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HELP! What should I do next?
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply November 5, 2007
Started October 26, 2004 at 12:39
I have just discovered my last sputum test for MRSA in lungs, is STILL positive. (I've posted previous messages re: my problems, & all the different stuff I've been prescribed).
Yesterday, my GP advised me that she doesn't think they are going to prescribe anything at the moment. This being DESPITE the most disgusting stuff which I am still coughing up - dark greeny brown "grissle" is the only way I can describe it. (sorry folks).
I am going on holiday on Thursday, & am wondering WHAT THE HELL DO I DO if my chest worsens when I'm away?
I feel so disgusted with the whole situation that I feel like phoning the local Health Authority or whatever, up, to try & find out WHAT DO I DO NEXT? WHO can I speak too, to find out IS THIS INFORMATION CORRECT - i.e. DON'T treat a patient with MRSA infected disgusting sputum?
PLEASE - if anyone knows who I should speak to at the local hospital (Infection control maybe?) please please reply.
Many thanks

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C Diff
Posted by Zoe Aspinwall
Last Reply November 2, 2007
Started May 5, 2007 at 01:08
A very close friend of my is in intensive care as we speak, he had a growth removed from his pancreas 4 weeks ago, this was very sucessful and he was making a good recovery until he was transfered to a medical ward. Here he recieved very little care and immediately had severe diahorea, I was told that this was normal after the surgery he had been through. After just 2 weeks he was discharged still with severe diahorea and very weak and obviously unwell, no appitite swelling of the stomach and still diahorea with no one at home to care for him it was left to myself. The district nurse was calling every day to dress a drain wound that was still weeping. After serveral acidents of severe diahorea I got fed up and contacted his doctor who told me to give him Loperimide which I did. I am not trained in infection control nor am I a nurse or doctor but I know when something is not right. Again I contacted his doctor and suggested a home visit, he called when I wasn't there and gave him a s... read more

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Help, please
Posted by PatsCat
Last Reply November 1, 2007
Started October 31, 2007 at 21:59
Hi..I'm new. I was operated on 10/17 and discharged on 10/24..clostomy reversal. on 10/25 blood an yellow stuff was on my nightgown...Friday night...couldn't get to surgeon's office til yesterday. He looked at it (it was between two staples that the incision was oozing). He said Mrsa and opened it up and took out a long piece of infection...said to just clean with water and change gauze. I had no fever, etc. I didn't realize the seriousness of it until I googled I'm scared to death. He made an appt. to see me in two weeks, no antibotics..said he removed it surgically. does that mean it's gone? My surger was so invasive and serious that I don't know if I'm just still weak from it or what. My kidneys failed during surgery but are fine now. My biggest complaint is a bad back ache if sitting long. Should I be concerned he didn't remove all the MRSA? I'd hate for the entire incision to get it...I have an incision from above belly button to pubic bone> Any advice is appr... read more

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Hospital infections via keyboards
Posted by Rob Porter
Last Reply October 31, 2007 at 19:07
Started October 25, 2007 at 16:56

I am an MA student studying Graphic Design at St Martins in London.

I have been facinated and distured at how infection travels about within the hospital, sometimes resulting in a worse state than when you go in.

I am interested in doing a project around how disease and infection is spread through the hospital - and not just the hospital but also anywhere else really.

I am particularly interested in how items like the keyboard are a vector for infections, and does it stop at keyboards? What about light swiches, the handle on the flush of a toilet, the hot and cold taps etc.

If anyone has any thoughts and contacts for me to dig deeper into finding out more facts then I would be greatly thankfull.

Kind Regards,
Rob Porter

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Phage Therapy
Posted by Vanessa
Last Reply October 31, 2007 at 18:57
Started October 30, 2007 at 22:47
Has anyone here had phage therapy or know someone who has? From what I have read I just don't know why it isn't being used everywhere.

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How or why did this happen?
Posted by Kristin
Last Reply October 30, 2007 at 20:56
Started October 24, 2007 at 19:09
When my son was 8 he complained that his right knee was hurting. I looked at it & didn't see anything so I just kept an eye on it, this was like on Tuesday & by that Sunday the front of his knee was swollen & he was running fever-he could barely walk on that leg. We took him to the ER where they tried to send us home saying he had Fifths disease because the fever made his cheeks rosey. I told them I wanted a second opinion & the Infectious Team from Scott & White in Temple Texas were called to the ER in Waco. They came there & drew one and a half large tubes of yellow fliud from his knee. They ran tests & then that same night put him in an ambulance & drove him to Scott & White Hospital where he was diagnosed as having a staph infection in his right knee. They tried to wash out the knee 3 times before finally having to cut a window into his knee bone & scrape out the gunk. They also had to put a PICC line in him because he was on continous antibiotics for over 12 weeks. He was in th... read more

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MRSA and Boils
Posted by Lois
Last Reply October 30, 2007 at 20:47
Started October 30, 2007 at 18:10
I have been having these boils waist down now for about a year. They are different places all the time. I just get one cleard up and then 3 to 4 weeks another one. They are red, swollen, and very painful. Could it be MRSA. The antibiotic's I'm taking isn't killing it. How do you know if it's MRSA or not and would it keep coming back if it's wasn't. I work in a office at a college.

