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    Colorado Tick Fever -- beware...

    So if anyone remembers that "tick in my beard" thread -- yeah, so it turns out that the stupid thing bit me. And worse, it gave me a lovely little viral infection called Colorado Tick Fever.

    I've been down for the count since last Friday, barely able to get out of bed. High fever, body and headaches, couldn't stand bright lights, dizzy, nauseous, leaking oil from both my front and rear shocks, if you get me. I actually went to the hospital on Saturday when my 103-degree fever refused to go down.

    Really unpleasant stuff. Not fatal, but you wish it was. Very common in Colorado, evidently. So -- be warned. This is evidently going to be a bad season for ticks because of the wet winter and the cool spring. Wear your DEET, and watch your -- ass, beard, armpits, crotch, pretty much anywhere on your body where a tick might attach itself. Especially after rides.

    What a lousy week. Ughnh. Just went for a short, VERY easy spin to see if I had it in me. The answer -- just barely. Now I need a nap. I feel like Grampa Simpson.

    Anyway, don't say I didn't warn you...
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    And on Outdoor Intercourse Day, no less. Way to be a downer, man.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Outdoor Intercourse Day? Why wasn't I notified? LLOYD!!!
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    Never rub another man's rhubarb.

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    Wholly crap that sucks. It says it goes away, then comes back 1-3 days later? That's brutal, you think you're better and then right back to being sick.

    I'm going to buy a can of bug spray after reading this. Feel better man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    And on Outdoor Intercourse Day, no less.
    ...just keep this in mind while you're outside (from BBC news):
    Great tits cope well with warming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu
    Wholly crap that sucks. It says it goes away, then comes back 1-3 days later? That's brutal, you think you're better and then right back to being sick.
    Thanks man. That whole two-stage thing is a beyotch.

    I woke up Monday and the fever was gone, and I had a bit of an appetite back. But I knew the thing had a second wind coming, so I was still miserable all day knowing that it was coming back sooner or later. Messin' with my head.

    Then on Tuesday morning, I got up to go run an errand, got dressed, ate two bites of rice krispies, got dizzy and went to lay down. That was at 9:00. I didn't wake up again until 2:00, and I barely left the bed the rest of the day. And that was **after** sleeping 12 hours the night before. All I was missing was a binky and a onesie, and I could have passed for your average 3-month-old.

    The biggest drag? I cancelled our DirecTV at this house because of the move. My ONLY saving grace was that I own my old TiVo box, and I have a couple dozen episodes of The Office and King Of The Hill on there. And The Blues Brothers in HD. If it weren't for that, I'd be a gibbering madman at this point.

    Or at least, **more** of a gibbering madman. Only now, I've literally watched everything on that hard drive. My STVR (Strategic TV Reserve) is depleted. I can't afford to be bedridden again for a while...
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    not that there's anything wrong w/ that...

    um, who's lloyd?!

    sorry you're down for the count... makes my head cold a bit easier to tolerate.
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    Outdoor Intercourse Day? LLOYD!!!
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    .And following our will and wind . . .
    . . .We'll ride the spiral to the end
    and may just go where no one's been.

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    Not a fan of Entourage, I take it?
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    I told you not to be a pvssy.

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    Oh yes, I am quite pathetic. And I'm okay with that.
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    What a drag... Get better soon, bro!

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    That sucks, hope you feel better soon.

    Couldn't stop thinking about this thread on my hike tonight. Kept checking my ankles, etc.

    still kinda itchy.

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    Bad stuff...

    A ridin' buddy of mine's son was just down at Children's in Denver because of this.

    He's o.k. now, but they were pretty scared.

    Hope your inca-pacitation is over soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    Not a fan of Entourage, I take it?
    My older brother had that back when they were first kind of discovering the disease, nasty stuff. You'll get better, is the only good news.

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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    aw. hope you feel better soon... i had the colo tick fever when i was a kid.... not fun.

    heal up. you'll ride soon. rest rest rest.

    jj

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveM
    A ridin' buddy of mine's son was just down at Children's in Denver because of this.

    He's o.k. now, but they were pretty scared.

    Hope your inca-pacitation is over soon.

    Holy crap that is scary. Glad everything's alright.

    I'm off to shave my whole body...
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    Damn, that is bad. I hope you get fixed up soon. Thanks for the headsup- I'll be careful and I'm also off to find my Flowbee. Too bad you're moving to Austin. Who is going to show us around your area? I hope you have designated a worthy successor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    Too bad you're moving to Austin.
    What?!?

    Say it isn't so, MMD...



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    What's crazy about this

    is that, just because you saw a tick moving about your beard doesn't mean it bit you, and it doesn't mean that just because you got bit you're gonna get Colorado Tick Fever. But...yes and yes, I guess. I remember the worst flu I ever came down with and if what you went through is anything like that... you know what I'm saying? Recover soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy
    is that, just because you saw a tick moving about your beard doesn't mean it bit you, and it doesn't mean that just because you got bit you're gonna get Colorado Tick Fever. But...yes and yes, I guess. I remember the worst flu I ever came down with and if what you went through is anything like that... you know what I'm saying? Recover soon.
    No, there was definitely a wound in my skin near where I found the tick -- I wasn't certain at the time because I thought it might have been a pimple, but it bit me, there's no question. The current theory is that it bit me right on my chin bone where there isn't much blood flow, tried to embed itself and wasn't able to get enough blood, so it was moving on when I found it.
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    Oh, yeah, you got bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    No, there was definitely a wound in my skin near where I found the tick -- I wasn't certain at the time because I thought it might have been a pimple, but it bit me, there's no question. The current theory is that it bit me right on my chin bone where there isn't much blood flow, tried to embed itself and wasn't able to get enough blood, so it was moving on when I found it.
    I'm just sayin' that, like my experience a few times, that tick crawling around might not necessarily have bit you by the time you saw it. But, of course it had. I managed to flush the few ticks I've found on me (hideous little creatures aren't they?) before they bit or attached themselves. I've heard of a "dog's life" but a "tick's life"? What kind of life is that, sucking blood from innocent peeps such as yourself and then giving you a dose of CTF to boot? Do ticks go to heaven for this behavior?

    Also I'm just sayin' that not 100% of ticks carry some disease, your bad luck was that this one did. What are the odds of that? 100% it seems.
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    Get better soon.

    I guess it is one reason for a MTBer to shave the legs!
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    9news wants to know...

    Check it out.
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    My experience watching many others

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    Check it out.

    Its something you really don't want to deal with, much like West Nile from a mosquito bite. There are worse things than a casual OTB that will lay you up for weeks/months

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