Thanks, i am going to try to see if my LLMD knows someone, i would like to get a baseline stain done. maybe at some point i would get my own scope.
Tooty, i had babesia FISH and Bartonella FISH done at Igenex, both negative. at MDL, they were both IGG positive. maybe i could retry FISH at MDL.
i just feel more comfortable trying to track its progress with a real test, even if its somewhat suspect due to various reasons.
Very interesting that Igenex was negative while MDL was positive. The MDL test was the ELISA (IGG/IGM tests for antibodies), while the FISH would have been a direct visual on a fluorescent blood smear. Could be that you cleared the infection already, although that is somewhat unlikely, especially if still having symptoms and you tested negative for other infections. But we all know that no test is 100% accurate (and I wanted to reiterate that earlier but forgot).
my LLMD does Giemsa stains. We confirmed babesia, but so far haven't followed up.
That's right! Dr. J does them for $200 per slide if I remember right.
Fry Labs still does the smears too, and I think they are in the ballpark of about
$300. But for $200-$300 you can get a decent used lab-grade microscope and do as many of the slides as you want. And, learn a skill doing it. Unfortunately the skill is not marketable (unless you are a qualified/licensed pathologist/doctor), but it can give a world of insight into your own treatment and can give helpful direction to friends and family. Your predicament is the very reason most of us got started with microscopy.