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I get a CLUE as to the skin allergies culprit

the lobster did it, in the kitchen, with his own body.

I’m mentioned MRSA a couple of times on the blog — and now I’ve had an MRSA Staph infection four (4) times within the past year.  The most recent time was on my arm about 1.5″ away from the 3rd infection, and that was about a month ago. You may have seen some of the horrible news stories about school closings, deaths, etc and the general panic about the infection.

I think they’re all just partying it up in this antibacterial-soap using world we live in:

staph bacteria up close buffet

Well, I had MRSA back when it was *cool*.  All these other lamers getting it now are just wannabes.  Maybe my dangerous lifestyle will make me seem sexier to da ladeeez.  (cue Patrick Warburton voice) “You know, babe, I heard on the radio that MRSA staph infects 90,000 people a year, and 1 in 5 die from it.  That’s right, I’ve had it 4 times now.  I might die tomorrow, so…”

Here’s a short summary of the last 4 weeks:

  1. About 4 weeks ago I get my 4th Staph infection – I catch it early so I get in to Dr on time and get it treated. 
  2. About 3 weeks ago I am unknowingly exposed to poison ivy or oak outside our house playing baseball with Jaden.
  3. About 2 weeks ago I start having a strong poison ivy/oak reaction around the ankles.  For some people it takes a while to show up.  At first I didn’t know what it was but we traced it back to poison ivy/oak and start treating it as such.
  4. Then about a week ago I start getting itchy bumps / boils ALL over my hands, feet, legs, and arms.  Literally dozens of them – they itch really really bad under the skin, boil up and of course due to itching, become sores.  They seem NOTHING like poison ivy and NOTHING like MRSA.

With the MRSA scare stuff going on, AND the fact that I had the poison ivy stuff going on, AND now these unexplained bumps, of course I screech to the doctor faster than Pete Stark can accuse Bush of getting enjoyment at soldier’s heads being blown off.  They put me on some steroids, cream, zyrtec, etc to help alleviate the symptoms.

I go in today and things seem fine, better, etc.

AND THEN I REMEMBER I HAD LOBSTER IN BETWEEN EVENTS #3 and #4 above.

You see, as far as I know, I’m allergic to shrimp/shellfish.  I never got it confirmed 100%, but when I was adolescent teen and allergic to nothing but homework and chores, I got REALLY sick one night after trying gumbo/shrimp for the first time after moving to southwestern Louisiana.  It was assumed that I was probably allergic to shrimp, and I was told in general to stay away from shrimp and shellfish because that would be the safest thing to do, and since I didn’t like the taste anyway, it’s not like I’m going to argue.

When I mention this recent lobster-fest to the doctor, she said that food allergies and their reactions can react very much like these bumps.  Sometimes a reaction can take days to manifest due to digestion and the fact that different parts of the bodies react in different ways. It’s like people who are allergic to penicillin might not react for 3-4 days and then get blotches or rashes on their skin.  So it’s perfectly natural for skin blemishes, spots, bumps, itching to show up well after consumption.

So the major concern was that MRSA should not be allowed to affect the poison ivy or the bumps.  The second major concern is to find out why I was so insistent on trying lobster last week.  STUPID STUPID STUPID!

I’m sure the lobster agrees.

lobster bite me


UPDATE:

I received this from our children’s school district:

Leander ISD has had 25 reported cases of staph infections across our district between August 20th and October 18th. This is not an unusual year for staph infections, with the Williamson County Health Department reporting that LISD’s numbers are well within the normal expected range.

Leander ISD has a number of procedures in place to minimize the staph problem, and has added to these prevention and control procedures this school year. To see what LISD is doing (and what parents can do), please check out our Staphylococcal Infection Control update.

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2007
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So I’m a positive person.  Maybe by choice; maybe by upbringing; maybe by chance.  Some believe you choose your parents before your born, so it’s possible I hit two outta three.

But I’m also cynical.

Now, I’m one to expect the best possible outcome when dealing with potential.  “Shoot for the stars, and maybe you’ll reach the moon.”  “By striving for perfection, you can achieve excellence.”  “You can do anything you set your mind to.”

But there’s a term I like to call “Waynal.”  It’s how anal Wayne is.  In some ways, it’s about being obsessive with getting to the theatre 30 minutes ahead of time or the airport 3 hours ahead of time.  In other ways, being Waynal is an annoying habit of picking apart words in sentences and being overly sensitive to semantics.  Anyone who’s suffered through my inane “corrections” of their speak knows what I’m talking about, and I swear, I’m trying to lessen its impact on my friendships.

Witness this story I heard about on 590 KLBJ news radio:

Study suggests umps make calls based on race

Studies are fun to pick apart.  I’m not writing about this study, but more of how I’m paying more attention to the numbers.  They make this headline, but the actual disparity seems so negligible that I’m thinking of calling “foul” on the headline makers (pun intended).

So then right after the talk radio guys start talking about this story, a radio spot comes up for Purell  Hand Sanitizer:

purell

And they’re talking about how it’s “kills 99.99 percent of most common germs that may cause illness.”  I’m in IT.  I know what 99.99% means and how important those last two 9’s are.  For example, 99% uptime means you have more than seven hours downtime per month, or more than three and a half days downtime per year.  By contrast, 99.999% uptime (“five nines”), is less than 30 seconds downtime per month, or about 5 minutes per year.   

Now, I’m not concentrating on the 99.99 percent part. I’m concentrating on how that sentence will make a ton of people feel real good about Purell’s bacteria killing power.  And I’m also concentrating on the fact that they put the words “most” and “common” into the sentence.  I’m sure they didn’t do it on accident.

Putting those two words in changes the technical meaning quite a bit.  “Common” reduces the number of germs killed, as does “most”.  And since “most” modifies “common”, it could literally mean 51% of the “common” germs.  We also don’t know what constitutes “common”.  So now we’re 99.99 percent (pause) of (another pause) most (super double pause) common.  This could mean 99.99 percent of 51% of 10% of the germs.

So I’m cynical.  And I’m worried a little about the uncommon germs it’s not killing – I mean, if it’s killing off “99.99 percent of most common germs”, then all that’s left are the ones that Purell does NOTHING for, and now whatever bacteria eat and consume isn’t being eated by the common germs that we’re all already immune to.  So now the big nasty bugs get a green field of food, and Purell’s not doing anything about it, and we’re probably washing our hands less and less because now we think this anti-bacterial hand soap is taking care of us.  Oh, and isn’t Purell killing off the good bacteria too?  Seems I’m not alone in this revelation.

Maybe all these cynical thoughts are sparked off by the fact that now I’ve gotten my 3rd MRSA Staph infection, this time on my left arm.  I caught it early (thanx to family urging me to get to the Dr) and they now believe I’m carrying MRSA — get this — in my nose.  Yes, in my nose.  So they gave me some “MRSA Eradication” stuff to throw up there twice a day and they said it’ll probably all go away soon. 

And by “it” I mean the MRSA, not my nose.

Side note: I’ve decided not to post pictures of either the infection or my nose.

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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”. 

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