Need a microscope! (and yay new GI)
So I’m trying to get my hands on a used microscope so I can start doing McMaster egg counts, so I can at least track the egg output of the helminths. Anybody have any scientist friends? Fellow helminth-IBD-blogger-comrade Debora has been doing her own McMaster counts for some time now, and has posted how to do DIY helminth egg counts (she’s using hookworm for Crohn’s)
While this would not necessarily tell me exactly how many worms “took,” it would at least allow me to do like a monthly egg count to track egg production, which I think would give me some idea if the population fluctuates, and would be useful in the future for if/when I add in more whipworm, and possible hookworm.
And update from last post: I finally met with my new GI who was very nice, quite familiar with helminthic therapy, and didnt recoil in horror like my last GI did when I mentioned the word helminths. She talked briefly about Weinstock and his “pioneering work” on helminthis and IBD, with a look of envy. A very big relief for me.