The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy. Our Story.

The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy. Our beautiful granddaughter.
The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy. Our beautiful granddaughter. | Source

The Horror Of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite.

The horror of toxoplasmosis is a very true statement. Our daughter was tested for this infection when she went for her first baby check with her second child. We were all in shock when it came back positive. There are only about 3,000 cases in the US each year.

Now what? They had to send her to a specialist and the only thing they could do was put her on an experimental drug that had to be flown in from another state. She was on this drug through the whole pregnancy.

It was suggested to her that she could terminate the pregnancy. Ending the baby's life wasn't something she could do. We are a family that doesn't believe in abortion. I know my daughter worried about having a disabled baby. Anyone would that was going through this. The big problem not knowing what kind of disability the baby would be born with.

To this day we do not know where she got the infection. She did have a cat but the cat had been tested and did not have toxoplasmosis parasite. She stopped cleaning cat boxes when they knew they wanted another baby. Our son-in-law did all the cleaning of the cat box.

It will always be a mystery as to where she got the parasite. According to the CDC there are 750 deaths each year from Toxoplasmosis of those half are from contaminated meat. Think before you eat that raw meat. It's the third leading cause of third food borne deaths in the US.

I have been contacted by Monsters Inside Me show wanting to put her story on the show. Our daughter declined. I watch he show often and it is very interesting.

I recently watch a show with the Kosowski family. Their child has very bad eyesight from this disease. His mother believes she got the disease from eating rare lamb.

The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy.Our beautiful granddaughter
The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy.Our beautiful granddaughter | Source

How is toxoplasmosis gondii spread?

Toxo is a disease caused from a parasite. About half of infections come from eating raw or undercooked infected meat, but you can also get the parasite in other ways, such as eating unwashed contaminated produce, drinking contaminated water, or handling contaminated soil, cat litter, or meat and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.You can get it from drinking raw goat's milk.

They are saying now if you have an indoor cat even the cat littler is not a danger.

Wild meat can also have the parasite. We eat venison here so who knows if that could have caused it. We always cook our meat through.

When gardening always wear gloves do not touch your face often toxoplasmosis can come from working in the garden. Something our daughter did often.

Many people get toxoplasmosis and never get sick from it. You can't get this from another person but mother can pass it to unborn baby.

The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy. Our beautiful granddaughter.
The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy. Our beautiful granddaughter. | Source
The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy.
The Horror of Toxoplasmosis Gondii Parasite In Pregancy. | Source

SymptomsToxo

If your like my daughter you won't have symptoms. Some people have flu like symptons. She could remember one time feeling sick after eating a hamburger a fast food place but has no idea if that could have been where she got this parasite .

  • sore throat
  • tired
  • headache
  • fever
  • lymph nodes might be swollen

Amniocentesis test

Our daughter had to go through amniocentesis test. We were all worried about the baby, even though test showed she was ok. Thank God, she was born healthy and is a very healthy, beautiful, smart teenager now.

Some hospitals do not test for toxoplasmosis but expecting mothers should insist they be checked.

This is what we learned when we found out about the toxoplasmosis.

If your baby has toxoplasmosis it can be from mild to severe. They even think that toxoplasmosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and death soon after birth. Toxoplasmosis can affect your baby's brain; can cause cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. It can affect the eyes, sometimes blindness. Toxoplasmosis can cause enlarged liver and jaundice, an enlarged spleen, a low platelet count, rashes and heart or lung infection, and enlarged lymph nodes. Babies with toxoplasmosis, infected later in pregnancy, can look normal at birth but may develop serious problems later, vision impairment, blindness and development delays years later.

This is why our grandchild had to be checked. Like I stated our daughter was put on experimental antibiotics and so was the baby after she was born. The first year after birth she was watched closely by her doctor.

Our state is Wisconsin and when our daughter had her first baby she was tested for toxoplasmosis (2 years before) and the test was clear. Then she was tested again with the second baby and toxoplasmosis was found.

