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About Brundageba

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    Alison and Bill Brundage
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    Live and/or work in Chiriqui
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  1. Pepper or wasp spray to disable them at a distance. Here's a bus forced to stop by some vehicle...chances are the driver is anticipating something bad might happen. OK then you get out the spray and stop him in his tracks. From there any of the guys on the bus could kick his butt off that bus. Then they call police.
  2. The mail renewal of our USA passport was as easy as it gets! 2 weeks...done with new passports and the old ones in hand. From and delivered back to MailBoxes Etc via DHL with assist from MailBox staff. Easy.
  3. Don went the extra mile for every case he assisted with. He'd dive into his personal savings if necessary. Countless hours at bedsides, in homes in transports....on and on it went non-stop. . Offering his private home space for relatives of injured...think about that? I doubt there is anybody that can fill those big shoes. I sure hope so. For Don, a good rest and peace would be a wonderful thing. For him to enjoy life as a retired man with his wife, would be a blessing. God knows he so deserves it ! God speed will be so missed here but never forgotten. Alison and Bill BTW. I remember first meeting Don. Bill and I just had gotten off the boat as it were, some 10 years ago. . We were in Super Baru and bumped into Don, and struck up a conversation. He never boasted his position or person during the chat but did hand us his card and told us if we needed anything he'd be happy to help. What a heck of a guy that man ! Really...consider that. Just a 100% nice guy. Man, we'll miss him here.
  4. I'm bummed. Big shoes to fill ! Alison
  5. Wow...she was lacking $10 in change?...Houston we got a problem !
  6. Ivan gets the biggest chicken I've ever small turkeys.
  7. Interesting. We had our reverse osmosis system checked. Used Lidaq lab next to the bakery (just before you go over the Boquete bridge). They provide sterile containers. BUT interesting they only test for coliform bacteria and not parasites. We received a good test result but never were able to have a test done for Giardia ( water borne parasites) in our water. They do not do that testing. For the $20 it cost I wish I would have asked before I had the test done. All I knew was, that was where people took their water to be tested in Boquete.
  8. Yes, I agree. A long course of doxycycline is major for animals and humans alike. I believe small vet labs will make a presumptive diagnosis on CBC results ( change in platelet count, anemia) and symptoms . To make a definitive diagnosis involves special tests, equipment and knowhow which may be more than you could expect from a small vet clinic. For years I had several friends that battled Lyme disease and as well Erlichiosis...both tick borne diseases . We had many conversations over the years on making the diagnosis and lab/medical ability to do so. It is not easy ( antibody tests, visual recognition under miscroscopic exam ). I think to pass judgement on a small vet clinic therefore would be hasty . Some responsibility rests with the pet owner on how to proceed in seeking care for their sick dog if there is suspicion of Tick borne disease. . That is exactly why I so appreciate your sharing the Dixon lab with us here !
  9. The presence of the Erlichia Canis leads to hemorrhaging which typically results in the death of the patient. Yes That is the infectious agent in Tick fever. Very difficult to diagnose. Not a great prognosis unless treated early...and sometimes that does no happen as the animal goes into a phase of seeming remission. That is exactly why I would like to know from a reputable vet lab exactly how many definitive cases they diagnose on average per year. Ticks are only deadly if they carry Erlichia Canis. A neighbor had the death of his dog apparently due to this diagnosis. I do not know if a definitive diagnosis was made or a presumption based on basic labs and the dog's hemorrhagic symptoms. That probably means infected ticks reside in our neighborhood.
  10. This is valuable information. Thank you. One thing I have learned with regard to pet sickness tick control. Tick Fever ( Erlichiosis) is serious and can kill your dog. It's insidious, difficult for the best vets to diagnose and as well treat. Lab tests are very specific to the disease and I would assume, costly. Not all ticks carry this disease, and I would be interested to know from Dixon Lab how many cases they diagnose as positive for Tick fever ( Erlichiosis) every year here. . Prevention is essential and from what I read there is no one mode of tick irradiation that is 100%... All we can do is our best...which we try to do.
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    If you're lucky she might leave you a little something in your yard too !
  12. Today at the library at 7:30 pm Price Peterson to be recognized for his contributions to this community,,,don't forget
  13. Yes. I might add I was an orthopedic trauma nurse in a big trauma center. All it takes is one real bad motorcycle accident to change your life and the lives of your loved one forever.