My Doctor made me cry…..
I woke up two weeks ago with an eye issue. I am not sure what happened. The only think I knew is that when I opened my peepers, the left one burned. I went about my morning rituals, and put in my contact lenses about 8:00 a.m., right before I left for my office. About 11:00, I was feeling like there was a boulder in my left eye, so I removed my contact, and went through the rest of the day much like Cyclops. Wednesday and Thursday came and went, and still I could not wear my contact lens with comfort. My husband and I discussed that if my eye was not better by Friday, I would seek a professional opinion.
Friday came, and I was able to wear my contact lens, but my eye watered all morning. We made an appointment for the afternoon with the ophthalmologist He told me that somehow I had scratched my cornea, and there was an infection deep in the tissue. He recommended that I get a Rx of antibiotics filled, and put the drops in my eye every hour.
Like a good patient, I followed his instructions. I went to the pharmacy and purchased the medication. I dutifully put the drops into my eye. As an alternative healthcare professional, I do not take drugs lightly. I believe that there are times when the body is in crisis, and a medication is in order. Most of the time I like to treat my ailments in a holistic fashion. Indeed, I had been treating my eye before I went to the doctor with a natural antibiotic. When I read the patient handout that came with the Rx, I was uncomfortable with the side effects. The handout said not to use the medication more than seven days, or risk a super-infection of a fungal nature.
Now, contrary to popular opinion, a super-infection is not super. This term means that the infection is somewhat ‘superimposed’ on the original infection. It means that the original infection is still in place, but a second, more serious infection has also taken up residence. It also means that the second is of a ‘super’ type that is impervious to most antibiotics (or in this case, anti-fungals.)
Here is a definition: In medicine, superinfection is an infection following a previous infection, especially when caused by microorganisms that are resistant or have become resistant to the antibiotics used earlier.
Superinfection, according to Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary, is a condition produced by sudden growth of a type of bacteria, different from the original offenders in a wound or lesion under treatment.
So, before I tell you what happened… what would you do? Would you continue taking a medicine that was known to cause superinfections?
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Until next time….