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'Swab samples' research
Posted by Rob Porter
Last Reply October 29, 2007 at 18:30
Started October 29, 2007 at 18:30
Hi Maria,

Thank-you very much for your response.

I have contacted Dr P Wilson and have heard back from him.

I have another 'problem' that I have no idea how to go about it, so I wonder if you would be able to put me in the right direction?!

I would like to do 'swab samples' of objects I come into contact with on a day to day basis, from this I would then need all the germs to be correctly identified and then lastly I would love to get the images of each germ, close up images for me to them have them blown up for an exhibition.

So as you can see, I am not after much :-)

I am not sure if you or anybody else you know can help me in terms of who I would need to ask for assistance and ability etc but I would appreciate any help 'AT ALL' you could provide me with in how to make the above a reality?

Again thank-you for your time.

Kind Regards,
Rob Porter


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MRSA in the USA
Posted by Joe
Last Reply October 28, 2007 at 14:28
Started October 18, 2007 at 19:12
I can not belive it. MRSA is finally on the front page. Thank-you press! Mabey now the CDC will try to find a new antibiotic. With GOD speed!

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this is out of control
Posted by worried mom
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 19:36
Started October 27, 2007 at 12:41
Every day I wake up and check my baby and today he had a fever.It's killing me because I am waiting for lab results and dont know anything yet. The bumps have gone down but now there is fever. What should I do? Im going crazy over mrsa.

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Posted by tasmin
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 19:27
Started October 27, 2007 at 15:03
hi how do i pm ppl in here?
i need some infor off someone i was talking to, but dont want to ask in the main page.


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I am making a film about MRSA
Posted by Alastair McAlpine
Last Reply October 27, 2007 at 14:40
Started April 5, 2005 at 03:15

I am a final year film and television student and I am working towards making a film on the subject of MRSA.

The film's aim is not to point fingers and blame the NHS but it hopes to explore the different problems which seem to exist and examine the many perspectives surrounding the current problems in hospitals.

I am looking to construct an informative and factually based script, which will be performed by actors representing nurses, patients, cleaners, politicians, and family and all of their points of views.

It is a drama, but I want the characters and their stories to reflect and tell actual frustrations and events that we have experienced and felt.

So far the forum has given me a broad picture of what is currently happening, what is not, of individuals frustrations and concerns, and the lack of information and clarity on the subject.

I am looking for people willing to discuss their experiences, views, and suggestions for what we can all do, so I can ... read more

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c diff
Posted by pam
Last Reply October 26, 2007 at 23:03
Started August 16, 2007 at 22:06
hi can anybody give me some advice.i work in the community and visited a lady i see every two weeks to take out she informed me today that she has got c.diff and is just finishing a course of antibiotics should she have been admitted to hospital and how much at risk am i.thanking you for your help in advance.

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MRSA in my daughter ear
Posted by Ashley
Last Reply October 25, 2007 at 18:43
Started October 24, 2007 at 22:41
My daughter had tubes put in ears right after her first birthday, when she was 21months she had an ear infection that would not go away. Her primary DR did a culture and she MRSA in her ears. She gave her a sulfar drug but my daughter was alergic to sulfar, so she referred her to her ENT. The ENT said that we needed to remove her adnoids, because they were swollen and is factor causing the infection. She s now 30 months old and has MRSA in her ears again. She was already schedule to have tonsils removed in december and he now say's the MRSA could be behind her tonsil.

Can any one help me!

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MRSA in Lungs...
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply October 25, 2007 at 18:33
Started March 7, 2006 at 13:58
Does anyone know please what "heavy growth" of MRSA means? Have had MRSA in lungs for nearly 2 years - latest sputum test results now back with "heavy growth of MRSA" written down. (It's never said this before)


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Posted by Jeff
Last Reply October 25, 2007 at 17:03
Started October 25, 2007 at 17:03
I have what looks like an insect bite on the back of my shoulder. I know that it could be a symptom of MRSA but would it itch like an insect bite if it was MRSA?

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blood test for mrsa
Posted by clifford
Last Reply October 24, 2007 at 18:50
Started October 24, 2007 at 12:12
can you detect if you have mrsa in your body with a blood test

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Educate People About Hospitals
Posted by Dr Kadiyali M Srivatsa
Last Reply October 24, 2007 at 18:39
Started December 19, 2006 at 18:26
Please avoid entering hospitals and consulting a doctor for minor complaint. Doctors must be aware of the danger of spreading hospital infections associated with routine blood test, cannulation and insertion of catheters, but they are helpless.
Minor surgical procedures are performed often and may not be necessary. We feel these procedures help super bugs to enter your body. Its your life, so please be vigilant and do not allow the bugs gain entry into your body.
Please visit our website and see what we doctors are doing to stop the threat of MRSA.
Your comments and experience will help us.

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Posted by Masterni
Last Reply October 24, 2007 at 03:40
Started October 24, 2007 at 03:40
I shall do posts and to read this forum

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working after mrsa
Posted by Jackie
Last Reply October 24, 2007 at 03:35
Started October 24, 2007 at 03:35
I was diagnosed with mrsa. I had a red sore on my arm that was very red. I also had boils under my arms. I went to the emergency room and they said it looks like mrsa they gave me IV vancomyacin and released me on bactrim ds. My question is how soon can I go back to work after I am on antibiotics? I only feel slightly tired other than the sore on my arm looks ugly so I keep it covered.

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