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Working on a story about MRSA
Posted by Tom Murphy
Last Reply September 7, 2007 at 18:03
Started September 6, 2007 at 18:56
I'm a reporter for the Columbia Missourian and am working on a story about MRSA infections. I'm looking for someone from the mid-Missouri area who has or has had an MRSA infection and is willing to talk about it. An athlete would be preferred, although not required. I think this story can raise awareness of the dangers of MRSA in this area and prevent more infections from happening. If anyone is interested, please reply to this topic or call the Missourian newsroom phone number (573)882-5720.

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MRSA Stigma
Posted by Jo
Last Reply September 7, 2007 at 15:41
Started September 1, 2007 at 11:13
Hi there
I am a 22 y/o diabetic with lupoid antibodies, and this week diagnosed with colonisation of MRSA.. Bactroban Nasal Ointment given and Hibisol.
Being reswabbed on Monday.

But before this I was a student nurse, and been told that I am unable to start the course for 12 weeks prior to a clean swab, so I have had to rethink my career...

I have constant itching (due to undiagnosed problems) and am breaking the skin. Prone to kidney infections with reduced renal function.. I always thought the diabetes and lupus was bad enough. I am scared. How effective is bactroban? I have been MRSA+ve before, but no bactroban given.

Jo x

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mrsa & chem
Posted by Mnady
Last Reply September 6, 2007 at 19:32
Started September 5, 2007 at 22:22
I am 7 weeks post op from breast cancer (3rd time around ) and have had reconstructive surgery. I am due to start chemo on 17th Sept and have just been told I have MRSA in the wound on my back. Needless to say I am very annoyed. I thought I had everything covered during my stay in hospital. The nurses were very good, they washed their hands and used the gel provided and so did I.

My back wound did come uncovered during my stay but the consultant did not seem worried. I was though and asked for it to be re-dressed. I was discharged from hospital 6 days after my op. This was a Monday and I was due back in clinic on the Friday. During this time I did not see a district nurse.

My dressings were changed in clinic and I had fluid drained from my back. I returned to clinic the following week and the process was repeated. I approached my local health centre during the 2nd week as my dressings had come adrift. The nurse asked if the district nurse was coming and I said no.
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Posted by Carmen
Last Reply September 6, 2007 at 07:16
Started September 6, 2007 at 02:20
My 15yr old son was just diagnosed with mrsa. I recently gave birth to my daughter who is 1month old. I also noticed a spot on my inner leg and it looks just like what my son has. I am currently breasfeeding and I'm scared to death that I will pass this on to my daughter. I'm not sure if I should quit breastfeeding. What are the symptoms in an infant if they were to contract mrsa?

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Severe Muscle cramps
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply September 4, 2007 at 20:47
Started September 3, 2007 at 22:42
Seven years ago I contractd MRSA not knowing left hospital.
I then ended up paralysed after an abcsess on my spine crumpled 4 of my vertabrae and my blood was 69% infected.
It took me seven months and to pay private to convince doctors that there was something wrong with me. I had gained 5 stone in weight and was drowning in my own waste fluid. Ended up having to pay private to get someone to listen to me, got rushed into hospitalunderwnet 8 hour op to get rib of abcess and had a titanium bracket put in to stop my spine collasping. Thankfully after 12 weeks in hosptial I did regain feeling in legs and can now walk short distances, but in a lot of pain. Sorry this is so long but it is a short version of what I went through. I have now started with synptoms similiar what I had before,
constant sweating, blinding headaches, ben sick, but my main concern is severe muscle cramps that get unbearable. Now I have noticed a small inflamed spot on my back near my spine. Very frighte... read more

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MRSA decollonisation
Posted by douglas macdoanld
Last Reply September 4, 2007 at 17:19
Started September 3, 2007 at 18:15
Does anybody know where I can buy mrsa decollonisation products & the manufacturers names.

