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Four months
Posted by Carlene
Last Reply March 2, 2009 at 20:12
Started March 2, 2009 at 20:12
My baby went to heaven four months ago today.
Thank you all for your support.
This site has been a comfort to me.
Love to all.
Carlene in Alaska

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MRSA & Acidophilis
Posted by Donna
Last Reply February 28, 2009 at 02:16
Started February 25, 2009 at 03:54
Has anyone heard of Acidophilis and it's ability to help with MRSA?

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Daughter is 7 dia. w/MRSA
Posted by Joanne
Last Reply February 18, 2009 at 19:03
Started September 22, 2007 at 01:48
My daughter was diagnosed with MRSA and a secondary infection Klebiella in her groin area. We think the klebiella came from diareah she had after the FIRST boil was unsucessfully treated with augementim. I gave her a panty liner to wear incase of another accident on the play grown at school. I'm afraid that the pantyliner irritated the groin area where new boils were forming under the skin. In any case after 1 week of waiting for tests, and more tests the call came and I was beside my self. Where the H@!! did she get this? Could it have been from a emergancy room visit for stiches? or was it from the two little girls she plays with who also had boils after returning from a 3 week stay in Mexico? The mother won't admit to the boils yet the little girls told me all about them and exactly were they were. I also seems that the one little girl had these boils last year around this time. WHAT I REALLY WANT TO KNOW IS WILL THIS GO AWAY AFTER THE CORRECT ANTIBO. TREATMENT OR WILL I... read more

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Michael Jackson diagnosed with a STAPH infect
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply February 16, 2009 at 15:09
Started February 15, 2009 at 15:44
Hello All,

Has anyone read about this. It was in the news Friday that Michael Jackson is suffering from a staph infection with MRSA like qualities.
Now we all know that there's no such thing. He has MRSA that has attacked his face and hands. The only thing that wasn't clear is whether he has the necrotizing type of skin infection. But that's what the report hinted at. It said that his face and hands were inflamed, swollen, and red. And it said that he contracted it during the last surgery he had on his nose. I'm just waiting to see if someone with this much public exposure will make any difference at all in helping the MRSA cause. Anyones thoughts? Will this maybe make some kind of difference? What do you think? LindaA

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SC. is heating up!
Posted by Lisa in Sc.
Last Reply February 14, 2009 at 11:19
Started May 8, 2006 at 14:33
Hi All,
I wanted to let you know that on WED.MAY 10th at 9:00am at the Blatt building rm.426 down town COLA.there is a Bill,S-1318 giong up to make hosp. report their HA-infections rates.Please show your support in passing this Bill,as this could also make hospitals "CLEAN-UP THE ACTS" If you need any more information send E-mail to

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Need some info ASAP
Posted by DJN in Texas
Last Reply February 13, 2009 at 04:36
Started February 12, 2009 at 15:04
I was diagnosed with MRSA is 2005. Typical sympton, what looked like an ant bite appeared on my hand, within days there was terrible swelling and pain. My doctor put me in the hospital and the area was surgically lanced. I was then put on Vancomycin which caused severe hives.

Now for the last 3 months, I have had little blisters appear sporadically on my body. One on my arm, 2 on my legs, etc. I went to the doc and she put me on Keflex. I told her about the MRSA is 2005. The keflex caused severe reaction/hives. Just 2 days ago, I noticed a painful spot on the top of my foot. No blister or boil. Within 3 hours, a small blister appeared, by the end of the day a blister about the size of a pea was on top of my foot. I soaked my foot in sea salt and while wiping my foot dry, the thing popped. I cleaned up the area, put antibiotic cream on it and bandaged it. Went to work the next day and when I woke up the next morning after a night of maybe 2 hours of sleep couldn't bea... read more

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Your support
Posted by Carlene
Last Reply February 11, 2009 at 14:47
Started February 10, 2009 at 20:03
Lady K you are so very supportive.
I am just wondering where your concern comes from.
Did you lose a loved one from MRSA too ?

