Herald Journal Columns
June 24, 2002

Ryan had a rather 'spotty' experience


The finish of Winstock weekend ended up being a pretty memorable time for one of our staff members.

Ryan Gueningsman, a writer for our papers, all-around Winstock-guru, and great guy in general, had some excitement that he would rather forget, although I have taken it upon myself to make sure that doesn't happen.

Ryan, along with editor Lynda Jensen, was diligently working on the paper following the Winstock festivities when he realized that he did not feel well. Upon being told that he looked like "h-e-double toothpicks," he ended up going home a bit earlier than planned.

This is not unusual for Ryan - he tries to wiggle out of a lot of things, unless it involves taking pictures of girls in bikinis - see the back page of the Winstock issue. (Ha, ha - I say this because Ryan will be the one proof reading this column).

His diagnosis? Chicken pox.

Yes, you are reading correctly. Ryan had chicken pox at the age of 18.

He has been teased mercilessly about this, I'm sure. He looked pretty funky, though, and even had pox on his hands and feet.

He was not very comfortable through the whole ordeal either, wearing sweats and bedroom slippers the few times he stopped in at the offices.

The one thing that I find quite funny (in a sadistic sort of way) is that he potentially exposed so many people at Winstock to chicken pox, including the performers, since he was up close and personal with all of them.

We are all hoping that no one will come down with chicken pox from that. I don't know if any of the stars would appreciate such a personal gift. Ha, ha.

I only know of one other person who had chicken pox past childhood, and that was my sister-in-law.

Her story is unique, too, because when she got chicken pox, she had just given birth to her first baby, who, in turn, ended up with chicken pox, as well.

I'm sure we would have teased her about it, too, but we were all too concerned about my nephew, who was still a newborn baby.

For small babies, chicken pox is very dangerous. For elderly people, chicken pox is dangerous as well, but I've never heard of anyone getting them in old age.

I'm sure with the chicken pox vaccination that is almost the norm now, there will be fewer and fewer cases of chicken pox to be found.

I hope for the sake of other young adults that will be true. I sure don't think Ryan appreciated them much. Frankly, I thought it was hilarious.

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