Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

Dr. Trot must copy and then edit posts, just editing them deletes them…duh!!

Wow! Am I new at this, or what?! So here’s what happened —

On Monday night I was going through the CDC, WHO and Embassy of Tanzania web sites, gathering information about the health precautions that I would need to take before, during and after my trip to TZ. I was going to a “travel doctor appointment” (sounds cute, doesn’t it?)  on Tuesday and I wanted to be prepared with as much information as possible. Now I wrote this post, “A very scared Dr. Trot,” in the middle of a medium-sized freak out as I was trying to process the rather large volume of frightening information that I’d gathered.

Well after my appointment on Tuesday, I thought I’d update you on what had happened. Most importantly, that I had survived! My intention was to copy the prior post into a new one, editing the list of nasty topics 1-10 that I had highlighted the night before with the actions we had decided to take. In contrast, what I actually did was edit the original post, effectively deleting it and replacing it with my, now out of context, survival story! Big booboo Dr. Trot! 😦 Having realized my mistake, let me put things back in context for you with just a brief explanation of that terrifying info gathering session…

So, on Monday night I diligently went though each website, CDC, WHO and Embassy of TZ, taking notes like the anal nerd very normal  person that I am. As I went, I became more and more and more and more concerned about WTF I was getting myself into! Seriously, it was like it would never end! Here is the list I generated of crazy shit that can kill me and the corresponding unpleasant preventative action that I thought I would have to take…

1. Routine vaccinations:

a. MMR – check

b. DPT – check

c. Polio – need a booster?

d. Seasonal flu – REALLY? Dr. Trot does NOT like the seasonal flu vaccine. Not here, not in TZ. I do not see the point of injecting myself with live (albeit attenuated) virus that some quacks at the CDC have decided to be the most likely that we will see this flu season.

2.  Hep A & B vaccinations – need A (I think), got B in high school

3. Typhoid vaccination – need 

4. Yellow fever vaccination – need

5. Rabies vaccination – need?

6. Anti-malaria drugs – need atovaquone-proguanile? And I need to take from 2 days prior to departure through 4 weeks after I return?!

7. Dengue fever – ?

8. Cholera – ?

9. Tetanus – got it already

10. Meningitis – need?

Holy god! Right?! That’s a lot of really nasty illnesses and 7 vaccinations! Seriously?! This little “travel doctor appointment” was sounding far from cute at this point! I was thinking that honestly, these people have got to be sadists! There was no other explanation! A girl has only two shoulders and two butt cheeks! Where the hell are these seven vaccinations going to go? And so the freak out began and the original post.

I hope “3 slices of cake and a new piece of jewelry” makes a bit more sense now and I hope I’ve learned my lesson on NOT editing out previous posts!





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Friendlier trot

Ran with both Samia and Ian today! Very relaxed and very chatty 🙂 Leaving the department Sami and I were joking that Ian was the new Liz to round out our running trio. He was worried that he had some very big shoes to fill. (To be fair, he’s right. Lizzy is an awesome running buddy and is totally missed by me, Sami, and many others here!) But…Ian is also an awesome running buddy. I hope he’ll often join us for our afternoon runs!

NOTE: I’m not sure if I really should be admitting this or not, but this is day 4 for my now very stinky running outfit. Still cute, but D.A.M.N. Both Sami and Ian either have defective senses of smell or are very polite to spend almost an hour with stinky Dr. Trot and not complain once!

1/11/13 work out

4.23 miles


It was 36F, misting and cloudy but calm and actually kind of fun to be out in.

Threads: Nike Unlined Women’s Running Skirt, Nike Racer Women’s Tank TopChampion long sleeved t-shirt (with thumb holes!!), Novara Conversion Bike Jacket – Women’s (removed sleeves) and bright pink Pro Compression marathon socks

Treads: trusty Mizuno Wave Creation 11 (with far too many miles on them already)

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