September 13, 2010

Sickness at altitude

It's mentioned only right at the end, but I wrote the piece linked to below about my recent stay in Ladakh really because of leptospirosis.

Someone we know well lost her 10 year-old son to the disease. He had a mild fever last Tuesday, it went away. On Thursday it returned and by the evening a doctor told them to admit him. So far so good, nothing really to worry about, they thought, and at least he was now in the hospital and would be taken care of.

On Friday morning, he threw up blood and was shifted to the ICU. He sank all afternoon. At about 6 that evening, he died.

Leptospirosis is commonly caused by exposure to the urine of infected animals. In our monsoon season, when we all are forced to walk in flooded streets, it's not hard to imagine that such exposure happens easily, given the amount of filth on those streets, the rodents rooting around in there, etc (you can imagine the rest).

So who do we blame when the disease strikes? The Municipality for its half-hearted clean-up jobs? All of us for allowing filth to pile up?

Here's what I wrote: Sickness at altitude.


the dude who used many names said...

Clearly you have not listened to my recommendation. That is the only possible explanation for this post that fails to understand the problem and wants a solution instead.

I am disappointed, Dilip.

Dilip D'Souza said...

You're wrong. I did listen.

Sorry you are disappointed. Maybe next time try to use one name, meaning your own. "Sapathan" and "Pub Chick" and "Sahadevan" don't quite cut it. Clearly not with you either.

the dude who used many names said...

I don't understand why who I am matters to what I say or recommend when I am not being duplicitous. Anyway, this is your blog and your rules.

Do let me know if you did find that lecture interesting. I thought it was very relevant to set the context of many arguments in your comment space. In terms of evaluating argument and argumentation.

And extending it further, to this post as well.