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Oldcougar  (Level: 226.1 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 5:31 AM


For those of you sick of my constant whining read no further. For those of you that are interested, I finally have a diagnosis to my ongoing health problem. It's MRSA or the Superbug, not good, but at least I'm now on medication that may actually help. Yeah Thanks to all my Sploofus buddies who have propped me up during this difficult time. I ya all

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 5:50 AM

Oh, I'm so happy for you Randy! Congratulations, I hope better days are in your future.

Tresgatos  (Level: 212.2 - Posts: 4376)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 5:58 AM

Hi Randy,
I'm so glad to hear you finally got a diagnosis and that you're receiving treatment! I hope you'll be feeling a lot better soon! You're already pretty frisky. Just imagine once you're back to feeling 100%! Look out Sploofus!

-- Geri

Gypsylady  (Level: 146.2 - Posts: 6093)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 7:52 AM

Hi Randy! I know it's a great relief to finally actually know what has been the matter with you. It's sad it took so long... Keep us up to date on your improvements! I've really missed you in Wordrounds since you've been sick. I hope the treatment works really fast, but even if it takes awhile, at least, they know what they're treating now. This is some really positive news. Hope you have a great weekend!


Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 8:01 AM

Hi Randy

Just read up on it at the Mayo clinic site - wow - you'll be in my thoughts & prayers.

Alvandy  (Level: 238.0 - Posts: 7671)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 8:19 AM

We all luv ya Coug!

You're a fighter- so knock that bug out.

Nelly  (Level: 178.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 8:19 AM

Glad you finally got a diagnosis, Randy! Hope the meds work quickly for you now.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 8:23 AM

What everyone has said, Randy! At least now you know what you're fighting, and I'm confident you'll squash the bug! We're all pulling for you.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 8:27 AM

Seems strage to be congratulating you for having one heck of an illness....but it's good to finally have a handle on it.

Take care!

1mks  (Level: 217.7 - Posts: 5920)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 9:00 AM

Oh my goodness! Thank heavens....maybe now you can finally find some relief. Take care. We will all be pulling for you.

Ladyvol  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5613)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 9:05 AM

You are still in my thoughts and prayers Randy...

Chyenn  (Level: 207.1 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 9:11 AM

now that you have a name for it and proper treatment, i'm sure it's doomed.

a positive attitude is just as important as the meds and, Randy, you have the most positive one i've ever seen. Keep it up and know that all of us are rallied around you.



Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 9:25 AM

Randy, now that your affliction has been identified, you're on the road to recovery. Be a good girl and do what the doctors tell you. That must be a huge relief! We're so happy for you to be on the mend. Feel better soon!


Pennwoman  (Level: 160.5 - Posts: 2476)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 10:37 AM

My wishes for your speedy recovery also
And I am again amazed at the supportive, warm, kind people!
God Bless Oldcougar and y'all.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 10:51 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Randy!

Bbear  (Level: 165.5 - Posts: 2296)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 11:23 AM

In case anyone is interested "MRSA" is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which means it is a bacteria that can't be cured by pennicillin or the like.
Currently the cure is IV Vancomycin, which is highly effective.

MRSA is usually nosicomial, i.e. aquired when you are the hospital for something completely different.

Only advice I can give to folks going in the hospital is 1) ask for and be winning to pay for a private room and 2) don't let ANYONE touch you without washing their hands.

Here's something scary-----there is now VRSA - Vanco-resistant and there ain't no cure for it.

(And I didn't even google any of this - guess the old brain still works)

Pennwoman  (Level: 160.5 - Posts: 2476)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 12:06 PM

Sadly, MRSA is not limited to hospitals anymore -- its being found in gyms and other places groups of people gather.
It formed because of over use of antibiotcs -- so think twice about asking doctor for anitibiotic.
One hospitial I worked at, it was a requirement to carry hand sanitzer with you at all times -- and that was on a Psych unit.
Washing your hands frequently and correctly, is a simple but effective method of protecting yourself.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 12:22 PM

It's taken so long.....almost a year and a half....and the
doctor kept filling you full of useless antibiotics....
I hope he's got you on the right one now....and that you
will feel the benefit each and every day....
I was amazed that you managed to go on the Rafting
Trip....good for you for keeping on going....
I wonder why it always takes them so LONG to
diagnose MERCA.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 12:40 PM


Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 2:23 PM

Pennwoman, a friend of mine invented personal dispensers for hand sanitizers intended for hospital workers and the like. They clip on belts and waistbands. They are selling to hospitals in the states like gangbusters.. unfortunately, hospitals up here in Canada are funded by government and, last time I spoke with her, they are not buying.

This was in response to nurses and doctors complaints that the wall units were in inconvenient places and they can't be running to one everytime they have to attend to patients - especially in an emergency Kinda cool, I thought.

Taco24  (Level: 138.0 - Posts: 589)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 2:23 PM

Randy-do get better
I am glad you now know what in the heck was going on with your health.

