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Last month, I was in Louisville, KY going out for a lunch with Ashley N. and Nanette B. at niffy restaurant named Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. They had a goofy stuff in their store. At that time, I wasn’t feeling well, so I found this perfect hologram sunglasses which said it all what I went through with ugly disease – giradiasis! Nanette B. took this picture. ūüôā

26-June

Hello folks!¬† I am totally much better now….completed the round of antibiotics for my giardiasis.¬† I am renewed hiker here at Wood’s Hole Hostel in Pearisburg.¬† Let me back up a bit with the story.¬† Last Friday (18-June) I¬†rented the car to drive from¬†Louisville, Kentucky to Tri-Cities,¬†Bloutville, Tennessee.¬† Then, Skip from AT Shuttle in Atkins, VA¬†picked me up and drove me to Marion, Virginia to get back to Cane.¬† It was well-worth it¬†without having to ride on Greyhound bus ever again.¬†¬†Next day, Cane and I hiked from Mount Rogers HQ in Marion, VA to Atkins, VA.¬† However, I felt¬†terrible and knew that it was not just regular IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) because I¬†continued to suffer awful symptoms for two weeks.¬† Despite¬†my “Rip Van Winkle” sleeping marathon in Louisville, KY, I still felt the same way as I was feeling on the first day two weeks ago while hiking.¬† Something was not right with me, so I decided to check in at the hospital.¬† As you¬†knew, I found out that I had giardiasis.¬† Just¬†pray that you will never catch it ever.¬† Trust me.¬† We decided to stay one more day in Marion, VA on Sunday¬†20-June to allow me to get some¬†prescription and more sleep/rest.¬† Next day, we¬†had a late start¬†to hike from¬† Atkins, VA.¬† We hiked to Bland, VA which we arrived on Wednesday night, just in time before the special day.¬† I got my favorite dessert, peanut buster parfait, from Dairy Queen which was close to the motel and ate it in the bathtub on that night.¬† ūüė鬆 Next day was my birthday (24-June).¬† It was zero day for us.¬† It was nice to have Golden Ray (Kevin B.) to hang out with us.¬† On 25-June, we hit the trail hiking toward Pearisburg.¬† Upon arriving, the Jenny Knob shelter, we found out that both water sources are all dried up.¬† Not good for us since we were out of water.¬† There was Dad with two kids – son (Blaze) and daughter (Pyro) at the shelter.¬† They had some water left, but barely!¬† Cane and I debated….Cane brought up an idea of calling Wood’s Hole Hostel and asking them to pick us up from the road which was only 1.2 miles down from the shelter.¬† I agreed.¬† We got the ride, so we hiked left at around 18:45 (6:45 pm) to meet our driver.¬† After only 0.3 miles down from the shelter into the rocky area of trail, I got a huge surprise of my lifetime….¬† got stung by a bee – right straight on my left rib area on my side.¬† OUCHHHHH!!!!¬† As I was going to step down from the rock ledge with my poles, the bee somehow went straight to my left rib to sting me.¬† At first, I thought something was wrong with my backpack stabbing me on my left side…as I was reaching to touch my left side with my right hand, all of the sudden, I saw the bee flew across my face.¬† I screamed bloody and ran like lightning!¬† I couldn’t warn Cane as he cannot hear and see me.¬† I stood and watched helplessly as Cane came to where bee attacked me.¬† The bee did stung him 3 times.¬† We continued hike to the road and waited for our ride.¬† We are ok….no allergic reaction to bee stung.¬† Thanks goodness.¬† We had a wonderful dinner at Wood’s Hole Hostel – rice pizza and salad for me and wheat pizza and salad for Cane.¬† We ended up staying at Wood’s Hole Hostel for 4 nights….so serene and tranquil place to be.¬† We both had a fantastic massage from Neville, one of owners of Wood’s Hole Hostel.¬† It was hard to leave the place, but our journey on AT must go on.

I hiked yesterday and felt like crappy – same feeling 2 wks¬†ago. I decided to check myself in at hospital last night because I didn’t want to continue suffer 5 more days in wilderness without access to town. I learned that I caught giardiasis – waterborne disease (I suspected that). I am going to take it easy today. I am waiting for the ride to get prescription for me. I hope to feel better enough to hike this week.

Happy Father’s Day.

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