The weird thing about this medication - when I take it during the day I find myself lying down for at least 30 minutes. But at night it really doesn't help me sleep. But having a plan mapped out in my mind makes it feel a bit better to me! Stitches out tomorrow - then I'll really be on a roll! 4 hours ago
Hi Barbara, thank you so much for your comment of thoughts and prayers on my Update blog. I cannot wait to just get through this whole process, keep dreaming of being able to exercise and go for walks without pain again. I will keep updates in my blogs as I go. Thank you again for your friendship and support! I appreciate it! 22 hours ago
Barbara, we live in the Ohio River Valley which is one of the places that harbors the blastomycosis spores. Here is information I got from a site about blasto and yes, humans can get it as well as dogs.
" Blastomyces mainly lives in areas of the United States and Canada surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys and the Great Lakes. People can get blastomycosis after breathing in the microscopic fungal spores from the air."
One important thing I have learned from being part of the blastomycosis community is that the earlier it gets diagnosed, the more successful the treatment. The problem is, early symptoms don't appear like any kind of serious infection, and later stages are often mistaken as metastasized cancer and treated incorrectly. In retrospect, Stella had this infection long before she had any alarming symptoms ~ perhaps a year. The things I thought were 'old dog warts' were actually early skin lesions. Later, her lameness was diagnosed as a possible sprain. It wasn't until she was in crisis that we were able to diagnose her infection. In humans, the early signs often look like a bad cold or flu, but as in dogs, it can spread to bones, internal organs. etc. 1 day ago
Thank you for visiting my blog about Stella. Yes, I had never heard of blastomycosis either. Scary stuff. It is only prevelant in some places in the US. It appears we live in a hotbed of blasto. Since Stella got it, I have learned of 4 other dogs in our area who got it, two of them died from it. 2 days ago