Praise be!

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 2:24 PM

Oh, and Randy, I'm glad to hear you know what's wrong.. now it can be fixed!

Aquamar  (Level: 184.3 - Posts: 924)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 5:41 PM

My thoughts are with you Randy hoping for a speedy recovery.


Kimoira  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 1193)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 6:39 PM

Just have to add another factoid or two about the MRSA-

I work with kids in a setting that is in close-quarters and have seen this repeatedly over the last 2 years:

It is highly contagious- if you know of someone having it that lives with you do not share towels, soap, bedding, clothing etc.

Disinfect shared areas ( desks, chairs, furniture) with Clorox or another anitbacterial wipe/spray

Often the sores or "boils" found that are hard to manage. If possible, cover the infected area with a large band-aid or sterile gauze dressing square. The worst kind of MRSA I've seen is when the scalp is involved because it is nearly impossible to dress and the hair on the affected area does not grow back for a long time if ever. It tend to spread there quite readily as well.

At work we have sent home letters to families of students if a known case is reported to us, but often it is not diagnosed and it is important to encourage people to seek treatment if they have symptoms.

I guess we can thank all of our anti-bacterial hand soaps and such, because the bacteria has gotten way smarter as a result!

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 188.3 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 6:49 PM

Hope you get better soon. Take good care of yourself, Jo

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 9:22 PM

Many heartfelt prayers for you!
Please take it easy, and be VERY careful to keep a germ/virus-free environment.

Please let us know how you are doing from time to time, willya??

Hugs atcha,

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 7:34 AM

Does anyone know what causes this horrible illness????
If we can remove that - we can dispense with the
anti-biotics which are becoming useless anyway.

I know Randy had a number of visitors just before she got
sick - and was also doing a lot of gardening - and she
renovated her bathroom. WONDER WOMAN !!!!

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 5:17 PM

Apparently, MRSA is at epidemic proportions. You can catch it from almost anything, most notably in hospitals. Happy that you will be well soon. Those antibiotics are nothing to mess with, pretty hefty stuff.

Oldcougar  (Level: 226.1 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 11:10 AM

Thanks to all for your words of encouragement Still feeling pretty bad, so for those of you that PM'd me, I'll get back to you soon. For anyone on the Death Float, please keep your eyes peeled for any sign of rash & get it checked. So sorry I exposed you, shouldn't have listened to doctors when they said I wasn't contagious. I may have to change my handle to Typhoid Mary.

Papajensai  (Level: 199.4 - Posts: 1024)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 2:28 PM

I've heard it estimated that if you culture nasal swabs on average healthy people who interact normally with other people, most will be "positive" for MRSA. Also for RSV and other microbes which cause opportunistic infections in some people for a variety of reasons, some of which aren't really understood. You didn't expose anyone to anything they hadn't encountered before. Fuggedaboudit.

That being said, it's still a good idea to wash your hands and avoid hospitals. And always wear clean underwear in case you have an accident and have to go to the ER.

Donleigh  (Level: 153.5 - Posts: 5323)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 2:47 PM

Ron, you're right when you say we all carry Staph A. The people at risk are those with a compromised immune system from surgery or an acute illness. The elderly are also at an increased risk if they aren't in good shape.

Oldcougar  (Level: 226.1 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 6:56 PM

Sure Donna, point out how old I am Actually, I have Fibromyalgia but not sure where I picked up MRSA.

Yes Doc, I always wear my best underwear, when gallivanting about, Mom told me too

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 12:06 AM

So that possibly means that you were probably "immune compromised"
when you were exposed to Staph A????
Doesn't surprise me if you were just EXHAUSTED when you caught this
Randy....I think you should change your name to Energizer Bunny....

Mitchy  (Level: 134.5 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 1:20 AM

OMG Randy! That is what almost killed me!!! That crap is very evil and hard to get rid of... Be very careful with that.....I feel for you sweetie... If you have any questions i will be here--- just pm me ok ! Love ya Mitchy

Pennwoman  (Level: 160.5 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 9:17 AM

As an ER nurse, you have no idea how much we appreciate when people wear clean underwear.

Chyenn  (Level: 207.1 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 26th Aug '08 11:38 AM

when i was 14, i slipped on an icy walkway at my Grandma's house and broke my ankle. it was a pretty nasty break requiring surgery and a pin to stabilize it. my dad and uncle carried me to the car and we started off to the ER 50 miles away... My mother insisted we stop at our house on the way.. she went in and came out with a pair of clean undies for me.. she told my dad and brother to get out of the car, then she got into the back seat with me and struggled with that injured ankle for what seemed like an eternity but i arrived at the ER that night in fresh underwear -- which the nurse promptly cut off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Wed, 27th Aug '08 2:11 AM

I had a friend who caught MRSA from a tanning bed..
It took her 3 or 4 different sets of antibiotics over a course of 6 or 8 months to finally get rid of it,
so if it isn't cured the first time don't get dishearten!

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