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A Few MRSA Questions
Posted by Anna
Last Reply February 2, 2008 at 07:01
Started February 1, 2008
Hello, I just really had some questions about MRSA. I was diagnosed at the beginning of Dec with MRSA. I went to ER because I had a rash, they gave me an antibiotic, Keflex. That's one of the antibiotics that should never have been given. I started fevers and chills and was very fatigued. I became worse, it spread to my other arm a few weeks later and far worse, I already have scars. I went to ER, (a different hospital) and they put me on Bactrim. I started getting better, the rash was still there but wasn't getting any worse or spreading. Three days left on the Bactrim, it remained the same, but still with fevers, chills and no energy. Went to a derm, they gave me two ointments, said I didn't want a third antibiotic at that point. The ointments were good, it started clearing up right away. One had an antibiotic in it, the other a steroid. Well, one evening, it so quickly spread to my neck, behind my ear lobe, and part of my jaw bone, a bit on my face. I really wanted to panic the... read more

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mrsa still in the body
Posted by john
Last Reply February 2, 2008 at 06:48
Started January 29, 2008 at 22:29
is they any one out there,who has read anything on mrsa still in the body,after the person as been told he is clear
or any reports on this subject.

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sexual transmission mrsa
Posted by janet
Last Reply February 1, 2008
Started January 27, 2008 at 23:17
can my husband contract mrsa thru sexual contact with his infected girlfriend

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might have mrsa
Posted by nathan lemmons
Last Reply January 30, 2008 at 14:47
Started January 27, 2008 at 09:08
does it mean its in the blood stream when its underneath the skin and when the doctors cuts the boil does it mean it gets into the blood stream

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what year was MRSA first diognosed
Posted by hannah
Last Reply January 29, 2008 at 21:20
Started January 29, 2008 at 21:20
good clear views

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Case study still needed for Zest mag
Posted by Lucy Dimbylow
Last Reply January 29, 2008 at 19:07
Started January 29, 2008 at 19:07
Hi everyone,

I'm reposting this message in the hope that someone may be able to help me. I'm a freelance journalist with Zest magazine, and have been commissioned to write a true life story about someone who contracted MRSA after a routine hospital procedure. I wondered if any of you might be interested in sharing your story and helping to raise awareness of the illness.

I'm looking for a woman age 20-40, who contracted MRSA after a fairly minor hospital admission - possibly even childbirth - and became quite seriously ill, but has since recovered. Because we're mindful of the potential legal implications, we would prefer to feature someone whose legal proceedings are done and dusted.

I would need to arrange a phone interview in the next week (evenings/weekends are fine, if that's easiest) and would need you to email some photos of yourself. You will get copy approval before going to press.

I do hope this is something you can help me with, and look forward to hearing fro... read more

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going in for op
Posted by pjg
Last Reply January 27, 2008 at 18:59
Started January 27, 2008
my son is just getting over tonsillitis and i am due to go into hospital for an extensive abdominoplasty on tuesday. should i tell anyone at the hospital? should i have it done if his throat has been caused by strep a bacteria and could this lead to MRSA? many thanks

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might have mrsa
Posted by nathan lemmons
Last Reply January 27, 2008 at 09:04
Started January 27, 2008 at 09:04
i went to holy family emergency room in spokane and i had a large boil looking thing on my cheek and they said it might be mrsa it was never painful tho they cut it open popped all the puss pockets and took a sample and gave me anti biotics

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mrsa and fighting to live
Posted by Celeste Wilson
Last Reply January 26, 2008 at 08:16
Started January 24, 2008 at 04:56
I have not been hospitalized for a year now. Thought my immune system was ok. I visited a friend who had an active case and I was exposed again. My fault for touching something or hanging out with active lesions on their face. Thought I was doing well because for the last few weeks I discoverd Mona Vie the drink with the Acai berry. My bumps that were there for a while disappeared immediately. Now, I'm back on antibiotics and trying not to have to go in for Vanco. Anybody suggest anything? I'm trippin don't want to do the hospital thing.