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Posted by Annie Evans
Last Reply September 4, 2007 at 14:12
Started August 15, 2007 at 16:27
i just want to say i applaud the person who is goin to do a programme on c diff,i myself lost my husband to mrsa last year,and i feel that i have to act now in his memeory,,,i am trying to set a website up where i would like all comments off your dealings with this dreadful and heartbreaking desease,i need all the help i can get,only yestercay in my local paper another man lost his dearly loved wife.
If anyone wants to help me in this fight we have with the hospitals,so they can open their eyes to what is happening,please feel free to leave me a reply,and i will send you my email addy,and can add all comments to the site,eg,,drugs what were being prescibed,,treatment off any,and most off all,what the hospital itself had to say,did they admit to the mrsa or c diff,after 12 months they still havent said to me that it was such thing.
Please help me and others,its time we stood up for our loved ones,who we have lost or who are suffering now.
Thank you for taking time to read this,ple... read more

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mrsa -the truth
Posted by James
Last Reply September 3, 2007 at 14:47
Started August 26, 2007 at 11:30
My father in law had a successful operation for bowel cancer,unfortunately he died a couple of years later after catching MRSA in hospital.On the death certificate they put malnutrition caused by depression.He was never depressed just a bit down because of the infection.The hospital even contacted my mother in law the week of her husbands funeral asking for money for the food that he was supposed to have whilst he was in hospital.Every day my wife had to go into his room at the hospital and clean it, the bins in his room were full of blood stained bandages and the staff didnt seem to care.Has the NHS given up? My wife works as a housekeeper in a baby unit and the unit is spotless, why cant all the hospital be the same.

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Posted by claire
Last Reply September 2, 2007 at 16:22
Started August 29, 2007 at 20:02
When my son was born two and a half years ago the nurses told me he had an infection but it was fine. Four weeks later my son developed a heavy cold so we took him to the hospital. The nurses told me he had mrsa when he was born but me and my husband wasn't aware of this. We went to the hospital today 29.08.2007. for an appointment on my sons leg and the doctor got talking about the mrsa bug. I was wondering if i should be worried about this and how do i know if my son still has mrsa or if it has gone.

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Tattoo's & Piercings.
Posted by Jessica
Last Reply August 31, 2007 at 14:47
Started August 29, 2007 at 05:40
I am 17. I was just recently diagnosed with MRSA. I am on my 2nd antibiotic. After my sores have cleared up, is it possible, [as long as I go to a sterile, clean & respectable place], for me to get more tattoes and/or piercigs?. I already have a few, hell, that may even be how I got the MRSA to start with. But all of my piercings and tattoos have successfully healed & are doing fine. I love BodyMods. Is it possible to be able to get more, once I am cleared up and off antibiotics? Please help <3 --Jessica

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Posted by Lisa
Last Reply August 31, 2007 at 01:19
Started July 16, 2004 at 03:06
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Hi, would like to start a new topic for anyone dealing with this issue in the US. I cannot find anything similar for those of us on the other side of the ocean. The descriptions of your hospitals sound appalling - at least we don't have visibly filthy rooms - but we certainly have a lot of invisible filth. My father contracted MRSA during a hospital stay and passed away in December 2003. I was given such insufficient info on MRSA that I began my own search. Our government agencies, etc. don't seem to give much info. Most of the info I've found on the internet has come from the UK so at least you are talking about it in the media and in citizen groups. My best to all of you from Florida.

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House of Commons Health Select Committee Inqui
Posted by Sheila Niven
Last Reply August 29, 2007 at 21:52
Started August 29, 2007 at 21:52
I've written to Kevin Barron MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Health Select Committee to ask for an Inquiry into MRSA and other Hospital Acquired Infections. Please pledge your support for this Inquiry by e-mailing telling him that you support the request for an inquiry.

Thank you.

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mrsa in hull royal infirmary
Posted by gloria barber
Last Reply August 28, 2007 at 23:33
Started August 23, 2006 at 19:50
my daughter is going into hull hospitle soon for her 6th lot brain surgery and i would like to know what the rates of mrsa are on the nuro wards