Some states test for toxoplasmosis and some don't and sometimes it goes just by the clinic you are going to. The clinic in our county does not check for it. You may have to ask your doctor for this test but I sure would. It's well worth it. If it's caught early in pregnancy there are medications that can work. They told our daughter that toxoplasmosis is rare in the US more common in third world countries.

I am not a doctor so I can’t explain toxoplasmosis in detail. More detailed information can be found on Mayo Clinic website with information coming from doctors. If your planning on getting pregnant please check into getting tested and don’t let a doctor talk you out of having a test.

The Horror of Toxoplasmosises!
The Horror of Toxoplasmosises! | Source

Anitibiotic Spiramycin

Our daugher was given antibiotic spiramycin. This drug will help keep baby from becoming infected. The drug is used in Europe to treat toxoplasmosis but is an experimental drug in the US.

House cats can be tested for antibodies to toxoplasmosis. Cats that have a positive antibody test means that the cat is very likely immune and likely not to be the source of infection. Cats should be tested before you become pregnant. The vet told our daughter that they had tested many cats for toxoplasmosis and it was rare to find it in any cats.

My daughter has a very clean house. She is careful to wash hands often and cleans fruit with soap and water just like I always do. She sanitizes her kitchen often.

You try the best you can to keep from getting things like this but it is not always easy. Every time I touch a cart in the store I think of the gems on it, not only that what about that little pen everyone uses at the check out. Think of the filth on that thing.

Our daughter and granddaughter are both doing very well and are both healthy. Our granddaughter is a very beautiful happy teenager with lots of friends. She makes straight A's on her report card. She was one of the kids picked to put the wreath on the unknown soldiers grave. Kids have to have good grades to be able to do that. You see the picture of her doing that on my hub http://moonlake.hubpages.com/hub/My-Great-Great-Grandfather-Joseph-Fleming-Thomason. She has no signs of her toxoplasmosis.

Pregnant You Can Pet Your Cat.

The good news for pregnant women that own cats. Relax a Yale study says there is no need to worry about indoor cats.

Source

Copyright © 2014 moonlake

The Horror of Toxoplasmosis!

More by this Author


Comments 50 comments

moonlake profile image

moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

DDE, Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. I appreciate it.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Ray17, I'm sorry I don't remember the doctors name at all, many years ago. Sorry to hear your test was positive. I'm sure your family doctor can guide you in what should be done next. Thanks for leaving a comment.


Ray17 2 years ago

Which doctor did your daughter use to treat toxoplasmosis? My test came back positive and I am currently looking for someone good that specializes in maternal fetal medicine that can guide me.


DDE profile image

DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting hub and you certainly applied a thorough research on this unique information.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I like the show it kind of tells us things we would never know about.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Shyron E Shenko, We were so blessed that things turned out so good. I'm not sure if the pork thing is the same. I have always been careful with pork. Thanks for the vote and share and thanks so much for stopping by.


CraftytotheCore profile image

CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

Oh how awful! I just noticed the commentor above. Wow, that's pretty neat. We watch that show. I'm so sorry your granddaughter and daughter had to go through this.


Shyron E Shenko profile image

Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I am so glad that your daughter found out about toxo and that she and your granddaughter are healthy.

This parasite is so scary, I had not heard about this until I read my friend, Au fait's hub on the subject. Having heard about pork germ I just wonder if this is the same.

Voted up U/I and shared.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

I have watched your show many times. Thank you for contacting me. I have sent your email on to my daughter so it is completely up to her. I didn't see this comment until a few minutes ago so I have not talked with her. She will let me know what she is going to do. She will either contact you or I will let you know. Thanks for stopping.


christy 3 years ago

Hi there,

I am an associate producer on the medical TV show Monsters Inside Me. We tell the stories of individuals like your daughter who have experienced rare parasitic illnesses. I would love to talk with you and your daughter about this experience if you are willing.

We tell the story by interviewing the individual who was affected, a family member and preferably their doctor if possible. With our show, we hope to share information about little-known illnesses that affect a lot people.

If you would be willing to speak with me, please contact me at my email address below. Thank you and I wish all the best to your family.

