Someone get me a tissue. My (other) Silver Fox, Dr. Drew Pinksy is super sick. I would have thought he caught the Hep C from one of his Pigpen-ish Celebrity Rehab patients **COUGH Leif Garrett Jason Davis COUGH**, but NO. My Dr. Dreamboat has been stricken with a nasty infection while on a second honeymoon with his wife, Susan.
Following the honeymoon, which also celebrated the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary, he tweeted, “Spent the night as a patient in the hospital. Seems I may have picked up Leptospirosis in the West Indies. This is just brutal.”
Just look at how nasty Leptospirosis is, via Google Health:
Leptospirosis is a rare, severe, and contagious bacterial infection.
Weil disease; Icterohemorrhagic fever; Swineherd’s disease; Rice-field fever; Cane-cutter fever; Swamp fever; Mud fever; Hemorrhagic jaundice; Stuttgart disease; Canicola fever
Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to several types of the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine. It occurs in warmer climates.
Risk factors include:
Leptospirosis is rare in the continental United States. Hawaii has the highest number of cases in the United States.
Symptoms can take 2 – 26 days (average 10 days) to develop, and may include:
Less common symptoms include:
The blood is tested for antibodies to the bacteria.
Other tests that may be done:
Medications to treat leptospirosis include:
Complicated cases will need supportive care.
The outlook is generally good. However, a complicated case can be life-threatening if it is not treated promptly.
Contact your health care provider if you have any symptoms of, or risk factors for, leptospirosis.
Avoid areas of stagnant water, especially in tropical climates. If you are exposed to a high risk area, taking doxycycline may decrease your risk of developing disease.
Dr. Dreamboat? Doctor, heal thyself — we NEED you!
So, in researching this nastiness, I found out something interesting. In 2000, my son Alex and I caught Salmonella B (which is not the same as food-borne Salmonella). Alex caught it first. We almost lost him; the doctors and gastro-specialists couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. He was 16 and lost 25 pounds in four days. I LIVED at the hospital, helping him with everything, because Lord knows I couldn’t let the nurses assist my boy. I slept there and held his hand. It was truly horrifying. Finally, after test after test, the genius Dr. Sharma discovered what this devil of an illness was that had nearly killed my boy. It was a long, slow recovery for Alex.
Funny story: He was on a morphine drip, and felt the need to tell me EVERYTHING that he was pissed off at me about since he was a toddler. “Remember when you weren’t on time to pick me up from Kindergarten and they were gonna put me on the BUS??” Jaaayzus. This went on for about an hour…and I just bawled my head off…mainly because there were far traumatic things he was angry about, and I’m thankful he TOLD me.
So then Mama caught it. But since the entire county was involved (not even kidding) in Alex’s diagnosis, I was simply tossed in a QUARANTINED (read: HAZMAT SUITS!!) room and treated for six days. Mind you, I only lost five pounds. Psssssh. I cannot believe I just told all y’all about this grossness. So, yeah. Just know I spared you the REALLY disgusting details.