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Carl Martel was infected with monkeypox. After days of hell and hospitalization, he decided to grant an interview to try to break down the taboos surrounding this virus.
It all started when Mr. Martel noticed he had a small pimple on his face. Thinking it was just a button, he decided to press it and put some rubbing alcohol on it.
“The next morning I had four pimples,” Mr. Martel recalls. He went to a pharmacy where he was calmed down and given antibiotic ointment.
It was a friend of his who put the flea in his ear saying it might be monkeypox.
Mr. Martel therefore went to the Clinique l’Actuel in Montreal to see a doctor. Two specialists confirmed to him that it was indeed the virus.
A few days after his diagnosis, Mr. Martel went to the hospital because his condition had deteriorated. They immediately took him home and told him that the situation would resolve itself.
Seeing that his condition was not being taken seriously, he went to CHUM, where he was quickly admitted and isolated.
His condition deteriorated dramatically.
“Within 2-3 days I was equipped, I had them everywhere. I was on Solute for days without being able to eat,” he explains. He was in pain.
“It burns our face, it’s like pustules and it ends like a volcano,” recalls Mr. Martel.
He admits he feared for his life because he had monkeypox, strep throat, an abscess and swollen tonsils. The rest of his body was also covered with pustules.
“I was gasping for air, I was out of breath, I had pimples on my nose,” he recalls. Doctors had to drain the pus that was clogging her throat and nose.
Doctors offered him treatment for monkeypox, and his condition began to improve.
“I’ve often been told I’m one of the worst cases. I know what I’ve been through,” emphasizes Carl Martel.
He was hospitalized for 12 days in addition to 6 days at home recovering from medication.
He thinks it’s a man he met on a dating site who passed the virus on to him, but he can’t be sure.
Carl Martel admits to fear that monkeypox, which primarily affects men who have sex with other men, will further stigmatize the community.
It was important for him to grant an interview to prevent other people from going through the same nightmare as he did.
“I don’t even want my worst enemy to go through what I went through. It’s cruel, the suffering, it’s 24 hours a day,” he summarizes.
He encourages people who are particularly at risk of contracting monkeypox to get vaccinated.
“There is a vaccine, do it! Get it, don’t be afraid,” he says.
Carl Martel insists he will now be more careful about the people he meets and wants his story to resonate with other people.
“I hope it makes you think,” he wishes.