Trying To Live In Denial Of Virus – Los Angeles Times

Dover/Mariners house just a few weeks up to now. I added it to my seemingly

inexhaustible itemizing of points to worry about. Quite a lot of days later, I went

for my weekly rheumatoid arthritis shot, and I requested my doctor if I

Whenever that damn mosquito finally lands...have to be apprehensive in regards to the West Nile virus.

I’ve a mellow nevertheless smart rheumatologist who usually chides

me for worrying an extreme quantity of.

“You’re a worrier,” she as quickly as said, together with, “nevertheless you’re not a


That typically is the primary time I’ve been often called a stoic, and for a

second, I was proud. Then I observed I didn’t complain to her or the

nurses on account of if I don’t say any of my joints hurt, I can fake I

don’t have rheumatoid arthritis.

Denial typically is a pleasant comfort when you have got a progressive sickness.

It has propelled me in a limping vogue through the ultimate faculty

12 months, the place tough-looking youthful rebels put their tattooed arms spherical

me, asking “Do your ft hurt in the meanwhile, Miss Clark?”

“Just just a bit,” I’ll reply, attempting to be equally highly effective. I’ve

moreover started getting pedicures at Happy Nails, on account of there are so

many compassionate adolescent eyes focused on my beforehand gnarly


So it was a denial-buster when the doctor said, “Yes, you could

be apprehensive about West Nile. Please use DEET (mosquito repellent),

placed on prolonged sleeves everytime you exit at night, and don’t neglect a hat.”

“Why a hat?” I requested, stalling for time until I really started

freaking out.

“They can chew your scalp.” she said. “Your immune system is

depressed out of your arthritis medication, so that you simply’re in peril.”

With the great and comfy blanket of denial ripped from my shoulders, I’ve

gone into proactive mode. If the drains spherical Mariners are breeding

grounds, I gained’t go to the Mariners Library. The central division isn’t

that far-off, and it’s open longer. I’ve moreover checked my once more patio

for standing water. The drains inside the yard appear OK, nevertheless I’ve

poured some bleach down them merely in case. I had a effervescent water

fountain from a storage sale, and I’ve turned it off. I don’t suppose

the mosquitoes like working water, nevertheless I poured bleach in to commit

larvicide in case they’ve been hatching in there. Much as I similar to the

sound of the splashing water, I’m considering eliminating it.

Anyone with an outstanding immune system need a fountain? Better protected than


I’m able to do battle indefinitely. I’ve DEET bottles by

every doorways to remind myself. It’s not exactly Chanel, nevertheless it really works

for my vogue assertion of a long-sleeved shirt and Levis. The scent

barely enhances my nouveau farmer look.

Unfortunately, my oppositional curls preclude a chapeau. Any hat

I’ve ever tried on has bounced correct off my springy hair. I can’t

even keep a washing cap on. If I’m foolish adequate to try on a hat,

one factor solely outlined by physics teachers occurs, and antagonistic

hair ions pop it off my head. I as quickly as had a boyfriend who barely

meanly instructed his kids: “Susan doesn’t need a hat. Her hair is her

hat.” So the mosquitoes is also unable to penetrate this dense


By one of the best ways, is mosquito season ever over? I heard they like scorching or

moist local weather. Isn’t that each one we have? Might there be one protected day

all through a dry chilly entrance after I can eschew the DEET and the coveralls?

I’d be the one with a sleeveless tank and shorts on when it’s 40


But I digress. Yesterday, I observed a suspicious chew on my left

arm. I’ve examined it further utterly than King Kong did Fay Wray.

I requested my good good friend Dave if it regarded like a mosquito chew.

“Naw, it’s further like a spidey chew,” he said, being a movie fan.

“It might presumably be a mosquito chew, though. And whether or not it’s, your flu-like

indicators will develop inside the subsequent three to 18 days.”

“I’ll be awaiting these,” I said.

“I’m revising my will,” I added. “I’ve 18 days to find a lawyer.

It’s method old style. I would wish to change just some points and get my

affairs in order.”

I give Dave credit score rating for lower than laughing just a bit after I requested if he

would undertake my canine, if compulsory.

The least amusing part of this plague in our house is my avoidance

of 1 factor I had longed to see: the surface Shakespeare given by

the city of Newport. The tribulations endured in Richard III pale

beside an outdated English teacher skipping a free effectivity by her

favorite creator. That’s a tragedy. When I miss a Shakespeare

effectivity, one factor is stagnant in Newport-Mesa.

Will you native effectively being officers please look at every little little bit of water,

in every single place, as rapidly as potential? Do what I say. I’m a teacher.

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