NEW YORK — Mom-of-four Linda Dominguez, a retired elementary school teacher, is grateful she can now go to a doctor to get tested for the bacteria that can cause meningitis and other illnesses, and she’s not ashamed.
Dominguez was diagnosed with meningococcal disease at age 35.
But she couldn’t get a routine appointment, so she was put in the hospital.
In August, the hospital told Domingez that she would need to have a colonoscopy, and it took four days to make the decision to send her home.
She says she has had more than 1,000 tests, and the results are always negative.
Now she is hopeful for a cure, but she says doctors can be slow to come to the table, particularly with people who have chronic illnesses.
“It’s just not possible for us to get through the whole process,” Domingue said.
Doctors told Dombinguez it’s unlikely that a cure would come anytime soon, but a doctor she had been seeing said she has a 75 percent chance of getting a treatment through the system.
The American Hospital Association says about 1 in every 3 people with chronic conditions will get meningeal infections at some point in their lives.
While doctors say meningos can’t be cured, they can help prevent a diagnosis.
One thing that may help is getting regular exams and a complete history to be sure it’s not a viral infection.
Doctors can check the level of bacteria in the stool, and if it’s low, it may be the bacteria causing the illness, not the infection.
If you think you may have meningocosmia, the best course of action is to go see your doctor and have a routine colonoscopy to test for the meningolase bacteria, a common bacteria in many people.
If the infection does develop, you may need to go back to the hospital and have tests to see if the bacteria can be treated.
You may need antibiotic treatment.
And the good news is that the antibiotics can help fight off the meningo.
When Dominguz went to the emergency room for a colon exam, her doctor recommended that she get her temperature, which is a test for inflammation.
But the doctor did not know how long the bacteria would take to develop, and Dominguy says she was confused.
“He was like, ‘We don’t know if you’re going to survive, because this is going to be so long,'” Dominguas said.
“I was like ‘I’m going to go home.
I’m not going to see my family for a week.
I have a fever, I have to get better.’
She did not want to see her children again.
She ended up getting a colonogram and it came back negative.
But she still had the bacteria.
Even with that, doctors say it’s still not a sure-fire way to treat meningo.”
They don’t have a way to know when the bacteria will come back,” Dr. Paul Mazzucato, a doctor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, said.
Domingue’s family has since gone to a hospital in California, but Domingues daughter, Angelina, is still waiting for a diagnosis from a doctor.
She says she is grateful to be home for her mother, but is concerned about the bacteria again.”
It is a long wait to get a diagnosis, but it is definitely better to be out in the open,” Angelina said.