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kiliki
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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 1:59 pm 
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I suppose Giardia is like a lot of ailments in that severity of symptoms may vary. It's sure a good weight-loss plan although I was already a petite person. And I suppose it's relative. In recent years I've had major surgery, and also three eye surgeries after my retina detached. For Giardia I just took a pill! It took a while to fully recover, but give me that over a detached retina, or something where you have to wear a catheter, or where you can't tie your own shoes for a month, any day. Though I know some people have lasting issues after having Giardia and I don't mean to make light of that.

The real point as many others have said is that you shouldn't be afraid to drink the water if the chips are down.
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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 2:40 pm 
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Yes. There's almost always  something worse than something else  wink.gif

And getting  bad dehydration while  lost is worse than having  a risk of contracting giardia.  No question. I once talked with  the  folks  who  run SAR out of  Gunnison,  CO,  who see a LOT  of fascinating  year  round action. Sounds like, in their opinion, hypothermia and  dehydration were root causes of an awful lot of SAR issues regardless of what finally happened to the victims.
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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 3:04 pm 
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Plus giardia takes a long time to kick in, it's not really a concern in an emergency life or death situation
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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 3:20 pm 
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kbatku wrote:
...giardia takes a long time to kick in...

I dunno - YRMV, perhaps; my 2nd bout of it kicked in within 4 days of my drinking the tainted water.

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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 4:30 pm 
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"Had to eat ants to stave off starvation"...what a rookie, one is not going to die without food for 2-3 days.

My Giardia took nearly two weeks to kick in, then it was flu like symptoms, throwing up, runs, could not hardly eat for a week, lost 10 pounds, that was maybe 5 years ago, no lasting effects.

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PostSat Aug 31, 2019 6:55 pm 
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Anne Elk wrote:
kbatku wrote:
...giardia takes a long time to kick in...

I dunno - YRMV, perhaps; my 2nd bout of it kicked in within 4 days of my drinking the tainted water.

I'd consider four days a long time, plenty long to be dead if you didn't drink any water.  This is one of those easy risk assessments.
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PostSun Sep 01, 2019 7:55 am 
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Itís interesting these days having family members on SAR, getting to hear more than what gets reported out to the public. All I can say is that our local SAR are very professional people and I would have left those two right where I found them.

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