I’ve made it to day 23 without any sort of geysers. Phew!
I’ve been on steroids for the last week. Yesterday, I took my last dose of those and today I am experiencing joint pain, severe itchiness, gut aches, and dizziness. I decided to call my doctor and see if I could get some more prednisone to get me through Christmas. She refused to give me more steroids and told me that I should just take Allegra or Benadryl. She was forgetting what I told her when I last saw her: that I take enough antihistamines to cause toxicity. I take 1,080 mg of Allegra per day. That’s 6 of the 24 hour tablets. She was forgetting the gasp and scowl she gave me when I told her just how much I was putting into my system and just how little benefit I was getting from all of those pills. Today, I told her receptionist that I just wanted to be able to enjoy the holidays. They could not have cared less.
I’ll stop whining now. I do have perspective and realize it could always be worse!
Here’s what’s happening on “the timeline”:
Anyone reaching day 23 without experiencing significant symptoms will almost certainly be in the clear.
Allergies may get somewhat worse in the first 4-5 weeks, due to an increased inflammatory reaction, before usually improving after this.
Worms begin producing eggs between weeks 6 and 8, and, although egg output may remain low for several more weeks, some hosts have reported that they experienced the start of long-lasting improvement at 7 or 8 weeks.
And since I don’t have very much to offer this week in the way of interesting/fun material, I’ll leave you with a fun and festive song written by John Scott:
A Helminthic 12 Days of Christmas
On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
twelve donors pooping,
nine technicians counting,
eight doctors doubting,
seven asthmatics singing,
six autistics mingling,
five years relief,
four months wait,
three days itch,
two plastic tubes,
and thirty five hookworm larvae.