Thanks for praying with us. Summer has been experiencing extreme fatigue, achy joints and headaches for nearly two weeks. At first we thought this was due to an expired thyroid medication loosing its potency. However, after extensive blood tests we found out today that she contracted Brucellosis, a bacterial infection caused by unpasteurized milk. Here is the medical definition from the Mayo Clinic website.
By Mayo Clinic staff
"Brucellosis is a serious bacterial disease that causes fever, joint pain and fatigue. Brucella, the bacteria that cause brucellosis, spread from animals to people, often via unpasteurized milk, cheese and other dairy products.
Also known as Mediterranean fever or undulant fever, brucellosis is uncommon in the United States. Worldwide, brucellosis affects hundreds of thousands of people and animals in Mediterranean countries and other areas each year. The bacteria can spread through the air or through direct contact with infected animals.
Brucellosis can usually be treated successfully with antibiotics. Treatment takes several weeks, however, and relapses are common. Avoiding unpasteurized dairy products and taking precautions when working with animals or in a laboratory can help prevent brucellosis. Animals can be vaccinated against the disease."
Summer will start extensive, six week long, antibiotic therapy. Please pray for complete healing as there is a chance that the illness will reoccur. Also pray for strength as Summer takes care of the children.