Not Much

I see that all the Press are getting all bent out of shape about the God-Emperor taking hydroxychloroquine as a potential prophylactic (in English, as a preventative) for the Chinkvirus.  I don’t know why they’re getting all excited because if the shit did kill him, we’d be seeing a lockdown-style run on tissues at supermarkets because they’d be wanking themselves to a standstill.

But that’s not what I want to talk about, here.  I used to take hydroxychloroquine or something very much like it against malaria, back when I were a troopie in the Seffrican Army, way back when we’d just made the change from shooting Redcoats to shooting Zulus.   You nah waddeye mean.

Other than some really strange dreams — I mean the kind that you get when you’re sick with a fever, real acid-trip stuff — nothing happened to me, healthwise.  And I never did get malaria, even though there were times when my mosquito bites resembled smallpox sores.

So it’s highly unlikely that POTUS will get sick from the stuff — although if what happened to me happens to him, his tweets are going to be really fun for a while.

Which will piss the establishment media off even more, so it’s a win-win all round.

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  1. My wife was prescribed Hydroxychloroquine in a fight to clear up her third case of Lyme disease and a co-infection that was destroying her immune system. It was effective but she had to stop when it started to impact her vision. It worked , but the possible side effects can be worse than the original problem. Caution is advised.

  2. For all the times the Commie-Libs have screamed for President Trump to die, I would think that the news he’s taking hydroxychloroquine would be their greatest news EVAH!

    Just no pleasing some people.

  3. My wife takes it for RA. Yes, there are some serious long term side effects possible. But that’s true of almost any serious medication, you gotta weigh risks vs benefits.

    Speaking of my wife, she used to be kind of middle of the road political. Not too interested, we should be “helping” people, socially liberal without too much thought to the economic results, etc. Voted R mostly, but didn’t always agree with true conservation positions. Then Bush vs Gore happened, and she started getting more insistent on the conservative position. Then Obama-lama-ding-dong, and she swore the country was going down the sewer and got truly conservative. Then the democratic Trump Derangement Syndrome occurred, and she is absolutely livid and ready to start hanging politicians and media from lampposts. She’s started swearing when reading news, starting shooting guns for the first time in her life, got her LTC, and openly wonders when Pelosi will up and die. Honestly, she’s starting to scare me a little.

    1. My smile kept getting bigger and bigger reading that. I even drifted off to(respectfully) daydream of your wife…leading the patriots on the day of the rope. Wonderful start to my Wednesday

    2. Connie was precisely the same. When we first got together, I even nicknamed her the LRG (Liberal Rubbish Girlfriend), but at the end… yikes. She was more conservative than I.

  4. My memory is vague but I seem to recall there were (or are) two different prophylaxes for malaria: Chloroquine and Mefloquine.

    Now I’m trying to recall this from more than two decades past, but I remember being told that choroquine is the “preferred” prophylaxis because it has fewer side effects. But some strains of malaria are “choroquine resistant” so mefloquine is used instead.

    I’ve been on both. In Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy (94-95) I believe we were on chloroquine and there were no side effects that I recall. I was on them for roughly 6 months from September through February when I left. Nobody in my unit got malaria but we did have a couple guys come down with dengue fever which is really nasty.

    6 months later we deployed to Southern Africa for a 2 1/2 month long joint exercise called “Flintlock 95.” I was with Battalion HQ’s and we were deployed to Harare, Zimbabwe (or as Kim likely remembers it, Salisbury, Rhodesia.) Whatever strain of malaria they had there was resistant to the preferred prophylaxis so we had to take the other one which I thought was mefloquine, and which we took once a week “Mefloquine Monday” as I remember it.

    The medics warned us that one of the possible side effects of the prophylaxis was “psychosis.” In layman’s terms, “Psychosis” means you literally don’t know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary.

    We jokingly called them “crazy pills.” What would happen is that a day or two after taking them, I’d have REALLY vivid dreams. If you’ve ever had a dream that was so vivid that even after you woke up it took a few minutes to realize that it was an actual dream and not something that really happened – that’s what it was. It didn’t happen every week but every two or three weeks was pretty common. I’d see a guy at breakfast with the “300 yard stare” and think “Yup, he just had a ‘mefloquine dream.'”

    Beyond that I don’t recall any other serious issues with the antimalarial we were taking.

    After OEF started there were reports of guys coming back from Afghanistan and killing their wives. Some of the defense attorneys tried blaming it on the antimalarials they were taking that made them “crazy.” I have to say that nobody I knew who took anti malarial drugs ever had any issues while they were awake, AFAIK all the “psychosis” took place in their dreams and once they were awake they didn’t have any issues. I’d chalk that up to a desperate defense attorney trying to find some mitigating circumstance as to why a husband killed his spouse (of course in most of these cases there had been domestic violence and other “issues” prior to the killing, as there almost always is in such cases.)

    BTW anyone who has more medical knowledge, feel free to correct my terminology. As I said, I’m drawing from 25+ year old memories here.

  5. IIRC, didn’t your forefathers switch from shooting Zulus to shooting Redcoats?

    In the movie Zulu, the local scout says to the British soldiers, “I am a Boer; the Zulus are the enemies of my blood.” One of the soldiers says “Aren’t you glad we’re helping you fight them?” And the Boer says “Oh, yes. But what will you damned British want for it afterwards?”

    Which might be an allusion to the First Boer War, a few years later (which Britain lost).

  6. FWIW, my Mrs. has been taking hydroxychloroquine more than ten years. No problems so far.

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