Dear Readers, I am mildly horrified to tell you that I am taking echinacea. A well meaning friend here offered me some and.... I honestly don't think it can make the situation any WORSE. (I appear to be non-allergic to it. Bionic pointed out that I am only allergic to things that taste good. Readers, I regret to tell you that it tastes exactly like you would imagine.) That sound is me having a hearty serving of humble pie, made entirely of anecdotes, with a crust tasting of ground up roots.
The mastitis continues to afflict me- though I am pleased to say my ability to convince randomly selected urgent care docs to do what I want remains intact. I have driven to Research U, 90 minutes away, where they basically said HMMMMMM. But they are willing to continue dealing with it long distance, including prescribing and cultures, and they understand that I have a legitimate reason to be concerned. (I become stroppy when I feel I am not being taken seriously.) On the other hand, two experienced clinicians find that there's no underlying reason or thing I am doing wrong, so I've eliminated some possible causes. HMMMM and I will update you when it inevitably comes back next week.
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