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September
11
2006
3:26 pm
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Summary: I’ve been diagnosed with a confirmed case of “MRSA” Staph on my ankle.

What it means: Assuming I’m careful about it, I’ll stay on some new drugs to take care of it.  It should mean I get to keep my leg.

So you can google MRSA Staph if you want to read some horror stories.  Some of them aren’t pretty (amputated leg, large amounts of removed flesh, and even death).  Ok, truth be told, they’re ALL not pretty.  The CDC has a report on MRSA that is worth reading, but I’m not 100% sure I believe what the CDC would say about it due to all the “tribal knowledge” I’ve gained just by talking to people about it.  For example, several people have commented “oh I had a cousin that lost a leg” or “I know a guy who died from it” and “a whole school in Hutto shut down because of it”. 

Read more in the extended entry…

Here’s a scary excerpt from that CDC report:

CDC is researching the role of staph toxins that may provide answers to questions about why some MRSA infections are more invasive, or lead to rapid death.

Rapid Death!?!?!?! Oh, the pain…   

Some pronounce it “em-arr-essay” and some pronounce it “mersa” or “meersa”.  MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, which basically means it’s a set of strains of the Staph bacteria that are proven resistant to the common antibiotics you would use like penicillin, augmentin, and tons of others.

I started the new drug (Zyvox) today after waiting for Insurance approval.  I can’t wait for the side effects!  I especially hope I don’t develop vaginal discharge.

Key things for me to remember:

  • I’m supposed to stay away from wine, cheese and chocolate while taking the drug.  That bites!  But if I *do* consume it, there’s a strong risk of accelerated heart rate, increased blood pressure, weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, sudden vision changes or unfunny blog postings.  I don’t want that so I’ll stay away from the chocolate wine-flavored pizza.
  • The stuff is contagious, so I have a hearty regiment of soaking in epsom salt, using hydrogen peroxide, cleaning, coating with Bactroban ointment, and covering with gauze.  I don’t want to spread this to the kids or other parts of my body as many of the horrible cases I’ve read about have indicated.  That would bite.
  • Yes, I know that saying “MRSA Staph” is like saying “Sahara desert” in that it’s redundantly redundant.  “Sahara” means “desert” so you’re saying “desert desert” and the “S” in MRSA stands for “Staph”.  But get over it.  Doing otherwise would bite.
  • Another part of the report says “MRSA skin lesions are frequently confused with spider bites by both patients and clinicians” and that’s exactly what happened in this case.
  • I need to not stay on this Zyvox drug for very long.  If I did and lost my sight, I wouldn’t be able to see what I’m about to bite when I eat.
  • This video doesn’t bite

I don’t like how the CDC details the “Outbreaks of Community-Associated MRSA” in five distinct groups, like these are the only groups of people who get MRSA outside of hospitals:

  • correctional facilities
  • athletic settings
  • men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Pacific Islanders / Alaskan Natives
  • children

Wow, can you think what the gay athletic Alaskan minor in juvie thinks his chances might be?  Ouch!

And lo, the people did comment thus:

5 Comments

  1. Dave2 says:

    Yikes. Scary stuff.

    On the other hand, you do get to take Zyvox, which is like the coolest name for a drug ever! I think it would also make a good name for a robot. 🙂

  2. whall says:

    All your skin are belong to us.

  3. Kim says:

    Hey, MRSA Staph almost killed me. I was admitted to the hospital for an infected tooth and contracted mrsa in the hospital. They didn’t treat me with the right antibiotic, put me in a coma and finally transferred me to a hospital that did the right thing to save my life. 40 days in the hospital, 3 months at home with IV therapy, Learning to walk, think and talk again, but I am alive. I have learned that both of my neighbors in the hospital had mrsa and with my immune system down as it was fighting my tooth infection the mrsa was able to attack me easily. I have been told that if your immune system is strong the mrsa can’t hurt you. Who knows? And what can you believe!

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