When I was in surveying class, the instructor described the process that one should follow as: "We complete the field work, take our measurements, do the computations and then try everything we can think of to prove ourselves WRONG. Failing that, we cautiously concede we may be right."
I don't know that I've done everything to prove myself wrong, but I'm going to cautiously concede that the decison to add the amoxicillin was right.
As previously reported, since starting my energy levels have impoved and my thinking is clearer (still not as clear or as fast as it needs to be) but the plateau I had hit with other symptoms has given way. My handwriting has improved. I'm sleeping through the night (in a way that's bad news because the 3:00 a.m. wake-up was when I took most of my charcoal). When the wheel broke on my computer bag this week, I had to sling it and my garment bag on my shoulder and walk from the office to the hotel (Adams & Wells to Ohio & State for those that know Chicago) and then climb a flight of stairs to get to my room which I was able to do without having to hold on to the handrails!
As positive as this has been for me, I do NOT suggest it to others. Drs. Stratton & Wheldon have good reasons for recommending NAC rather than penicillin. I don't have a doctor supervising my treatment so I am on my own and my decisions are, at best, minimally informed. By chosing to add amoxicillin, I am sailing in uncharted waters without a navigator and it could well be that the course I'm on has me heading for Niagra Falls.
I'll report more on my experiences as they develop but so far it's been a nice ride in this barrell.