Hey,a ll:-) Good morning!
Well, I have run the gamut of the doctors and... no, not reducing dosages etc., despite my hopes. I know. I can be a walking pharmacy and get some life lived or... But I was still hoping for the miracle. *sigh*
That said... Dahlia's bite wound is better but she has two new ones, her ear and paw. Dixie is dumb as a box of rocks half the time, but she's pretty basic. Hunt, kill, eat, sleep, repeat. Dahlia's the cat who figures out how to unlatch gates but still won't cross the "boundary line" (true story) b/c she prefers not to be in trouble, and who renders every puzzle obsolete in about five minutes. I don't care what puzzle it is. Food balls? She works 'em out so fast there's no point, and she doesn't get extra exercise. Finding her lost toys? Oh, they're not lost, just hidden from humans. ... Anyway, the vet says to give it a few more months, continuing to show both cats affection at the same time (this requires my hubby to participate, which was actually the biggest hurdle) and so forth. We're doing it all "right". Still doesn't mean we'll get what we want.
Kind of like going easier on meds. I mean, I know the epilepsy meds are non-negotiable, but... I dream of the rest being reduce or removed. I've tried everything I can, alas, without risking my health *worse* than meds.
And having said all that...
Penicillin is derived from a type of mold in the genus Penicillium. How'd we get it?
It occurs as an apple rot mold. No joke. Bet you didn't know *that*. Blue rot, IIRC. In citrus fruits, a variety of penicillium causes green rot. Both damage crops in the extreme.
It's also found in abandoned or water-damaged buildings.
Penicillium varieties are also used in cheese-making. Yep, cheese. Camembert, Gorgonzola, Brie, and a couple others I can't recall. But, yes, the most lauded first-and-best antibiotic penicillin is related to cheese-making mold. And fruit rot.
Roquefort, that's right. That's the other major cheese.
Other crops vulnerable to penicillium molds? Melons and grapes.
So how'd Alexander Fleming's lab get Penicillium notatum (our happy antibiotic friend) all over his samples while went on vacation?
The words "not sterile environment" come to mind.
But he wenton vacation, and came back to find his Staphylococcus aureus (a common bacteria, we all have it) culture were dying where invaded by this mold.
And voila! Two plus two equals four equals antibiotic! Except it took a while to get into use and then...
Staph aureus is common in the human skin and your upper respiratory tracts (sinuses). In the lab, you can grow it on an agar that produces a bright yellow color, hence the name "aureus" (Latin, gold).
Unfortunately, Staph aureus became resistant to penicillin by around 1950. Since Staph could cause lethal infections, it was treated by penicillin for any possible thing, including just everyday no-big-deal sinusitis. Resistant strains still cause outbreaks and you just don't want that. Alas.
No, eating moldy cheese won't save you from Staph. Nice thought, but no.
Wash your hands, folks. That's all there is to it. Hot water, soap, done.
And, yes, the pus has smell. Staph aureus smelled, frnakly, like roadkill. The staph that lives on your skin most commonly (named, no shock, Staph epidermis) smells like a really nasty unwashed sweaty body. Or feet. Either way, yuck.
And, yes, I use my nose. You'd be amazed how you can narrow things down by smell. Actually, you'd be grossed out. Never mind.
Where was I? Right. Facing PT again. I have to keep going till I'm reassessed by the physio doc next week. ARGH. Stupid insurance. They won't cover the doc unless I go to PT. But I can't get an assesment till I go to the doc. HOW is this logical? Wait, it's not! And it's expensive. Who is making the money off this? Sure as hell ain't us, folks!
Merry Monday and may we feel well even if we aren't!:-)
Ah, to be wakened by the melodic meow-meeeeeee! of Dixie deciding she's bored.I didn't sleep till about 1 AM. NEVER read intense novels before bed. I know this. Oh well. Silly me. Brain buzz. Eek.***For our rugby fans, 2019 World Cup play starts today... if you believe Google. I usually don't pay attention till one of my in-laws bewails how her team is doing (or not doing, which is more...