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Dr. Drew is really sick, you guys. Stop EVERYTHING and listen UP.

GASP!! Not my Dr. Dreamboat!

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.

via Popeater

“Pinsky, who left on Jan. 8 for a second honeymoon with wife Susan at a “secret destination,” came down with a case of Leptospirosis while away, according to his Twitter.

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:

  • Occupational exposure — farmers, ranchers, slaughterhouse workers, trappers, veterinarians, loggers, sewer workers, rice field workers, and military personnel
  • Recreational activities — fresh water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and trail biking in warm areas
  • Household exposure — pet dogs, domesticated livestock, rainwater catchment systems, and infected rodents

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:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Shaking chills

Less common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Bone pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Enlarged lymph glands
  • Enlarged spleen or liver
  • Joint aches
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat

The blood is tested for antibodies to the bacteria.

Other tests that may be done:

Medications to treat leptospirosis include:

  • Chloramphenicol
  • Erythromycin
  • Penicillins
  • Tetracyclines

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.

  • Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction when penicillin is given
  • Meningitis
  • Severe bleeding

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.

You’re welcome.

So yeah. I got sick on Oysters Rockefeller again.

Oysters Rockefeller

There is nothing in Oysters Rockefeller that I don’t love:  Fresh oysters, spinach, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese…baked on the half-shell till bubbly.  I’m not allergic to oysters, or any seafood, for that matter.  So WHY do I barf  in the middle of the night after I eat this deliciousness?  It makes no sense whatsoever.

But that’s where I’m at today, y’all.  Tired with sore abdominal muscles from puking.

Aren’t you glad you checked in?  I’ll be back later…I promise.