Mycobacterium Avium Complex, aka MAC, is a family of rare bacterial infections weggies may get from the environment, even from their showerhead. After a long process of culturing my sputum, it appears I contracted the Chimaera version of MAC infections. Chimaera got its name by combining attributes from multiple MAC infections, represented by the beast in greek mythology, with the body of a lion, the head of a goat that breathes fire, dragons wings and snake head on the tip of its tail.

If you ever have rapid weight loss, fevers, night sweats, weakness and general malaise, get your sputum tested. It's a very slow growing infection, sometimes taking years to discover. It almost mimics WG. It's usually associated with open heart surgery equipment, but immune compromised people can also contract a MAC infection.

I have no idea what my prognosis is. My infectious disease doctors are being guarded about what they tell me, maybe because the treatments for these infections are so nasty and not a sure thing. Mortality rate can be high but it's also been known to go away on its own. Catching it early is crucial. I appear to be fine for now, but worry about something still lurking inside me.

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