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Sister In currently in ICU
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply December 14, 2005
Started December 4, 2005 at 05:08
All I can say is WOW. I 2 weeks ago, I never heard of MRSA, and now I can not believe how prevalent this superbug is in our society.
It all started in mid October, my sister injured her knee at work, developed a blood clot, severe pnemonia, and sometime in between was being treated for a spiderbite on her arm. She lives in lower Mainland Vancouver BC Canada.

November 18th we made a 12 hour drive to see her (i live in Alberta Canada) as the doctors couldnt do anything more for her. They were certain she is not going to survive. She is 38yrs old with 2 girls (12 and 10)
Her blood pressure was out of control (now stable 1.5 weeks later), she was put on an occilator (not the regular ventilator, this monster shakes the body constantly, like she is forever in a state of seizure)..because the pressure had to be so high to keep her lungs inflated, she developed leaks and 3 chest tubes were inserted...kindeys started to fail, onto dialysis...
She is off dialysis, and back to a regul... read more

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Posted by DAWN
Last Reply December 9, 2005 at 03:39
Started December 6, 2005 at 16:42

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MRSA won't stay away
Posted by Evette
Last Reply December 8, 2005 at 22:37
Started December 7, 2005
I contracted MRSA in my sinuses in Nov 2003 and was treated with a one month dose of Zyvox. It came back in Nov 2004 and I was treated with a 7 day dose of Zyvox. It came back again in October 2005 and I was again treated with a 7 day dose of Zyvox. It has come back yet again in December 2005 and I am waiting to see the doctor. Is there anything I can do to make it stay away or can I be tested for a lack of something in my system? Is there a better drug to treat it? Do I need to be admitted to the hospital?

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Posted by DAWN
Last Reply December 8, 2005 at 08:01
Started December 6, 2005 at 22:51
MY DAUGHTER WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH MRSA AND I AM PREGNANT, IF I CONTRACT THE ILLNESS HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE UNBORN AND MY DAUGHTER???The whole thing seemed to start after taking her to the hospitol, the next or so i noticed a blister on her belly, then a week later one more on her belly and one on her butt. Is this how it starts??? The doc didn't explain well what will happen...

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HA MRSA Legal case judgements
Posted by Franka60
Last Reply December 7, 2005 at 16:44
Started November 30, 2005 at 23:51
I have read several posting stating that in the UK settlements have been made to people with HA MRSA. I have attempted to find cases here in the US. Has anyone heard of or expierenced any legal action for HA MRSA against hospitals in the US ?

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court actions
Posted by sandi
Last Reply December 5, 2005 at 02:55
Started December 1, 2005 at 20:19
Has anyone in the US had any success with law suits to make the hospitals take responsibility for MRSA? I would love to find a lawyer to help us. Sandi

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marsa in /on nose
Posted by Curt
Last Reply December 1, 2005 at 15:47
Started November 25, 2005 at 06:30
I have been diagnosed a marsa carrier and have several episodes of a sore exteroir nose in the last year due to this. I use mupirocin ointment and that cleared it up after a week or two. Then I had a coure of anitibiotics that clered it . Now it back. These are painful and little pimple form . Who has had this and successfully got rid of it ?

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MRSA, Klebsiella & Cellulitis
Posted by Heather
Last Reply November 30, 2005 at 14:57
Started November 29, 2005 at 17:29
I had surgery, got all three of these. Been on several IV antibiotics for a month, in and out of the hospital. my last blood results said I was "healed" and they removed the IV sights... I am a 31, "was healthy" female.

Will MRSA come back? how can I keep it away? Can I be healed this quickly with Vancomycin & Rocepherin & Levaquin?

Thanks for any replies and answers!

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Posted by Merci
Last Reply November 27, 2005 at 05:44
Started November 22, 2005 at 19:57
About a year and a half ago my 18 month old had a small pimple on her upper thigh of her leg, two days the pimple grew doubling in size me and my husband rushed her to the doctor, they told us it was an insect bite. Three days later we were in the emergancy room. She had a high fever wouldnt eat or drink they switched her anti. twice. They didn't know what it was. I took her out of the tub the one night and it started to drain. For the next eight months she got one every month the docors had no idea what they were dealing with they just kept switching her meds. We had to get one lanced that was on her buttocks. The last one she got was in July 2005 we were sent up to Albany NY an hour from our home our daughter couldn't seat in her car seat I had to hold her the hole way. We got to Albany the doctors were very attentive started her on IVS and gave us a room 2 hours later they took her into sugery they had drained the abcess and recoved 5oz. of infected fluid from her two days later... read more

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Posted by Sandi
Last Reply November 27, 2005 at 03:56
Started November 27, 2005 at 03:56
Denise, I never mind answering any questions about my MRSA. I have taken Zyvox, I was able to tollerate it for about 30 days then every time I took it I thru up. I am now not on an antibiotic until Dec. 12, but I can tell by the way I feel, everything is not right. I see the ID doc on the 12. I took the zyvox, after the vanco made my kidneys start to fail. Email me anytime at Sandi

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Surgery with MRSA
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply November 25, 2005 at 04:32
Started October 30, 2005 at 04:05
I contracted my MRSA from an ankle replacement in B'ham Alabama. I now have MRSA again, I got a boil on my hip. The boil is better, but the MRSA is not. They are going to take my ankle out Wednesday and replace it with an antibiotic spacer to see that will help. I will then of course be non weight bearing for a couple of months before they can even consider what to do with my ankle. I am on Zyvox because vancomycin make my kidneys shut down. Any ideas were to go from here. I am very afraid of having surgery with the MRSA present, but I seem to have no choice. The doctors think the metal in my ankle is drawing the MRSA> Thanks for any support.

