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Rabies, Pierces and a Ride

Friday, April 26, 2013

Yes, I promise Ghana blog is still coming...I always have a little reverse culture shock when I return to the states and it takes me a week or two to process the disparities in the world. I have great pics and stories and look forward to sharing them.

In the meantime - my most eventful things this week include
1. The joy of getting rabies shots (yeah, I know I am a doctor but I am still afraid of needles)
2. Two new pierces - love 'em (ironic, I am afraid of needles, but have many pierces)
3. Finally got back on my cycle today after a month away - 35 miles in!


There were about 50 of these bats in the tree outside our house in Ghana - that didn't bother me too much - it was the one living in our house - swooping around that made me nervous. That and the fact that I have had several patients there die of rabies. Rabies take 60 days to develop and is 100% lethal. So...the first thing I did on arrival from the airport was go to the ED and get rabies shots...
Yeah, that was super fun

And that was just the shots on day 1! Additional shots days 3, 7 and 14

Yep, I am a typical Gen- Xer in that I enjoy body modification as a way of expression. No tattoos, but plenty of pierces. After seeing very beautiful body modifications in Ghana (scarification, tattoos, waist beads, etc) I decided that it was time for some new jewelry myself. I replaced a vertical tragus pierce that rejected several years ago (picture one - purple bar in front of my ear canal) and I got a pierce I have wanted for years - nape of the neck. Say what you want but I *love* it - pics below

In answer to the obvious question...Yes, it hurt

Ride Today:
Took a virtual ride with Marty (GIANTOCR1) today. This was my first time on the cycle in the past month - so it felt a lot like a first ride of spring - need to get back on the bike more this week! Despite this, still managed to get in 35 miles of beautiful WV country roads. The air was crisp (mid 50s) but it was sunny and beautiful. Hope you enjoy the photos from my ride.

Hope you enjoyed my adventures this week
Lots of love
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FABAT402009 6/2/2013 7:53AM

    Not sure how I missed this blog update but as usual looks like you had an awesome ride.

Piercings are cute!!

I'm a big baby when it comes to pain but I used to want a ring in my eyebrow... Now figure I'm too old for it.

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KIKKI-G 5/26/2013 11:26PM

    Love the piercings! I always wanted to get my collar bones done (similar to your nape) and cant even tell you why i never did...I have the same piercings in my ear as you, I LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOK! fabulous!

as for the bats...super cute but I could see why that'd be scary, i'd rush to get shots too.

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/26/2013 7:26PM

    You look so beautiful! I'm so happy for you!! Thank you for being such a wonderful, genuine person! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2013 9:00AM

    Nice blog and great pictures.
You continue to be AWESOME Hollynn!


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JAHINTZY 5/1/2013 2:12PM

    I'm a needle phobe and I have two tattoos with plans for more... its just different, I hear ya :)

congrats on the piercings and not having rabies!

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SADWHITEWOLF 5/1/2013 1:07PM

    I am also needle phobic and yet I have 11 holes in my ears!

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    Awesome pics of your ride!


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SWIMLOVER 4/28/2013 8:33AM

  Love the pictures of the country side! I am glad that you wanted to be safe from rabies but sorry about the shots. However, it is better safe than sorry!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/27/2013 8:04PM

    I can't wait to see pics of your trip! Kudos to you on the piercings, they're really cool. I have 7 tattoos, but only one unconventional piercing, my nose! And by today's standards, that''s not even that unconventional anymore, lol! Sorry to hear about the rabies shots, YIKES!

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GIANTOCR1 4/27/2013 3:27AM

    Great blight. Most of all I love the ride pictures. Beautiful country. We have areas like that around here but I have to ride 40 miles north before I hit it. Very flat around me. Perfect for my time trial training.
Piercings are something I don't have but I really like yours. I really like the one on your neck. And I was going to ask if it hurt. Lol

I will try and get some ride pics this weekend.

So sorry I missed our ride. Maybe some day we can really ride the rodes.

Take care.

PS: great smile and always looking good. Just something about a pretty woman on a bike.

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JSTCHLIN 4/26/2013 11:51AM

    Looks like a snake bite on your neck, nice! I remember hearing about rabies shots when I was a kid and never looked forward to it... hopefully I will never have to. Sorry you had but better safe then sorry. I think you should be a travel agent for bicyclists. All I want to do is move and ride my bike there. As I was hit by a car years ago while riding my bike (which started my weight gain) I'm just reluctant to go out anymore here on Long Island. And the drivers are getting worse by the day.

Take care and stay healthy

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RENZRYD 4/26/2013 11:26AM

    Well I was picturing something TOTALLY different for your nape of the neck, I like the actually much better than what I was thinking. Glad you won't die from rabies :) I'll be doing my 2nd Half tomorrow, I will be thinking of you around hour 3 to keep me going to the finish line!

-Renee emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 4/26/2013 11:20AM

    I love the piercing! Can't wait to hear more about the trip!

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LILPAT3 4/26/2013 10:46AM

    You go girl on that piercing stuff! I'll stick to tattoos. Stay away from rabies and enjoy the bike riding. emoticon

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VICKYMARIEC 4/26/2013 8:28AM

    I bet that piercing did hurt! Great for you that you got back on your bike so quickly. How's your overall fitness going?

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    You are looking amazing and the piercings are nice (not for me) but nice... I'm too much of a whimp and when I tried the belly button piercing - my body rejected it twice. What is the waist beads you speak of?

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JANTWO 4/26/2013 12:53AM

    Ouch!!!! The piercings look like they hurt!!!!

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PENGUITO 4/26/2013 12:29AM

    Awesome ride today! Looking good! Love the new pierces.

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DALID414 4/26/2013 12:25AM

    Ouch, ouch, and wow, your pix look like post cards!

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PRETTYPITHY 4/26/2013 12:17AM

    Congrats on your new piercings! Glad to hear you will not be succumbing to rabies any time soon!

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