• http://phillygarden.blogspot.com/ Kathryn

    I hope you’re feeling better by now! The scoots are the worst!

    Also, glad that you didn’t take Cipro. I know you’re not running marathons anymore, or maybe you’re not running at all, but Cipro has been tied to ruptured tendons (usually the Achilles). You could be working out or spinning and boom! Happy holidays from you and your crutches!

  • nervrom

    I am so excited about this Deet situation. Nothing has ever ever worked. Ever. Once, at a bonfire with my two friends, I walked away with forty seven bites and each of them only had two.

  • Guest

    Deet FTW! I’m glad we only face Wyoming mosquitoes.

  • http://kristanhoffman.com/ Kristan

    FWIW, my fiancé and I took Cipro (preventatively) during our 9-day safari in Botswana, and we had no problems or side effects. (Caveat: Everyone’s bodies are different, of course.) My fiancé also took it during a business trip to India, again without issue.

    I mention this mostly because I am surprised to hear that people were reporting problems with Cipro; we didn’t encounter any talk of that during our research before the safari. It’s the malaria meds that we had been warned about — but also had no trouble with, perhaps because we paid more for the name-brand pills that supposedly don’t cause any hallucinations, etc. (My travel doctor said he thinks those side effects are overblown, though. Perhaps even purposely exaggerated for the sake of promoting the more expensive meds.)

  • Lindzgrl

    Cipro is pretty toxic. It sent my former father-in-law to the hospital, and it specifically affected his colon so….pretty much the opposite of what I’d think you’d want to take for diarrhea.

  • theboldsoul

    Where can we buy that 12-hour stuff? I live in France and every damn summer when we visit my sister-in-law on the Mediterranean the mosquitos are like “Oh great, LISA’S here, let’s party down on some of that imported American blood!” and I am head-to-toe welts. The local spray that my husband uses whenever HE travels to AFRICA (and it works fine for him) does nothing for me. The Parisian mosquitos (yep, they exist here too – oh, and there are NO WINDOW SCREENS IN FRANCE, did you know that?) seem to love me too. But I’m going to see my family in NJ next week and I want to get me some of this good repellant. Because I am sick of looking like I have a disease every summer.

  • Nao Nozawa

    Where in NJ are you going to be? I got the exact same stuff as Heather at Ramsey Outdoors on Route 17 in Ramsey, NJ.

  • Kristin Mesires

    A good friend of mine took Cipro and ruptured a tendon in her hip as a result. It is to be avoided if you are remotely active.

  • Jessie Carter

    You wanna talk about mosquitoes? Russia.
    Russian mosquitoes will suck the life out of you and leave scratching your skin off.

  • http://www.yourfridayafternoondistraction.com/ Joanne z Filmlady

    Well now, Heather, I’m glad you’re discussing diarrhea. Because I’ve always wondered what happens when you’re on the plane and you HAVE to get to that bathroom even though they’ve told everyone they have to stay in their seats, NO exceptions?? I’d be that person on the NBC Nightly News that got pulled off the plane in handcuffs, and Brian Williams is laughing his ass off.

  • Katy Rank Lev

    Oh man, my husband spent the entire flight/layover/connecting flight to our honeymoon in the tiny airplane bathroom. He still talks about his “poop to puke” ratio. It must be horrifying to be that sick while traveling.

  • issascrazyworld

    I just got off Cipro. I feel like I just dodged a major bullet or something. NO SIDE EFFECTS!!! I will say that the first line of the six page insert they gave me, stating that it’s also used to treat antrax, didn’t give me warm fuzzies.

  • Marie

    Cipro is often prescribed for urinary tract infections. I’ve taken it several times. It’s really no big deal.

  • theboldsoul

    Oh, thanks for telling me. I think there is a Ramsey store nearer to me in Morris County, so I’ll look into that. I saw it on Amazon as well so that could be my back-up plan.

  • theboldsoul

    If I were trapped in the toilet on a plane with diarrhea and they wanted me to come out, I’d be all, “Yeah, just LEAVE ME IN HERE and I’ll take the risk, because if you drag me out the other passengers are going to make you regret it.” That’s why they have safety handles in there, right? So you can grab hold of something in case of air turbulence? (Jeez, I nearly wrote “flatulence” instead of “turbulence”; this conversation is going downhill and fast.)

