Staphylococcus stories

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I have been itching to share my staph stories with you, so pardon the enthusiasm with which I relate them. Lol. This became a money maker for Nigerian traditional medicine practitioners some years ago, and till date, many Nigerians are confused about what it means. Let me give a short background, please read through.

Staphylococcus is a type of bacteria (a living thing invisible to the naked eye), that actually exists in many parts of the human body, especially the skin, without causing harm. Through research, we are taught what kinds of diseases it can cause. If you decide to conduct a test on say, urine, the container you use to collect it might come in contact with your skin. Under the microscope, staphylococcus is seen. Experienced health personnel will ignore it as a contaminant, but quacks will leap in the air. “Eureka! You have staph!”

I don’t know the person who came up with the intelligent idea, but staph is now blamed for every sypmptom under the sun. Crawling sensation on the skin, yellow urine, poor sleep, rumbling stomach, weak erection, nightmares, name it. These charlatans are better teachers than we are, they are on TV, radio, newspapers, buses, street corners, shouting their diagnoses. While they were brain washinging our people, doctors were laughing. We felt no one would believe them. How can an enlightened man believe that staphylococcus is causing him not to ejaculate 3 times every night? Doesn’t he think it’s possible he’s tired and just needed time to recoup? (Let me tell you, patients have actually asked me for drugs to enable them go 5 rounds. I wonder the women who are their partners! #Shudders).

Having enlightened you, let me tell you my story. But first, if you are wondering why people believe in staph, it is because it shows up in almost every laboratory test. Seeing is believing. How can you argue with Baba Ijebu telling you you have staph, when the test confirms it? This lady in her early 40s came into my office and the first thing she said was “Doctor, I have staph”

When they start like that, I mentally prepare myself for a long fight, cause unlearning is very difficult.

“How did you know you have staph? What exactly are your symptoms?” I asked.

She said she slept poorly, and felt a crawling sensation all over her body.

“In fact, I came for CT scan for my brain. I want to visualize the staph myself. I want to see the thing that is worrying me”

“Are you married? Tell me about yourself? ”

It turns out she was a pastor’s wife?

“Really? Does he know you are emotinally stressed? Is he too busy? ”

“There are 3 daughters in my family and we are all married to pastors. She actually said this because, I  was sharing scriptures on Jesus being our peace. Effectively telling me I was preaching to the choir.

” What do your sisters say?”

“It was one of them,also married to a pastor, who took me to the native doctor, that told me I have staph. All 3 of us have the same symptoms and have been treating it for years. Why is staph so difficult to treat?”

“You mean your sister, a pastor’s wife, took you to a native doctor? Does your husband know?”

She replied that he did not, and would be livid if he did.

“He would be indeed! You are the reason his ministry is not progressing! Inviting demons into your home, while he’s sweating and praying for breakthrough?”

She was sorry, but not repentant. I spent time teaching her that her symptoms were symptoms of Depression. She did not believe me. After I had spent precious time couseling her, she told me she would go elsewhere for the CT scan. Mind you, it costs about N50,000.

“I have actually done the scan elsewhere” she stated calmly .

“Did it show the staph?” I asked.

” No, and the doctor there told me exactly what you just said. As though you both planned it”

“Then why won’t you listen? What can I do to convince you to at least try anti depressants?”

“Doc, this is not tablet matter. The native doctor even warned me that orthodox medicine will not help me. Thank you. I’ll go elsewhere for the scan”

That was how she got up and left. After reading my posts, you will understand why I take time out of my busy schedule to write them. Some people are beyond my reach. Only you, their neighbour, friend, brother, colleague, pastor can help them. They trust you, they know you have honest motives, so, they’ll believe you. Sometimes, peopke think doctors are trying to fleece them. Someone actually told me he believes doctors wake up every morning and pray that people fall ill in their numbers. What is the guarantee they’ll come to you? With all these quacks competing for attention. How absurd!

Back to my point, staphylococcus is not a disease but a bacteria. It cannot be the reason for every problem under the sun. Let’s correct this impression, once for all. In another post, I’ll highlight the diseases it causes. Be a light in this dark world. Cheers.

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14 thoughts on “Staphylococcus stories

    tenderonii said:
    January 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Cheers to you to my very loaded Doctor and blog Aunty. This story shaaaaa, hmmmm. I don’t whether to call it Ignorance or STUPIDITY. Even the bible says the TRUTH will make you free and some people hear it and still choose by themselves to live in Bondage. A word is enough for the wise. See what one innocent bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is paying price for sin he did not commit,.lol
    This is funny but not funny atal. The way people become their own DEVILS,..it just amazes me. I thank you Father for making me A LIGHT TO MY WORLD..I can only produce Light.
    Thank you for this informative and life changing post…CHEERS and greet the family for me. I’m sure your first Sunday of the year was AWESOME.

      drnsmusings responded:
      January 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Yeah. Thanks for the kind wishes. Hopefully, everyone gets on board to deliver their friends from staph. It’s funny, but whike we laugh, quacks smile to the bank, n ppl r dying.

    imperfectlyperfect92 said:
    January 6, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Thanks a lot for this Dr N,the harm wrong info do to us is terrible..

      drnsmusings responded:
      January 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Frances.

    Sue said:
    January 6, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Keep it up, dear namesake. This blog is fulfilling purpose and by educating each reader, our community and the larger society will slowly but surely change.

    Inthe... said:
    March 27, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Wait oooh…we don’t know ooh. She may have staph in her brain and thats why she acts so..lol

      drnsmusings responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 8:46 am

      I agree. Hope d 3rd scan will show it

    ktoriia said:
    April 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

    There is always so much wrong info out there. Many people always think some disease is affecting them when it may just be stress or not eating or resting properly. But like you said these people are our neighbors and we do need to spread the word.

      drnsmusings responded:
      April 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Nicebto meet u. Yeah, we have to be neighbourly

    E' said:
    July 21, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Nne when I was doing medical for work, the lab assistant opened my test result and proceeded to counsel me cos I had sTAPH!!! Me? Newly wed. Virgin until after marriage. Then an STD. I fear ooo. She even proceeded to tell me it would affect pregnancy chances and plenty nonsense including not getting d job should my employers know. Then my faith kicked in. When I spoke to d doc, he was very dismissive of it as an error when collecting d urine and twas even very little found so no ish and how staph is on the skin etc plus the lab babe had no right to discus my result with me seeing as I was just referred there.

    Hiss!!! I could have killed her.

    Nne w

      drnsmusings responded:
      July 22, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Kai! Iberibe…and her motive is that they usu refer ppl to a pharmacy that gives them a commission

    vivian said:
    August 11, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Hmm this staph story.thats how my maid came and told me that she went for test in the lab because she had waist pain.the lab person then told her she had staph n should pay 10k for treatment.and should pay directly to her.she will administer injections bla bla bla.
    I now educated my girl and took her to a proper clinic.
    Na so lab person for just chop 10k free

      drnsmusings responded:
      August 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Awooof!
      Meeen, people are so desperate. The waist pain could even be muscular, from housework, except she has other symptoms.
      Kai!

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