Not literally, but it might as well be. . . the post below on the NW fungus had me thinking about my own fairly mild, (compared to others,) but highly frustrating, painful at times, and overall grinding down of spirit my three year journey with MRSA, MSSA, and the latest: "strep in the body." Not strep throat, but strep body. A few weeks ago I was feeling sick at work, but, as I said to a few co-workers, I didn't feel like I was sick with something, (like a flu, cold, etc.) but I felt that something was wrong. Later that evening I was very sick, burning up, chills, but then they'd go away completely, and pain like I've never had before in my abdomen. My husband wanted to take me to the ER or call 911; I refused. I was almost there, but not quite... I was in tears from the pain, and the weirdness of it. I drag myself to the health clinic the next morning and was told it was a stomach bug, but later, after the lab work came in, I had a "bladder infection," but that the bacteria I had "wasn't usually found in the bladder," and my Dr. prescribed some kind of antibiotic. I have no idea what it was, as much as I hate them and often have very bad reactions to them I took those, no questions asked. Felt better after a couple of days... meanwhile, the ear stuff is still going on, and no one, including my Dr. who is also a naturopath, is doing a damn thing about it. Apparently MRSA, MSSA, and whatever weird bacteria that "shouldn't be there," isn't enough for concern. Meanwhile, burning, leaking, bleeding, pain, literally feeling the wind blow through my head, and a long list of gross and uninteresting details to anyone but myself continues. . . (hey, last summer was a riot; the blood red eyes that lasted for weeks was pretty groovy!) (that's sarcasm; it wasn't groovy at all.) Dr.'s look briefly in the ears, say "Yeah, it's a mess in there," and move on. Oh, I have sulphur to take if it's too bad, and it helps, a bit, for a time, though I have to be careful of taking that due to the severe reactions I have. The naturopathic version is milder, and doesn't cause the same amount of zombie-drugged-I'm -in-hell feeling but if I take too much it does.
It could be much worse and I realize I'm whining. On the other hand these chronic things are very strange. Used to be you'd get some crap, get rid of it, and you carried on. Now it's drawn out hard to really pinpoint or explain seemingly endless ailments. Ironically, I take good care of myself, or try to. Especially after Jim's heart attack. We don't eat meat, (a little fish and chicken) we avoid processed foods and junk foods -- never eat that stuff -- don't drink diet sodas or sugar. We exercise every day. We take all kinds of vitamins and supplements. We drink purified water. We don't use toothpaste with flouride. We don't have a microwave. We don't smoke. We have an air purifier in the house.
Reasons or causes for this on-going crap aside -- whether it's alien crud, government mind control psy ops Dr. Evil experiments, chemtrails, the world we live in of pollution and urban drek, or I'm just a lucky dame -- the cavelair responses from health care workers is both interesting and frightening.
On the one hand they seem to think nothing much is going on. They don't bother taking cultures (finally one nurse in the ER decided it was a good idea; this after I had been to several doctors and ER visits, including two visits to a ENT guy who, when I later complained that he didn't take a culture and hey, doc, I have MRSA, told me he didn't expect to find MRSA, so didn't take a culture for it. Even though MRSA ear infections were rampant in our area at the time.) Later, I asked another doctor to take a culture to see if MRSA was still there; I was told "everyone has MRSA" and it "seems to be gone" this from looking in my ear. Recently, I was told it was now "MSSA" but no one seems to think that's anything. If it's not, fine, but tell me! Red eyes -- meaning, literally, red fucking eyes! -- doesn't seem to bother anyone either. Except me. And so on.
All this tells me that health care professionals aren't being kept in the loop; meanwhile, the news stream keeps pumping out items about bugs, fungus, weird diseases, the importance of getting vaccinated. . . Fear. And loathing, in my case. I have a hell of a lot more loathing than I do fear. But "they" feed us fear; fungus from trees, which is "sure to spread," they tell us, but it's not a danger, even though some have died from it. Like the early days of the swine flu swirl; fear, anxiety, urges to get dosed. Even talk of mandatory vaccinations.
Soon we'll be hearing more about West Nile virus; summer is coming and already the local news has urged us to empty standing water because the mosquito larvae are out early this year.
It's interesting watching the media spin on these new super bug type illnesses, yet when one has something that's chronic and seemingly resistant, it's either treated as almost non-existant, or as seperate from the other crap. No wonder people go to healers and alternative sources for relief.