Attacking My Flesh Eating Parasite

This is a follow up to the article I posted regarding my ongoing battle with leish maniasis.

My 12 week intimate relationship with leish maniasis is hopefully coming to a close. After trying 3 cycles of antibiotics, topical ointments and compresses with a local herb (Jackass Bitters) I have submitted myself to a series of injections with the drug Glucantime. Each treatment consists of 5-7 injections in each of my two sores, twice a week for 4 weeks. I have heard that the injections have a list of side effects that would make a crack addict squeamish but am forging ahead nonetheless. So far, and I just started today, the worst side effects seems to be the physical pain caused by taking 5-7 injections to an open wound. I have 2 such wounds. More to follow.

The day after…The side effects from the meds are more apparent. Achy flu-like symptoms and feeling especially run down. The sores themselves are nasty looking! Irritated, swollen, red, yucky… More to follow.

Next day…sores hurt & look bad but I feel fine in general.  I’ll update as anything changes.

Taking My Medicine

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About BelizeBritts

Jim and Jacquelyn moved to Belize in 2004 after spending much of their adult lives as US Navy Deep Sea Divers. Jacquelyn specialized in the Navy's Marine Mammal Program handling sea lions and dolphins with the US Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) as well as conducting underwater repairs on navy ships. Jim was a Navy Chief specializing in underwater repairs to ships and submarines as well as operating a recompression chamber for the treatment of injured divers. They moved to Belize in 2004 from Pine Island, Florida where Jacquelyn is a 4th generation native. Jim is from all over but calls Nashville, Tennessee home. In March 2013 they moved back to Pine Island, FL to spend more time with their family.
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9 Responses to Attacking My Flesh Eating Parasite

  1. DriveGoddess says:

    Hang in there buddy!!!!

  2. sandy a says:

    Blechhh….I figured the injections were going to be the way to go.

  3. Emmy says:

    Oh my. is this common in belize?

    • belizebritts says:

      It is pretty rare but we do see it sometimes in the jungle areas. I’ve been here just over 6 years and have seen it three times, including me.

      • Emmy says:

        I guess its the down side of living in paradise huh? I’m enjoying your blog BTW. Hope to make a visit to down there soon. TTYL

  4. Steven Clark says:

    What caused the parasite to decide to make you its next buffet?

  5. mel sinderman says:

    The Beef-Worms , or the Botflies are my favorites in the Belizean jungles.

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