Over Easy: Do you know anything about Morgellons?
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I am covering for Crane Station this morning.
I write today to encourage discussion and to solicit ideas regarding a vexing problem that Crane and I have been dealing with for the past week. During a routine house cleaning session, she discovered several fungus-like growths on kitchen counters and cabinets. When she first saw them, she thought they were bread crumbs or spilled food. However, they seemed to be attached to the surface and had to be pried loose. She got a closer look, saw black and white hair-like fibers and whitish larvae and thought she was dealing with some type of insect. I disagreed and told her That I thought it was a fungus.
After that discovery, we began noticing similar clumps all over the apartment, as if they had spontaneously sprouted into existence in the blink of an eye.
Then they began to appear on her hands, arms and face.
Anti-fungal ointment keeps the outbreak from spreading and gradually reduces the size of each infected site, but the stuff spreads quickly and appears to tunnel into the skin.
No, this is not a joke.
We’ve never heard of this thing, so we’ve spent a lot of time on the internet attempting to identify it. With the exception of it spreading to object, the symptoms are similar to Morgellons.
However, the CDC published a paper last year reporting the results of an extensive multi-year study of Morgellons and they concluded that it’s a delusional parasitosis. In other words, it’s an imagined condition.
That’s not helpful and it isn’t going to heal the open sores on her skin.
Have any of you heard about the raging controversy regarding Morgellons or have any experience with it?
We are searching for clues.
Crane and I have been up all night and she just went to sleep about 30 minutes ago.
Therefore, I will be hosting this Over Easy.
She will stop by later.