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Day 23. Merry Wormsmas.

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,
eleven stools-a-steaming,
ten eggs-a-hatching,
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.

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A neat diagram for the curious…

This is how it all begins.

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You will notice via the diagram that ova are expelled in the stool. Please know that in the developed world, it is virtually impossible to pass this type of parasitic infection on to others unless you are intentionally trying to do so. Rest assured, you can still invite me over for dinner. I won’t be shedding infection into your food like Typhoid Mary nor will I be of any danger to you or your family if I use your restroom. Don’t be afraid to touch me. I do wash my hands. Promise!

Additionally, the worms cannot multiply inside my body. I really want to stress these points. As the diagram shows, eggs are shed via stool. I live in a very modern society and do not shit on the ground so I’m not exactly a nuisance.

Hookworm was eradicated when modern plumbing was introduced in modern societies. There is much discussion on this very issue being the cause of autoimmune disorders, allergies, asthma, etc in the developed world.