Monday, January 31, 2005

sinus crap

Well, in a cruel twist of fate, the Giant Augmentin Horse Pills/Suppositories From Hell weren't what I needed to be taking for the current sinus infection. I went to the ENT (not to be confused with an EMT) who cultured the god-knows-what is growing in my head, and did an antibiotic susceptibility test on it.

While I wasn't told exactly what is growing in my head, it's probably a mix of Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, Haemophilus influinzae, and/or Klebsiella pneumoniae. In other words, common respiratory bacteria. I know S. pneumoniae is one of the mix for me, I've sucessfully cultured it from myself on two separate occasions.

So, what then will take out that nice antibiotic-resistant mix I have growing in my upper respiratory tract? Doxycycline. Well, I can now say that besides a URI, I won't have any of the following once I complete the run:

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Typhus
  • Chlamydia
  • Psittacosis
  • Anthrax - any form
  • The Plague - that's right, wiped out half of Europe in the Middle Ages, and it's still around
  • Cholera
  • Listeria
  • Syphilis
  • Gohorrhea
  • Acne
  • Vincent's Infenction (Trench Mouth)
  • E. coli

This is so freakin' hilarious and sad at the same time. While I won't be sterilized, microbiologically speaking, this is going to get me pretty damn close. I don't have an E. coli infection right now, so I don't really need what is living in my intestines to be killed off. We, humans, must have symbiotic bacteria in our intestines in order to most efficently digest our food. We provide a nice habitat for them, the break down what we eat into more readily digestable nutrients. It's a good system.

So, I get to eat yogurt, to help replace some of the normal flora, and wait until the I get re-colonized natrually for the rest. It's just a pain in the ass. Like I said, at least it's not complete sterilization, I only had to go through that once when I had a bowel resection over a decade ago.


brainwise said...

I laughed sooo hard at this entry. But I was not having fun at your expense, no ma'am. I was simply enjoying they way in which you recorded the whole ordeal for reflection. But I also can identify with it -- perhaps just a wee bit -- because folks in this house have had similar experiences. At the time, it was no laughing matter. But had we been able to have your take on it, well, maybe it would have been a bit easier to deal with (er, "easier with which to deal").

mira said...

I decided a long time ago that it all would be too damn depressing if I didn't get a good laugh out of all of it. I can either look at an infection as "Oh, God, the antibiotic is going to make me so sick, I'm going to be puking every day, it may be worse than being sick with the infection..." or I can look at it and say "Well, I'm glad that will clear up this nasty case of the Plague I've had. Good to know my gonorrhea will be taken care of, too."

If I can make someone spray their monitor with one of these posts, then my work here is done. :)

TwistedNoggin said...

After reading the antibiotic portion of your post, I was glad to see you know about probiotics and replacing that flora. Way to go. :)