Christy

christy.steele@optomenusa.com


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, I remember how my daughter cried and worried that she had done something wrong. Of course, she didn't. It was just one of those things that happen. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the link, vote and share.


tillsontitan profile image

tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Thank God things turned out so well and your granddaughter is fine. What a horrible thing for you and your daughter to experience, especially during pregnancy. My late sister-in-law contracted toxoplasmosis and never knew where she got it either. Thanks for sharing this story with a happy ending!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


Au fait profile image

Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I've placed a prominent link to this article in my hub on this subject. I think a lot of people will find this hub of interest too, especially since you can speak from experience on this horrible parasite. Your granddaughter has turned out so beautiful. I'm so glad she is healthy and that the meds your daughter took during her pregnancy were able to make that possible.

Voted up and will share!


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

DrMark1961, Thank you and I agree antibiotics are not always available to many. In the US if women aren't tested for this horrible disease they will also not receive the medication that they need. The testing is so important. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and share.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

vespawoolf, Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this. We will never know where she got toxo from. Our area has lots of wildlife and she lived in a wooded area I often wonder if she could have gotten it from the wildlife that always hung out in their yard.


DrMark1961 profile image

DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

This is very well presented and I am glad vespawoolf shared this. It is really great to hear that the antibiotics worked for your grandaughter, although as Madison Parker pointed out, they are not always available when they are needed.

Voted up and shared.


vespawoolf profile image

vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I'm glad your daughter was able to get diagnosed and treated for toxoplasmosis! How sad that many mothers and babies aren't so fortunate. It is a mystery how one gets the parasite when there are so many possible sources of contamination. Glad the house cats aren't such a worry as before thought. This is valuable information that could help other pregnant women. Voted up and shared!


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

torrilynn, She' a great kid does well in school has lots of friends. Thanks you so much for stopping by and for the vote and share.


torrilynn profile image

torrilynn 3 years ago

moonlake,

im sorry that you granddaughter experienced this

Im glad that they are okay now thanks for informing

of this disease and ways to avoid giving it unintentionally to your child

Voted up and shared.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it. I now always try to put gloves on when working in the garden. Thanks for the share.


Peggy W profile image

Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi moonlake,

So glad that your daughter and little granddaughter were diagnosed and treated for this and that they are OK. I have gardened with and without gloves. Will think of using the gloves more often after reading this. UUI votes and definitely sharing this to make other people aware of how they can catch Toxoplasmosis.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

kmrhodes, How terrible and sad. That could be where she got it from all of that and never knew it. Many times it won't hurt adults.


kmrhodes 3 years ago

Moonlake, my mothers' 6th child was a little boy. He was born with it, was very disabled and had to be placed in a home. He passed just before his 4th birthday. The doctor said fowl, rabbit and cat feces are all prime suspects. We lived on a country lane where the neighboring 3 homes were shacks owned by a couple with dozens of pens of rabbits, geese running all over them and many cats. Mom had a small rosebed and would sit in it to do weeding et, and she never wore gloves.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Kcrisp, Thanks for stopping by and telling your story. I'm sorry to hear you have this disease. Hope all turns out good for you and baby.


Kcrisp 4 years ago

I unfortunately was born with this disease. I lost my vision in my left eye when I was twelve. I'm now 25 and I have not had an outbreak since then. I had to take a lot of medication at the time of the outbreak. I live in constant fear that it could appear itself again. I have one child so far he has been tested and does not have it. I'm carrying my second one right now they have tested me so far and everything is just fine. I wish this disease on no one. I feel for what your family has had to go through.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Abdulazez ibb dalah, Thanks for stopping by.


Abdulazez ibb dalah 4 years ago

Having hub as a disease


moonlake profile image

moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

dipless,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was a terrible thing for my daughter to go through.


dipless profile image

dipless 4 years ago from Manchester

@moonlake, thank you for sharing your personal experience of toxoplasmosis, it is a serious issue especially if a baby is born with it, i'm pleased to hear your grandaughter was ok. Thanks for sharing


moonlake profile image

moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

It sure seems that way. Hope there won't be a zombie outbreak.


