Here's a quick update. I went back to my general practitioner today for a follow up. My rash has spread to my face and is close to my eyes. I'm going to try and attach three pictures, one from a week ago and two from today. It's gotten worse in that short period and I'm scared. It itches and bothers me. The doctor seemed concerned as well, although the dermotologist he sent me to said he didn't think it's parasites. He gave me a cream which obviously won't help in this situation. The next step would be some sort of light therapy treatments and/or low dose chemotherapy. So, knowing there's parasitic activity going on but no wanting to sound the DP bells, I just said oh ok, whatever and went back to my GP. But, I digress.
My GP finally referred me to a tropical medical specialists. He did blood work and ordered more tests, including the awful stool sample that I feel I must deliver to the lab wearing a bunny suit.
I've been really struggling not to get freaked out by this but I'm not sure what to expect anymore. My doctor said he thought I should talk to my work about the possibility of taking a medical leave. I can work from home most of the time. I'm a journalist. But, there are time when I have to do interviews or go to the newsroom and I am terribly self-conscious about having this crazy rash on my face. What am I supposed to tell people?
FWIW, in the meantime whilst the doctors sort things out I've been taking fenben twice a day and putting vet-grade liquid invermectin on the sores on my arms and now around my eyes. Despite how terrible it looks, it would have been worse otherwise as a large colony of whatever this is migrated away from my eyes and create big swollen sports on my cheekbones. You might be able to notice that in the pictures. //www.curezone.org/ig/i.asp?i=89689 //www.curezone.org/ig/i.asp?i=89691 //www.curezone.org/ig/i.asp?i=89690
Anyway, I feel like I should go live in a leper colony or try out for a part in the walking dead.
But, I'm trying to keep a positive attitude as much as possible and not freak out. It's just a rash, I tell myself. I won't die and I'm smart enough to figure something out, darn it!