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grocery stores
Posted by Bruce
Last Reply July 4, 2005 at 19:37
Started June 15, 2005 at 13:00
I work at a grocery store in so. cal and I have msra. I keep myself extreamlly clean and I have very few break outs when i do they don't break the surface anymore they just form a lump under the skin. I hate have to take all those stupid little store cards all day, because all I can think about is what bacteria or germs are on them. So I keep a bottle of hand snitizer in my pocket, it may not help I don't know , but I guess its like a security blanket. I think they should do away with those cards, because I handle probably 500 a day sometimes. I'm almost positive that I contracted MRSA from my girlfriend, and guess what people it is SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED!!!!

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Thanks for the prayers!
Posted by Denise
Last Reply July 4, 2005 at 03:22
Started July 3, 2005 at 17:23
I wanted to thank everyone who offered at prayer for our fundraiser Friday evening. It was a great success and we got a lot of information out about MRSA. Everyone seemed to have a good time, too!
All proceeds from the evening will be used to fund a documentary about MRSA. Let's hope it reaches many and helps to make a difference! Thanks!

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How does MRSA lead to death?
Posted by Angie
Last Reply June 24, 2005 at 12:58
Started June 22, 2005 at 21:08
Almost everyone in my immediate family has been diagnosed with MRSA. I am currently on antibiotics, but my fiance has no health insurance and cannot afford to get treatment. My daughter has also been seen and her skin was cultured and diagnosed positive for MRSA but the doctor just told me to keep a watch out for boils and absesses. For now, there's no agressive treatment. My question is: What are the possibilities of MRSA leading to serious complications or death? And can we reinfect each other if my fiance is not on treatment, even if he hasn't had an outbreak? I also heard that MRSA is transmitted through close contact. Does this mean I am at risk every time we have sex? I need answers.

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Tony Field is coming to USA
Posted by Denise
Last Reply June 22, 2005 at 13:56
Started June 22, 2005 at 13:56
Tony & Barbara Field will be in our country to help join forces with us in the battle against MRSA. We are making a documentary of this trip. Our goal is to provide visual educational information about the enormity of this issue in our world and the efforts Tony and others are making to make a difference. For those who would like to consider telling their story, please e-mail me at drej424@yahoo.com. I will post Tony's itinerary as soon as all plans are finalized.


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MRSA and pnuemonia
Posted by Chris
Last Reply June 18, 2005 at 14:46
Started June 17, 2005 at 17:11
My mother has been diagnosed with MRSA after 3 bouts with pneumonia. She has had a bronchia-scope and sputum tests. The pulmonary doctor found that Doxcycline will stop it for a while only for it to occur again. They are now talking about putting her on a low dose of antibiotics forever to keep it at bay. I know there has to be another alternative. Does anyone have an answer? You may contact my mother at wwwginhouse@aol.com or me at penpaper3@hotmail.com.

Thank you,
Chris

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IS IT CURED
Posted by Grace
Last Reply June 17, 2005 at 19:41
Started May 16, 2005 at 19:03
If my daughter has MRSA & is on an antibiodic (CIPRO) will that clear up her infection?? Will she get it again?? I am having trouble getting answers from her physician.

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Abdominal Wound MRSA
Posted by melissa
Last Reply May 31, 2005 at 12:59
Started May 31, 2005 at 03:37
It has now been 5 months now since I was told I had MRSA..I had the pic-line with vanc for about 4 weeks, then clinamycin for 20 days. my Dr. did 4 CT scans on me and says it looks like the MRSA is not infecting me any more. I have been back to work and feeling great for a couple months now. I really do hop this is over for me, i feel great now and show no signs of MRSA. I do wonder if I could get it again in other areas since I have had it all ready, I have heard you allways have the MRSA it just goes colenized or dorment. I don't know much about it. i have noticed one change in my body since the treatments, my kidneys do not seem to work the same, I do not urinate as often as I had, and have felt to have had infection at times, maybe it has nothing to do with the other, but I know the antibiotics are hard on the kidneys.


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Myself and Two Daughters, Help!!!!
Posted by Shawn Rice
Last Reply May 27, 2005 at 15:12
Started November 19, 2004 at 21:36
My 13 year old was diagnosed with MRSA over a year ago with what appeared to be a spider bite that just wouldn't heal. Then she got some sores on her abdomen and inner thighs, one under the arm pit. We have been on 3 or 4 treatments of antibiotics the last being Bactrim and Rifampin which knock on wood seems to have helped. I also have a 16 year old who has had them off and on since around the time her sister started, but not as severe. Her's come quickly, head up quickly and heal quickly. After they thought it was a spider bite, we tried different things and only cultured it after she got one on her abdomen. The doctor then told us they see this all the time in the community. After we tried Bactrim, Tetracyclin and Zyvox I tried to get them into the Children's Hospital in Houston Texas. They won't take them because they said we haven't exhausted all treatments yet. So now my oldest daughter is taking the Combo drugs and we will see. If they get sores after this then I will be takin... read more

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MRSA the Truth?
Posted by Dr.Chris Malyszewicz
Last Reply May 26, 2005
Started May 26, 2005

Well after all the rubbish I have heard, from some, but honesty from most others, remember it was my work over 4.5 years ago that brought this whole issue to media attention, otherwise this would not probably be here today as it is.

