Friday, May 27, 2011

The last days of Giardia

So, since April I've been dealing with some awesome effects brought on by the Giardia bug picked up from Buffalo Creek and with the weather heating up I finally got into the doctor after some "prodding" from the wife. Had my appointment yesterday and was prescribed Flagyl for the little parasites hanging out in my tummy. However, they said I couldn't drink beer for the 7 days I'm on the cycle and I'm going to Portland to race and visit with friends so I've made the executive decision to hang out for a few days and start the meds on Sunday.

The whole doctor's office visit was a riot of uncomfortable conversations, 5 to be exact. Four in my primary care office explaining what my stool has looked and felt like for the past 2 months, and one with the lady at the lab who had to spell out exactly how to conduct a stool sample. Everyone who is dealing with my shit is female, it's almost comical.

In any case, hopefully I'll get some energy and not be so dehydrated soon, really noticed that on my long runs as of late. And because we're on the subject of brown matter, the Forest Park 50K is shaping up to be an all out slog fest in the PNW mud. It's apparently been raining (surprise) heavily for a while now and the forecast has it continuing through the weekend. Should be fun! Leaving tomorrow and will be back Sunday with some notes.

8 comments:

ChrisB said...

Yuk. Been there done that. Seems like a trail-running rite of passage. Good call on the med delay. Have fun in Portland and good luck with the race!

Lucho said...

I have a great story about a sperm sample after my vasectomy... again with all female lab techs. Sort of a Seinfeld episode. I'll tell you the story at Silver Rush to pass the time.
Your shit is their bread and butter.

Jim P. said...

Blogs are great.

Recipe of the Month! said...

Gee. Guess you should have gone to the doctor 2 months ago!!!!

Drew said...

Hey Patrick, I hope Portland went well. Let me know when your getting out to run. Drew

mtnrunner2 said...

Patrick - At one point I was going to ask what water supply you guys used on long runs at Buffalo Creek. Um, never mind ;)

Hope you kick the bugs soon.

Keith B. Ives said...

That sounds strangely familiar. #Empathy

PatrickGarcia said...

Chris- Yeah, and it seems everyone got it from the same place, Doh!

Lucho- I can't wait to hear that one!

Jim- :)

Honey- .....

Drew- Hope the foot heals up, lunch time pretty much any day! We can meet on that corner of the park where I peeled off last time if it works... Let me know. patrickjgarcia AT yahoo DOT com

Jeff- You should know where NOT to drink! Buffalo Creek at the base of Gashouse and Baldy... The stream along that chairlift trail to the CT is probably fine though :)

Queef- I feel you brother...