Cutters profile image

Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

It seems that company just wants to sell their product without a care in the world. If we suddenly have a zombie outbreak I blame them!


moonlake profile image

moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

I know and the doctors have said one way you can get Toxoplasmosises is by digging in a garden where you don't know that cats have been.

Why would anyone want to put litter in their garden, period it's dirty.


Cutters profile image

Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

I do not understand how the litter can be safe! I remember the ad. I would not use any litter in a garden for human consumption. Just the thought of it on my hands is enough for me no thanks.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

The cat litter was called Feline Pine. They did answer back and just said the litter was safe but I did notice they took their ad off of tv.

Someone posted this statement on the web and she said her cats would not use the stuff.

http://www.epinions.com/review/Feline_Pine_Cat_Lit...

(So I see this Kitty Litter advertised on TV. I note that after using, you can toss the used litter into your garden and use it as mulch. Hmmmm....THAT caught my attention. So I gather my son and off to the store we go since I needed to buy more cat litter anyway. We find it at our trustworthy Winn-Dixie, 2 7lb, bags for $5.00. The front of the package says that it is a four week supply. Okay, if you say so! I sincerely have my doubts, but my willingness to cut down on box cleaning and getting rid of the smell led me to the counter to pay for my purchase. )


Cutters profile image

Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

I am wondering did they ever get back to you about this?


moonlake profile image

moonlake 5 years ago from America Author

Cutters, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

I once wrote a cat litter company that advertised that when you threw this litter away you could put it right in the garden around your plants. I let them know what a crazy thing they were telling people and how unsafe and unclean that was.


Cutters profile image

Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

What a great hub! I am sorry that you went through this. I found this article when I was doing research on cat litter for my hub. After reading your hub I linked my hub to yours so other people can learn and know what the dangers are.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Madison, so sad about your daughter-in-law. I think the medication they gave our daughter is what saved our granddaughter from being born with health problems.

Thanks for reading and for comments.


Madison Parker profile image

Madison Parker 7 years ago from California

Moonlake,

I've just met you but I'm shocked that you wrote this just recently! (They say there are NO coincidences.)

My beautiful Daughter-in-Law was born with Toxo. She struggled through seizures as a child and is still legally blind after several operations. She does see; well enough to read but not well enough to drive. She can't see beyond ten feet, or so; it's all fuzzy out there.

Her parents lived in a thrid-world country when her mom was pregnant with her. They didn't have a house cat but who knows how her mother could have contacted it.

It is not as simple a condition as people think; it CAN be horrible and leave health scars that last a lifetime, as you spoke about.

Good hub. I hope pregnant moms take heed. No one wants to deal with toxo when it can be avoided. Good and important info.

Madison


moonlake profile image

moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks jana dee for posting. Glad to be able to make people aware that it does come from other things besides litter box.


jana dee 7 years ago

I was aware of the effects from the litter box, and I thank you for sharing the knowledge. I did not know about the other sources. Great hub! Thanks


moonlake profile image

moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Lady Guinevere and Netters thinks for posting. Cats do get a bad rap for this.

Our granddaughter is doing so well, she's pretty and smart and such a nice little girl.


Netters profile image

Netters 7 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

I never heard of this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I am so sorry you had to go through all that. Thank GOD she's ok.


Lady Guinevere profile image

Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Wow I knew about the cat boxes, but not all the othr ways to get it. This needs to go public because cats have gotten a very bad rap for this and it may not even be the cat;s fault!


moonlake profile image

moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Triplet Mom thanks for posting.


Triplet Mom profile image

Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Moonlake great hub!! I am surprised that more pregnant women are not tested for this just to avoid a mild or severe situation. This is great information! Thanks.


moonlake profile image

moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

Thanks for comments. It is a terrible thing to go through. I don't understand why all pregnant women aren't tested for this.


BkCreative profile image

BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

moonlake - I've heard about this for years with cat litter boxes, and such a warning when I was pregnanct - but you are right - there are so many sources now and so much I did not know about the disease. Good idea to have the cat tested, too.

Thanks for all this info I can share with others.


JenArt 7 years ago

Wow, I'm sorry you all had to go thru that. But glad that all turned out well in the end.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working