So I am into my 5th week of being sick.
(no smiley for a cough)
It actually began one evening suddenly with a small dry cough. By the following week I had the classic bad-cold symptoms: Congestion, runny nose,
malaise, cough...no fever over 99 (I rarely get them though). I knew that there had been several recent cases of whooping cough in my county, but I
didn't have a whoop and it just seemed like a really bad cold.
On day 11 after a weekenf of pretty much sleepless nights due to coughing, I finally went to my doc. I rarely ever get coughs and it had now become
productive so I was concerned maybe I was getting bronchitis. My family doctor agreed. He commented that there was a chance it was whooping cough
(my last tetnus on file was only a Tdap...no pertusis) but since my symptoms weren't classic and he would treat me with the standard antibiotic
(Z-pack) for both....we shrugged it off.
I finished the five day course on a Friday. The next morning I literally fell out of my bed with the world spinning around me and proceeded to spend
the next twelve hourse on the floor vomiting violently if I moved my head. Now....I worked in an ER for over three years. I never fully appreciated
just how God awful vertigo is. Maybe I never see a full blown case of it....but my eyes would literally spasm back and forth rapidly and I would feel
like I was being thrown around the room. I pulled a muscle in my back from throwing up so hard....it was just horrible. I finally crawled into the
ER where my friends gave me some nice strong meds to make the world go back to normal. The ER doc said it was from an inner ear infection....so I
proceeded to start another ten day dose of another antibiotic (which I rarely ever take) and antivert for the vertigo.
I finished the antivert two days ago and the antibiotics yesterday, Last night my ear started hurting for the first time so i think I am now in for a
visit to the ENT...but so far no more vertigo!
Anyways.....I saw my family doc as a follow-up this past week. He now concurs without a doubt that I do, in fact, have whooping cough. By then my
cough was becoming more classic in nature. I was given a mask in the office and the nurses seemed a bit scared of me. Which is kinda silly, because
according to them I was no longer contagious after i did the first five days of the Z-pack. Still no test though....he didn't think it was
neccessary, which really makes me wonder what the real numbers are for this outbreak.
My true whoop didn't start until just this past friday....so six days ago. I gotta tell ya, this is NOT just a cough. First...this description of
it where they say you "cough until you throw up" is very misleading. It is a total spasm of the epiglottis/voice box. Others in the medical field
will appreciate it when i say that I loose the ability to protect my airway.
I am not coughing (now) because of a prompt from my lungs. It is coming from the back of my throat. I get just enough phlegm back there that I feel
a need to clear my throat that will then lead to instinctual cough. The problem is that if I cough....it causes the spasm, so I do this wierd, soft
clearing my throat thing trying not to upset it. If I do it too hard, or if I cough or yell (found that out today at a track meet) then the spasm
The epiglottis is that little flap that hangs down in the back of your throat, it's purpose is to shut over your trachea (airway) whenever you
swallow in order to protect it from anything other than air. Well, when it spasms, it closes over my trachea and I CAN NOT get it open. It's
scarrier than crap. You can't breath. Finally, as a last resort you just suck in as hard as you can and FORCE the air in around it, which causes
the whooping sound. The vomitting is NOT caused from coughing, but from the same spasming. You know how you can make yourself throw up by sticking
your finger back there and touching the epiglottis? Same thing.
I don't know if I described that well enough....but I think it important to stress that this bacteria.....this odd thing at the end of the infection
that causes the 'whoop' is NOT a cough. It is something that is wrong with my epiglottis....it is very bizarre and I have never experienced
anything like it and hope to never again. I have almost passed out twice due to not being able to breath. It is NOT from coughing, but from not
being able to control my airway. Personally, I think that is a big difference.
SO...onto the second part and real meat of this post. WHAT IS CAUSING THIS OUTBREAK?!!
I live in Skagit County, Washington. We now have the distinction of the highest Whooping cough rate in the state:
Whooping cough cases at a record high
As I mentioned above, I worked in our local ER for over three years. I haven't worked there now since last summer but I can tell you for most of
2011 the Pertussis vaccine was REALLY pushed. They were pretty much giving everyone who had a boo-boo the tetnus vaccine JUST so they could get the
pertussis. There has been a HUGE campaign by local pharmacies and the school district to get boosters for going on two years now. I am wondering if
our record infections has anything to do with our record vaccine campaigns. This is NOT just tongue-n-cheek.
I found some articles today that are quite disturbing. For instance, the BIG reason teens and adults were given for receiving the booster was NOT to
protect ourselves (it's usually a mild infection for kids/adults) but to protect the yet un-vaccinated infants. So imagine my confusion when I saw
this article from the CDC back in 2000 that literally states that recently vaccinated kids and adults are walking incubators. Check it out:
Pertussis Infection in Fully Vaccinated Children in Day-Care Centers, Israel
Vaccinated adolescents and adults may serve as reservoirs for silent infection and become potential transmitters to unprotected infants (3-11).
The whole-cell vaccine for pertussis is protective only against clinical disease, not against infection (15-17). Therefore, even young, recently
vaccinated children may serve as reservoirs and potential transmitters of infection.
So the obvious problem this causes, is now we have who knows how many kids and adults walking around, spreading this bacteria for WEEKS but not
knowing it, because they aren't showing any symptoms. So why the deception? Hmmm.....wherever vaccines are involved, so is $$$$.
In addition to this, I also read this next article, which was written back in 2010. It exposes the reality that our pertussis vaccine has caused the
bacteria to mutate into parapertussis which is likely responsible for a good number of outbreaks. In addition to that, the current pertussis vaccine
makes you 40x more suseptible to the parapertussis infection.
Acellular pertussis vaccination enhances B.
I am running out of space, but I want to finally talk about the many, many current studies out there indicating that most of the current cases are in
VACCINATED people!!! When 1 + 1 = 4, you really need to re-examine the math.