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MRSA Hospitalization
Started by Candy
Posted: September 21, 2009 at 15:57
Reply #171 by Candy Posted: September 21, 2009 at 15:17

My 17 year old son is in the hospital right now with MRSA! Not sure where it actually began. School just started and he's in aquatics. Could have been someone with an open sore in the pool. He first complained of a pimple like sore on his tricep muscle. Like any teenager he popped it! It swelled and got worse. I cleaned it thorougly with alcohol etc. Looked like a possible stinger in it (a bug bite maybe). We used tweezers and tried to get it out. No luck and it looked bad! My husband took him to Providence in Everett, WA. The doctor accused my son of being a drugy and using needles on him self! He's never done drugs or in trouble, good in school, athletic. He has severe athsma! I was Furious! He barely numbed his arm and sliced into it! It started draining. He said it was MRSA before a was done, didn't clean the wound..blood and puss drained out of it! He just packed it with gauze and was pain bandage, the wrong antibiotic! My husband asked the nurse "Are you going to bandage it or anything?" She said "ya I guess I cant let you leave bleeding". She put gauze and tape over it, sent him home and told us to follow up with our Dr. in two days to have it repacked!

The next day he came home from school in tears from pain! I called our Dr. and he said he couldn't believe they didn't give him pain meds! He called some in and made his appt for Saturday. Saturday we took him in and it looked really bad! Our doctor wouldn't touch it! He sent us straight to the ER at another hospital. He knew it had to be opened up more. It was severely infected and my son was clearly sick! We got to the ER. They did blood work and an MRI. Came in to us with worse news! Not only was it MRSA that my entire family was exposed required surgery and major IV antibiotics and hospitalization! Also, there was a concern of more areas of infection and possible joint damage!

The surgeon came in and he was in surgery within an hour! Our ER Dr. left before surgery and wasn't able to consult with the surgeon. I tried to point out the other area of concern from the MRI and the ER Dr. said it was a possible 2nd infection site and he would look at it in surgery. He didn't. The intial site was cut open down his tricep muscle and drained, cleaned and packed. He was admitted and still on IV meds. I noticed the area above his elbow was 2x the size it was yesterday and hot to touch! The nurse told the surgeon. He came in cleaned and repacked the open wound. He looked at the other site and said "I see your concern. There may be another infection and pocket of fluid....Duh!!! He said to wait till this morning and see if it's better. It's not! They did more blood work and are suppose to do another MRI this morning. He probably has to have another surgery and the joint is a huge issue!

When will this nightmare end! He could lose his arm or function of! The other hospital screwed up! Providence is a large hospital. I expected more! He shouldn't be here! Help!!!!

Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #1 by ladyk
Posted: September 21, 2009 at 17:43
(moved for the record - all info in one place)

Reply #171 by Candy Posted: September 21, 2009 at 15:17


Re: Daughter has reoccurence of MRSA
Reply #10 by Candy Posted: September 21, 2009 at 15:32

My son had to have surgery! He may need another one! When the boils develop they don't always drain completely on their own and can cause pustual pockets under the skin. They have to drain all of it before antibiotics can really be effective! Make sure they scrub it out and pack it. IV antibiotics must be used for the first couple of days after surgery. The wounds have to be repacked 2x a day until it starts to heal from the inside out. The incisions and leisons cannot be closed up till the infection is all gone and it starts healing on the inside!!!! My son is on two major antibiotics, Vycomiacin and clyndomiacin...through an IV...major pain meds too! This is known as the Superbug on backterial and staff infections!!! Our hospital even has him quaranteend!


Re: Sinus problems
Reply #5 by Candy Posted: September 21, 2009 at 15:39

According to our ER doctor it can cause Lock Jaw and then heart failure! My son is very sick from MRSA and in the hospital! He's had to have surgery and possibly another one! My advice...go to the ER and tell them you have a diagnosis of MRSA! You should be in the hospital to get proper care...IV antibiotics..The strongest ones they have. This is known as the "Superbug" of staff infections! It's very dangerous!

Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #2 by ladyk
Posted: September 21, 2009 at 18:02
Candy -

First of all it is completely understandable, and most evident you're stressing in a big way over current situation.

But... you need to step back, and take a breath for the sake of your son who is going through this traumatic situation. As you can see by the volume of topic threads here, you are not alone. We can not provide cure, what we can provide is support, common/not so common personal experiences, and methods of care we have found (most through trial & error on both physician and patient sides) to help us control MRSA related complications.

I’m hoping to slow your anxiety level down a bit here. At the same time caution with my opinion.

I have a way of being straight forward - and I’m compelled to highly advise you to obtain an Infectious Disease specialist *directly. He/She is a most valuable addition to your son’s team of caregivers.

The old saying ‘knowledge is power’ greatly applies in this situation, and I suggest you become knowledgeable concerning MRSA. This will help you to understand the impact of MRSA on us as human host, strains & virulence, cross contamination (which affects family), and decolonizing which should include family. Decontaminating your house (as much as humanly possible), will help you to control cross contamination. Learning about wound/drainage/dressing/linen precautions, immune support supplementation, and emotional support… (as we know teenagers have difficulties in their own right) are all aspects of MRSA positive we have control over to a degree.

Knowledge also provides you with best questions to ask medical team which afford direct answers.

This is a good time to form exceptional communications with son, all need to learn together how best to take care of ourselves in this day of mutating/advancing bacteria, etc.

Don’t doubt the severity of being MRSA positive, at the same time knowing strain is critical in treating appropriately, therefore it is imperative to obtain culture. You too can request lab culture report from ordering physician’s office. Some require a nominal fee of a few cents per copy. Since son is a minor, you will have no trouble obtaining this document. Lab reports do not mix words. It grew what it grew. Often times it is best to reculture - where conclusively both reports support same findings. *Also reculture will provide assurance antibiotic HAS NOT fallen t0 ‘inducible resistance’ as in many documented cases where Clindamycin has been used as treatment for MRSA and failed.

Please research and request Infectious Disease specialist reculture utilizing the ‘d-zone test’ to reveal whether Clindamycin in your son’s case is still a sensitive/viable choice of antibiotic concerning strain of MRSA he has contracted.

You are on the right track proactively Candy. Ask as many questions as you have, we’ll do our best helping you find the answers.

Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #3 by hmshirley
Posted: October 5, 2011 at 02:15
I have MRSA right now and I'm also 17, but a girl. I understand how frustrating it is. A Week ago a spot was sore near my groin area. I told my mom and she just said whatver that i was fine. The next morning it had grown and with alittle ingrown hair lookig spot. she turned me down again saying i was fine and just being whinny, but put me on antibiotics anyways. Well the next day my leg was swollen and red half way down my thigh. the doctor, a family friend, came to my house that night very concerned and requesting me to come to her office first thing in the morning.

Friday morning she cut open my leg, drained it, and packed it; THE WORST PAIN! i was told to continue my antibiotics and given pain medicine. the next day i took out the packing, no better. The redness had gone down but not alot and it still had fever in it. That next monday there was still redness, almost to my knee, and a hard pocket. I went and had it drained again. I was also informed I have MRSA and she needed to change my antibiotic. I was told that if the antibiotics didn't work i would be in the hospital and wouldn't be able to cheer the last games of my senior football season.

I know you must be frustrated as a mother, but just know you aren't the only one out there having trouble getting this horrible thing under controll.

God be with you!
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #4 by Bob Anderson
Posted: October 5, 2011 at 14:58
hmshirley -

It always greatly disturbs me to see someone of your tender age suffering needlessly when there is an inexpensive and essentially painless way to fight MRSA and you have come to one of the few places on the internet where you can learn about it and call your parent's attention to it.

