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My first camping trip with Dad and his cop-buddies was what got me hooked. Peeing outdoors, snakes, M-16's, steak, and all the belching I could manage?
Fond memories; thanks, Dad.
Fond memories; thanks, Dad.
Thank you for your thoughts. Problem with Mosquito borne viral encephalitis is that of 1000 or so mosquito borne illnesses the medical community has tests for 22... so I can tell you the 22 my son didn't have! unfortunately we will not ever know the exact name. Also, they told us that it still "might" have been west nile but thy're weren't enough markers to officially call it that and they did not want to risk mis-labeling it west nile as it tends to cause panicMike, I am so sorry to hear about this. Would you mind sharing with us the virus that caused this so we can all prepare ourselves as best we can?
A friend in Tucson took his family to the "dunes" in SoCal (where ever that is, glamis?) for a weekend. His son (4yrs) felt sick on the way home, flu, fever, nausea etc). They figured food or something. Condition deteriorated over next few days, doctors unable to diagnose. Eventually coma and medevac to PHX where they diagnosed some sort of virus that is very rare. Weeks of waiting and eventually turned around. Brain damage, complete physical inablity, had to relearn walking etc. Slowly recovering two years later, probably not fully. I dont know the origins. Dont know the lesson here, except hope the medical staff can diagnose.Thank you for your thoughts. Problem with Mosquito borne viral encephalitis is that of 1000 or so mosquito borne illnesses the medical community has tests for 22... so I can tell you the 22 my son didn't have! unfortunately we will not ever know the exact name. Also, they told us that it still "might" have been west nile but thy're weren't enough markers to officially call it that and they did not want to risk mis-labeling it west nile as it tends to cause panic
As far as preparation, watch out for kids with flu like symptoms combined with a persistent headache if they're old enough to vocalize that. Also kids who have had recent boughts with other illness are especially susceptabile . So really cover them in anti-skeeter stuff. Personally we no longer believe in over kill and take the mosquiter-deleter by coleman to the woods with us it runs on a full size propane tank and is supposed to to keep a 1/2 acre mosquito free. WMD weapons on Mosquitoes is still allowed by the UN. Another issue with detection is that it effects everyone differently. A co-workers kid was bitten a year after mine and he had head-aches that lasted a week prior to diagnosis where-as my son went from 0-seizure in 10 seconds flat. The problem is it attacks different parts of the brain for each person. Sorry I know that every parent wants clear signs but there just aren't any.
One idea is to get your daughter a small bassinet and get yourself a mummy bag to keep yourself contained. One think to remember with Large tents is that they can be cold and stay cold in cold weather. A six man tent with two people in it will not warm up the same as if it had six people contributing their body and exhaled heat. Same goes for the height of the tent not just the footprint size. It all depends where you will be camping and when.Figured I'd jump in on this thread with a question of my own if no one minds. My daughter just turned one and my wife and I decided to take her on her first camping trip. The problem we are running into is with sleeping arrangements. I figure I'm gonna have to buy a pretty large tent for the three of us. Problem is that my daughter moves around a lot in her sleep and so do I. I'm wondering what kind of sleeping arrangements other people have used that have worked out. One idea I have is to just get a two room tent. Another idea I have is a small tent like portable bed. It's called a Peapod, made by KidCo. Does anyone have any experience with this product or something similar?