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Sorinphyre
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Anchorage, Alaska, US


I said "disease or pathogen."  Parasites are pathogens.
Apr 26 13 10:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Tony-S
Posts: 1,301
Fort Collins, Colorado, US


Been thinking about this for a few days. For infectious diseases:

Individually, Nipah virus (the basis of the movie Contagion).

From a public health perspective, influenza viruses. Too many, and no way to make enough vaccine for the highly pathogenic strains.
Apr 28 13 07:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Vintagevista
Posts: 10,585
Sun City, California, US


Marburg 

*shudder*

"At the 3 WEEK mark their skin peeled off....."

You deal with this nightmare for 3 freaking weeks - - - And THEN, your skin sloughs off??????
Apr 28 13 08:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Isn't there another disease like ebola where your organs liquify and you die slowly as it all turns to mush?

I had what doctors thought was tb of the stomach when I was younger. that was quite bad
Apr 29 13 03:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,860
Portland, Oregon, US


From family experience:  Alzheimers.
Apr 29 13 08:22 am  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


Locked-In Syndrome.

Imagine being completely and totally paralyzed.  No ability to move your body under your own power what so ever.  Now, imagine still being able to feel everything, hear everything, see everything, and be completely aware of the world.

Goodnight.
Apr 29 13 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tim Little Photography
Posts: 11,530
Wilmington, Delaware, US


This thread got me to start a thread on Dr. assisted suicide. I would rather be put down than suffer these things. I've gone though some bad medical stuff but these things scare the hell out of me.

Would you want the doctor to take you out?

http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=889842
Apr 29 13 08:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Laura UnBound
Posts: 27,000
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sorinphyre wrote:
Locked-In Syndrome.

Imagine being completely and totally paralyzed.  No ability to move your body under your own power what so ever.  Now, imagine still being able to feel everything, hear everything, see everything, and be completely aware of the world.

Goodnight.

My mother was aware for one of her numerous surgeries, but paralyzed and unable to communicate that she was awake. She was also able to feel to some degree.


The possibility of that terrifies me, even though i know its super super rare. I have to get knocked out for my wisdom teeth removal and im really not looking forward to it.


I cant imagine living my entire life like that. Id be livid at anyone who kept me on life support for that.

Apr 29 13 09:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


Laura UnBound wrote:

My mother was aware for one of her numerous surgeries, but paralyzed and unable to communicate that she was awake. She was also able to feel to some degree.


The possibility of that terrifies me, even though i know its super super rare. I have to get knocked out for my wisdom teeth removal and im really not looking forward to it.


I cant imagine living my entire life like that. Id be livid at anyone who kept me on life support for that.

There's actually a plant-based poison that temporarily causes Locked-In Syndrome.  Curare'.

Apr 29 13 11:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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misszara
Posts: 6,715
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Sorinphyre wrote:
Locked-In Syndrome.

Imagine being completely and totally paralyzed.  No ability to move your body under your own power what so ever.  Now, imagine still being able to feel everything, hear everything, see everything, and be completely aware of the world.

Goodnight.

Agreed, that one is awful. Studied that last week.
Also strokes are very scary, especially because there's often no warning. sad

Awful sad

Apr 30 13 01:08 am  Link  Quote 
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-Nicole-
Posts: 19,180
Madison, Wisconsin, US


Sorinphyre wrote:
Locked-In Syndrome.

Imagine being completely and totally paralyzed.  No ability to move your body under your own power what so ever.  Now, imagine still being able to feel everything, hear everything, see everything, and be completely aware of the world.

Goodnight.

That happens during surgeries, right?

That's a huge fear of mine.

Apr 30 13 06:30 am  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


misszara wrote:

Agreed, that one is awful. Studied that last week.
Also strokes are very scary, especially because there's often no warning. sad

Awful sad

Had one in 1998.... Was bad

Apr 30 13 06:32 am  Link  Quote 
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The Original Sin
Posts: 13,894
Louisville, Kentucky, US


I'm terrified of having a stroke that traps my functional mind inside a non-functional body.  My best friend has orders to give intensive rehab 2 years (and try any quack treatment they can think of) at the most, and then slip me some insulin or nightshade or something. 

It is my worst nightmare.  I worked with my mother through her stroke (and she recovered perfectly) and I'm watching my FIL deal with it right now... and he's just deteriorating physically so badly, and it sucks to watch his so-very-alive mind raging behind his eyes when he can't make his body respond.
Apr 30 13 07:06 am  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


The Original Sin  wrote:
I'm terrified of having a stroke that traps my functional mind inside a non-functional body.  My best friend has orders to give intensive rehab 2 years (and try any quack treatment they can think of) at the most, and then slip me some insulin or nightshade or something. 

It is my worst nightmare.  I worked with my mother through her stroke (and she recovered perfectly) and I'm watching my FIL deal with it right now... and he's just deteriorating physically so badly, and it sucks to watch his so-very-alive mind raging behind his eyes when he can't make his body respond.

