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My MRSA Journey:
Started by Lois
Posted: March 2, 2010
I saw my ID physician today. First time since April 7, 2009. He was very nice and took a lot of time answering my questions. I had a nares culture last week and I am NOT colonized with MRSA or any other staph. Great news! The sad news is that MRSA or any other type of staph infection never goes away according to him. It lays dormant in the body and can come out any time it wants to. He said that's why they never say you are cured.

Also, he informed me that I did NOT have MRSA in my back. I did have it in my oophorectomy wound. What was in my back was Coagulase Negative Staph. I found that quite interesting because this is the FIRST time it was mentioned to me. It's been called MRSA ever since it happened in my back. Even he called it MRSA until today. Of course, now I have all these questions about Coagulase Negative Staph that I never thought to ask until I got in my van to leave and googled it tonight. Now I want to know what strain of Coagulase Negative Staph I had.

I continue to have "flashback" like symptoms almost everytime I see one of my physicians at the Medical Center attached to the Hospital where I was fighting for my life last year. I know it will get better.

The one thing I came out of the appointment with was that I need to live every day to the fullest like many of you have said all along. I was given a second chance and I need to take full advantage of that.

I am so thankful for lady k and others on this site. I believe I am feeling so...much better due to the vitamins and other supplements I take along with the great support I get. I, also, believe in the Phillips goLITE BLU therapy box.

I saw an article today in the NY Times called: Rising Infections Unfazed By Antibiotics by Andrew Pollack March 1, 2010. It just never ends. I fear and pray for those who unknowingly become infected as we all did.

My Best To All Of You,

Re: My MRSA Journey:
Reply #1 by ladyk
Posted: March 3, 2010 at 17:35
Dear Lois -

I’m glad to hear your ID specialist spent time with you. Also great to hear negative nare colonization! Be sure to pay particular attention to your current care regimens both topical and internal, as this has brought you to where you are feeling better today. Remember… in the case of MRSA, this bacteria offers no immunity. Same precautions you have used to get yourself to this point, are just as necessary today and onward for your protection. Complacency could find any one of us cross contaminated.

MRSA is gram positive - coagulase positive.
Staphylococcus epidermidis is gram positive - coagulase negative.

The bacterial genus Staphylococcus is split into two main groups:

*S. aureus: A cause of soft tissue infections, as well as toxic shock syndrome (TSS). It can be distinguished from other species of Staphylococcus by a positive result in a coagulase test - ability to clot plasma (all other species are negative).

*Non-aureus species such as S. epidermidis (coagulase-negative).

Staphylococci are non-motile, Gram-positive cocci, ~1 µm in diameter.
The spherical cells occur in irregular clusters [Greek staphyle = bunch of grapes]. The term staphylococcus is also used for any bacteria with such a growth pattern. Staphylococcus epidermidis are Gram-positive cells ~1 µm diameter, arranged like "bunches of grapes" coagulase negative.

In my opinion… it is quite likely your coag neg staph is Staphylococcus epidermidis. Below is a bit of information. All speculation could be cleared up with a phone call to physician’s office requesting confirmation of name concerning gram negative staph found in your back. I’d be compelled to call.

[“Staphylococcus epidermidis is one of thirty-three known species belonging to the genus Staphylococcus. It is part of our skin flora, and consequently part of human flora. It can also be found in the mucous membranes and in animals. Due to contamination, it is probably the most common species found in laboratory tests.

Although S. epidermidis is usually non-pathogenic, patients with a compromised immune system are often at risk for developing an infection. These infections can be both nosocomial or community acquired, but they are more of a threat to hospital patients.
This is related to hospitals carrying more virulent strains of the organism…

S. epidermidis is also a major concern for people with catheters or other surgical implants because it is known to cause biofilms that grow on these devices.”]

*Link below is a very good site explaining lab tests for staph…

If you’re interested in more information let me know.

I truly appreciate knowing you have found good, solid help that has had a positive impact on your comfort and well being Lois.