As unlikely as it may seem, crushed raw natural (non-irradiated) garlic kills MRSA on contact and it works every time and MRSA cannot become immune to it. It is a stinking fact.

Do a search on this forum for garlic and see what you find. No matter what other regimen one chooses, one should also become familiar with garlic and how to use it. If properly used it will work when all others fail and no bacteria, including MRSA and Multiple drug resistant tuberculosis, E. Coli, gangrene, syphillus, etc. can survive direct contact with the allicin in crushed raw garlic.

That is the reason why pharmaceutical companies and their stockholders feel threatened by it and hate it and spread lies about it in order to scare people or ridicule people into not using it. It really works and no staph can become resistant to it at a price less than one tenth of one percent of any commercial antibiotic. The choice is yours.

Every year many many thousands of people die from taking prescription medicines according to label directions and every year between 30,000 and 90,000 (depending on which statistics one believes) die from HA-MRSA when they went to the hospital to be treated for some unrelated condition.

You owe it to yourself to learn all you can about your affliction and the various different alternatives available to the patient so you can make more informed decisions about life and death matters and take your own life and safety into your own hands. If you don't look after your own safety, who will - someone who makes more money treating you than curing you?

Search this forum for the garlic threads and read and learn all you can about garlic. There are many stories in this forum from people who have used it properly with great success.

Learn how to use garlic to kill staph - the life you save may be your own.

After all, it really is your choice.

Garlic works quite well in conjunction with other modalities so one doesn't even have to give up doctors they feel comfortable with as it will help wipe out the staph whether what the doctor prescribes works or not by itself.

Again, it really is the patient's choice but few patients realize they have a choice and just do whatever their doctor recommends without ever questioning anything. That's why this forum is here.

Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #5 by Evelyn
Posted: March 30, 2012 at 17:15
(Bob Anderson mentioned the garlic method. ) My 70 yr old father started with
sores and rash on ankle. Skin swab came back inconclusive. When doctor
biopsied they spread to his back and on sides of rib cage. The biopsy
confirmed MRSA. He was pit on ampicillin because pathology report suggested
this would work. Symptoms seem to settle by return when meds run out. Doctor
has given him run around but finally issued 2nd round of same antibiotic. Same
results except that now he is complaining of joint pain. Willing to try crushed
garlic. What is opinion on adding an oral garlic supplement?
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #6 by Bob Anderson
Posted: March 30, 2012 at 19:42
Evelyn -

I am not a doctor and cannot give any medical advice, all I can do is discuss the properties og garlic when used in different ways.

You seem to have read the post above yours, if you will follow it and read other posts in this forum about garlic you will find the answers you seek.

Eating garlic in any form will only be of secondary help in that it will help build up the immune system, prevent blood clots, etc. but will have little or no healing effect.

the garlic water baths are the best bet.

This time of year you biggest challenge will be finding non-irradiated garlic since most of the bulk garlic in the produce depts of stores is from China and has been irradiated to kill the sprout and keep it from sprouting and shortening its shelflife. This years crop will not harvest until July. but if you know anyone who grows their own garlic, maybe you can get some from them.

Your next best bet is probably in the spices and condiments section of a grocery store where they usually have some smaller non-irradiated bulbs of garlic in little cellophane packets or little boxes with cellophane windows.

Some stores carry garlic from South America that may not have been irradiated but there is a way you can tell for sure whether a garlic has been irradiated.

Every clove in every bulb of natural garlic has a little sprout deep inside its center, growing up a sheath - that's the way garlic propagates itself. If you remove a clove from a bulb and tear it open youshould find a little growing sprout. If you do not find a sprout, it has been irradiated and has no health benefits because the radiation not only kills the sprout, it also neutralizes the enzyme, alliinase, which triggers the chemical process that results in the formation of allicin, the active compound in garlic that has the antimicrobial properties that kill MRSA and all other bacteria.