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antibiotic therapy
Posted by Mina
Last Reply November 20, 2005 at 21:07
Started November 20, 2005 at 01:52
I know this is a question for my doctor, but I am curious to see if anyone else here knows.
If you take an antibiotic known to be ineffective in treating MRSA, and it helps cure a skin infection, does this mean the skin infection is not MRSA, but something else, like simply a staph aerus infection? I'm on Keflex right now and it seems to be helping.

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MRSA in UK hospitals
Posted by James
Last Reply November 17, 2005 at 08:49
Started November 6, 2005 at 15:36
It is about time we all realised that the UK's Health Service is nor remotely interested in MRSA, which their compacency created back in the 1960's.

By offering free medical treatment to anyone arriving in Britain, they have succeeded in spreading it around the world. In fact it is currently Britain's most successful export.

Having seen their disgustingly dirty hospitals at first hand, my advice to anyone falling sick in Britain would be to avoid touching anyone or anything in a hospital there. Better still, avoid them like the plague as most of my Brit friends do !

As the Brits have washed their hands (figureatively) of this nightmare, why aren't we doing anything to contain it in the states ?

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MRSA pediatric otitis/mastoiditis
Posted by Beth
Last Reply November 15, 2005 at 15:44
Started November 14, 2005 at 02:16
My 4 year old nephew has recently been hospitalized twice for MRSA otitis/mastoditis left side. He had 1 month of vancomyacin (IV) followed by mastoid surgery. Supposedly all his lab work after surgery was normal and he returned to preschool etc. All of his immediate family tested positive for MRSA through nasal swabs and were treated also.
They also tested negative after treatment.

Now he has MRSA (right ear)and the doctors (pediatrician, ID, and ENT) again can't seem to agree on how to treat him.

Any ideas?? Thanks

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Posted by Kathy
Last Reply November 11, 2005 at 15:39
Started November 7, 2005 at 06:25
hello all,
My ex-husband passed wednesday night from this thing I have never heard of. His friend found him in his apartment in a bad state with a fever of 104. He was taken straight to the hospital and was not responsive after that. He had a stroke also. Not sure if the stroke happened before he was hospitalized or after. His red blood count was very low and they tried to wait a few days before they did open heart surgery, but it was pretty much a no win situation. They had to do the heart surgery a few days later because of other complications I think. He had the bacteria in his heart and it has spread to all of his other organs. He came through the first surgery, but had to have a second one two days later and he just was not strong enough. He was gone quickly.

My quesions is: How long does this take to put an man in this kind of condition? Within a week he was gone.

Also, my son was there to visit him and I am concerned he could get this somehow. My son will have to cle... read more

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Taking Action
Posted by Ged. Boston.
Last Reply November 11, 2005 at 13:12
Started November 6, 2005 at 19:32

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hubby got brain tumour and mrsa
Posted by kerry
Last Reply November 10, 2005 at 12:31
Started November 4, 2005 at 23:26
hubby was diagnosed with a brain tumour about 3 months ago and was admitted today with an absess and now found out he has MRSA in the wound is this dangerous with his condition

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What happens when MRSA isn't treated?
Posted by Linda
Last Reply November 9, 2005 at 16:54
Started October 3, 2005 at 18:08
Hi Everyone!

I wrote a wk. or two ago about my son having recurring MRSA boils that were treated once and came back again. There were 2 other boys in the neighborhood that he plays with that also had MRSA boils and were treated with appropriate antibiotics. Our neighbor boy also had a boil, but his parents didn't take him to the Dr. They instead popped the boil and it healed up within a few days.

Today they took their son to a skin Dr. who (I suppose swabbed his nose) said he did indeed have MRSA, but it's run it course and didn't recommend any treatment.

I'm just confused at this point. Is it possible to get MRSA, have one boil and then it runs it course without treatment?

Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this.

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us forum
Posted by peggie
Last Reply November 9, 2005 at 01:57
Started October 28, 2005 at 07:01
Please Let Me Know
Started by Peggy Henshey Posted: October 28, 2005 at 01:19
I am a foster parent in PA. I have a child that has been diagnosed with MRSA on her skin. She has had several breakouts since she has been with us. She had this at home also. The Dr. just keeps giving us antibiotics and they go away but then they come back again. Can MRSA on the skin be cured? I can't seem to get a straight answer. I was also told that the skin MRSA can go to the inside. Does this just lie dormant and come back again? Please help me find the right answer to this questions.

Thanks Peggy


Re: Please Let Me Know
Reply #1 by Christina Jones Posted: October 28, 2005 at 02:17
I am a big fan of the Hibiclens cleanser and the bactroban nasal routine - it seems to help a lot of people including us. You might ask your doctor about using those things to try to defeat the colonization of bacteria. Hibiclens is a great surgical grade cleanser, available without a prescripti... read more

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Posted by rita
Last Reply November 3, 2005 at 16:04
Started October 25, 2005 at 08:29
Started by Rita Posted: October 25, 2005 at 01:52
I am in the United States (North Carolina) I am 43 years old, always been healthy, only went to the DR. once a year for a well woman check-up. Suddenly,(about 2 months ago) my lower back starts hurting and continues to hurt so much that I make a Dr. appointment. The Dr. takes urine sample, finds no infection. He then prescribes antiinflamatories and muscle relaxers. I take them a few days and feel better and quit taking them. Then my back starts hurting again so I mention this in my yearly well-woman visit. They do blood work. The nurse calls me one week later and says that my white blood cell count is high, but that it is nothing to worry about. Three days later, I wake up with my back hurting so bad that I cannot walk. I go through several different Dr's. I get another result of white blood cell count being high. Two of my brothers have recently been diagonsed with MRSA. I had an open wound that would not heal previous t... read more

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