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Hello LadyK
Posted by Carlene
Last Reply February 9, 2009 at 18:15
Started January 25, 2009 at 04:55
It is me, Carlene in Alaska. Just wanted to make sure I had access to your site. My daughter died of MRSA in November but it was quite different than what I've read here. Her MRSA attacked her heart, lungs and eventually her kidneys. Can only talk of it briefly for a time. Will be back to this site daily. Love, Carlene

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Lady K
Posted by graham woods
Last Reply February 5, 2009 at 18:51
Started February 2, 2009 at 20:41
many many thanks for taking the time and trouble to post the info - I am still digesting it. thanks once again, Graham - UK

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Three months
Posted by Carlene
Last Reply February 3, 2009 at 17:44
Started February 3, 2009 at 17:44
Yesterday it was three months since MRSA killed my child.
I cannot begin to thank you for the support you have shown me.
Knowing I am not alone against this awful illness is comforting but my heart goes out to every person and family who is dealing with MRSA.
Again, thank you all so much for your love and support.
Carlene in Alaska

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MRSA and never told results
Posted by Patti
Last Reply January 30, 2009 at 17:04
Started January 30, 2009 at 02:32
I was seen in my local hospital in November 2008 with a boil on my buttocks, the emergency room doc lanced it and sent me home on antibiotics, the wound healed.
I got sick this past weekend 1/26/2009 with severe bronchitis, fever, chills,and two open wounds that were blisters but erupted on my outer upper thigh and went to see my primary doc. I established care with my primary doc in 12/2009 and told her of my emergency room visit and she had me sign release to obtain the results of the culture that she said should of been done at the emergency room of my lanced boil.
So upon my 1/26/2009 visit my doctor pulls out of my chart the results from November and tells me that I have MRSA and my new lesions on my thigh are MRSA and I will always have this disease. I am so upset because I feel the hospital who treated me in November and knew this culture was positive for MRSA failed to ever notify me that I was infected with a very contagious disease. I share a restroom with my children... read more

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hard time breathing
Posted by workinprogress
Last Reply January 28, 2009 at 16:44
Started January 21, 2009 at 11:37
I was told last year I have MRSA been checked a few times sence still have it but anyway thats not the question Ive been having a hard time catching my breath is this normal/part off the MRSA virus just woundering if its just something else (i do smoke but not much anymore)

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MRSA and children
Posted by MJ
Last Reply January 27, 2009 at 03:16
Started January 21, 2009 at 21:30
My 2 yr son develop abcess in his buttock area and it was deep and large enough that I had to take him to the emergency room so that they can cut and drain the pus. He was put on antiobiotic but it kept on recurring. It was MSRA. He develop abcess 4 more time. I got so fed up with the doctors who could not do anything for him, that I now develop my own routine so that he does suffer anymore or spread to my other children. Besides putting the Mupirocin in his nose everytime after he takes a bath, I also add 1/4 cup bleach in his bath waterrid any bacteria on his skin once a week, use antibacterial soap in his normal bath routine, and I spray and clean with bleach water on the knobs, counter, toys, etc. So far so good, he has not had an episode in the past 10 months since I have implement my cleaning routine. Hopefully, once he is potty train, I won't have to be so deligent.

Saw an episode of Dr. G, Medical Examiner the other night and she autopsy an man died of MRSA and she stated... read more

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Am I taking the right steps?
Posted by K.
Last Reply January 23, 2009 at 20:33
Started January 21, 2009 at 22:58
Both my boyfriend and I were recently diagnosed with MRSA. His case occured first, and was more severe than mine, resulting in three days of twice daily IV antibiotics (Vancomycin). I had two smaller infections which cleared up on their own, and recently developed a third, more severe one which was drained at the hospital and after a swab was done, I was given a ten day prescription of twice daily Apo-Sulfatrim. We're worried about catching it again, so we've taken the following measures to prevent re-infection:

Washed ALL bedding, clothing, towels etc that may have come in contact with the wound.
Bought antibacterial soap and body wash for the shower
Keep wound covered completely
No shaving for a month (ew, I know, but doc recommended it in order to prevent any skin lesions while we're healing)

Is there anything else you'd recommend? This MRSA thing is brand new to me, and VERY scary. Thanks for all help and suggestions.

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NYC Coumbia Presb Hosp NYC
Posted by MRSA x 9 years
Last Reply January 19, 2009 at 04:10
Started January 9, 2009 at 04:27
I believe I posted on the wrong part of the forum initially. I am from the US. I am copying and pasting what I put on another part of this forum with a cpl of additions.

I have had MRSA in an abdominal wound for NINE+ years (since Oct/99.) I don't think anyone but the patient can explain how they feel during and after. Mine is still within the abdomen after the original 30 cm x 10.9 wound finally closed 6 months post op. (Packed by RN's in the home twice daily after two hospitalizations, original surgery and back in 10 days after they finally realized something was wrong, my entire abdominal surgical wound never closed.) I went in for a hysterectomy, came out with all my repro organs (guess the doc with three board certifications could not get them out?) and MRSA, Pseudomonous (sp) and Klepsiella along with a few other bacterias.

