today.

It’s been 24 hours and he’s certainly turned the corner, but I’d best wave and flounce off back to the sick room. Florence Nightingale was always one of my favorite cosplays. (Just kidding. I can barely dress like a non-threatening sane middle aged woman without designer assistance).

I’ll give him your best wishes.


Comment from scottthebadger
Time: July 24, 2013, 11:32 pm

It takes more than a mere virus to slow a Badger down for very long, they are tough. Hayfever will do it though. I am an autumn hayfever type, and some stupid plant is ahead of schedule, so I am sneezing and snorking away. You get better, Cousin, and let me take care of the Badger Sneezes.

Meanwhile, a story to occupy your time as you heal.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 24, 2013, 11:37 pm

I can barely dress like a non-threatening sane middle aged woman without designer assistance

Right with ya, sister. Right with ya.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2013, 11:46 pm

I’m sitting here trying to convince myself I don’t feel the occasional twinge of dizziness. Maybe yes, maybe no…but I’m madly suggestible.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:02 am

Wife: “What are the side effects of this medicine again?”

Me: “Stomach upset, intestinal discomfort, nausea, insomnia.”

Wife: “I think my stomach is upset.”

Comment from dissent555
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:18 am

Get well, Uncle B. I had a bug of some kind over the weekend too. Fever and woozy for a while, then it went away, then a little bit later it came back. Was like being seasick with out the nice sea breeze and colorful sunset.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:25 am

Outrageous viruses?
There are plenty here – had one for 3 weeks, and can barely be motivated writing, even pestering, sorry, posting here has no longer any marginal sway of interest … what a terrible shame!

On the good news front – I’ve identified my flesh eating bug!
Yes, Sir! No slacking here … resistant to 16+ antibiotics, but one. It is the top end of nasty superbugs …. but what the hell is it doing in NZ?
Would anyone like some culture plates?


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:28 am

Show him this…. https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/999698_555823184480601_471372684_n.jpg

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:28 am

He describes it as exactly like that room spinning ’round thing you get when you’re insanely drunk. Definitely do not want.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:39 am

The spinny thing sounds pretty horrible.

Get well, Uncle Badger.

& don’t get what he’s got, Auntie Weasel.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:46 am

Get well soon, Uncle B., and stay well Mme. Hermine.

I think this must be Mad Crown Disease.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:50 am

Heh heh.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: July 25, 2013, 1:01 am

Ah, nothing like a good case of vestibular neuritis to make you wish you would just die. The good news is, it does get better. The bad news is, it takes a while and in the meantime you continue to feel like the world is spinning.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 25, 2013, 1:10 am

Get back on your feet again, badge.

Comment from feynmangroupie@gmail.com
Time: July 25, 2013, 1:17 am


Perhaps Uncle B could be enticed back to health with someSexy Lingerie. We can’t have you getting sick on us as well. Be Well! 🙂

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 25, 2013, 2:15 am

Get well soon, Uncle B…vertigo sucks, bigtime…get lots of fresh air.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: July 25, 2013, 2:30 am

“I’ll give him your best wishes.”

Yes, please do. May he quickly recover from whatever this is without needing intervention from a doctor. (I remember you suffering with a cough, and the medical staff over there not being all that helpful to you.)

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 25, 2013, 2:45 am

Poor Badger—you have my complete sympathy. For the immediate care, move excruciating slowly. Do not look up, or bend your head over unless you need to vomit. Don’t bend over to tie your shoes, or pick up something dropped. Avoid quickly rolling over in bed, and when you sit up sideways on the bed, go slow slow slow. There are exercises you can do to help get past vertigo, but you probably need to get over the fever and sweating first.

Stoaty—look up Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and you will find links for the exercises to make it go away. I went through several bouts of vertigo while being treated for cancer, and discovered that keeping the head as still as possible helps a lot. Sorry to sound so bossy, but I have fallen out of bed fighting the waves of vertigo and it didn’t help 🙂

Comment from lauraw
Time: July 25, 2013, 2:49 am

Fella has got a bad cold?

Got any old hens about?

No reason.

Comment from lauraw
Time: July 25, 2013, 2:50 am

*heaves a soup pot up the stairs, says nothing more*

Comment from Oldcat
Time: July 25, 2013, 3:37 am

Get better soon Uncle B

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: July 25, 2013, 5:45 am

Hope you feel better soon so that you can enjoy the thunder storms properly.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 25, 2013, 7:04 am

Vladimir Putin has just stopped the US government mounting another false flag terrorist attack against US citizens.


Odd that Putin cares more for Americans than their own government!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 25, 2013, 7:55 am

Dad: 1 tsp Sugar w/ a drop of Turps on it. His worms will be home, and he’ll lose his Shitty Outlook on Life. It’s also a Preventaive. Down the ‘Ol ‘Atch!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 25, 2013, 7:57 am

Gone, not Home. Welcome to GIL’s new iPhone. Ai, yi, yi.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 25, 2013, 10:59 am

Something New for Sweasel: http://englishrussia.com/2013/07/25/unknown-creature-found-in-belarus/#more-126537

Comment from Can’tharkmycry
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:03 pm

Sympathy and get well wishes to Uncle Badger–and may you dodge it, Ms. Weasel. Not that being sick anytime is fun, but being sick in the summer is particularly the pits.

Comment from ermine
Time: July 25, 2013, 1:59 pm

When one of the little ermine at our house comes down with the crud, there is a suspicious green bucket constantly placed within reach. We have one bathroom and their timing isn’t that good.