I've worked with patients like that.  It's heart breaking and gut wrenching.  However, you might be able to derive some small comfort from the fact that we're making astounding progress in treatment for patients like that.  Everything from systems set up to communicate from within a damaged body to (no shit) cybernetics.  It will take time to see truly significant advances get fielded and implemented, but I promise you they are coming.

Apr 30 13 10:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sabine Luise
Posts: 890
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Cancer or any STD that is not curable and has outbreaks no thanks
May 01 13 05:19 am  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
Posts: 12,342
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


The Original Sin  wrote:
I'm terrified of having a stroke that traps my functional mind inside a non-functional body.  My best friend has orders to give intensive rehab 2 years (and try any quack treatment they can think of) at the most, and then slip me some insulin or nightshade or something. 

It is my worst nightmare.  I worked with my mother through her stroke (and she recovered perfectly) and I'm watching my FIL deal with it right now... and he's just deteriorating physically so badly, and it sucks to watch his so-very-alive mind raging behind his eyes when he can't make his body respond.

The day I had mine Nov. 28. 1998 was the http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.pngday I will never forget.

Day started normal. Went out got the mail, came back into the house. Used computer. Then heard knock at the door and it was my mum. I am not sure how much time had passed but I remember hopping up and then falling back on the bed, and doing this several times. I managed to hop on one foot to the front door open it, and then just keeled over onto the floor. The next thing I remember is being on my back with ambulance people all around me and they were asking me questions and stuff.

I could understand them and all but by this time couldn't talk and all I could hear were grunting sounds out of my mouth while in my head I was thinking "hey why can't they understand me I'm talking?"   

I could not move any of my left side but by the time I was in hospital and having a needle to remove fluid from my spine for relief the paralysis had moved to the right side. The first full day in hospital  I could talk but the limbs were not working properly and I was just lying there in bed with all sorts of wires and tubes attached to me.

Lucky for me this was a partial stroke or CVA (Cardiovascular  Accident) and I recovered after a couple more days to the point where I could sit up and all.

As a result of this I have slight weakness in m arms, mostly on the left side and a very slight limp.

Don't think I would want to go through all that or any of the other huge things that have happened to me again. I've had two major medical dramas in my life so far and luckily I am for the most part OK and all. But I think my stroke was the scariest of things I have had happen to me.

May 01 13 08:06 am  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


CVA means "Cerebrovascular Accident."  The word "Cardio" refers to the heart.
May 01 13 02:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
Posts: 12,342
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Sorinphyre wrote:
CVA means "Cerebrovascular Accident."  The word "Cardio" refers to the heart.

Thankyou my bad.   Well it was in the brain. X Ray I had showed a long dark scar in the right cerebellum

May 01 13 10:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


If you haven't read it, you should pick up the book "My Stroke of Insight."  It's written by a Neuroanatomist who had a stroke and, because she's a brain doctor, she was able to identify the exact region in her brain where the stroke was occurring by what intellectual functions were being effected.  She was alone at the time, and by bypassing and rerouting her own thought processes, was able to gain control of her own brain long enough to call for help.  It's absolutely fascinating.
May 02 13 12:21 am  Link  Quote 
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AdelaideJohn1967
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Sorinphyre wrote:
If you haven't read it, you should pick up the book "My Stroke of Insight."  It's written by a Neuroanatomist who had a stroke and, because she's a brain doctor, she was able to identify the exact region in her brain where the stroke was occurring by what intellectual functions were being effected.  She was alone at the time, and by bypassing and rerouting her own thought processes, was able to gain control of her own brain long enough to call for help.  It's absolutely fascinating.

That sounds totally fascinating I will  look that up

May 02 13 04:38 am  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


Another one that's kinda http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.pngis Rhabdomyolysis.  It's a toxic syndrome caused by massive trauma to muscle tissue, usually from significant injury.  It's not usually fatal (20% mortality rate up to about 60% with renal failure) and can be treated, but you can actually get it just from exercising too much and taking muscle building supplements.  I've seen professional athletes and special forces operatives push themselves too hard, and then they wind up in my ICU.
May 02 13 12:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Loli Scotch
Posts: 78
Austin, Texas, US


Alzheimer's is a personal fear of mine, though things that can take you suddenly and quickly once symptoms show up scare the heeby-jeebies out of me. 

Like, rabies.  Man.  Takes a couple of months to show up, but on the off chance that you had no idea you were infected, once those symptoms begin popping up your survival rate drops to nearly 0.  That shit's http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.png.  Also, prions (CJD
May 02 13 01:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael DBA Expressions
Posts: 3,134
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Ebola is certainly scary, but I vote for terminal stupidity.
May 02 13 01:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sorinphyre
Posts: 1,969
Anchorage, Alaska, US


Exserohilum rostratum.  It's a species of fungus that had apparently somehow found it's way into a sterile vial of steroids for injection, and wound up eating the victims' brains.
May 04 13 01:52 pm  Link  Quote 
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