Inoculation Day: Take 35 helminths and call me in the morning!

Well, I did it.

My worms arrived this afternoon.

I had considered posting photos of all of the materials that arrived but I thought better of it. As I’ve mentioned before, I won’t do anything that could potentially jeopardize my providers operations. I’d like to continue to receive therapy from them and I’d like for others to be able to continue as well. So, I’ll have to do it the old fashioned way and describe it all in writing. Don’t worry, I’ll throw up a few photos to keep things interesting.

After allowing the materials to come to room temperature, I started to prepare for inoculation. Two small vials, one bulb pipette, and a gauzy bandage were received. (No instructions come along in the package in case of interception by unknown entities. You’re sent all instructions via email.) One vial contained 35 hookworm larvae (which are not visible to the naked eye). The other vial was an unknown solution of perhaps saline that was simply used to rinse out the larvae vial and bulb pipette after placing all of that material onto the center of the bandage. After all of this was complete I slapped the bandage onto my inner, upper arm.

inoculation bandage!
inoculation bandage! there are worms in there!

That’s really all there is to it friends! But wait, I haven’t really gotten to the good stuff yet.

In my instruction packet, I had read that you should start to feel a stinging/burning/itching sensation right around the 7 minute mark. This proved to be fairly accurate in my case. This is how you know your larvae arrived to your home alive. You’re feeling them burrow into your skin. No big deal, right? Honestly, it’s not a big deal at all. It’s much less horrifying than it sounds. And for me, a person who has burning/itching skin on the regular, this shit has NOTHING on what I deal with daily. For example, the hives I have elsewhere are much more bothersome to me right now. So much so that I don’t even feel the inoculation rash at all. However, I’ve read and am told that the inoculation rash can get worse as the treatment timeline progresses.

The photos below show the current state of my skin. I have other areas that I haven’t photographed out of decency. These photos show the reasons why I’ve infected myself with parasitic worms today.

crook of my arm; urticaria/eczema.
crook of my arm; urticaria/eczema.
stefarm2
crook of my other arm; urticaria/eczema.
stefchest
chest, shoulder,neck,breast; urticaria/eczema.
stefhand
hand and wrist; urticaria/eczema.

 

I’m about 6 hours post inoculation and I’ll be leaving the bandage on for a full 12 hours. All larvae should have wriggled into my bloodstream by now.

I have access to a great document (written carefully and expertly by a fellow helminth host) that includes a rough day by day timeline of what to expect post inoculation. It contains information on where your larvae should be in your body and when and what side effects you’re likely to experience on certain days.

I’ll be documenting all side effects and anything that I feel at all here. I’ve been in touch with my provider this evening and have let them know that my worms arrived alive. My next dose of hookworm should be arriving in 3 months time. Exciting!

Stay tuned until tomorrow when I post photo(s) of the inoculation rash. I’m afraid it(they) may pale in comparison to my urticaria photos from today.

 

 

 

Advertisements

8 thoughts on “Inoculation Day: Take 35 helminths and call me in the morning!

    1. Thanks Michele!

      I’ll be receiving 4 more doses within the next year to obtain what’s considered a “therapeutic population” of hookworm. If it’s successful, I shouldn’t have to reinoculate for another 2 years after my last dose. Basically, every 3 years is when you need to do it over because hookworm’s average lifespan is 5 years but my provider guarantees they will live for 3 years. It’s all sort of tricky.

      Like

  1. This has got to be the most bizarre treatment for eczema I’ve read about so far. I wish you luck, by the way, even though I have no clue how it could work.

    Which leads me to the question: How *is* this supposed to work? Could you write up the theory and process behind it? I’m intrigued, somewhat dumbfounded, a bit disgusted; but, definitely intrigued.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi Greg!
      I see you have eczema. And maybe asthma too? I took a quick peek at your blog, forgive me. I’m short on time right now.

      You should try googling ‘helminthic therapy’. You will find an abundance of resources. Specifically, I suggest reading as much as you can at jasper-lawrence.com! You’ll find that HT is not just for eczema at all.

      I’ll check back here later to give you some more info and explain how it works. (It doesn’t always work!)

      Like

      1. I have been slowly wading through Jasper-Lawrence and the other links you have added, as well some other information I have found on the net. I’m still unsure about whether it will help me or make things worse for me. At this point I’m not entirely sure that my immune system will respond appropriately to even symbiotic infection as it’s not responding appropriately to antigens from non-infections.

        I almost brought it up with my dermatologist last week, but our conversation turned quickly to taking a biopsy and making sure I get my present infection under proper control.

        Still, it’s a very interesting read–although not necessarily as entertaining as, say, the film Slither–whether or not I ultimately decide to give it a try.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s