Surviving the mrsa monster

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
it will change your life forever

We completely understand how petrifying and frustrating living with mrsa staph infection can be both physically and emotionally, it can change your life forever, it certainly changed ours. If you or a loved-one are currently infected with this relentless flesh eating disease, or live with the constant fear of your next re-infection, our hearts go out to you. We know exactly what you’re going through because we’ve been there too.

Hi and welcome, my name is Bruce and together with my wife Karen we would like to thank you for visiting us. We hope you are in great health today not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well, and if you are not doing so well, that’s okay too. Trying to live a happy and healthy life can be a pretty tall order when you or a family member are among the millions afflicted with this nasty and unpredictable bacterial infection known as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or the acronym MRSA for short.

HOSTING A FLESH-EATING SUPER-BUG

The uncertainty and dread of anticipating your next mrsa outbreak can be extremely intimidating and overwhelm even the most courageous individual. All you can do is hang your hat on that small glimmer of hope that this episode won’t be as bad as the last, just to realize that every episode is worse than the last. The most innocent looking rash, pimple, cut or insect bite is enough to stir your thoughts with fear and panic as disgusting memories of past battles with mrsa staph infection beeline through your brain. The painful boils, abscess and gaping-open wounds that become oh so familiar with each ongoing and persistent affliction is enough to drive you mad. Then there’s that sickening feeling you get deep inside, fully aware another trip to your doctor will be in order, especially if you have a history of sepsis mrsa, which is very serious and many times fatal.

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The Dreaded Procedure Room

Of course, you don’t go to the doctor anymore to see what is wrong; unfortunately you know all too well what is wrong. The hideous body scars from previous mrsa combat serves as a constant testimony as to what is wrong. Sure your physician will take a swab sample for a culture, or maybe some blood for testing, just to confirm what you already know, what you already feared, that your curse with mrsa staph infection has resurfaced its ugly head once again. The war continues.

 

Then it’s off to the procedure room, a room you have become all too familiar with. This part of your visit is definitely the worst, yet has come to be almost customary over the past few years. This painful and very messy process involves lancing and cutting out your mrsa infected abscess or boils. It is a required and somewhat evasive operation that removes whatever dead infected tissue your doctor is able to dig out. If you’re lucky it will be numbed beforehand with a localized anesthetic, but this is not always the case. However, most of these mrsa flesh infections are deep rooted and have to be cleaned and expunged all the way to the bone. This often leaves a large open wound that must be packed and repacked to heal-closed, resulting in a beauty of a scar, an extra bonus from your little bacterium buddies.

Finally, and the most routine part of all this, is the writing of yet another prescription; the medicine that’s suppose to cure you. It will …  no doubt … be yet another antibiotic drug, probably a wee-bit stronger than the last one prescribed three months back, assuming a stronger oral (or pill form) drug is available.  Then your sent out the door on your merry little way to visit your local pharmacy and start the same old repetitious process all over again  … “don’t forget to pay the receptionist on your way out … see ya soon and … have a nice day.”

 Does this Insanity sound familiar to you? 

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Mrsa Abscess Lanced
and Drained, Inner Thigh

Some mrsa staph infection abscess can grow quite large, the size of a golf-ball or larger. The pain and pressure becomes so intense the slightest touch will send you through the roof in agonizing pain. A doctor visit is usually required to lance the boil and cut out all the dead and infected tissue. This will make it feel so much better, but most of the time your left with a large gaping hole in your body that won’t heal on it’s own. It is generally necessary to pack the open wound with a roll of sterile packing that looks similar to a roll of bandage gauze. Then every week or so your physician will pull the old packing out of the wound and repack it with new stuff until the hole closes up. It can take several weeks of this packing procedure for that particular mrsa staph infection wound to heal and close completely. thus a lot of scaring.

