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Grandma with MRSA
Posted by Tina
Last Reply October 14, 2006 at 16:49
Started October 10, 2006 at 20:02
Hi Everyone,
I've been reading your forum trying to find as much information as I can. My Grandma was diagnosed with MRSA on the first Friday on October (all my days are running together). I need help with what I can expect. My Grandma is 77 years old; she had open heart surgery 11 days before she was diagnosed. She was released from the hospital one week after her surgery however, my Mom who is her caretaker at this point had to call 911 because the wound in my Granmaís chest was bleeding profusely 2 days later. She was taken to the hospital Wednesday night and admitted on Thursday morning. That Friday is when she was diagnosed with MRSA.

At this point they are cleaning her wounds and giving her antibiotics (I canít remember off hand what they are). I know this may sound morbid to some and honestly I do have hope but I need to know the signs are that her condition may be worsening. Her chest x-ray that was done on Sunday was clear so there is no pneumonia, but she is... read more

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Posted by jtswan
Last Reply October 14, 2006 at 01:32
Started July 21, 2006 at 10:17
Has anyone here tried doxycycline for mrsa?
My son contacted it, and then i got it. lovely. He had to have his cut out and was on bactrim. he does seem better, but i am concerned that it will return. We live in Hawaii, and five of his freinds who surf a lot thought they had spider bites. its definitely mrsa. i knew when i got a red itchy spot to keep an eye on it, and sure enough after two weeks it blew up. it looked just like what he had. i had doxy tablets, and i dissolved them in warm water, and added a little castor oil. i kept it on with a cotton ball and tape. its been two weeks now. i did go to the same doctor as my son. the doc said i didnt need the bactrim, as the wound was subcutaneous and not into the deep tissue. the doxy seems to be working. i got bird antibiotic, for birds. tablets. it was all i had, and it was sunday, and i didnt want to sit in the emergency at the hospital.

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Woman To Woman
Posted by A Woman
Last Reply October 13, 2006 at 20:25
Started October 13, 2006 at 01:10

Iím not alone? Things I canít / wonít say to those I love. The battle rages on with every day, attempting to gain back what MRSA has taken away.

The list seems unending:

spring/summer/now fall
our summer family vacation (plagued by illness I tried to hide from them)
our plans (before getting sick we only had one trip alone together, now that the kids are grown)
my strength
my health
my well being
my dignity
my memory
my carefree way
my independence
my contentment
my gutsy protectiveness
my appearance
my husbandís smile
my kids at ease demeanor
my faith at times
my drive as a woman, wife and Mom
my will
my partnerís touch
our intimacy as lovers
Seems MRSA even has the power to challenged our ľ century marriage. The one thing which is stronger than MRSA ! Or is it? Will MRSAís relentlessness take my life too, leaving my partner alone, and win?

What hurts my heart to the core most of all is knowing the need to ... read more

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Posted by Sandi
Last Reply October 13, 2006 at 13:26
Started October 13, 2006 at 01:50
There is a show on tonite on PBS at 9 central time about hospital infections. I do not know how good it is, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to watch. Sandi

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Mrsa and pregnancy
Posted by Nicole
Last Reply October 12, 2006 at 21:58
Started October 3, 2005 at 21:57
I am on Rifampin, Bactrim, the antibacterial soap, and the cream that goes in nose. I have been diagnosed with MRSA since January. It also caused me to go into early labor in June. I just took a pregnancy test and found out im pregnant. Now i'm afraid of it happening again. I talked to both my OBGYN and infectious disease specialist and they said that I need to stay on the medications. But I'm afraid that it may harm the baby. What should I do? Any comments

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Posted by LISA
Last Reply October 10, 2006 at 01:31
Started April 23, 2006
Hi, can someone please help me with this,My son got HA-MRSA and osteomylitis after ligament repair about a year ago,he still needs more surgery but we have been waiting until the doctor feels he is ready to have it again, in the last week my son has had increased pain in his legs,I took him to the Dr. and he ordered repeate cultures and a bone scan,(that was yesterday) Today I got the report of the scan and it says:
blood flow images demonstrate no asymmetry.
Blood pool images demonstrate irregular activity seen within the proximal tibia on the right which is most consisted with uptake from postsurgical changes with corresponding left femoral and tibial physis activity appearing correspondingly more intense.It would be very difficult to exclude some degree of soft tissue uptake or cellulitis when correlating with the three hour delayed images also demonstrating relatively more activity seen within the left physes.Findings would be most consistent with simply postsurgical altered... read more

