Dose 2. Inoculation fail.

Oh, hi! Long time no post, I know.

Obviously, there’s been a bit of a lull. My skin has been extra itchy and angry for about the last week. But, I’m happy to report that it’s been good for brief periods here and there as well.

That was the good news.

Now, onto the bad. My 2nd dose of 50 hookworm arrived today. I’m fairly certain they were dead on arrival. There was no tingling/itching/burrowing-into-my-skin feeling. None that I could really feel anyway. It may also be that since the rest of me is already pretty itchy/tingly that I simply just couldn’t distinguish the difference between the worms burrowing and my already tremendously bothersome yet normal (for me) regular ass skin crawl.
I hope that last sentence made sense. (I drank some wine tonight.)

The only real explanation for the possible (and likely) worm death is due to the arctic temperatures. Our worm friends are tropical creatures. They’re not fans of the cold and literally can’t survive long in these temperatures.

I could also be wrong about the worms being DOA. I’ve still got the bandage in place and if I see “love bites” tomorrow then I’ll know at least some of them made it through okay. If not, then I’ll be provided with another dose. The yucky part is that I’ll have to wait another 2.5 weeks or so. Shipping these babies takes awhile due to where they’re coming from.

I’ll keep you posted on what I see on my arm tomorrow. I know you’re all on the edge of your seats.

P.S. — that photo at the top? Those are the vials that my worms came in.

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This photo here is where I placed my (possibly dead) worms this time.

As always, thanks for being interested!

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