314th blog … colic and ecoli, bow!

Colic is disease caused by bad bacteria; a frustrating condition marked by predictable periods of significant distress to a human being. I thought i had colic in me when i was a little younger.

But the pain persisted dragging me to the hospital for consultation and medication and finally for confinement. Lab tests after series of blood samples and specimens revealed a particularly nasty strains called E. coli O157:H7. This meant severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting to me.

Escherichia coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Most varieties of E. coli are harmless or cause relatively brief diarrhea.

It took more than a week before the doctors finally identified the bacteria inside my stomach which could prove to be fatal and cause my death. The young doctors were rejoicing when they finally found out the strains in order to match the right antibiotics for me.

I just wondered why it took the laboratory more than a week just to make a full acquaintance with my e.coli. Was it due to the deficiencies or inefficiencies of their medical technologists and micro-biologists or the poor management of the medical doctors?

Also, i asked the medical doctors what causes e.coli to enter the body and his answer was simple and curt: hygiene, without further explanation. Anyway, i survived, but the hospital bills were killing me instead, but i managed to slip out as one of my sons bailed me out.

You, too, may be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food — especially raw vegetables and under cooked ground beef.

Adults may recover from infection with E. coli O157:H7 within a week, but young children and older adults can develop a death-inducing form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

Escherichia coli or E. coli is commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most E. coli strains are harmless, but some can cause serious food poisoning in their hosts, and are occasionally responsible for product recalls due to food contamination.

Ipakulong ang e.coli! sugpuin ang e.coli … sabe ni benhur, namatay daw ang kanyang panganay na anak dahil sa e.coli … kaya isumpa natin ang e.coli!

Yes, hospitals or laboratories need some time to culture the bacteria, but how long is sometime? more than a week to culture a bacteria? … most of those who have taken masteral or doctoral degrees just like the popes deem themselves as the most knowledgeable, therefore, infallible … but please, stop pulling my leg!

everybody knows that medicine is not an exact science, and even math is now being found to be more complicated that it was before …

another incident in my forlorn past was when i consulted a a newly-graduate pediatrician friend for my very sore throat …

i was diphtheria diagnosed right there and then, and sent to a hospital in manila complete with medical certification for admission … of course, i complied so as not to die when i saw medical bulletins saying that death would occur within limited hours if not treated …

the very same procedures were conducted for the blood extractions and samples from my body which they studied for three days in the lab, and i was told that certain drugs for my “diphtheria” were not available anymore in the market …

in the 5th day i still waited in a room of patients jampacked with the same diagnosis when i chanced upon the doctor in charge and asked him directly: “your bulletins posted in the walls warn of death within certain limited hours only for diphtheria cases, and this is already my nth day and i am still alive without the drugs that i needed … i should be dead right now … ”

 

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