Gut Rumbles

April 24, 2006

should I worry?

I've been following this story closely. When I was young, I had all the usual childhood diseases, including TWO versions of the measles, but I never caught the mumps. My brother had the mumps twice, but I somehow avoided contamination.

I often wish that I could go back and relive parts of my childhood. But I DO NOT wish to do it by suffering a case of the mumps. I've heard that the disease is a lot rougher on old folks grown-ups than it is on children, and in my current state of health, that shit might kill me.

Speaking of killing me, I was thumbing through The Recovery Book yesterday (a tome about what to expect after rehab) when I noticed for the first time that the book was signed by "Dr. Bobby," the head doctor (pardon the pun---he's a psychiatrist specializing in drug and alcohol addiction) at Willingway Institute for the Chronically Impaired. Here's what he wrote:

"Rob--- God must have something in store for you--- he is working overtime keeping you alive! Good Luck, Dr. Bobby, 11/28/05"

That was penned by a man who was awakened at 2:00AM one morning to come attend to me when I had a bad reaction to my detox medication and almost took the Big Dirt Nap right there in his hospital. (He knows whereof he speaks about "working overtime" to keep me alive.) I don't know about that "God" stuff, nor am I certain that I want to know what He has "in store" for me if He exists. But I do know one thing.

I hope it ain't a case of the mumps.


Have you had all of your shots? They're talking about introducing a booster for university aged students (around here anyway) as there were 34 univ. aged students who got the mumps at one university. You could ask your of the complications of mumps is "inflammation of the testicles" - you don't want to be messing with that!

Posted by: Lisa on April 24, 2006 02:24 PM

Nope, I can tell you that you don't want 'em either. I got the mumps when I was thriteen and the things fell on me and my nuts got as big as softballs except that they damn sure twern't soft. The mumps don't hurt your sex life but when they fall to your nuts it do make a vasecetomy unneccessary. The only thing that doesn't go with it is a certification from the quack swearing that you are shooting blanks. Oh, yeah, I forgot. And the mumps also hurt--just like getting kicked in the balls except it hurts for about two weeks--or at least until the swelling goes down.

Posted by: GUYK on April 24, 2006 02:44 PM

Dr. Bobby said 'God' was working overtime to keep you alive? Didn't you say it was 2:00AM? If he's anything like most doctors I've met, he was talking about himself. ;)

Posted by: Tessa on April 24, 2006 04:16 PM

205 reported cases of the mumps in KS, several in the county I live in. Here's where I get pissed. One of the children infected with the mumps came into the store I work at this weekend. Her parents brought her in so she could try on clothes to make her feel better because she was sick. Are you freakin' kidding me? You know what might have made her feel better....some damn medicine. They, of course, purchased nothing and left. Someone want to tell me whats wrong with this picture?

Posted by: Shelley on April 24, 2006 06:16 PM

There have been a few cases of mumps at a local college here in PA...

I hadn't heard of the other cases across the US.

Posted by: the other Steph on April 24, 2006 06:26 PM

If you haven't had an MMR (measles, mumps & rubella) booster shot, which have been available to adults for the last 10 years or so, ask your doc for one. They may well have run a blood test FOR mumps as part of your workup on admission to Willingway. Check. If not, you can have your doc order a simple blood test called a mumps antibody titer which will show if you already have antibodies to the virus (which it's pretty hard to have reached our advanced age and never have been exposed to). If the test is negative, showing NO antibodies, then you get the shot. Or just get it anyway -- I had to get it (I work in a hospital) +/- 10 years ago even though I could remember having them and had my mom's records in my baby book. Probably not necessary unless there is an outbreak in your area, but it can't hurt anything to get it.

Posted by: Marianne the lab geek on April 24, 2006 08:39 PM

They had on the news that Camdan County (Ga) High School students were sent home with a letter saying that a teacher who visted Iowa may have exposed them to the disease.

Posted by: Mrite on April 24, 2006 10:04 PM
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