the ugly truth about life with a 'superbug' - absorbent material
When I heard that high school is about to be closed and teenagers die because of the super bacteria of S. aureus, I feel very lucky.
I have eaten since 2006.
Drug-resistant S. aureus is six times and somehow avoids the worst: I have never been hospitalized and am not worried about my life.
But please take my advice and try your best to avoid this dangerous infection.
My first episode is in July 2006.
I live in Boston and am going to visit a friend in nantarket.
On the plane, I leaned back in my seat and felt a faint pain like someone pressing my hips hard.
I asked my friend to have a look when I arrived.
It sounds awkward, but I can't see the problem myself.
She said it was just a knot but it was really red.
By the third day, the infuriated area was over 3 inch wide and burned badly.
I was nervous so I left the island early to see a doctor.
He gave me an antibiotic called Keflex to treat skin infections, but the pimples get bigger, hotter, harder, and redder.
Sitting is almost impossible.
Soon, the pain was more than just my hip.
I found a second position. -on my labia! Health.
Com: What is my real risk for S. aureus? What is it?
I still don't know. I'm infected with S. aureus.
In fact, I know almost nothing about S. aureus.
But I didn't get better, so when I was at my weekend house in Connecticut, I decided to go to the emergency room.
The doctor there gave me some anesthetic, then cut it open and cleaned up the spots on my ass.
The abscess below is large enough that they have to wrap it up with an absorbent material to absorb pus.
When they developed the infection, I finally knew it was S. aureus.
The doctor changed my antibiotics to Augmentin because the first antibiotic was not effective against bacteria.
But they don't want to touch the place on my labia.
I have to go to a gynecologist for this.
When I got back to Boston, I went back to the doctor's office and changed the packaging, but the doctor wouldn't do it because they didn't have the necessary surgical tools.
I had to go to the emergency room.
I went to the emergency room of the same hospital building;
They agreed to change the package but didn't want to touch the place on my labia.
They said I needed a gyno. Argh! Five doc-
Tor is seeing a doctor for this infection and the situation is getting worse and worse.
I lost it. Health.
Com: Don't worry too much about the terrible disease, I walked into the medical building next door and found an OB-GYN's office.
They agreed to take a look.
The doctor tied up the swollen place, gave a little pus, and then sent it to culture. It was MRSA. Again.
Both wounds have healed and I have been fine for three weeks.
But two months later, on September, my pussy and labia turned red again.
I'm really upset.
I can't believe it's back.
Soon I went back to the emergency room and started another drainage and culture. More MRSA.
More antibiotics, called Bactrim this time. Health.
Com: is it my fault how to not infect S. aureus?
Finally, I saw an infectious disease.
Disease experts who do various tests (
Including diabetes and HIV)
Wondering if I have a condition that makes me vulnerable.
Everything is negative.
I'm not surprised.
I used to be a professional dancer and I was always healthy.
However, these tests made me feel more nervous and uncertain.
Experts can't explain why the epidemic is recurring, but the sudden appearance of the place where I sweat is a clue.
I exercise three times a week in the gym and also run.
I will come out directly from the gym and start working in the garden, changing clothes first, but wait until I get back inside to take a shower. Bad idea.
The experts told me to take a shower and change clothes right away so that the bacteria don't have the chance to breed and do laundry every day.
She also asked me to try "decolonization"-a real hassle.
I took a five-day shower with an antibacterial soap called Hibiclens (My husband too)
For two weeks, I put a ointment called Bactroban on my nose (
Because st can live there)
And my pussy.
I also wash all our sheets and towels in hot water with bleach every day.
Later, I saw a dermatologist advising me to switch from spandex to loose cotton in case the tight clothing rubbed my skin and left minor wear. Health.
Com: What else can I do?
I hope I can say that this is enough to solve the problem.
But the infection came back last winter. -again! --
This time under my arms and breasts.
My stomach is next, June, September.
Like other attractions, most of them need to be drained, packaged and treated with Bactrim.
Did I do something wrong?
My friend kept telling me to change the doctor, but the doctor said the same thing: "We see this often and we don't know why we came back.
"The truth is, I think everything I do is right.
I am now obsessed with following expert advice.
I am moisturizing in the hope of avoiding cracks in the skin that may be the breeding ground.
I have been washing my hands.
I open the door in the public bathroom with my wrist and back of my hand.
I can't imagine what else I can do with S. aureus.
Except for warning you. E-
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ComCopyright Health Magazine 2009 * Jilly Jackson is not the real name of the author.
Maryn McKenna's book will be published in 2009 by Free Press.