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Will the third time be the charm?

Submitted by hdwhit on Mon, 2008-06-02 13:25

Well, metronidazole pulses seven and eight produced no noticable reaction.  I start pulse number nine today (I leave for Houston tomorrow; hopefully I won't end up in Hermann Hospital's ER - lately I've managed to break that annoying habit I had developed of touring the nation's Emergency Rooms).   Maybe this pulse will bring the return of Dame Endotoxin, Mistress of Pain.   It's not that I want to suffer as a consequence of a pulse, but the reaction was at least confirmation that the CAP was killing something other than a whole bunch of intestinal flora. 

Just so you don't think that I do is complain about NOT being miserable

Submitted by hdwhit on Thu, 2008-05-15 13:32

Went out into my back yard the other day and cleaned up all the limbs that had been blown off the pecan trees by the recent storms that passed through North Texas.  I wasn't paying particularly close attention to the fact that one of the limbs was already pretty wrapped up in poison ivy.  

What's a guy got to do....?

Submitted by hdwhit on Thu, 2008-05-15 12:51

What's a guy got to do to get a date with Dame Endotoxin, mistress of pain, following a pulse?  Was it something I said?  Was it something I did?  Was it all that charcoal? 

Still, I'm five days after pulse number eight with no adverse reaction to speak of.  This is now two pulses with no post-pulse reaction.

Well, if nothing else, by going "stag" to the flagyl pain party I can serve as proof that flagyl doesn't have to flatten you. 

 

CAP for M.S. since 8/2007. Currently: 100 mg Dox. (2 x day), 250 mg Zith (3 x week) ceased 3/2008, restarted 5/2008, 150 mg Roxi (2 x day) starting 3/2008, ended 5/2008. Eighth pulse metronidazole completed 5/10/2008.

I had forgotten how to spell "Eighth" not sure if that's bad news or not

Submitted by hdwhit on Sat, 2008-05-10 10:06

Eighth pulse (250 mg, 6 per day, 5 days) completed today - and the best part is that I didn't have to go to the Emergency Room at Shands Hospital (Jacksonville, Florida). 

CAP for M.S. since 8/2007. Currently: 100 mg Dox. (2 x day), 250 mg Zith (3 x week) ceased 3/2008, restarted 5/2008, 150 mg Roxi (2 x day) starting 3/2008, ended 5/2008. Eighth pulse metronidazole completed 5/10/2008.

I've been stood up!

Submitted by hdwhit on Thu, 2008-04-17 09:48

For months now, Endo(toxin) and I have had a once-a-month rendezvous in which she would find some new way of causing pain and discomfort.  I'm now six days past pulse #7 and I think I've been stood up.

It's not that I really miss feeling like an uninvited guest in the former East Germany for a few days, but something like this really makes you wonder whether the antibiotics are doing anything anymore.  I can't believe the CPn have waved a little white flag and have decided to go quietly. 

Hmmm. Do you suppose they're just regrouping for a spring offensive?

 

Pliva 333's cannot be used to hijack an MD-80 that is grounded by the FAA

Submitted by hdwhit on Sat, 2008-04-12 01:10

Finished Pulse #7 today. 

Also, I was really blessed since mine was one of only a handful of American Airlines flights leaving Washington D.C. that didn't get cancelled. 

Now we wait for the post-pulse "fun" to begin.

By the way, the pain I had been feeling in several of my fillings pretty much went away after the third day of the pulse so maybe I can blame that on the bugs rather than tooth decay. 

CAP for M.S. since 8/2007. Currently: 100 mg Dox. (2 x day), 250 mg Zith (3 x week) ceased 3/2008, 150 mg Roxi (2 x day) starting 3/2008. Seventh pulse metronidazole completed 4/11/2008.

Just the Facts

Submitted by hdwhit on Tue, 2008-03-18 22:37

Sixth metronidazole pulse, 1,500 mg per day (as 6 x 250 mg tablets taken 2 at a time) for five days, was completed on March 15, 2008.

In Washington, DC this week.  Hopefully, I will be able to break my former habit of touring the nation's emergency rooms.    

"Confirmation is nice", he groaned as he felt about the dresser drawer for his grandfather's Colt .45

Submitted by hdwhit on Wed, 2008-03-12 17:47

"Confirmation is nice", he groaned as he felt about the dresser drawer for his grandfather's Colt .45 intending to do himself some mischief.  But he was so fatigued from the effects of the toxins poisoning him that his hand lacked the strength to pull back the slide.  With a deep sigh, his arm dropped back onto the bed and he decided it was probably just easier to just go on living.

Porphy's Complaint

Submitted by hdwhit on Fri, 2008-02-29 13:12
If you have followed my treatment blog, you will understand that I have been just aching to use this subject line.
 
Today is day 10 post-pulse and apart from some really severe (but short-lived aches) on the evening of the 26th and the ubiquitous anxiety/paranoia, next to nothing.
 
I routinely do the "Poor Man's Porphyria Test" (getting the sunlight can be problematic in the winter) and the results have consistently been "negative", but in the last few days I have gotten obvious "positive" results (substantial darkening after o