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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

what's been on my nikon lately

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ughh, i hate to read those instruction leaflets with the side effects. when i read them, all of a sudden i don't feel sick anymore ;o)
how long are you going to stay in haiti???
have a save trip!



I took Malarone when I was in Lesthoto last summer and every night I dreams that I was being attacked......... it was awful. But, I have also had malaria and that is worse. Trust me.

I know you don't talk about what you do...but I am trying to figure out what you will be doing in Haiti ON CAMERA????

Good luck with the medication and safe travels.


Hi Karen.
You are too funny. I love your blog. I visit daily. I've left messages here before too. Regarding the ant-malaria drug: you should ask about Quinine. That too is an anti-malaria drug. It's been around a long, long time. I have to tell you that it can also be used for other things too.... I was prescribed quinine for my Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). For whatever reason, my legs love it and it allows me to get a good night's sleep.

Have a great day....



When I travelled in malaria-affected areas in Africa and Central America, the effects of the ant-malaria medications available at the time far exceeded the probability of ever getting infected (but I guess this depends on the area you're travelling in, and I'm not sure about Haiti). I took nothing while in Africa, and used a homeopathic option for the Central America trip (Cinchona officinalis pellets - which is actually a form of quinine that Mariella mentioned above). It either worked or I lucked out!
Hope you have a great trip!

beck's mommy

Classic! Diarrhea, loss of hair and hair color. OMG! If I knew that I would be getting those side-effects, I would definitely choose malaria! Good luck.


In addition to your Rx, please take a mosquito net and mosquito repellent. These simple things can make a big difference.

Have a great trip, and I look forward to reading about your travels when you return.


I hadn't realized that there are several medications for malaria (and the medications are used for many different things). One of those medications is Plaquenil. Its used for Lupus-SLE also. It has its side affects too, so I guess everything is a risk...the medication and the illness its supposed to treat.
Have a great time in Haiti and I hope you enjoy your assignment. Take lots of pictures!


I think I'd rather take my chances with maleria (laughing!)

Lisa C.

Isn't there a natural preventative that you could take rather than that nasty drug? It just doesn't sound good for you.

I hope you have a good time.


That was scary. It sure does wanna make you risk malaria.

Have a SAFE and BLESSED trip.


Have a great trip! I hope you don't have any side effects.

I was thinking about all the scary side effects that we read about and wondering what would be bad enough to completely prevent people from taking the medicine? I came up with spontaneous combustion and/or decapitation. So if you look at it this way, well you'll be fine!

Island Spice

That must be a fast acting new drug. I've taken ones that u have to take for 2-3 weeks before your trip and up to 6 weeks after.
Enjoy your trip. I've always wanted to go to Haiti. Post lots of photos please. :) Also, DON'T DRINK THE WATER. Nevermind malaria, my friend came back with Typhoid. So take care of u and have a great trip. We await the footage :)

Georgia/Caribbean Free Radio

I'm having the opposite experience with the NWRHA, who are trying to *force* malaria pills on me! I had to go to them for a yellow fever shot for my upcoming Global Voices trip to India, and somehow they also put in an order for me to have malaria pills (which I don't need for India and which I will *certainly* not be taking).

They've called me twice to say the pills await me at their offices and refuse to believe me when I say I don't need them. One of these days I'll go and collect them, as you never know when I'll need to slip one into the drink of somebody who's done me wrong. ;)

Have a great time in Haiti!

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