Remember back in the day when a cold was a cold? Or when the flu was the flu? Or when pink eye was pink eye? And you toughed it out until AND only until an antibiotic was absolutely necessary.
But somewhere along the way we decided to eat antibiotics like chocolate covered pretzels (my personal favorite) and now we have birthed little demon superbugs.
Yes, today we have these things called superbugs and they flex their resistant genetic coding at our feeble dwindling antibiotic supply and laugh as we cough and swell.
Why am I so bitter you ask? Well a superbug decided to take up residence in my darling son’s eye and has now spread to the entire family in spite of our neurotic hand washing techniques. See that’s the evil in all of this…you don’t have to be an antibiotic abuser to get a superbug. Once created, you can pick these demons up just by having a having a heart beat.
Yeah, pink eye is no longer the simple red colored eye with gooey drainage. This baby has morphed into something fierce and requires a nuclear strength antibiotic because the usually prescribed Ofloxacin doesn’t even tickle it. But I didn’t know this valuable piece of info and just went with the Ofloxacin (because I hate to use the big guns until I try the first line). Why go nuclear when a machine-gun is likely to do the job? But I really needed nuclear and knew this when the fun began and my eye swelled shut. To make things more fun, the other one became infected too. A Family Practice colleague informed me of the superbug and prescribed me something much stronger. Thanks to her I can now open my eye!
Take a look…
I am on the mend and thankful that these things can still be killed but I must admit I am a little concerned about what will happen when we run out of antibiotics to kill these bacterial critters. So people please use antibiotics sparingly…like when your eye swells shut or something! And if your health care provider wants you to wait to see if what you have could be viral before prescribing antibiotics agree to wait. And take the entire prescription until it is GONE. Do Not save half for “later” because this action breeds resistance.
I’d like nothing better than to emasculate these bugs and take their muscles away.
Of course they are male. Don’t ask. I just know.