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Some basic MRSA colonisation questions-surgery
Posted by UK Dave
Last Reply January 25, 2008 at 20:41
Started January 25, 2008 at 17:34
I was supposed to go into surgery last Thursday, but the MRSA skin test came back positive.
I havenít had any problems since I was last in Hospital with my broken leg, when I most likely got it (7 months since it was broken), so I expect itís just colonisation on the skin.

I have been given some antibiotic shampoo to wash in and a nasal spray to be used three times a day, both to be done daily for five days before the operation which is now next Friday, along with changing bed clothes everyday.

Some questions:
How hot should I wash my bed clothes/other clothes to be sure it is gone from them?
Will a normal full-length 40 degree wash do or should I go hotter?

How long does it last on clothes, surfaces etc?
And on that, will it last different lengths of time of different things?

Will I likely be given any tests after to see if itís gone after the operation?

If I still have it floating about, should I be concerned if I say have to administer first aid (not very likel... read more

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Wifes death at Chelsea and westminster
Posted by Stuart Brown
Last Reply January 24, 2008 at 18:16
Started January 24, 2008 at 11:27
My ife went into Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for what we, she and I, had been told was a routine operation.
My wife was a papraplegic and so prone to bed sores. She had in the past been treated by a Surgeon 'operating' both at Chelsea and Westminster under the NHS and at Ashtead Hospital a private Hospital where we had reluctantly paid for operations because we could not afford (sic) to wait for the NHS fearing the complications might kill her.
The same surgeon had done such an operation before removed the worst of the infected tissue privately, then promised us further treatment under the NHS using his position as a consultant at Chelsea and Westminster. We paid the first time and were told that after the private operation she would be transferred to Chelsea and Westminster. There was no knowledge of her at Chelsea and Westminster when she left Ashtead, and follow up calls from us to the Hospital and surgeon proved useless. We then endured a period of over 9 months with her... read more

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Seeking a case study for Zest magazine
Posted by Lucy Dimbylow
Last Reply January 23, 2008 at 12:32
Started January 21, 2008 at 12:21
Hi everyone,

I'm a freelance journalist with Zest magazine, and have been commissioned to write a true life story about someone who contracted MRSA after a routine hospital procedure. I wondered if any of you might be interested in sharing your story and helping to raise awareness of the illness.

I'm looking for a woman, ideally aged 25-40, who contracted MRSA after a fairly minor hospital admission - possibly even childbirth - and became quite seriously ill, but has since recovered. Because we're mindful of the potential legal implications, we would prefer to feature someone whose legal proceedings are done and dusted.

I would need to arrange a phone interview in the next couple of weeks (evenings/weekends are fine, if that's easiest) and would need you to email some photos of yourself. You will get copy approval before going to press.

I do hope this is something you can help me with, and look forward to hearing from you.

Very best wishes,

Lucy

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Daughter caught superbug in Singleton Hospital
Posted by Jane
Last Reply January 23, 2008 at 09:03
Started January 23, 2008 at 09:03
My daughter contracted the MRSA superbug whilst undergoing an operation to fit a feeding tube, gastrostomy. I new nothing at all about MRSA, apart from being told that my daughter had to remain at home off school for 6 week's having to endure painful district nursing/treatment at home, which involved the nursing pouring caustic acid on the bloody, painful open wounds on my daughters tummy. As a result my daughter was held down screaming in agony as the pain was worse than having salt poured in a fresh cut, the acid dabbed onto my daughter's tummy was suppossed to burn away the infected tissue and flesh. Quite a week's later she was admitted to Singleton Hospital Swansea, to have the feeding tube removed, the consultant ignored my wishes as i expressed clearly that the tube had to come out and i would oppose a second tube being reinstated near by, but i was ignored and my daughter underwent an operation to remove the rotten flesh and feeding tube, which resulted in a large 5-8inch sc... read more

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innoculation
Posted by nick
Last Reply January 21, 2008 at 15:59
Started March 29, 2005 at 19:48
Someone who knows better will probably put me straight but if this thing is a bacterium is it possible that an innoculation....vaccination whatever could be develped..????


