Thread Americans love cats more than their own country.

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not really. Disease vectoring depends upon carriers. If you dont interact with carriers (aka, other people), your chance of being infected is much much lower. Airborne biologicals are far less common, and theres almost no zoological born human diseases.
You sorta missed my point. Regardless if humans are the intended target of a certain 'bug', our immune system is working constantly to fight things off. Bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, yeast, etc are all things our immune system are working to kill daily.

And while a *completely* different topic, flu viruses jumping from either birds or pigs are somewhat common.
 
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I also had a rather invasive case of MRSA and nearly died from a reaction to the antibiotic quite awhile before any flu shots messed me up. I have no idea the exact reason why or how, but I had 26 infected holes in my leg 36 hours after getting the flu shot while I had the frame on. The only cure was (more) prednisone and white knuckling it for a week.

I didn’t sleep for 96 hours. It drove nurses nuts.
Jesus Christ man.

Does someone here have your contact info? Ya know, just in case you keep being you?
 

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You sorta missed my point. Regardless if humans are the intended target of a certain 'bug', our immune system is working constantly to fight things off. Bacteria, viruses, mold, fungus, yeast, etc are all things our immune system are working to kill daily.

And while a *completely* different topic, flu viruses jumping from either birds or pigs are somewhat common.
you're both right & I see where you're both coming from
I think what @Domon was getting at was that actual viruses are usually worse than regular environmentals, & that the former you're not as likely to just randomly catch.

you're right, it all taxes your immune system, some just fucks it up worse than others. everyone's immune system is finite, it's just a matter of can it outpace the shit it fights. and in immi's case, it sounds like he has less to fight with so it's more likely that any given illness or infection or thing-that-causes-immune-response will be the thing that overtaxes his system. so the random environmental shit probably isn't too much on its own every day, at least not enough to cause a severe immune response or whatever, but throwing in a virus (even if that virus is dead) is enough to push it over the edge.
 
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Considering his stories, it would have had to have been something big to get him to stop
I got MRSA. No antibiotics worked, so they went extreme. After two weeks on an IV antibiotic that was delivered to my door every other day, I got really sick. The day after Thanksgiving 2003, I got hauled back into the hospital and to determine the exact cause, they took at least 20 biopsies off my skin and put me on such a high dose of prednisone, I cried for no reason. And I got hooked on Average Joe, a reality show.

Doctors came from all over the area to see the guy whose white blood cell count was so high, when they looked at the chart, they assumed I was dead. Then they’d open the door and I was sitting in my bed laughing. Prednisone is a bitch.

I had a vacuum device attached to my leg that was portable and I’d slide into my wheelchair and leave the room, and I noticed the wheels turned white. It was skin. The skin was flaking off of me and it was everywhere. It got so bad, I got to experience a “sand bed”, a giant bed mattress made out of sand. The drawback was it was in the burn unit, so I got to hang out with burn victims for two days.

I made an off color joke about knowing where to pick up girls in the future, and the nurse broke out laughing.

I got out of the hospital two days before Christmas. That was my longest stay out of them all. 30 surgeries, according to my records. The hospital says 31, because I had my pelvis bone harvested for ankle filler and they counted that as 2. Insurance company said 29, because one surgery wasn’t billed (doc had to fix an error). Two Ilizarov frames, a total of 14 months. 16 casts.

I’m finally eligible for an artificial ankle, but I’m not healthy enough to recover. In time.
 

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BTW, this is Wanda, our 100th feral cat. She adopted us about a month or two ago. This was her after getting fixed yesterday. She's tiny, about 8 pounds. We thought she was preggo, but according to the vet - she's just fat.

Cats really only meow to humans. And she's apparently not really had humans. So she's teaching herself how to meow, and it's the funniest and saddest thing you've heard.
 

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I know you've said you dont want to take in another one cause you know it might get left behind when you go, but what about taking in a senior kitty, 18 or 19 years old?
I won’t let myself until I’m in better financial shape so I can properly take care of one. I know $$ wouldn’t had prevented her cancer, but I want to be able to afford dental care etc for the next one.