Gramps-rsd & marsa

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   Posted 1/24/2008 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gramps,
Boy, did the Mayo Clinic ever miss their mark about RSD. It most certainly can move around and affect other areas of the body. Its funny I was looking up something about rsd and found a site that was very informative. If I can ever find the site again I will post here. That way if you go back to the Mayo you can copy it and tell them to shove it, or better yet tell them to get educated about rsd.
I don't know if you ever said in any of your posts but you think you may be infected with Marsa. How do you think you got it? I was just curious cause I couldn't remeber.
I got some rather shocking news tonite myself. The FDA has made a recall on pre-filled syringes of of Heparin & Saline Solution from a company in N.C. It showed to be tainted with a bacteria called "Serratia Marcecens" which causes terrible infections.
When I was in the hosspital for 8 days almost 2 months ago for cellulitis I received IV vancomycin which is a strong antibiotic. After being released from the hospital, I had to use to balls of vanc a day, I have a port a cath in my chest from doing Remicade for my crohns. Anyway, they rigged me all up to do the vanc at home. Guess who's Lot numbers on her pre-filled Heparin matched and from that company. I am trying now to find out if the Vanc will have covered that particular bacteria or not. If so great. If not, not so great, I have ran a low grade fever ever since being released from the hospital and I now have a nasty upper resp. infection. The upper resp. infection can be caused by this bacteria, and it also hits the kidneys and urinary tract and I am having some kidney issues, that cropped up while in the hospital. So, I am a little nervous tonite. I have COPD and on oxygen as well. This bacteria hits alot of other ares in the body, from the eyes to the brain, its bad. I guess I will call my pulmonary dr this morning. Have a good day, Susie

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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks fpr responding Gramps. I know while in the hospital one of the nurses told me Vanc would cover Marsa. I just don't know about this bacteria from the tainted heparin.Susie

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   Posted 1/24/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't mean to alarm anyone but there have been cases of Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or VRSA.

It seems that Vancomycin is quickly losing to S. Aureus infections

Although sporadic if the trend continues we could be in serious trouble

Post Edited (wghfroggie) : 1/24/2008 9:06:08 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Gramps,

Oh yes, I plan to have my labs done next week. The bacteria found in the syringes is Serratia Marcescens. Vanc does not cover this particular bacteria, I was sure hoping it did. Alot of the cillins are given, but I am allergic to them but there are other drugs I can be given if I test positive. I just did the 3 pill ZPack and its got my stomach in such an uproar, this is due to the UC and Chrons. I am staying very close to my small library with plenty of reading material & Seek A Words, lol. I have to laugh or I will cry.

I am having weird skin issues, blisters as a matter of fact. I had a small blister hanging off my ear lobe and I could not tell what it was. I thought it was a piece of skin hanging, I pulled and the blister not only broke but the whole piece of blistered skin came off in my hand. It finally healed after 3 1/2 wks. I just now have a blister on the bottom of my foot at the wide part. Its bigger than a dime. I dipped a needle in alcohol and tried to pop it, a little clear fluid came out. Next day could barely stand to walk on my foot because it hurt so bad. By evening I had enough, got my trusty alcohol & needle again. This time I barely got the needle in and pus shot across the bathroom. Its a mess, but finally no more pus in it. Every tiny cut or scratch on me gets infected. 

I am still having issues with my legs. The problems with them has gone on for over 2 yrs. I am still having some swelling, but the bottom of my legs are still running fever. The skin is all cracked and getting ready to peel again. After the fever lets up they always peel like a sunburn. But, here is the kicker, the fever is present when I wake up in the am. During the course of the day the fever may or may not go away in my legs. From what the dr told me and what I have read cellulitis is an infection of the skin and tissues.  Anyway, I am really ready to checkis other thing out.....Susie


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   Posted 1/27/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie - Your blisters could be caused by a Staphylococcal infection. Make sure you tell your doctor about these blisters, they may want to have you come in sooner to check things out.
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