Sunday morning our church in Pinehurst was packed to rafters with folks, some of which hadn't set foot in a church in years. What compelled them to come? Some were invited, others were members that are there every Sunday, and others were just visiting because Sunday was the day of our Christmas Cantata...
Back on Tuesday, I visited the dentist with a severely infected wisdom tooth, swelling under my jaw, and a mouth that could hardly open. After carefully treating the site inside my mouth, the good doc prescribed an oral antibiotic and Motrin 800, which I immediately commenced treatment. By Thursday, I was in "worse" shape! Calling the dentist led to a new wider spectrum antibiotic and continued Motrin and an emergency appointment with the oral surgeon, which I later cancelled. The second AB seems to have worked better, and by Saturday morning's dress rehearsal, I was feeling much better, could open my mouth better, and even ate breakfast with my choir members.
Sunday, I was completely on top of my game, and the cantata went off without hardly a hitch. Come Messiah King was the name and the theme was more than just the Christmas story, it was really the whole story of Jesus. Before the effectiveness of the antibiotics, I was in no shape to direct this cantata and many people could have left seriously disappointed. I have a new-found respect for antibiotics and even though I'm not out of the woods yet, the opportunity to regain my health and share something of great value as a result was priceless.
That said, I have reason to believe the first antibiotic was working to kill the infection, but for a couple days it wasn't obvious to me, which is why Insmed's measure of effectiveness for NTM is so ingenious. For those that don't show symptomatic relief right off the bat, the measure of bacteria actually getting killed will predict future relief.