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ANTIBIOTIC SIDE EFFECTS EXPOSED

Like us I’m sure most of you have jumped through all the hoops and loops being prescribed one antibiotic after another, just to have your infections come back with a vengeance and worse than ever before. It’s almost as though the antibiotic drugs are making these pesky little bacterium critters stronger. But in hindsight, we now realize it may be the side effects of our scripts that are doing us more harm than good when it comes to eliminating recurring mrsa skin infections .

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Excessive Antibiotic Use A Big Problem

Antibiotics have many adverse side effects that most doctors don’t bother telling you about.  A critical fact is antibiotics weaken our body’s immune system leaving us open and vulnerable to all types of disease and infections, including mrsa staph infection. These drugs can make our body ph more acidic, cause liver damage, even liver failure when taken excessively.

A major serious side effect attributed to excessive antibiotic use is a condition called: gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth. This in laymen terms is a fungal yeast infection parasite that grows out of control and disrupts the natural flora (or good bacteria) within the digestive system. This fungal overgrowth can ultimately penetrate  the gut and spread throughout the body. Candida can be the cause of a long list of ailments ranging from joint pain and fatigue, to weight-gain and brain-fog. Most folks are unaware they have this condition and are misdiagnose or treated for something else. However, when left untreated the symptoms become external and much more obvious. Genital and anal yeast infections in both men and women are often attributed to a compromised Immune system causing Candida overgrowth. Oral Candidiasis or (Thrush) of the mouth, tongue, gums and throat are also a sure indication of this fungus out of control … and a body too weak to fight it off.

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Oral Candidiasis or (thrush) Yeast Fungus

Despite this, and many other unwanted and nasty side effects antibiotic drugs can cause, not to mention their growing resistance to bacterial infections, an excessive regiment of these drugs is still the standard protocol used by mainstream physicians when it comes to treating mrsa infected patients.

We need our immune system to be at optimal peak performance to fight a cruel, ruthless and deadly foe like mrsa. We also need a healthy and efficient functioning liver, spleen and kidneys to filter and clean us of harmful toxins and waste.  This was the first discovery that finally clued us in on how to start controlling our frequent recurring mrsa staph infections, and prompted us to research alternative forms of treatment.

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ANTIBIOTICS STILL SAVING LIVES

We wouldn’t even care to guess how many doses of antibiotic drugs our family has taken over the past decade trying to rid ourselves from these killer mrsa infections, close to a thousand I’m sure.  However, I don’t want to leave you with the impression that antibiotic drugs should always be rejected when it comes to mrsa staph infection or any other bacteria infections, because they truly can save your life. Although these medications have many unpleasant side effects and are very stressful to our bodies immune system, there are times when they are your only hope to recovering. When mrsa staph infection or any bacterial infection becomes sepsis and gets in your blood, bones or internal organs, it’s a little too late to consider alternative healing cures or proper eating habits to build up your natural defenses. This is a no-brainer  in which common sense must prevail. In critical cases like these the  benefit of the antibiotic greatly out-weigh the risks. Sepsis is a very serious condition and timely treatment is crucial. Unattended sepsis can develop into septic shock which has a very high “case fatality rate“. When mrsa or any other infections lead to a severe condition like sepsis, antibiotics and other medication are always administered intravenously through a Picc line for several days (if not weeks).

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2 Port Picc Line
For Dripping Meds
Into Bloodstream

I am quite positive my wife would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the Vancomycin (strongest antibiotic at the time) she received after becoming sepsis with mrsa staph infection ten years ago. Our son Daniel was hospitalized and received the same drug a year later when he developed a serious mrsa staph infection in his right knee and into his bone. He possibly could have lost his leg if it wasn’t for this powerful medicine.

We are very thankful this effective drug was available for us back then. The big problem however, is since that time mrsa staph infection has evolved quite rapidly and today we have a more resilient and stealthier strain of staph bacteria known as VRSA, an acronym for … you guessed it …   Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. In short this means that the current strain of Staph- bacteria is resistant to one of our most powerful and last resort antibiotics: Vancomycin. In fact the CDC has stated that because antibiotics are proven resistant to these recent strains of infection, they are near the end of their effectiveness. Even our own government has acknowledged as much.