I would love to see any discrediting of my 32 years work?
More importantly recently?

I have had the Government down to my Laboaratory last July 2004 and no disclaimer was made.

I have sacrificed my own personal money and time to develop the Contact slide to the state it is today.

I have used this principle for 31 years and it is a Food Hygiene standard technique, but my PhD thesis was based on the accuracy of this contact slide in clinical trials in hospitals and the community.
The contact slide principle was American ideology by Hanson originally in Tennessee University. This I followed and adapted accordingly.

I was in Parliament 3 years lobbying about MRSA with Andrew Lansley and John Reid then, before I assisted the support group.... read more

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Where does MRSA come from?
Posted by E.T.Gascoigne.
Last Reply May 17, 2005 at 15:56
Started April 12, 2005 at 15:29
I'm a retired engineer who spent many years working on the design of new hospitals. I've been reading about MRSA for some time now - on the internet, in newspapers and on television news pages. So far, I've seen nothing about where it comes from. Like 'legionella's disease' and 'sick building syndrome'it's a comparatively recent phenomenon.
Personally I think it stems from the use of mechanical ventilation which may or may not include air-conditioning.
Ventilation ductwork is invariably hidden in false ceilings and shafts. Consequently nobody really knows it's there; all they're aware of are the inlet and outlet grilles in the ceiling without realising that there are miles and miles of ductwork behind them. THAT DUCTWORK IS NEVER CLEANED!! Now fifty years after the intrduction of this ventilation system we are harvesting the fruits of this neglect - MRSA.
I hope there is someone out there who can disprove this theory. If not I hope there is someone who can do the research to fi... read more

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MRSA in toe stub
Posted by Minnie
Last Reply May 15, 2005 at 18:33
Started May 15, 2005 at 14:20
My husband is receiving conflicting information from physicians. Background: sextuple open-heart surgery in June of 2004; experienced post-operative complications of cellulitis, renal depletion, dehydration, pancreatitis,
and severe anemia. He had never had any of these conditions before. His feet were extremely swollen--looked like big, round balls.

In February of this year, a toe became infected with cellulitis and was amputated at a hospital in Southern California. He has been recuperating at a nursing home in the same locale. In April he was diagnosed with MRSA, and the nursing home physician prescribed Bactrim for 60 days. Last week he visited his physician; this doctor did not look at the toe stub. He said if the nursing home physician prescribed Bactrim, he could not possibly have MRSA. His doctor directed the nursing home to discontinue Bactrim and to remove him from an isolated area of the nursing home (very expensive for a private room). Is it necessary for a ... read more

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MRSA myself and children
Posted by Leigh
Last Reply April 27, 2005 at 18:47
Started April 13, 2005 at 01:55
I am 34 years old and went into the hospital in May 2004 to deliver my daughter. I had a c-section and after returning home developed a boil at the top of my thigh that tested positive to MRSA. I had never heard of it and thankfully my doctor was quick to identify and treat my MRSA. I was informed not to worry about it, I stopped breastfeeding and was very careful to follow safety guidelines for not spreading the bacteria. I hadn't given it another thought until last week when my son, 2 years, developed a boil on his side and it tested positive for MRSA. I caught it quickly and he was given anitbiotics that seem to have cleared it up. However, my daughter whose is now 10 months had a strange place on her bottom. My doctor tested it to be safe, it was healing on its own. It came back positive to MRSA. I am freaking out, I have always been very careful about germs. My daughter has been on her current antibiotic treatment for two days and just today started to spike a fever. ... read more

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TRICLOSAN - IN WHICH TREATMENTS IS IT USED?
Posted by U. B. WARE
Last Reply April 21, 2005 at 21:41
Started April 19, 2005 at 09:31
Hey wake up USA. Have you heard the Brits have found that TRICLOSAN could be dangerous. There is a loong list of products in the UK that contain this substance.

Toothpaste
Handwashes
Anti bacterial products.

Some products claim to relieve MRSA but may give you something else.

There is a misconception MRSA and VRSA are just two types. This is wrong there are hundreds of strains and some of the are very dangerous. Commonly used anti bacterial agent may treat the minor cases, but what is being developed forthe super resistant strains of MRSA and VRSA. The Governmenteither side of the Atlantic aren't teling us everything.