I've been to the Mayo Clinc, they can't help me. If they go back in surgically I will probably wind up with a colostomy I was told by the head s... read more

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Vitamin C, probiotics and antibiotics
Posted by edp
Last Reply January 11, 2009 at 23:14
Started January 11, 2009 at 17:44
I have read some articles from doctors themselves not to take Vitamin C and even probiotics while taking antibiotics.They are saying that an antibiotic suppresses the immune system.Taking a supplement to boost the immune system will confuse the immune system and could lead to an auto-immune response.Others doctors say otherwise.Vitamin C and even probiotics work together with antibiotics.I am confused....

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Posted by Keith
Last Reply January 10, 2009 at 04:58
Started January 5, 2009 at 16:06
Well, first off I am very grateful to have found this board, back in September I noticed a small bump form on my forehead, the next morning the entire area was swelled up like water under the skin and within hours it turned to a painful boil. Two days passed and next my tonsils became huge and completely infected to the brim, went to see my doc and went on Amox, no change after two weeks of treatment. Went to ENT for diagnosis, went on clindamycin, then Bactrim, then Avelox and prednisone (which helped with the boil inflammation) None of these helped the boils which at this point were five in total on forehead, very large and painful. Now it's January and with all other options gone I went to the ER. Lots of blood work, xrays, catscans, the works, IV antibiotics. My throat is a bit better but the lesions keep appearing, I have been using Ziana ointment on them and keep them bandaged to help keep them clean and this helps some what. I have a follow up with Physician today and hopeful... read more

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Webcast, Patient Power
Posted by Moya
Last Reply January 9, 2009 at 21:20
Started January 9, 2009 at 21:20

Webcast, Patient Power, to discuss

“MRSA: How safe are you?”

Wednesday, January 14th 2009

WHAT: Webcast – “Patient Power” with Andrew Schorr at

MRSA, also known as staph infection or ‘Superbug,’ has been a constant topic of discussion in the news. How common are staph and MRSA infections? Are staph and MRSA infections treatable? Should we be alarmed? What should I do if someone I know has a staph or MRSA infection? Join Victoria Nahum, who lost her son to a hospital infection, and two knowledgeable experts as they outline the main issues surrounding MRSA and discuss steps towards reducing these infections in the healthcare setting and beyond. Call in live with your questions about this very important topic.


Jeremias Murillo: Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director, Infection Control and Epidemiology, Newark Beth Israel

Victoria Nahum – Mother who lost her son to an HAI

Andrew Schorr: Host and leuk... read more

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Aspirin May Aid Against Staph
Posted by ruth Duryea
Last Reply January 9, 2009 at 15:17
Started January 9, 2009 at 15:17
Researchers have found that salicylic acid, the major byproduct of aspirin, disrupts two
key genes of staph bacteria that let the germ adhere to host cells, offering a possible
new therapy for a deadly infection.

"It may be that an aspirin a day is better for you than we thought," said Ambrose
Cheung, a microbiologist at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. He led the team
that published its research Tuesday in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Staphylococcus aureus can cause sepsis - inflammation of the blood vessels and
abscesses on important arteries, including those of the heart. Strains of the bacteria
are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, including one that resists even the
top- line drug vancomycin and is especially dangerous to patients who are
hospitalized or in nursing homes. As a result, researchers have been looking for
anything that might give doctors an edge in battling the germs.

Other scientists noticed several years... read more

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Posted by Lorraine
Last Reply January 3, 2009 at 19:14
Started February 27, 2005 at 16:22
I contracted MRSA (Abdominal) in hospital due to filthy conditions. The toilets were dirty. When I complained to nursing staff they more or less shrugged it off. Toilet samples were taken and left on the work tops sometimes for hours before retrieval. Showers had blood stains and old bits of wound dressings etc. After 2 op's for a hernia and a hyitus hernia I had 2 surgical drains and 67 staples. When one of the staples came loose and some pus came out I showed this to an auxillary nurse who told me not to worry as this was nothing!! After being told I contracted MRSA I was in and out of hospital 3 times for more op's to cut out infections ( antibiotics did'nt work) I had 5 months of district nursing care where the nurses packed and unpacked my wounds. I now have 2 more hernias and need more surgery. Nearly 2 years down the line I am very very tired all the time. I have no energy or enthusiasm. I get very hot and sweaty and have put on a great deal of weight.
I wonder if ... read more

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