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Community Testing: A Key to MRSA Eradication
Posted by W. John Martin
Last Reply October 8, 2006 at 18:29
Started October 8, 2006 at 18:29
Public Health complacency over the emergence of toxic MRSA infections is inexcusable. Although the task is far more difficult now than had decisive action been taken earlier, it is still potentially possible to eradicate MRSA from the community. The key to eradication is the relative simplicity of detecting MRSA in the environment. As public facilities are proven to harbor MRSA, those responsible for the facilities will become obligated to undertake more effective cleaning procedures.
This approach is now underway with some of the major college football programs. For example, the locker rooms and equipment of the University of Georgiaís Athletic Department are being routinely tested for MRSA and all players and coaching staff screened for carriage of MRSA. Unfortunately, many of the teams they will encounter this season have yet to accept the challenge of becoming free of MRSA. Playgrounds, schools, childcare centers, doctorsí offices and healthca... read more

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Posted by MJK
Last Reply October 5, 2006 at 19:54
Started October 1, 2006 at 05:54
My triplets all just contracted MRSA in the NICU along with at least 4 other preemies. They claim it is the first outbreak in 20 years. One of the babies has it worse than the others and has developed meningitis. It is quite obvious due to the outbreak among several patients at the same time that the hospital/staff is the absolute cause. It seems like a cut and dry case for an attorney in my opinion. Where should I go from here?

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Posted by bobbie
Last Reply October 5, 2006 at 03:20
Started October 14, 2004 at 16:15
I am a dialysis tech. I injured my knee shoulder and neck lifting a patient. I went to the hospital the following day as I could not raise my arm or turn my head. Three days later I ended up in ICU with what they finally diagnosed as MRSA+ that was collonizing in my knee. I had to wear scrubs and PPE always in care of pts. I had no cut anywhere on my body that could have been exposed, does any one know how i could have gotten this infection?

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Newly Diagnosed
Posted by Grace
Last Reply October 1, 2006 at 07:52
Started November 22, 2004 at 20:34
I am a newly diagnosed MRSA victim and this is the first site I've found to address this from a victims perspective. I am a 30 year old mom of two, and my MRSA was also initially diagnosed as a spider bite, specifically BRS bite. THREE WEEKS after discharge from the hospital, I accidentally found out it was MRSA. Since then, we have been fighting an uphill battle. The physicians answer for so long was to "wait and see" and then cut it out. I have one huge scar on the back of my right leg, and two moderate ones on the front of my left leg, and two smaller ones on my underwear line on both legs. They aren't worried, but then I don't guess they have to be. They can walk with comfort and wear regular pants and clothes w/o pain. Currently, I'm under the care of an Infectious diseases doctor, and after TWELVE different antibiotics in a twelve week period, he has me on Rifampin/Bactrim combo that (holds breath) appears to be working for now. I'm constantly tired though, suffer fro... read more

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MRSA in Petroleum Jelly
Posted by joey'smom
Last Reply September 30, 2006 at 16:54
Started September 29, 2006 at 21:56
My son was in nicu right after birth. He had to have several chest tubes because he had some major issues with his lungs colapsing. The did an ultrasound on his chest and used a certain companies petroleum jelly. Immediatley afterwards, my son contracted MRSA. He as had to undergo two operations because it infected the site of his chest tubes. I received a letter from the hospital stating that they tested the petroleum jelly that was used and that it was infected with MRSA. They state that they are not responsible and have send the bottle to the Center for Disease control. While i am glad that this has been brought to this companies attention and hopefuly no other babies will have to go through what i have gone through, i was wondering if there is any action that i can take. I am not interested in money to make me rich, however, my husband has had to quit his job and the medical bills keep adding up for the care of my son. Does anyone think that this is something that should ... read more

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Posted by Afflicted
Last Reply September 30, 2006 at 04:38
Started September 5, 2005 at 18:20

Starting in March, I have treated five to six boils at various
locations on my skin. These recurrent infections are frustrating to say the least. I am current using the Mupiricin in the nose. I hope that Hibiclens usage will prevent future infections. Does anyone have any experience with the Hibiclens? Specifically, does every other day usage of this soap prevent the MRSA recurrence? Has anyone had a recurrence of a boil even when using this soap?

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MRSA victory with Kefir culture
Posted by Tatiana
Last Reply September 29, 2006 at 20:11
Started September 29, 2006 at 12:58
Hello all.
Want to share my story which is not over yet.
For 9 month i was suffering with undiagnosed infection in my maxillary. 12 rounds of empirical treatments w/most antibiotics helped to grow MRSA. Finally biopsy revealed MRSA and osteo. IV vancomycin plus rifampin - and could not tolerate it for more than 3 weeks, had to stop the protocol on the middle. Doctors offered nothing - but wait and see - will i get worse or my immune system will kick in. CT scan at this point showed bony errosion and soft tissure infection progression - vanco did nothing for me.
I got worse, went down w/fever,sinus and upper respiratory infection. Missed 3 weeks of work. My mother had to come from Moscow(Russia) to New York to help me thru.
She brought the old natural kefir culture and started making a kefir for me every day/which i later learned - is
a powerfull probiotic.
In one week fever went down from 100 - 101 to 98.6 stable,
second week - i fired the painkillers and motrin,third week ... read more