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OVER USE AND ABUSE

There are many reasons why antibiotics (once touted as the biggest medical break-though of the 20th Century) are losing the war on mrsa and other bad-boy bacterial staph infections. There are some excellent books on this subject, but the main cause boils (pun intended) down to this: Over use and abuse.

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Mrsa Pathogen

Ever since the advent of Penicillin, doctors have been using these drugs as quick fix cures, throwing them at every type of infection known to man. A common practice is that these medications are often over prescribed prior to giving our bodies natural defense a chance to fight off the infection on its own, the way it was designed to do. Even more alarming is administering these pills for infections they have no possible way of healing, such as viral infections. Whether this is done through misdiagnosis or lack of testing these drugs cannot kill-off viral infections like influenza, most inner ear infections or the common cold just to name a few. Antibiotics are only intended to treat bacterial not viral invaders. When they are prescribed correctly, many patients are to blame as well, and contribute to the problem by not taking the medication as directed. Once they start feeling better they will discontinue the last few remaining doses assuming they are cured and the pills are no longer needed. This is a big mistake. More times than not there are usually a few enemy bacterial troops still standing, waiting to regroup and multiply with reinforcements. This usually allows the remnant of these unwanted guests to morph and grow stronger, thus resulting in re-infection and a stronger drug needed to fight them. Common abusive procedures like these have revitalize and fortified these clever stubborn pathogen freeloaders into a mighty drug resistant flesh eating Super-bug.

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Antibiotics In Our Food

Another concern of use and abuse comes from under-regulating antibiotics used in raising animals or livestock in the food industry. They are used to prevent loss and increase profits.  It is a common practice to incorporate antibiotic into animal feed. This is done to speed up and inhibits growth and keep the product disease-free from birth to slaughter, before heading off to your favorite grocer or butcher shop. This is no big surprise and the debate continues as to how much of those drugs are consumed by the end user … that being us.

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SEPSIS MRSA, A CRITICAL CONDITION

If you are a previous sufferer of mrsa staph infection that became sepsis, like my wife Karen was, you know how serious and possibly fatal this condition can be. She is a practicing nurse of twenty-five years and working in a health care environment contracted HA-MRSA staph infection that eventually got into her blood and internal organs. As mentioned above we thank God she survived, although back then not much was known about mrsa staph infection and doctors misdiagnosed her with kidney cancer. This medical error delayed her proper treatment and almost took her life. (See her story here)   As a result she now must endure painful internal scar tissue and lives with the constant fear of getting re-infected.  Just the onset of catching the flu-bug or a slight fever is enough to make her apprehensive and provokes an urgent cause for concern. All we could do was hope and pray that the sepsis blood and kidney infection, that almost killed her ten years earlier, hasn’t reactivated and reared its ugly head once again. (More on Sepsis Mrsa here.)

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CA-Mrsa Problems
in Contact Sports

Compared to my wife and son’s afflictions  I suppose I’ve been rather fortunate in my 12 year history with mrsa staph infection. My recurring skin infections (battling the many abscess and boils) were bad enough but never got into my blood, bones or internal parts; according to my doctor that is. However this is of little consolation, when you feel the pain of a loved one, fighting for their life to overcome a more critical and deadly internal mrsa invasion.

Then there’s my youngest son Danny as mentioned above, whom at age seventeen almost lost his right leg after contacting CA-MRSA staph infection in his knee-cap and bones while playing high school football. An outbreak so bad that five of his team mates were confirmed as to having been infected. Wisely, the school close down its football program for three days to disinfect the locker room and all the equipment as a safety precaution.

So as you can see mrsa staph infection has been a very unwelcome visitor in our family for well over a decade now. However through research and study, trial and error, we have been able to experience some much needed relief, and a real sense of hope in expelling this miserable drug resistance Super-bug from our lives once and for all. MRSA STAPH INFECTION: A Super-Bug that still seems to baffle our mainstream medical experts.

 

author: Bruce & Karen (admin.)

 

 

 

 

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