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July 15, 2005


Scars usually have a story behind them. A new client today had a scar on their back that wrapped from the shoulder blade down along their ribs toward the front of their body. It was the result of a lobectomy of the lung.

I love a good story, so I asked if they minded if I inquired about their scar in more detail, and luckily they were happy to talk about their experience. The surgery was a result of histoplasmosis.

Histoplasmosis is a fungus that thrives in bird and bat droppings, especially under trees where flocks of birds roost. The symptoms are almost non-existant in some and serious, similar to TB, in others. This client and the spouse of another client had the more serious variety, requiring surgery.

Here are a few simple rules that might – just might – help to prevent histoplasmosis or cut down its severity:
* Keep farm buildings as clean and dry as possible. Before sweeping them out, wet down the floor to prevent dust from rising.
* Always wet down chicken droppings before cleaning out chicken houses.
* Keep storm cellars clean and dry.
* Take care of minor illnesses and try to stay in as good general health as possible.

Posted by linda at July 15, 2005 9:36 PM

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