Carson Meyer should have been at the top of the world last August: He was drafted into the NHL and was preparing for his final year playing ice hockey. Instead, the 21-year-old was lethargic, had no appetite and lost weight.
For months nobody could figure out what was wrong with Meyer, and his future NHL team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, began worrying about his poor game at Miami University of Ohio – as did his current team-mates.
"A [opposing] trainer asked some of my teammates if I have cancer," Meyer said The Athletic . 19659002] "He looked like Edward Cullen from 'Twilight & # 39 ;," said Holly Meyer, Carson's mother.
"His personality has also completely changed, he is usually very happy and energetic and enthusiastic about life, but he was sad and quiet, just not himself."
Meyer barely had the energy to get through his games or practice, and was only 170 lbs. But the doctors still had no answers after 10 blood tests and checks for mononucleosis and other problems.
Then, after using the bathroom on February 27, "it just came out," Meyer said. "It" was a 25-inch, orange tapeworm with a head, neck and 50 segments.
"I FaceTimed my mother and was like," What the hell is this thing? "He said," I freaked out. Absolutely freaking. "
" I tried to be calm, "his mother said," He showed me everything, and I remember I said that you have to bring that to the coach to find out what it is so they can fix you. And at that moment, I said, "That's why it was the way it was, Carson." That was it. "It was scary, but it was a relief."
Doctors told Meyer that it is Diphyllobothrium latum, a type of tapeworm that comes from under-cooked fish and is likely to be in his body for over a year because of the size.
He was put on a strong, anti-parasitic medication to remove any remaining parts of the tapeworm, and Meyer said he felt better about a month later.
"I was honest I started to think that it was all in my head, and that really worried me," he said, "but about a month after we had an answer, I felt like myself again and feel really good now. "
" It was a 180, "said his mother." He's back to eat everything in the house, and he has his Setting back. He's Carson again. "