So, I’m sitting here, almost breathing normally. (Trust me, my normal breathing is when you feel you are struggling for breath.) Having escaped 14 months without a visit from Streptococcus pneumomiae, my “friend” came for an extended stay. Given the fact that I was born with a compromised respiratory system, such diseases are the norm.
More than 3 decades ago, bowel surgery was the scourge of medicine. Folks undergoing such procedures were pretty much assured they would develop complications due to infection. Those infection rates were well upwards of 90%! The death rate was pretty high, too. Of course, not operating on these folks guaranteed the patients almost certain death.