How the golfers in a golf club’s golf course have been saved from the flu
A few years ago, a handful of players and friends from a local golf club in rural Alabama started seeing a strange flu-like symptoms.
They’d had their first cough and then a rash.
A few months later, they’d had another.
The club’s director of operations, a woman named Lisa Stoll, began to get worried.
“She was like, ‘Is it really possible that we have the flu?'” recalls Stoll.
The next week, they had a new coughing and a rash, too.
And then it got worse.
The rash kept spreading, and then, finally, a bout of fever and a fever-like illness.
When Stoll asked the doctor what was going on, he said that she’d developed a pneumonia.
“I said, ‘Well, you know what, it’s probably pneumonia,'” Stoll says.
“And he said, “It’s pneumonia.’
“The doctors’ diagnosis?
Stoll remembers the doctor telling her the next day, “That’s when I know this is something serious.”
But before long, it became clear that pneumonia was the culprit.
A doctor who’d seen Stoll and her friends at the clinic had a different diagnosis: “The virus was the cause.”
It wasn’t pneumonia.
Pneumonitis is a common cold-like virus that spreads from person to person.
“It was a fairly straightforward story.” “
We had a pretty good understanding of the virus, and we had a really good idea what it was doing,” Stoll tells me.
“It was a fairly straightforward story.”
It was a story about a local man named Mike Stoddard.
“When you have a virus like that,” Stoddards’ wife, Lori, tells me, “you don’t know where it’s going to come from.”
But Mike Stodard had no idea that the virus he had been seeing was the deadly pandemic strain that was about to become the virus that he and his friends were trying to avoid.
Mike Stods first came into contact with P.P.M.S. while playing golf in the early 2000s.
He’d developed some sort of fever, and, as he told Lori, his family thought it was pneumonia.
But then, one day, he was sick.
“He said, I’m just having some kind of cold,” Lori recalls.
“His wife said, Oh, he’s got pneumonia.”
So the couple called Stoddars’ doctor, and she suggested that the couple try taking a cold medication that Mike had been taking, but the doctor told them to be careful not to share that information with anyone.
“My son, he says, ‘Mom, my dad’s got a cold!'”
Lori recalls him saying.
“They were both on the verge of being terrified.”
When the Stoddarts got home from a day at the park, their son told Lori that his dad had pneumonia.
Stodds was sent to the hospital, where doctors said he had pneumonia, too, and he was diagnosed with Pneumocystis pneumoniae.
It took another few weeks of antibiotics before the doctors realized that his pneumonia wasn’t P.M.-like at all, but P. P.S.-like, and they sent him to a lab to get a second set of tests.
The results were positive.
“What I was really surprised about,” Stoeld says, “was that the first set of the tests showed that he was actually infected with P.-S.
I mean, there were two different tests that came back that came up positive.
So we’re actually, to my mind, on the same path as him, which is P. S.-like pneumonia.”
It turns out that Mike Stones P.T.V., which has been shown to kill P. pneumoniae, also had P.E.S., a coronavirus-like strain of pneumonia that, if left untreated, can lead to pneumonia, a serious and life-threatening disease.
“Mike was very close to his doctor,” Lori says.
The doctors decided to give Mike Stoodards a shot of an experimental drug that is commonly prescribed for P.O.S.: the COVID-19 vaccine.
“So that’s a very important piece of the puzzle,” St.oeld explains.
“Because when we gave it to Mike, it turned out that he could recover from it.
We knew that we were trying something new.
It turns to be a really important piece to help us protect the people that we’re helping.”
In fact, the Stoodasts and other people from their local golf course had taken a P.R. test, too: they went online and typed in their addresses and phone numbers and had the vaccine sent to them.
“As we were doing that,” Lori tells me of the test, “we