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First known Breakout
Posted by Tiki
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 14:21
Started September 27, 2006 at 06:08
Well...I've experianced another breakout. It started during the weekend. This is the first one though where we KNEW what we were dealing with. Called my Doctor. She called in an antibiotic (cipro), and pain med. Then the first thing monday morning I had to be in her office when the door opened. Oh my lord, I guess this is one of those cases where the treatment is just about as bad as the illness. Going into her office I had dizzy spells. She immediately told me she was changing my meds (she had the result from the wound culture), Sulfamethoxazole/tmp ds, Bactrim creme (in the nose), and an appt. with an infectious control Doctor. Today (Wed), I have been sick to my stomach all day. I thought it was from the pain meds and stopped taking them. I have been through the breakout before not knowing what it was and figured I could deal with the pain...but being naseous all day sucked. Its Wed. night now...feeling nausea. Getting the appropriate vitamin supplements.... read more

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Is there any Life after MRSA
Posted by cclasby
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 06:41
Started September 15, 2006 at 19:02
...Posted this on the UK side first

First off before MRSA I was a healthy 36 year old female with type 1 diabetes, needed max 4 hours of sleep, had oodles of energy, weight was ideal. Got MRSA as a bladder infection (not sure what strain), was treated with heavy antibiotics - two different ones, also had the whole battery of STD tests done because of the location of MRSA all came back negative. Follow up urine test said that I was clear of MRSA and haven't had any out breaks of MRSA since.

Since MRSA I have been diagnosed with: Perniscious Anemia (take B12 shots)(this is considered an autoimmune disease), Sleep Apnea (use a cpap machine and take Provigil-an upper to keep me awake), and have been tired every since even with the treatments - however atleast I can function using the treatments if I don't do anything I can barely get out of bed as I am just so tired, Multiple kidney infections during the first 6 months after MRSA so was on a maintenance antibiotic for 5 months an... read more

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Posted by Maureen
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 02:35
Started September 28, 2006 at 02:35
I found this site by accidnet and it is like a godsend!! My fiance had a below the knee (BKA) amputation (diabetes) on July 7. He went to a rehabilitation hospital and was diagnosed with MRSA on his stump August 8. They sent to the ER and the doctors decided that since he had no fever, no redness and no high white count that it must have been a superficial swabbing of the stump and sent us back to the rehab. He was sent home on Aug. 15 to finish healing as he had reached all of his PT goals. Days after being sent home, he developed absesses under his arms and his stump began to smell and have discharge. On Aug 31 he was admitted back to the hospital and after days of tests was diagnosed with MRSA under his arms but inconclusive findings in his stump. He was started on IV Vancmycin and Unasyn 2x and 4x daily. He has been back in the rehab since Sep.11 and will be on the meds until Oct.18. He has NO energy and his hemoglobin level is 10. The stump is healing very slowly, with a woun... read more

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Posted by A concerned real Doctor who had MRSA
Last Reply September 27, 2006 at 20:31
Started November 1, 2005 at 07:08
Ozone therapy is very dangerous and does not work. "Dr. Callum" is not a doctor and is part-owner of a company that manufactures these contraptions. I am a doctor who had MRSA three years ago and I am now MRSA free. Believe it or not, 75% of health care workers in hospitals and nursing homes (Doctors, Registered Nurses, LPNs, CNAs, Technicians, etc.) are colonized with MRSA. It comes with the territory of working in an environment where MRSA is rampant, as well as constantly being exposed to ill people. The best course of action in dealing with MRSA is to seek the help of an infectious disease specialist. He or she will reccommend a course of treatment, depending on the severity of your MRSA. For less severe cases of MRSA, a regimen of Bactroban cream up the nose and on the abcesses, along with an oral anti-biotic, in conjunction with anti-bacterial soap will likely do the trick. For more severe cases of MRSA, a pic-line IV with daily Vancomycin (an IV antibiotic) treatments, rangin... read more

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Is Treatment w/meds given only during breakout
Posted by Tiki
Last Reply September 27, 2006 at 06:05
Started September 18, 2006 at 02:20
It is unclear to me as to the path of treatment. Does your doctor put you on meds when you have a breakout...Or do you go on meds after testing positive for mrsa even if you have no breakouts at the time? I had a break out which my doctor did a wound culture on and discovered the mrsa. By the time I received the information the breakout had already healed. My doctor simply gave me alist basically of precautions to take and she reviewed my diet with me...I am also a gastric by pass patient. There was never any mention of currently going on a treatment of meds...and I was simply overwhelmed enough to forget to even ask questions.

Could someone please clarify this for me?

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Posted by Ms. B
Last Reply September 26, 2006 at 18:11
Started August 30, 2006 at 05:49
Why Doctor tells you not to allow the wound to scab over?

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how do i protect others?
Posted by cindy
Last Reply September 26, 2006
Started September 3, 2006 at 01:14
should i be disinfecting everything? i have me and 3 other kids whom so far do not have it. only my daughter. what do i need to do to make my home safer? no one else should ever have to suffer this, it's sad enough to witness a 7 year old. please help me cindy

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