I’m going to the Philippines in May to visit my girlfriend’s hometown. We’re going to Palawan as well, which is lesser developed. Dengue is a thing there. I’ve been on backpacking groups on Facebook, seeing if it’s been a concern for many people, and it doesn’t seem to be that big of an issue. Though, our immune systems work differently, I guess.
I’ve loosely looked into vaccinations, and the only thing I saw mention of was a malaria something or other. I plan to speak with my PCP about it soon. I’ve heard they offer something in the Philippines. It may be available here too. I’m not sure. I apologize I don’t have specifics. Make an appointment with your provider.
It’s worrisome, but I don’t know. DEET spray. Be mindful of bugs. Not gonna be sleeping in the open, and I’ll be sure to have a bug net handy. Get the vaccinations. I’ll have some of my essential oils, in case I do get some bites. Traveler’s insurance. Try not to think about it too much. That’s how I’m taking it. If I get something, I did my best.
End of the day, you’ve got to live your life. Time doesn’t wait. Lyme doesn’t care about your dreams.
I can’t afford to stay inside. I’m still terrified of high grass, thickly wooded areas, etc. I’ll go outside. Go hiking, but I stick to trails, rocks, don’t let limbs brush against me, and I’m always kicking my feet against the ground, even if know the tickies can grab on, because it makes me feel better. I don’t want malaria or dengue, but I don’t want to sit in my room and think about this type of stuff forever either. I should, because my health is shaky. I can move, my brain works well enough, but I’m limited, and treatment is inadequate. But, I don’t know. I’m young. I’ve got a lust for more of the world. I’m gonna do my best to get better, but I’m gonna go outside, have hobbies, catch flights, go to school, try to be as normal as I can be, no matter how hard, how it hurts, whatever. I’m blessed to do more than some, I guess, even if it might all fall apart a month from now.
Life’s short. If I die, okay. It’ll be a lot shorter, but lol... least I made some memories. Definitely gonna be taking pictures tho, cause it’s hard to trust my memory.
Call me stupid. You’re probably right.
If you’re really worried, I suppose it’d be safer to stay home.
Do the work, be the prize.