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C-diff containment
Posted by Dr. Storm
Last Reply August 28, 2007 at 21:22
Started August 26, 2007 at 20:39
I have been in geriatric bathing for 30 plus years and I have studied c-diff with a pasion for several years. The bug
can only be spread through the fecal/oral route. All of us
when we are up in years will at some time before incontinent. This issue of containment is usally in the form
of adult breifs or incontinent pads that a person lays on.
However when put in a whirlpool of suds the accidents are impossilbe to detect, and if a shower is used the poor
incontinent resident or patient goes on the floor. This is
the missing link that the DOC's that study c-diff are misssing. Once some one goes on the floor (fecal matter)
the spores of c-diff can be spread from carfegivers shoes
or the wheels of the shower chair. BOTH SHOES AND WHEELS ARE ALWAYS PRESENT!!!!! during this process. I have seen a
new product called the Melanie Mobil Shower with built in toilet. This is a real winner for containing fecal matter
which contains c-diff spores and keeps it from being spread
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Frogs and Teflon v MRSA
Posted by Ruth
Last Reply August 26, 2007 at 10:53
Started August 26, 2007 at 10:53
For years, researchers have tried to make antibiotics from antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) - proteins found in almost all animals, but particularly in the skin of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. AMPs provide the first line of defence against invading bacteria, but when injected into the body, they are quickly degraded by enzymes called proteases. If the concentration of AMPs is increased to overcome this they become toxic, sticking to red blood cells and killing them.

Now Neil Marsh and his colleagues at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have discovered that adding flourine atoms - the key component of the non-stick coating Teflon - to AMPs protects them from proteases.

By swapping some of the amino acids in the peptide for ones containing fourine, they created an AMP that remained intact after exposure to proteases for 10 hours. AMPs without flourine were completely degraded after 30 minutes.

Flourine also made the AMPs more potent against certain bacter... read more

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Posted by ruth
Last Reply August 25, 2007 at 16:25
Started August 25, 2007 at 16:02
MRSA is staph in Mycoplasma. Google Dr. Garth Nicholsn

doxycyclene and rifampin - 1 year

lacto bacilus - for gut 1 year, in yogurt or pills russians did lots of research on this

chlorhexidine - topical wash for skin lesions

Violeta De Gencianan - makes lesions dry up scab over takes a few weeks

alkalinize body - 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 times a day - get ph test from health food store

alkaline diet - 40% vegs, 40% fruit, 20% meat and carbs, drink lots of green tea and herbal teas. No coffee, sugar, alcohol, chocolate

build immune system - vitamins - a, b, c, d, e. minerals - zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, cesium. Omega fatty acid - fish oil, flax oil

exercise - to get oxygen in body

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MRSA pre heart surgery.
Posted by Kate in Ireland
Last Reply August 24, 2007 at 07:19
Started August 23, 2007 at 23:17
Mum has spent 7 weeks in hospital. Picked up the MRSA bug during her stay. They released her from hospital 2 weeks ago, "to clear up the bug", before she is re-admitted for a tripple bypass. Just got the results of her first swab, positive in her nose, groin and underarm. Is she re-infecting herself? Are we re-infecting her. Very dispondent!
Please can anyone help

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MRSA and toodlers
Posted by Dagny
Last Reply August 23, 2007 at 06:55
Started August 23, 2007 at 06:55
I just found out my 22 month old daughter, Kayla, has MRSA. It seems that she has had it for quite some time. She developed a rash on her inner thigh that spread quite quickly in 4 days. I took her to the doctor and she did a culture. She gave me some antibiotic and said to call on Tuesday for results. I didn't because of losing her number and also the rash was gone by Monday. She had this same rash last year and it went away within a week with the same antibiotic.

I have no idea where she got it but me, my son, and my husband are not showing any symptoms. I am a bit freaked because of some of the stuff I have read if you have a huge infection.

Though how can MRSA affect a toddler? If she has had this for more than a year, could this be why I call her demon spawn? She screams A LOT, and is quite irritable since she was 9 months old (same time as last "outbreak").

I am supposed to go in tomorrow to get antibiotics and talk to the doctor about this. Anything I n... read more

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Posted by Glynis
Last Reply August 23, 2007 at 01:23
Started August 22, 2007 at 10:01
I had MRSA in 2003 after the birth of my baby. Shortly after i had my gallbalder removed and the doctor told me that i was heavily scared interally. I wondered if anyone knew the effects of this, as no one seems to what to tell me.

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MRSA on lungs
Posted by Gary
Last Reply August 22, 2007
Started March 26, 2007 at 13:52
Hi Contacted MRSA on my lungs after admittion to hospital,still feeling unwell, short of breath even after short distances, climbing even 1 flight of stairs, is there any-one out there like me. this is 1 month after treatment stopped for MRSA.


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