I watched “Monsters Inside Me” season 4 episode 5 called My Husband is Hallucinating. This TV show was founded in 1982 and still aspires to the original mission statement established by founder John Hendricks. “To satisfy curiosity and make a difference in people’s lives by providing the highest quality content, services and products that entertain, engage and enlighten.” The episode tells 3 stories about uncommon diseases that humans faced and the hardships doctors had in identifying the cause of those illnesses. The first story was about a young boy Tyler from Colorado, who got meningococcal meningitis. The symptoms were flu-like at first: high-temperature, weakness in the body, dehydration, etc. But then he got a shortness of breath, very low blood pressure, rush and eventually blisters on his limbs. Only after running multiple tests for five days that a boy spent on life control doctors finally got the answer. Meningococcal meningitis is an inflammation of the brain and infection of the bloodstream caused by bacteria that traveled through boy’s vessels releasing toxins that clotted his bloodstream causing his vessels to burst into the tissue, and because of the lack of oxygen his arms and legs began to rote. This disease strikes 15,000 children and teenagers in the US annually, the vaccine exists but are not always compulsory because some people with weakened immune system are more prone to get the infection .
The new prescribed antibiotics helped Tyler to survive, but doctors had to amputate his dead front feet and fingers on the right hand. The second story was about a guy Sully from Alaska who started filling great muscle pain, sensitivity to the light and the noise, and even hallucinating. Then doctors discovered high eosinophils levels in his bloodwork(specialised white blood cells that became active when there are allergens or certain infection in the body) caused by trichinosis parasites in his body because he ate raw bear meat that was contaminated with those parasites. Doctors cured Sully with a powerful drug called mebendazole, but he will have dead parasites as cists till the end of his life in his muscles. Crystal Brown from Houston, TX had a curved deviated septum that required her to have a nasal surgery to ease her breathing. After the surgery she still had the problem and greenish-black discharge in addition to trouble breathing for the longest time. First doctors recommended decongestants and antibiotics, but neither could help her. Then doctors found out that a piece of packing was left in her nasal cavity for a year and development of allergic fungal sinusitis that has no cure but the surgery once every couple of years.
I got thrown by the first story that’s why I decided to devote a little more description of it. It’s truly scary to know that human bodies can be so fragile. I’m really glad I watched the show, not that I’m glad to know that the monsters can exist in our bodies, but this knowledge can help me to protect myself better. I noticed that all the characters in the show didn’t seek for medical assistance until the conditions became almost impossible to live with. They all tried to cure themselves with home remedies and painkillers. The show was very well put together; complete with a short history or summary of how a person has come in contact with their nemesis, whether there were parasites or bacteria that caused the problem. The narrator for the show was well informed and there was a medical explanation for what was happening in the body once a person has become a host for whatever monster has invaded them. The medical graphics are informative and detailed in a way that an average person can understand what is happening in an infected body. Although it was hard to watch it was worth it because the show can help us to avoid the invasion of a monster that can kill us. It is good to stay informed and parasite free. I think most people should pay more attention to their bodies and go to see the doctor when something unusual is happening in their system.
Courtney from Study Moose
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