MRSA- please give advice or suggestions- scared!

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jblue65
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   Posted 7/20/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Help! I just found out that the fluid I have around my pouch tested positive for MRSA. I have had a drain for two weeks now and the first test did not show MRSA now this last test did.

I have no fever and don't feel badly except for the pain in the butt from the drain. I had second step of jpouch June 23rd.

I am having a PICC line installed today and then the home nurse will come and give me the IV antibiotics starting tomorrow - I think.

Kind of in shock right now. Trying to figure out when I got this- I guess in the hospital after second surgery.

This is a total bummer- I have a butt drain that they won't take out- now I will have a PICC line and IV meds daily at home...

Ok done complaining----

Please-- anyone who has gone through this give me hope it will be alright.
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06
Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix- NO MORE PRED!!!

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps
Step 2- June 23rd
Step 3- TBA


LittleE
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Jackie,

Wow, so you have a drain in the area around your new j-pouch? Sheesh that would be uncomfortable to say the least. I had a drain for 2-3 weeks after my ileostomy surgery coming out of my incision (like a tube connected to a clear rubber squeeze-ball that I had to empty like 10 times a day) and it drove me nuts.

I wanted to let you know that I had a MRSA infection about 5 years ago, but it was not related to my surgery--it was on my bottom lip of all places, making my lip swell up and blister and hurt (and look really scary). I went on high doses of antibiotics, and it cleared up in 2 weeks!

I know when you hear "MRSA," it is scary, but the truth is there are still antibiotics that can clear them up just like other infections. I am sure your IV antibiotics will clear up your infection. :)

I hope it works fast so that you can possibly get your drain removed!

-E

jblue65
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you for responding. I just got back home and have picc line in. Not a bad experiene at all.
Will probably start antibiotics tomorrow- i think vancomycin? The butt drain as I call it is coming out of my butt cheek but the liquid is not affecting the pouch at all ( thank God)...

Were you contagious when you had MRSA?
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06
Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix- NO MORE PRED!!!

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps
Step 2- June 23rd
Step 3- TBA


nene205
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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you have to best antibiotic for MRSA. I had a friend who contacted MRSA in the hospital after having a baby!!! The baby was fine, but my friend had to take massive doses of antibiotics. She finally kicked it after a while. She now looks and feels great!
Good luck and stay positive.
Jennie

dilatante
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   Posted 7/20/2009 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had MRSA after my first surgery at my JP site. I'm now cleared of it, and was on oral antibiotics for a long time.

LittleE
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   Posted 7/21/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Jackie,

To answer your question, I was told yes I was contagious, but none of my friends, family, or my husband caught it, thankfully! I mean, as soon as my lip swelled up and blistered, I obviously stopped kissing and sharing drinks with people as I knew something was wrong...

I just did a search about it, and I did not realize they categorize MRSA into 2 groups: Hospital-Acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA) and Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA). I had the community-associated one, which is not as serious as the hospital-induced type:

http://www.thebody.com/content/treat/art41276.html


I think I was on strong antibiotics for about a month (only oral ones--no IVs), but it seemed to clear up for me in 2 weeks. But, again, I had the less-serious type.

I hope you feel better soon!

-E

jblue65
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 381
   Posted 7/21/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys- this helps
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06
Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix- NO MORE PRED!!!

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps
Step 2- June 23rd
Step 3- TBA

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