It's now 6 days since the first signs of shingles (mine started with weird twinges at the site I got those 8 spots, about 2 hours of extreme acheiness, but no other symptoms til the day AFTER the spots appeared), and I've had no other spots or rash appear, even though I've had extreme skin sensitivity (but I wouldn't call it 'pain' as such) over two dermatome belts on my left side. I went on antiviral medication within 48 hours of the first symptoms I registered, and I can only surmise that this rapid treatment along with the avoidance of scratching has helped the virus do its thing with relatively low impact.
Over the next three years, Rocky successfully defended his title in 10 consecutive defenses against various contenders, amassing fortune and worldwide fame in the process. In addition, Rocky also fought an exhibition bout against the World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion "Thunderlips" ( Hulk Hogan ) to a draw. However, in 1981, Rocky was challenged by intense and hungry newcomer James "Clubber" Lang ( Mr. T ) who has risen to the top of the rankings. Rocky had some issues with his trainer Mickey Goldmill due to his revelation of having faced "hand-picked" challengers that were "good fighters, but not 'killers'" which Lang was. Mickey insisted that he would quit as Balboa's manager if he chose to fight Lang, but Rocky convinced him to train him for one last match. However, just like Apollo in the first film, Rocky didn't put his heart into the training, reinforcing Mickey's belief that Rocky had become too comfortable (or "civilized") as champion. Lang shoved Mickey out of the way during a violent exchange of words with Balboa moment before the match, sending the elderly trainer into cardiac arrest , which threw Rocky, outmatched and undertrained, completely off his game. As a result, Rocky was brutalized by Lang and knocked out in the second round, losing his title; and adding to his defeat, Mick dies of a heart attack after the match, devastating Rocky. Despairing and lost, Rocky was met by Apollo Creed, who told Balboa that when they fought, he won because he was hungry. He had the 'fire' Apollo no longer had, and the former champion convinced Rocky that he needed to get his fire ("the eye of the tiger") back. Along with his old trainer Tony "Duke" Evers , Apollo offered to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang, taking Balboa to where he first trained to get Rocky "back to basics." After a while Rocky managed to purge his doubts and get his fire back. Fighting with a style very reminiscent of Creed's own boxing technique mixed with his own style, Rocky won the second match with Lang by KO, dodging and absorbing Lang's best blows and still standing, regaining his world heavyweight title. After the fight, Rocky and Apollo were last seen alone in Mickey's Gym, Creed taking his "payment" for his training services: one last rematch, just the two of them, no spectators. Forty years later , Rocky admits that Apollo won. Rocky goes into semi retirement.
When you are exposed to the loud noise of firearm shots (when hunting or on a shooting range) on a continuous basis it will have a permanent effect on your hearing if you do not take adequate steps to make sure you protect your hearing when shooting.
When a person is repeatedly exposed to noise levels of 85 decibels (decibels is the measure of sound intensity) or more, a person can start suffering what is known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
Hearing loss is a gradual process, not immediately apparent and eventually if suffered, it is irreversible and the result is permanent hearing loss! The proverbial “thief in the night!”
Very important, when you use ear protection (earplugs and/or earmuffs), ensure that you use products of proper quality giving you the protection promised by the productspecification. With sub-standard ear protection (you may be unaware of that while using it) the result wil be damage to your hearing. Further ensure that the ear protection used by children is of the same high standard that you use. When children are exposed to firearms (even if they are only spectators), it is the responsibility of adults to teach the children to wear proper eye and ear protection at all times.
Attached hereto is an interesting article “ Shooting your ears off ” by Barbara Barker-Cobb. This article is placed with the kind permission of ManMAGNUM .