  • angierae75

    Cipro is what they usually give me for UTIs and kidney infections, although this last round it didn’t work and I was hospitalized on IV meds and then did IV meds at home for a week (I have bum kidneys to start with) but my biggest issue with Cipro is quite the opposite of diarrhea. But yeah, me and Cipro have been buddies in the last ten years and I’ve never had any of those other side effects, just the absence of poop.

  • Louisy

    So, you’re saying you missed your chance to actually BE a snake on a plane?

  • nyll18

    Wow, I had no idea about Cipro! Thank goodness I didn’t know as my hypochondriac butt would have freaked out when I had to take it in Ecuador. As it was I was blissfully ignorant and had no side effects. In fact once on it I could eat anything- anything! I felt invincible.

    I’d love to get you and my partner into a room together- she is also irresistible to mosquitos. She covers herself in DEET every. single. day. in the summer. I don’t like it, but she also gets 3 inch welts if she gets bitten. Fun times!

  • Sandy

    They should have waivers you can sign and slide under the door in these types of situations! =o/

  • TWM

    how did you using deet or not have to do with your daughter’s welted skin?

  • TWM

    No way you’ll have mosquitoes next week in NJ. It’ll be December!

  • Meg

    Thank you for telling us which kind of DEET works best! Even when I’m wearing very protective clothing and have DEET and everything else, I am STILL the mosquito magnet. My mother will stand near me outside because the mosquitoes bypass her and feast on me. I’ve found that some of the organic/natural repellants actually attract the mosquitoes MORE to me.

    Did you know that Frontline (and maybe other pet topical repellant stuff too?) repels mosquitoes? It does. So the dog is bouncing around, not getting bitten alive, while I’m watching the welts rise all over my skin.

  • murgatr

    Since I’m allergic to penicillin, Cipro is my new best friend when I get sick (read: no side effects). I intend to stock up before I leave as I can buy it off the shelf in any pharmacy here in KSA. Our travel clinic had great advice for us and I got my former boss to give us our Hep shots :)

    Pharm. Tech. RDC’06

  • BigFan

    Heather – Huge fan. Really. Reading your blog daily for 6 years. But this post made me sad, except for the parts where I was laughing. I think it is fine to be worried about side effects, but please consider the power of your words. I am worried that your influence could prevent people from taking something very important. Every medication has potential rare side effects, and they have to list them. The skin thing is like an allergic reaction warning. People can have this reaction to ibuprofen, even to some infections. It is not specific to cipro. That antibiotic (and members of the antibiotic group) is used very commonly. The tendon issues were demonstrated in beagles. In people, it is less clear, but while RARE, it may happen when people are also taking steroids or are over the age of 60 – and still then, it is rare. But I wouldn’t want people to die or suffer permanent injury from an infection because they got scared about rare side effects of the treatment by someone they trust (you). I would gladly take it or give it to my children if they needed it. OK, next. Hepatitis B vaccination. Hepatitis B is way easier to get than just having a tattoo party. It is blood-borne but very common, especially in developing countries where children are not routinely vaccinated like they are here. We have the opportunity to get vaccinated against it. And the flu vaccine – I wonder how many people were thinking of finally getting it this year and then decided not to because you said you don’t. That’s why I am sad. Public health lost 1 today. Again, huge fan. Will continue to read and think that you’re the bees knees.

  • theboldsoul

    Yes, and seat belts on the toilets as well. ROFL!

  • Cotton Gusset

    Gosh, imagine LIVING in Haiti.

  • Lindsay

    Exactly what I get as well. No side effects and it is extremely fast acting.

  • GirlyGirl

    Thank you for posting this comment as I was thinking the same thing. As my doctor once told me, “those side effects which are listed as rare are VERY RARE.” I’ve taken Cipro before and I work in healthcare; Heather’s post even had me second-guessing the drug. :)

    I’m thankful I got my Hep B vax a few years ago and the opportunity to get a flu shot every year.

  • GirlyGirl

    I agree…Cipro is getting a bad rap in Heather’s post and she didn’t even take it. Cipro is a great antibiotic.

  • http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/ Kristen Howerton

    All of this an no link to a commercial about diarrhea on a plane? I’m disappointed . . .

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