U.B. Ware

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Hospital Acquired Infection
Posted by Mike
Last Reply April 19, 2005 at 15:59
Started April 15, 2005 at 06:14
In this case MRSA.. I went in for knee sugery in April04. I came home and a week later I was back in, delerious,lost balance,was perspiring to the point that my bed and mattress was wringing wet. The hospital would not accept me back as an inpatient and said I could be treated as an out patient. Finally my wife took me to the hosp. and said I'm leaving him here. You got him sick you cure him.. I was in Emerg for several days and went to a ward as I became sicker. Finally they figured out that I had MRSA and put me in isolation for 32 days. They tried all the latest and greatest drugs to no avail. My heart rate was 185, my Bp was off the scale and I awoke from the drugs one morning to a room full of Doctors, the upshot was they decided I was a sick man.......My right foot was as big as a large loaf of bread and my right arm exploded to 3 times normal, my elbow was so sore that I couldn't touch or bend it... After 32 days they sent home with the hope my immune statem would destroy ... read more

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Legal Liability
Posted by James
Last Reply April 15, 2005 at 05:52
Started October 22, 2004 at 13:28
Does anybody know of any successes in legal cases for hospital acquired infections in the US ?

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forum for USA
Posted by Rob the moderator
Last Reply April 8, 2005 at 22:50
Started October 6, 2004 at 19:52
hi everyone, i see this forum is getting quite a number of posts from folk in America which is great, but I'm wondering if I should setup a sister forum called MRSA Discussion Forum USA to run along side this. what does everyone think? is this a good idea or would it be best to keep just one forum for all as it is at present? when i setup this forum i only foresaw it being used by UK residents but i see its being appreciated even further a field.

NOTE THIS TOPIC WAS FIRST STARTED ON THE ORIGINAL UK FORUM BUT HAS BEEN COPIED ACROSS TO THIS NEWER USA FORUM

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MRSA and pneumonia
Posted by Marjorie
Last Reply April 8, 2005 at 08:29
Started January 22, 2005 at 05:15


Hi, I, too, have just recently been hospitalized for mrsa induced pneumonia, I awoke on Christmas eve very sick...fever, chills, and trouble breathing. Being asthmatic, I always get upper respiratory infections when I get colds, so I again waited too long to go see my doctor. At about 2am Xmas morning I woke up unable to breathe! I am 44, and I was sure that I was dying; It took all that I had to shout the word, "HELP!" so that my husband, whom was napping after wrapping gifts in the living room, woke up. He ran in, saw how bad I was, called 911, and I was already blue; having had pneumonia 4 times previously (non MRSA related), I know that this mrsa related pneumonia was soooo much worse! It came on in the blink of an eye, and literally filled up my lungs...I feel very grateful and lucky to be here today!
I have been inpatient from December 25th until January 7th, and then home and on home health care administered IV vanco for another 10 days...they did not find out about t... read more

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surgery after mrsa
Posted by sandi
Last Reply April 7, 2005 at 01:32
Started March 7, 2005 at 03:22
My mrsa was found when the doctors went in to replace an ankle that had been replaced, but did not work. Now we know the cause was mrsa. They of course could not replace the ankle with mrsa there, so they just closed and left a spacer instead of a new ankle. That was in June and I took vancomycin for eight weeks then in Oct got another ankle. This ankle is not healing property and I need a fusion or removal of the ankle just below my knee. I have not made a decision what to do fusion or amputation. No one says, but I feel a lot of my problems is mrsa. I too have gained a lot of weight and have no strength. I also had another hospilation of one week with mrsa after this last surgery. Does this come back every time you have surgery? I am not the same person now. Does anyoneelse feel this way? Thanks Sandi

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RE: Side Effects Of MRSA
Posted by Kay
Last Reply April 4, 2005 at 03:57
Started March 14, 2005 at 03:07
My father has MRSA and has been tube feed since last November. His mouth is always sore and says that everything taste like kerosene. Has anyone ever heard of this? He is extremely malnutritioned, even with the tube feedings.

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MRSA CHILD DEATH
Posted by DEBBIE FORD
Last Reply February 28, 2005 at 17:06
Started October 13, 2004 at 19:23
IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR I GAVE BIRTH TO IDENTICAL TWIN GIRLS 10 WEEKS EARLY. TWO WEEKS AFTER BIRTH THE LARGEST OF THE TWO CONTRACTED MRSA AND DIED. THEN THE OTHER DAUGHTER GOT IT AND THE ANTIBIOTICS TOOK CARE OF IT. I BROUGHT HER HOME FIVE MONTHS LATER AND AFTER A FEW WEEKS THE MRSA BECAME ACTIVE AND SHE DIED ALSO. BOTH MY GIRLS WERE IN INCUBATORS AT THE TIME THEY CONTRACTED THE MRSA WHICH SHOULD BE A STERILE ENVIRONMENT. I HAVE HAD TROUBLE FINDING A LAWYER TO HELP ME HOLD THE HOSPITAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS. I KNOW MY GIRLS WERE NOT THE ONLY DEATHS DUE TO THIS WHILE THEY WERE THERE. ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THIS HAPPEN TO THEM CAN CONTACT ME AT dford@thomaspetroleum.com I AM BEGINNING TO THINK THIS WILL HAVE TO BE A COMBINED EFFORT BETWEEN THE PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN GOT THIS AT THE SAME HOSPITAL AND DURING THE SAME TIME FRAME.

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