Tall, Dark, and Mysterious


In which I bring Ebola to Mathcamp

File under: This One Time, At Mathcamp. Posted by Moebius Stripper at 9:59 pm.

I’m totally getting my money’s worth out of my medical insurance this summer - I went to the doctor the other day when my neverending cold (16 days and counting) seemed to be turning into an ear infection, and tomorrow I’ll be getting medical attention for my fingers, which aren’t healing as well as they should be from the time on Friday when I got all eight of them stuck in a window. (Story forthcoming as soon as I get the pictures of my bandaged hands online.)

In fake medical news, on today’s field trip, I found a toy store that sold stuffed microbes. I bought Ebola - isn’t it cute? Another camper bought the flu and the common cold, the latter of which I’m thisclose to hurtling against the room in frustration.

I think my favourite is the flesh-eating disease. It has no mouth, but it comes with a knife and fork!


  1. Yes, I bought some from ThinkGeek a few months ago, and was recently disconcerted to find a store in Elora which also sells them and does _not_ require exorbitant fees for international shipping.

    They didn’t have flesh-eating disease, though, which I may just have to add to my collection.

    - saforrest — 8/10/2004 @ 6:18 pm

  2. It seems as though the ear infection, pinkeye, and sore throat I recently got all came from Maine. Even so, I’m still happy I went. And very grateful that my body waited until I got home to become sick.

    - Mike Greenberg — 8/13/2004 @ 7:37 pm

  3. Bodies tend to do that. I used to get vicious migraines - always after a stressful event. I tended to get them, say, after final exams, but never during. We’ll see what happens to me after camp, when I have a week to find a place to live, move, and start a new job…

    - Moebius Stripper — 8/14/2004 @ 1:03 am

  4. Have fun in the Maritimes!

    - meep — 8/14/2004 @ 6:51 am

  5. I am terribly disappointed that they don’t have our old friend the pneumococcus; Osler’s “Captain of the Men of Death”.

    Thanks for leading me to the website though! I am revelling in the hallowe’en costume ideas (if only I can find the right kind of whip to be my flagellum)

    - littoral_zone — 8/19/2004 @ 7:18 pm

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