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Appoint a trustworthy lawyer or an intelligent trustworthy friend to take care of things which may come up during your absence (e.g. if you inherited property from a wealthy relative while across). Square away your finances before you go away. It will save you a lot of headaches and worry. Rather than depending on money orders, which are often hard to get, set up a checking account so you can send presents home and pay small bills.
The secret of keeping healthy in the tropics is primarily, be clean. Likewise, observe all the health requirements put out by your squadron doctor. If you want to die or want to get that I want to die feeling, just fail to take your anti malaria doses. Malaria is the chief threat to your health not only in the area but in later life. You may not seem to have malaria while in the combat zone, but when you come home, it is liable to come out openly. Ask a few vets. They know. Take your medicine and be glad that it is available.
Fungus infections are very prevalent in the area. They are most uncomfortable and can lead to serious impairment of hearing, breathing, sight, and manual dexterity.
Athlete’s foot is the usual ailment. This disease appears generally on the feet between the toes at first. Then it travels up the legs to the crotch, armpits, hands, and eyes. The scratching irritation is terrific and the raw sores created by scratching are excellent entry spots for other foreign bacteria causing serious complications. Prevention is the best advice. Wear white socks and air your feet often. Men on patrol sometimes go 2 or 3 days without taking off their shoes. The dampness, sweating, and spray keep their feet continuously wet and without air. Your feet must breathe. Take your shoes and socks off at least every 24 hours. Dry them out and put on dry footwear. Holes cut in marine shoes and in sneakers have helped numerous such cases. Ventilate your feet; expose them to the sun’s rays occasionally. Dry them well, especially between the toes.