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originally posted by: MyHappyDogShiner
I was working doing fiber optic cable buries and cable installs in houses and businesses down in Indiana until about 2 weeks ago. I worked with a relative who is trying to keep his business afloat. There is good reason he is failing as he is a serious narcissist who, as narcissists will never admit because they see themselves as perfect, cannot understand why no one wants to work for him or do business with him. But that is a different story altogether....
I was doing a cable install in the filthiest living space I have ever seen. Roaches everywhere, dog and cat feces and urine all over floors that hadn't been cleaned in who knows how long?. Something bit me just above my right knee as I knelt to run a cable and do some fittings, adapters, splitters and so on....Didn't think much of it at the time because I was busy and had been bitten by bugs many times before in my life....
I noticed afterward that the bite was particularly painful and was beginning to swell up more than such things usually do. A few days later a sore appeared on my leg that resembled eczema. I though " damn, that stuff is permanent and hard to treat"....I have a brother who has it and really didn't want to deal with that stuff like he does....
A week or so later the sore had grown to the size of a quarter from being no more than a tiny red spot and I began to feel really sick. I figured it was the flu considering the season, I drove on with my cable bury/install mission sick or not, while this relative I work with kept running his mouth and driving me crazy day after day.
One day I was feeling particularly ill on my drive one and one half hours to the area we were working and this prick began to scream at me while I was trying to drive. I pulled over and got out and found my way the forty miles back where I was living and started packing my stuff to leave. I knew this chapter was over and if i weren't in such a weakened state I would not have let this childish person get on my nerves so much to make such a stupid decision.
The guy still owes me about a months worth of pay, Oh well....
Got to my fallback living space up here in the north where it gets too cold in the winter and a week or so later the sores were spreading all over my thigh. I got kind of scared and went to the VA hospital. The doctors there were taking turns looking at my leg (about a dozen of them) trying to figure out what this stuff was on my leg. They didn't really do anything for me other than draw a bunch of blood, take swabs for culture and send me off with a prescription for clindamycin
hcl 150 mg, 4 x a day for however long the medication holds out. The stuff makes me feel worse still....
I was going through emails and came across one from an unfamiliar name and read it. It was a doctor at the VA trying to contact me to inform me that my lesions cultured and proved to be MRSA...EEK....They sent me a prescription in the mail with an antiobiotic called moxifloxacin hcl 400 mg. I did some research into this moxifloxacin or AVELOX as it is called. I found that this particular antibiotic was the one I read about when I was researching the clindamycin prescribed earlier. I was glad clindamycin wasn't one of those antibiotics that are called "fluoroquinolones" which are particularly powerful with particularly harsh side effects in some cases.
I kept researching this stuff and decided I wasn't going to take this stuff at all....
I guess this turned out to be not so much a post about MRSA as it is about antibiotics. MRSA is a result of overuse and abuse of antibiotics. I try to tell people around me this but they still insist it has something to do with cleanliness or something and avoid me like the plague. Babbling this and that about it being a "nosocomial" infection that is only found in nursing homes and hospitals.
Ge whiz, people who work in hospitals and nursing homes do tend to go do things outside the place where they work on occasion. There is no way to completely sterilize one's hands and clothes after exposure as people have often tried to tell me, other than to wash the clothes in hot water and dry them on high. Hands and skin?, good luck.
The stuff is no longer only found in medical care facilities. The stuff is actually in the food chain. MRSA is more from the abuse of antibiotics in beef and pork operations than from medical facilities. It was only a matter of time.
I have rather substantial medical training by the way. My favorite subjects in college was bacteriology/microbiology. I trained to be a scrub tech or what is called a surgical technician. The one who defends the sterile field and instruments from contamination, a task that is absolutely not possible and a job where the surgical technician is the one scrutinized when that impossible thing is not achieved.
I strongly suggest you take heed at this kind persons advice.
originally posted by: InterconnecteD
Hi i am sorry to hear about your bite however i believe you are taking the wrong approach. i am a RN and work on an isolation infectious/Respirtatory floor. You have what i called celliutius a skin infection usually caused by some comprised skin intergerity. You are no wise in not taking the antibiotics, yes MRSA is caused by the over use of anitbiotics but is because just like any organisms in nature it evovles. i have given Avelox which is a newer type of anitbitoic and is not a harmful one. It may have some side effects, but any Anitbiotic that is taken orally usually does not produce harmful effects. IV antibiotics which are known to produce harmful side effects like Vanco, Genta, and a few others are mointered via blood work.
If i were you i would check into the ER and allow them to adminster IV antibitoics and have Infectious diease on the case. If you contiune to hold off your treatment you will either have to undergo surgery because the wound will become so comprised that only a surgical incision and debridement will eliminate the infectious tissue or you will become septic because the infection will travel to your blood system or both.
Trust me i only take antibiotics when i need to and as a measure of last resort. if you want to discuss the harms of anitbitocs i just came out of the hospital 6 weeks ago after a 3 week ICU stay where i had ARDS, i was intubated on a ventatilor and on ECMO therapy all while being in a coma. From what i hear i was on 6 different types of anitbiotcs which lead my kidneys to stop working and my liver fuction was also comprised. but as soon as they stop all the antibiotics beause they had ruled out a infectious etiology. my kidneys and liver resloved within 2-3 days.
Please go to the ER before your infection gets worse. I apologize abut the spelling mistakes i am typing this on my phone while i wait for my shift to start which it is right now and do not have time to fix it.
a reply to: MyHappyDogShiner
There are tons of websites citing fluoroquinolone toxicity examples. I didn't need to read too many before I decided I did not want to risk being sensitive to these compounds.
Text The advent of antibiotics generated confidence that effective means of treating infections were available, but the emergence of antibiotic resistance has altered our perceptions. In 1961, when methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus was discovered, its future global impact was unimaginable. Now the widespread prevalence of strains with multiple antibiotic resistance determinants has made methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) a serious threat to human health. The limited development of antimicrobial agents in recent times has compounded the situation1 and increased the necessity to search for alternative remedies to complement or replace antibiotics. Natural compounds isolated from plants have historically been used as templates for successful antimicrobial therapies.2 Before the discovery of antibiotics, honey was used for thousands of years in the topical treatment of wounds. During the past decade, it has been formulated into a range of modern wound dressings and has been reintroduced into conventional medicine.
yes! tea tree oil to clean it debride it, get rid of all the puss, the melted skin (because that's basically what your skin looks like around the infection. It just kind of melts ) around the infection. cleanse with tea tree oil