Neither MRSA nor any other kind of bacteria can become resistant to allicin because it kills in a different way than commercial antibiotics.

It usually takes a series of daily garlic baths to fully remove the MRSA from the body so that recurrences quit coming back.

Please read as many of the garlic posts in this forum as you can in order to gain a better understanding of how and why it works and why no bacteria can become resistant to direct application and why comsuming garlic will not cure MRSA or any other serious bacterial infection.

Good luck to you snf your dad.

PS - I'm someone's dad, too and I appreciatye what you are doing for him.
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #7 by Sindy
Posted: January 6, 2013 at 17:29
Greetings, I am a 33 year-old mother and wife that has been diagnosed
with MRSA-- It began with a bump in my nose that I thought could have
been herpese. I went to my primary care Dr. to get treatment for the
bump and was told that I have allergies and that I was fine. Months
later rash developed on my back and I began feeling thick mucus in my
throat, I was seem by the same Dr. for this condition was told that I
should switch soaps to calm the rash and that the mucus was a result
of quitting smoking. Six months later I began feeling really tired
and achy with a stiff neck (after having to rush my six-year-old son
to the ER with a temp of 103.2 and hives that were hot to the
touch..another story about being misdiagnosed. I went to the Dr. and
said I think I have MRSA, his initial reaction was one of obvious
doubt but be went through my chart and symptoms chronologically and
said "You may be right". He had me cultured right away and prescribed
me a sulfate antibiotics to which I began showing signs of an allergy
after day two. He prescribed my another anti-biotic which worked fine
but the day after I took the last pill all of my symptoms returned. I
am now taking Zyvoz 600mg twice a day. I am on day seven of a
fourteen day prescription and I am still forming boils on my face and
back. I feel like this med will not work either... Should I request
hospitalization and i.v. meds?
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #8 by carterburns
Posted: July 12, 2013 at 22:25
Im only 14 but i have been battling mrsas for about a year now no matter what scrubs they give me or many of them they drain they keep coming back the longest i went without one was about a month a half every since October 2012
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #9 by turtlelover
Posted: July 13, 2013 at 19:43

I am so sorry to hear about your son. I hope he gets out of this scrape without long
term damage.

Consider taking him out of swimming when he gets well. My kid was a swimmer when
she contracted MRSA and we think the chlorine in the pool killed off some of her
regular flora and fauna and allowed staph to overrun her skin. Chlorine is basic and
your skin has a natural pH that is acidic (4 to 6.5) to fend off these bugs.

Good Luck

Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #10 by Amanda
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 22:37
I too have been fighting MRSA since June I have had 3 outbreaks. And every time its MRSA.
I was even given the nasal medicine and still had MRSA. I am getting very discouraged,
every time I seem to get sicker. My pcp put me on a new antibiotic to try and kill the
infection. It is also affecting my job, having to be off due to it. Im almost afraid to be near
people. I clean and disinfect everything daily, wash bedding weekly and no one else in my
immediate family has had an outbreak. I also wash with hibicleans, and it dosent help. And
tips or reccomendations would be greatly appreciated!
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #11 by jan
Posted: June 18, 2018 at 16:12
I have had many bouts with MRSA over the last ten years. I am currently experiencing one in my female area. It is very sore. It has not started draining. I go to the doctor soon. I am scared since our local doctors have been very negative in the past.

The infectious disease doctor could not get me in today.
Re: MRSA Hospitalization
Reply #12 by Man_Nuka15
Posted: June 18, 2018 at 16:30
Raw crushed garlic baths (Bob Anderson)
Probiotic foods and drinks
Turmeric extract pills 500mg or more daily
Vitamin C 2000mg until infection subsides then 1000mg daily
Avoid oral antibiotics and antibiotic creams
Apply (combine) tea tree oil and levender oil topically on sores in between garlic baths. Keep wounds covered.
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