I did NOT have MRSA. I know someone who had this with MRSA and he had 3-4 IV antibiotic treatments a DAY for 4 WEEKS. That much antibiotics ate through his teeth, even though they were not oral antibiotics.
MRSA cannot be treated with oral antibiotics. It can be PREVENTED by proper handwashing and by actually AVOIDING the antibacterial soaps and products. These antibacterial products only kill roughly 2 % more germs than reg soap and water AND the antibacterial products are teaching the germs to adapt and become resistant to them. So that is a MAJOR contributing factor to the existence of MRSA. (Proper handwashing means using warm water and soap, and rubbing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. And then using paper towels to turn off the faucet, especially if you are in a public restroom. To make SURE you are getting the 20 seconds, you can sing "Twinkle twinkle little star", one animal worth of "Old MacDonald Has a Farm", "The Alphabet Song" all at a normal tempo - not like Speedy Gonzalez and not super slow either. I have found this to be a very useful teaching tool with my kids, and even more so with my bother and husband! To figure out how much of a song to sing, set a timer for 20 seconds and sing your preferred song until the 20 seconds are over. It will give you a feel for how long 20 seconds is when measured by whatever song sticks in your head.
I was terribly relieved to hear I didn't have MRSA. The doc was pretty sure it wasn't that the first morning in the hospital. he looked at my leg and started yelling! My leg was just so much better than it had been, it was less red and the red area had retreated by several inches at each margin. He didn't have cultures back at that point, but he said that if it had been MRSA we would have seen only a very small improvement if we saw any improvement at all by that time.
One thing I did was notice that the night nurse on Friday did not wear gloves. She actually came in and was going to mess with my IV line w/o the gown and gloves, in spite of a HUGE cabinet hung on the door and a 2 foot by 2 foot sign warning that they were needed. I stopped her before she touched me, and had to be very insistent about gloves. Through the night I had to remind her every time seh came in to put on gloves. I even had to remind her when she went to open the packets my meds were in.
Once Monday came around (I was released on Saturday) I called the hospital. I spoke with a patient representative and told her how scared this nurse made me feel. I had the nurse's first name, the room I was in, what the nurse looked like all to tell her. I had told the doctor in charge about it when he did rounds, but he didn't seem to care. he was NOT the doc I had the rest of my stay - the good doc was not on duty on the weekend.
The hospital thanked me, and said it was important for them to know. Esp with the precautions being there b/c I had to nasty bacteria. The nurse could have taken those bacteria to any other patient, herself, or even home to her family, or seh could have brought other bacteria and disease to me on her clothes. My immune system was quite compromised b/c the infection. The patient rep said they would look into if the nurse has had other complaints and see what measures are needed. From talking to friends who work there, nurses get ONE complaint and they are retrained. If there is a second complaint then they think about firing them. If for some reason they don't fire a nurse, a third complaint is guaranteed firing. And this is when they consider each time they enter the room w/o gloves/gown an "incident". This nurse prob racked up 10 incidents that night with me repeating that she had to have gloves/gown on to enter the room..
I was just glad I stood up to the nurse and told her she needed the gloves and gown, and that I let the hospital know since she was taking risks with the health of a LOT of people. Even if they fire her, I am glad I called. I spoke with my ex-SIL about this and she was HORRIFIED that a nurse would walk past a sign like that and not take precautions (ex-sil is a nurse).
So, if you are in the hospital, NEVER be afraid to speak up and tell someone that they need to glove up! It could be a major factor in YOUR health!
Thanks for all the kind words and support. Any of you with skin that cracks, keep it clean and keep moisturizing as much as possible. I have had wonderful luck with keeping my hands from cracking by using CO Bigelow Chapped Hands Cleanser sold at Bath and Body Works. It is a petroleum Jelly based cleanser and really seems to work. (Being rather anal, I wash my hands with soap, dry them, and then use the chapped hands cleanser b/c it is a petroleum jelly based product that is great but I am nervous about bacteria right now!) You put this cleanser on dry hands, work it in and then rinse and dry your hands.
for cracks and dry skin on any other part of the body, after a shower, put on baby oil, skin so soft, neutrogena body oil or any other body oil. Then use your towel and dry off. You seal in the moisture in your skin by putting the oil on wet skin, and you don't have that greasy, gobs of oil feeling by toweling off afterward. This is what the dermatologist recommended to me for dry skin and to my 2 youngest kids to keep their eczema in check. For the kids and the eczema, it works better than the creams the docs used to give us (and is a whole lot cheaper).
Have a good day all!
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