:mad: Yes I am a little angry to day, and feverish with my itchy rash. Here’s the story. I was born in 1953. There are two events that happened early in my life that seem to keep colliding in the course of my life. When I was 15 months old, I fell from a 2nd story window and landed on my chin onto a cement step porch. The impact bent the baby bones of my neck and jaw out of shape as well as drove all of my baby teeth back up into my gums. They didn’t return for a while so screwed up the development and health of my permanent teeth. Part 2 - When I was 3 ½ years old, I started getting sick with delirium level fevers and rashes. We were farmers and medical help was not easily available. The fevers and delirium states occurred every month for about 2 years. When I was about 6 years old, a doctor finally diagnosed it as Scarletina. He gave my mom medicine that I had to take for a month. He was adamant with my mother that this was NOT Scarlet Fever. Probably because people of that day were so afraid of Scarlet Fever and we had so many kids. The medicine seemed to stop the fevers for a couple of years. My tonsils and adenoids were bad but they wouldn’t take them out. When I was 14 the doctors finally removed my tonsils. The fevers had already started again. The surgeon who removed my tonsils told Mom that they had deteriorated so badly that I had been swallowing chunks of them over time. The fevers abated after that for a few years, showing up about once a year. I had children in 1972 and 1973. Before they were 5 years old they had fevers and tonsillitis attacks. For me, in 1978 the fevers came back with a vengeance. Over the next several years I was in delirium fever states 3 to 5 times a year. I saw doctors pretty much with every fever outbreak. They never took throat swabs or tests. Their diagnosis ranged from “the flu” to “allergy to medicine” as explanations for the rash pattern. They had me convinced, as they worked their way through the full range of antibiotics, that I was allergic to all of them. By 1983 they told me that there was only 3 antibiotics left (all of which had extreme side effects) that I could take. All this was their explanation for the rash which by the way had a very specific pattern and behavior. I say again, none of them ever took throat swabs or tests. By 1986 I learned to GET UP AND WALK AND WORK my way through the delirium states until the fevers broke without the benefits of medications. By 1989 I started severe uterine bleeding. It took 2 more years to get that dealt with and the fevers continued. I finally threw a screaming crying fit in the waiting room of Mount Sinai Hospital. That’s when they agreed to finally remove my uterus. I was down to about 86 lbs. Shortly after this, a doctor associated with Mount Sinai diagnosed me with Systemic Lupus. After a multitude of tests – she gave me that diagnosis. I was exhibiting 11 active symptoms of Lupus. She was then “spoken with” by her colleagues. The results of which were that she called me and reversed her diagnosis. She said she could be of no further help to me. Since then, the fevers still occur 3 to 5 times a year. I am still getting “flu” diagnosis but no throat swabs yet! The connection to the dental issue that I mentioned in the beginning of my story, is that the dentist I started seeing last year, made up his mind that I had a history of Scarlet Fever. No explanation of mine would deter him. The walk in clinic that I go to also told him that was wrong, but he insists that I take massive doses of antibiotics 4 hours before entering his office (2000 mg per dose to be precise). I will say that the doctor did test my blood, but never when I was having an outbreak. This doctor, the same as all his predecessors, has never taken a throat swab when I have gone to him for a fever. He gives me the antibiotics only because I continue to get tooth abscesses when I get the fevers (abscesses are a common effect of SCARLET FEVER). The dentist just wants to remove all my molars in spite of the fact that it would leave me with only one grinder tooth to chew my food with. So are those swabs too expensive for the doctors to actually use or what? Several things concern me about all of this. First – Did the medical profession all go brain-dead or have they just forgotten that Scarlet fever is a contagious disease? When I came home yesterday from the doctor, again with the fever, the rash, my antibiotics and feeling pretty crappy, I decided to go on the internet and find out what Scarletina actually is. Guess what? It is simply an alternative name for SCARLET FEVER. So for 50 years now I have been spreading these germs. I know now that I gave them to my kids for sure, and now maybe my grandchildren. All of whom have never had throat swabs during an outbreak. All of whom have never been correctly diagnosed. Some of whom have residual health damage. And there are so many others I have had contact with while ill? Remember I learned to walk and work while ill. The Medical Profession gave me no other choice. I regularly hear that we the patient has to be more pro-active for our own health. So what now? And what product do I use to clean my house, clothes (they used to burn them for Scarlet fever patients), my body? How do I get this disease recognized and finally out of my system?
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