Continued best wishes to you. Keep up the hard work and striving forward.

Re: My MRSA Journey:
Reply #2 by Lois
Posted: March 5, 2010
My question is for Bob or anyone else on internal garlic. I take 6 capsules of enteric coated allicin/garlic every day now. 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening. Does it help against virus'?

Re: My MRSA Journey:
Reply #3 by Bob Anderson
Posted: March 5, 2010 at 20:11
Lois -

Good question.

That's a lot of garlic, your immune system must be a beast.

Which virus?

Little if anything is very effective against most viruses but garlic is somewhat effective in cutting short some viral infections; herpes, for example, crushed raw garlic stops outbreaks when applied directly to the outbreak and makes them occur less frequently but it doesn't drive it from the body.

Viruses are totally different than bacteria, which crushed raw garlic kills on contact but garlic pills have little if any effects against bacteria if taken internally.

Taking garlic pills greatly enhances the immune system but it takes crushed raw garlic being applied directly to the site of the infection to kill MRSA.

I once had a staph infection on my left index finger so I ate a whole bulb of garlic raw every day for two weeks and it did no good. In desperation one night, I put a small amount of crushed raw garlic right on the sorest part of the finger and it burn fiercely for about a minute but it rapidly started healing and didn't hurt anymore and in 36 hours all the swelling left and my finger was completely normal.

That's how garlic works against staph, all staph, including MRSA.

Back to viruses, I have found that if I get a tickle in my nose or throat and I inhale fumes from crushed garlic and slowly chew a clove and catch it early enough it doesn't become a problem and goes away but if I don't catch it in time it becomes a full blown cold and runs its two-week normal course and the garlic has no apparent effect on it.

Because of the way garlic works there are some possibilites for using it in a binary configuration for some chemical smart bombs but you would need to know what to pair it with so that it hits the right target. Some developmental work has already been done in that and it would be interesting to see if the same technique could be done against viruses.

Re: My MRSA Journey:
Reply #4 by Lois
Posted: March 6, 2010 at 05:13
Thanks Bob,

My immune system is no where near a beast! I wish! I was feeling really great last week through this past Monday. Well, great for me which is 65% maybe. Then on Tuesday I wake up with diarrhea and start a cough the following day. I still have the cough with some sort of upper respiratory infection & throat infection. My progress is like a roller coaster. The nerves in my lower back are really hurting again, too. It gets me down really fast. I just started the 6 capsules of allicin maybe a week and a half ago hoping I might feel better. Just experimenting. My MRSA was in a wound that healed well, but got in my blood stream and into my spine. No open wound in my spine. It has been "gone" since April 6 or 7th of 2009, though still laying dormant somewhere. Recovery has been slow including walking. I am alive though and walk with a cane. I am able to work part time and...I have a wonderful fun time with my 20 month old grandson who I adore! Thank God for him!

Re: My MRSA Journey:
Reply #5 by Rose
Posted: April 3, 2010 at 03:30
I had a wide excision of a breast mass (turned out to be chronic inflammation) and developed MRSA - S.epidermidis.I just finished 2 weeks of Zyvox, but don't think the infection has cleared up, I still have redness and discomfort in my breast. I will see the MD on Tuesday. Anyone know what I can expect? Thank you.
Re: My MRSA Journey:
Reply #6 by Nancy R.
Posted: April 3, 2010 at 22:53
I was on Zyvox via PICC line for 3 courses. It never did actually take are of the bacteria, but it did wipe out my immune system.

The combination of Bactrim and Cubicin (Daptomycin) did ultimately clear it up. I took the Bactrim by mouth and the Cubicin via PICC line.

Your redness says to me that you are still infected. Take you temperature. When mine was active, by temperature would go down to 95 degrees in the morning and often hit 100 degrees by 7 PM. Once the bacteria was properly taken care of, my temps returned to 97.6 (my normal).

I would recommend taking your temperature 4 times a day. Upon waking, noon, 5 pm and just before you go to bed. If you can see it rising significantly, you are sick.
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