Saturday, April 14, 2012

M is for MRSA

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Today we are working on the letter...."M".
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In November 2010, I went to the doctor because my left leg was swollen and there were red streaks running from my knee to my ankle.  The doctor gave me antibiotics and in a few weeks the swelling and red streaks were gone and I felt a little better.

In January 2011, I went to the Emergency Room with a high fever, chills, left leg swollen and very red. I spend 5 days in the hospital on very strong antibiotics.  The final diagnosis was ....Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Since all this has started I found that I get tired very easily and I have flare-ups often.  The doctor told me I will never be rid of MRSA, I just have to take better care of myself to prevent frequent episodes.  All I know is that I do NOT like MRSA.

More information about MRSA can be found online at:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004520/
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-mrsa-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus

6 comments:

  1. I remember your hospital stay and I was very scared and worried for you, especially since at first I had no idea what was going on! I am sorry you have to deal with this, life-long illnesses are no fun...hugs!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear that; I remember when it was first discovered how patients sometimes had to be in isolation for fear of spreading it to others. I can understand why you do not like it :(

    betty

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  3. Thanks for telling us about the symptoms. I didn't know a person would carry the germ always. So sorry. Still, you will adapt and there are always other people worse off than yourself. I guess everyone carries around a little cross. Blog on and chin up.

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