I know this guy who has a very very very bad fungal infection. It is all over his feet and under his nails; its been there for 20 years, and he is now 37 years of age. Those are the visible signs anyway of a likely systemic infection. He flatly refuses to help himself, receive advice, see a doctor, get help etc etc. In fact, he refuses to even 'see' or admit to his massive infection, which we all see/smell and tell him about. We have even concluded that the person who was once there is not there anymore. Its like we are interracting with the parasite, and the person is no longer there, willing or able to get support for his affliction. Its all very strange, but your post reminded me of him.