I just heard about this ‘brain-eating amoeba’ and I think I have it.
It sure would explain a lot.
We’re all on well water at the place I’ve been RV camping for much of the last month. At first, I drank the water (after filtering it) thinking ‘Ooh, well water! This has to be better the city water I’ve been drinking for the last 20 years – the city water that has chromium six in it.’ (Chromium six is the toxic chemical featured in the Erin Brockovich movie.)
Within two days my cat got sick from the well water, so I immediately switched us to bottled water.
NOW everyone is quick to tell me ‘Don’t drink the water!’
Not sure why they didn’t mention that before I discovered it was toxic on my own.
There’s also a lovely creek here.
Hmm… do you think this is where they might be getting the well water?
Which brings me to the brain-eating amoeba…
Also known as Naegleria fowleri, you get it by swimming in freshwater lakes where the amoeba enters through your nose.
Note to self: No more freshwater swimming.
Then I read the symptoms…
Onset symptoms of infection start 1 to 14 days after exposure. The initial symptoms include, but are not limited to changes in taste and smell, also headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and stiff neck. Secondary symptoms include confusion, hallucinations, lack of attention, ataxia, and seizures. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly 3 to 7 days, with death occurring from 7 to 14 days.
‘Headaches, stiff neck, confusion, hallucinations, lack of attention…’
Oh, great. I think it’s already too late.
I’m being turned into a zombie the sloooow way.
While my brain was being eaten by an amoeba, I got to meet another (my second) fellow blogger! (I don’t think she noticed my zombified and amoeba-riddled brain. Well, I hope she didn’t.)
Mrs. Tuna from Working Woman’s Guide to Dinner was in Avila Beach, a gorgeous town on the California coast. I invited myself over for dinner, and she graciously let me in. (In her defense, she may have been drunk at the time. That’s probably why she didn’t notice the amoeba.)
We had a terrific time. I think. Hard to say, really, with my confusion and lack of attention.
It was over so fast she may have been a hallucination.