Monsters Inside Me - Another New Series! - Acinetobacter Baumannii, Ascaris and Rabies - Post 1
Some time ago I made some posts regarding last series of Monsters Inside Me. Recently there has been another new series airing so I thought I’d post some more regarding the programme.
So, again, here are some new write-ups, as I understood the programme, after watching the new series Monsters Inside Me aired by Discovery/Animal Planet.
Monsters Inside Me -
New Series - Post 1
Case 1 – Louisiana Housewife
The woman is pregnant and awaiting the arrival of her new baby. She starts to feel unwell. She has a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. She feels exhausted and is very thirsty. She has a fever of 104. She takes some medication before bedtime.
She is very concerned for the health of her unborn baby. She begins to start coughing and can’t stop. She goes to ER. Pneumonia is suspected. She is treated with antibiotics over two days. On the third day there is no change. Her oxygen levels drop below 60 (they should have been in the 90s). Her lungs are filling with fluids. The doctors can’t get the infection under control.
Next morning her contractions start. She is only 26 weeks pregnant. Doctors decide to operate, they have no choice in order to try and save the baby. The baby is delivered and is put on a life support machine. It’s a baby boy, weighing 3lb 2oz.
The woman’s lungs continue to fill with fluids. The infection is slowly suffocating her. The coughing is causing tearing in her lungs. By the end of the week the doctors are calling the family together. There is a possibility she could die. Her husband requests that his wife be transferred to another hospital for further help. The doctors are against this and are concerned as she is in no fit state to be moved. The husband urges that his wife be transferred, they eventually agree and she is taken to another hospital by helicopter.
She is placed on life support. She is very, very ill. A chest x-ray shows that her lungs are beginning to shut down. They extract fluid from her lungs. Two days later, an Infectious Disease Doctor diagnoses a deadly bacteria – Acinetobacter Baumannii. This bacteria secretes toxins and kills cells in the body. It is deadly. It said that there was a 2% chance of survival.
She is prescribed medications which have some severe side effects. It is an extremely punishing treatment. She eventually begins to show signs of improvement but this takes many weeks. She cannot see her new baby until the bacteria is completely gone from her body.
She recovers and eventually is allowed to see her new baby boy for the very first time. The baby is many weeks old by the time she meets him. Mother and baby are doing well, the baby now weighs 5lbs.
Case 2 – Young Female Student - Texas
She is out running. She feels breathless and feels she is not getting enough oxygen. She continues with her run but feels herself get worse. She begins to wheeze. Her body aches.
She begins to experience flu-like symptoms. (Her mother is a nurse) and notes her daughter is feverish and extremely exhausted. Her mother puts her to bed. She now has a cough and it appears to be getting worse. She is also complaining of feeling tightness in her chest.
Next morning her friends are visiting and they hear her vomiting in the next room. They check on her to see if she is ok. She is curled over the toilet vomiting what looks like white worms. They are aghast. At first they think it is stringy mucus but they see something moving. It IS worms and there are many of them and they are alive.
She is taken to hospital. Her cough continues and whilst in hospital she heads to the toilets where she coughs up more worms. Because she thinks the nurses may be sceptical of her claims and not believe her, she collects the worms into a plastic cup to show the nurses.
The worms are examined and it turns out it is Ascaris worms. She is prescribed medication and sent home.
The girl, her mother and all her friends have many questions. Where did she contract the infection from? Could they also be infected?
The medication she was prescribed (unnamed), paralyse the worms and they die. Three weeks later she is tested and she appears clear. But later, she is diagnosed with asthma.
Ascaris is contracted through ingestion of eggs. A person can contract it through touching contaminated soil and then by putting their hands to their mouth. Always wash your hands! The larvae hatch and burrow through the intestinal wall, travel through the bloodstream where they reach the lungs. The lungs become irritated, they are coughed up and swallowed where they mature in the intestines.
Infections are usually asymptomatic, especially if the number of worms is small. Serious problems may develop if the worms begin to migrate to other parts of the body.
Case 3 – 15 Year Old Girl – Kentucky
She lives on a beef cattle farm.
She begins to suffer terrible headaches, every day. She takes painkillers to try and help with the pain. Days later she notices her eating habits change. One minute she is extremely hungry then the next she can’t look at food. Her eating habits become irregular.
Two weeks later she is getting ready for her Prom. Her mum notices she is irritable, crying, she seems very emotional and grumpy which is very unusual for her as she is normally a very bubbly girl.
The following week her father encounters a strange incident with his daughter. She asks him how many light switches he sees on the wall. He tells her two, she tells him she sees three.
Her parents receive a call from the school where they are informed that their daughter has passed out. When she eventually comes round, she looks very pale. Doctors perform some tests but the results appear to be ok apart from a CT scan which shows inflammation.
She now has a new symptom, she is shaking and trembling. Her parents become deeply concerned. Is it her nervous system?
There is another incident in a store where the girl collapses. She appears to be having a seizure, her body is twitching. Again she is taken to hospital. Doctors struggle to get her condition under control. She falls into a coma. They can’t find out what is wrong with her. All the tests are coming back negative. They take blood, spinal fluid yet nothing is showing up.
Whatever the infection is it appears to be ravaging her internal organs and they are beginning to shut down. They described her heart as being in the shape of someone in their 80’s. She begins to fade away. Doctors can’t do any more for her. Three days after her collapse she dies. Autopsy tests were inconclusive.
But …. two months later, the doctors ring her parents. In the girl’s brain, there was a rabies infection!
If rabies reach the brain, it is always usually fatal.
They still don’t know how or where the girl contracted the rabies infection.
If you google the words Monsters Inside Me, you should find it that way. There should be a search box within the site where you should be able to search for whatever programme you are looking for. Try using the search words acinetobacter baumannii and hopefully it should locate the programme.
I hope this helps.
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