I was re-exposed
Well, I was re-exposed today. But before we go into that let me review some history.
I worked at a company where at least 7 or 8 people had Morgellons, some with open lesions, others had their skin turn beet red. One guy was constantly picking at his face using his thumb and index finger like you would if you were after a very small bug on your face. It was painfully obvious something was really wrong within the company, only nobody said a word. At the time I was just realizing what was going on. Finally, after sitting in a conference room chair which made me crawl unbelievably I decided I had to leave that company, and so I did. There were many people at that company who had full blown Morgellons.
The programmer community is pretty small where I live and eventually an employee was hired on from Morgie central (mentioned above) at my new company. Today, he and I were talking, we’re still friends and do walks all the time. Anyway, we were joking around and he patted my on the back. I didn’t think much of it, but within 15 minutes I felt it coming on, the pricklies, and the feeling of some light crawling surprisingly heading for both my eyes and ears. I left work early and went straight home and took one of my famous sulfur soap showers, standing their all covered in the soaps suds for five minutes before rinsing.
Do I have Morgellons again? No, I do not think so.
Here’s what I think has happened. This person whom I work with has Morgellons, only he doesn’t really seem to know it or it is but a minor nuisance to him. This is the case with many I think for some reason (as I have been told on occasion by doctors treating this). When he gave me a pat on the back something apparently “got on me”. My initial thoughts were, of course, based on what it felt like, and that is some kind of topical parasite. His skin looks a lot like pictures shown in my Pityrosporum Folliculitis post only not quite as bad, but very noticeable.
You’ve heard me say this before. The first time a person is infested with scabies it could take a month or two before they realize it. Once they are free of them if even years later a scabie mite gets on them they know it with minutes because the body reacts immediately this time. This is what at first blush appears to have happened to me.
Now, as I was getting better this constantly happened to me when one of these guys shook my hand or gave me a high five (for some reason they do this, I hate it). After I was getting better I always fought it off within days, then eventually within hours. I still feel the effects now and it’s been 4 hours, we’ll see how long it takes.
Finally, it might not be a topical parasite but instead some sort of fungal spore. Fungal diseases are easily spread via skin contact. Either way no need to panic.
I’m not really worried about this event. I should not develop Morgellons again because my terrain is in good shape. However, like a person who has had scabies in the past, if a person with ongoing, uncontrolled Morgellons touches me, I’m going to know it. I do not believe “what ever this is I’m feeling” is actually Morgellons, it comes as result of having Morgellons. If somebody with an very active case of Morgellons touches me then my body reacts. Is it a histamine response? I do not know.
I will take another shower before I go to bed just to be sure.