Psittacosis = The one disease carried by birds which can be transmitted to humans, also known as Chlamidiosis, but NOT at all related to the venereal disease Chlamydia.
Remember my post a few weeks back when I'd been cleaning in the back porch, without wearing a mask because I didn't think one was necessary, and then I very suddenly got sick?
Fever (can get as high as 40 degees)
Well, I had five of those, (no nausea) and still have the cough and some chest pains, headaches and lethargy. The fever passed fairly quickly.
Anyway, today I went to my doctor on a different matter, a painful muscle spasm in my back over the weekend which saw me unable to move.
I wanted a certificate to stay off work for the week as I don't think I should be lifting heavy groceries just yet although I'm walking just fine now.
While I was there, I kept coughing and he asked how long this had been going on. So I told him about the previous tenant keeping birds and how I'd cleaned up a lot of the residue.
The first thing he said was let's get a blood test....birds can transmit Chlamidiosis to humans.
I'd just assumed my asthma had been greatly aggravated by the dusty clean up.
So he printed the form for the pathologist, with "exposed to bird droppings and feather dust" in big letters on it, and off I went to the shiny new pathology part of the clinic. Where the lovely assistant took four tubes of blood from me. FOUR!! Three fat tubes and one skinny one.
Then we sat back and discussed our back problems. She gets the same painful muscle spasms that I do and we both wished that someone would research and find a cure for this. Both of us restrict ourselves in the things we do because the pain is unforgettable, no matter how long it's been since the last time and we don't want to risk another episode. Trouble is....any little thing can set it off. Such as sleeping in the wrong position when napping on the couch, bending too suddenly etc.
I won't have the results of the blood test until next Monday, I'll drop in after work for them.
Then if I do have this Chlamidiosis, he'll know what type of antibiotics to prescribe for me.
I'll let you know....
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