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A song in tribute to my father and all others
Posted by Carolyn Evans
Last Reply January 20, 2008 at 14:36
Started January 20, 2008 at 14:36
Dear friends,
It has been a long time since I posted anything on this site. My 82 year old father has been battling with MRSA & Cdiff for the past two years, and is due to be discharged from respite on Monday. He will return home to be cared for by my 76 year old mother, along with a team of district nurses and carers. In tribute to him and his will to survive, along with all others who have lost dear ones along the way I have written this song. Called "My father's Green Beret"
http://www.myspace.com/redshoes1
I sing it for all of you, may God Bless those who are suffering.
xxxx

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MRSA in children
Posted by Crystal
Last Reply January 20, 2008 at 11:41
Started January 15, 2008 at 02:26
I just found out my 7 year old has MRSA. She had a boil on her hehind that would not go away and when 2 more festered I took her to the DR. They did a culture and put her on antibiotics. The culture came back positive. she is now on a differents antibiotic and has to go to the doctor friday to see how it's working. My questions are, She was very sick a few months back with a "bladder infection" (I say it that way because they never seemed sure that, that's what it was) she had a fever over 100 dagrees for 5 days. Antibiotics did not work until they gave her a high dose shot of antibiotics. It went away and she was fine but I'm wondering if that could have something to do with MRSA? I also recently found out I am pregnant (about 6 weeks) and worried I might contract it from her. What extra precautions should I take, without making her feel like she is a monster with some horrible disease?

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Treatment
Posted by Randy
Last Reply January 20, 2008 at 11:30
Started January 17, 2008 at 08:08
Does anyone have any recommendations of what kind of treatment I should prose. I initially got MRSA in the military about 5 years ago and now I have been having sores and the doctor has given me some antibiotics and some cream I put in my nose a couple of times a day. If any of you have had successful results with a treatment please let me know. I don't believe that my doctor is taking this seriously enough.

Thanks for all your help, and for all of you posting your stories

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Compensation
Posted by linda mccaffety
Last Reply January 20, 2008 at 10:55
Started January 18, 2008 at 01:37
Dear all , Elizabeth Millar's court case has been believed to have started on tuesday of this week , in the scottish sun newspaper today it say's, microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington will give expert evidence for Mrs Millar to say, that on the balance of probabilities her infection was a result of poor hygiene. mrs Millar has been poorly since being infected with constant weakness and breathlessness.

i wish you well on the outcome Elizabeth .

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Lesley Ash
Posted by Carole
Last Reply January 20, 2008 at 10:46
Started January 19, 2008 at 21:27
Wouldnt it be a nice gesture for Lesley Ash to donate a large sum of her £5m compensation on the prevention of MRSA? I'm sure her loss of work after all, wasnt entirely due to MRSA(MSS.) The machines which were found to be successful in hospitals as a prevention, apparently are not cost effective. There is nothing less cost effective than handing out large sums of compensation. We need prevention!!!

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Leslie Ash wins £500,000
Posted by Ruth
Last Reply January 17, 2008 at 16:13
Started January 15, 2008 at 17:05
LESLIE ASH WINS £500,000 IN SUPER BUG COMPENSATION
Last updated at 16:43pm on 15.01.08

Leslie Ash, who still needs a stick to walk, has won more than £500,000 in compensation after she nearly died from a hospital superbug
Actress Leslie Ash has won more than £500,000 in compensation after she nearly died from a hospital superbug.
The Men Behaving Badly star has been awarded the record payout from the NHS.
The lawsuit was due to go to court in April this year.
But her lawyers now believe that the case will complete this week.
Janice Gardner, from Russell-Cooke solicitors, refused to comment on the size of the settlement.
But said: "Matters are at a delicate stage but we can confirm that we are no longer going to court. The case will be settled in full this week."
Ms Ash, 47, contracted a strain of the superbug MRSA after treatment at London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
This was after she was admitted to the hospital in April 2004 with a punctured lung and two br... read more

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