By ALISSA WARREN
I’m a victim of the latest shame campaign.
Med-shaming. And I’m a glad recipient of the title.
For one week, the five people that make up my family have been taking antibiotics. All of us. Me, my husband and our three kids.
But that confession has been met with rather disapproving faces over the past few days because for many parents, antibiotics are a big no no.
“So”, laughed one friend, “it sounds like your family alone might be responsible for the antibiotic-resistant bugs”.
There have been a few reports in the media recently about antibiotics resistance. It’s the name given to what happens when bacteria somehow survives after continually being exposed to antibiotics.
And this is why some parents are scared. They think that if you take too many antibiotics, they won’t work anymore.
Last week, a report compiled for the Federal Health Department claimed the latest jump in antibiotic resistance across Australia could leave doctors with fewer treatment options.
Professor Turnidge, who carried out the research said the rise in antibiotic resistance might not be slow because “it creeps along at a fairly low level for a while but then it creeps up and then all of a sudden it takes a big upswing, even if we don’t change anything”.
This information makes me worried. And with careful consideration, I respect it. I trust it.
But my family is sick. S-I-C-K. Ear infections, blocked sinus’, croup. I won’t bore you with the details. Because this is all you need to know – we’re all medicated. And we’re all GETTING BETTER.