Get well Badger.

Comment from Mojo
Time: July 25, 2013, 5:14 pm

Vertigo, eh?

Tell him to avoid Kim Novak. And drink liquids.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 25, 2013, 8:12 pm

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 25, 2013, 12:25 am

On the good news front – I’ve identified my flesh eating bug!
Yes, Sir! No slacking here … resistant to 16+ antibiotics, but one. It is the top end of nasty superbugs …. but what the hell is it doing in NZ?
Would anyone like some culture plates?

As dismal as the prospect of dealing with the Kiwi Troll is; I have about had enough. We have family experience with necrotizing fasciitis; aka “flesh-eating bacteria”. I have a daughter who is lucky to be alive, and who is now disabled from it sitting in the same room where I am typing.

Once it takes hold, it spreads amazingly rapidly. If it is one of the “superbug” strains, and is resistant to all but one antibiotic, and they have only discovered the one now; after all the months you have claimed to be infected with flesh eating bacteria; y’all would have been dismembered by progressive amputations in a series of futile attempts to get ahead of it, and then dead. A long time bloody ago.

She is only alive because of the luck of having a cousin who insisted on her going to a hospital in the middle of the night and then being admitted when they offered the choice, some doctors who recognized the early signs the next morning and immediately operated, three follow up operations, and having some of the best infectious disease specialists in the country attached to that hospital.

She got off lucky, has most of the foot left and can still walk short distances with an ortho boot and sometimes crutches. Oh, and was on a specialized cocktail of high dose daily IV antibiotics tailored to the infection for 6 months.

This is a subject I am both knowledgable about, and admittedly touchy. The same daughter had experience with the National Health Service while studying in Britain [numerous health problems since graduating high school and after graduating college [double degree in 5 years]. From that experience, and that of others; I rather doubt that New Zealand has either the medical expertise or ability to respond fast enough to deal with necrotizing fasciitis.

I am directly calling Bullshit on the Kiwi!

Sweas, if that crosses a house rules line and brings down the banhammer, so be it.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: July 25, 2013, 8:29 pm

There’s some kind of horrendous stomach bug going around the US, laid my brother low for a week

Comment from ed
Time: July 25, 2013, 8:59 pm

“I’ll give him your best wishes.”

Please do.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 26, 2013, 12:28 am

Bubotai Sahadur

It infected 5 other people, currently being cultured.
It is a BRSA type bug.

Comment from Frit
Time: July 26, 2013, 1:00 am

Best of Get Well wishes to Uncle Badger, and I do hope Ms. Stoaty doesn’t get it as well.

Side note: If you can tolerate it, (I love the stuff, some people don’t,) ginger, either fresh, candied, or dried and made into a tea, is an excellent anti-nausea substance. When I lost the hearing in my right ear due to a misplaced head-cold virus, (the virus attacked the ear-nerves, and left me deaf on that side,) I spent 3 weeks with the equilibrium of a drunk dry-lander on high seas, before my brain ‘reset’ and my balance pretty much restored. Eating candied ginger like….well…candy… for the entire time, kept the nausea away, so I could eat and move around. As long as I kept a hand on a wall or furniture to keep m’self upright, that is! *chortles*

Hope it turns out to be nothing serious, and Uncle B recovers fully, with no lasting side effects!

Also; Hello again Argentium G. Tiger ! I hope all is well with you and Mrs. Tiger. My Dragon and I are doing well, living in Oz, and yes, my permanent residence visa has been approved. 🙂

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 26, 2013, 3:34 am

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 26, 2013, 12:28 am

If it was a “flesh eating bacteria”,i.e. necrotizing fasciitis that you have claimed to have had for months and they just now found a single antibiotic it was susceptible to; you would be long dead or look like the pictures found in a Bing or Google search for images of “necrotizing fasciitis”. I will not put the link in here, because unless you like autopsy pictures, readers are going to be shocked at what it looks like, and this is Weasel’s house. And you would not have been able to post as you have for those months, because you would have been unconscious or in so much pain that you would be incoherent. And it is hard to post from an ICU and/or hyperbaric chamber.

Untreated, or ineffectively treated, death comes in hours to a few days.

Here is the Merck Manual entry, note the need for massive IV antibiotics in the hope something works to slow it down [Won’t cure it by itself because the disease damage itself compromises the ability of the antibiotic to perfuse the tissues. And in any case, antibiotics do not kill the bacteria directly, but prevent it from reproducing.] and repeated, daily or every other day extensive surgical debridement up to and including amputation.


If there are any medical professionals reading, would you please confirm or deny what I say.

In the meantime, I repeat: I call Bullshit on your story.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: July 27, 2013, 12:07 pm

Frit: Hi! Fairly okay with us though I’m looking for work currently. I’m very glad to hear about you getting the permanent residence granted by OzGov, and that you and Mr. Dragon are keeping well. 🙂

Comment from Frit
Time: July 29, 2013, 12:20 am

Argentium G. Tiger : Best of luck with the new job! (I’m confident you’ll have no trouble landing a good one!) Keep in touch; I often wonder how you, Mrs. Tiger, and the family are doing these days. 🙂

Comment from Nina
Time: July 29, 2013, 5:50 pm

I totally missed this thread when it happened, so sorry for Unk (and Armybrat, who has also been down with the dread mogey); I hope he’s on the mend now.

I can’t get sick, I have costume college later this week!

And ditto Subotai.

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