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Ambrosia
04-23-2009, 09:09 PM
I just got a call from my brother that my uncle is in the hospital with MRSA. My brother said my uncle is 'in a bad way'. They live several states away. Is this stuff usually fatal?

Going out of my mind here.
Ambrosia

quickWit
04-23-2009, 09:23 PM
I'm not an authority by any means, but I think it all depends on how long it's present before being treated.

I hope your uncle is OK, Ambrosia. You and your family are in my thoughts. :)

Peace

semilargeintestine
04-23-2009, 09:23 PM
You should really try to get information from the doctor rather than here. That said, MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; it is a form of "staph" that is resistant to the antibiotics usually used to treat infections. It can be treated however. Certain meds are still useful, and superficial abscesses can be drained.

It can be fatal, but a majority of cases are not so serious. I would definitely get in touch with them to find out exactly what the doctors said. Family members tend to make things sound a lot worse than they are.

tjwriter
04-23-2009, 09:25 PM
I agree with semi.

There are a lot of factors that affect the severity of an individual's case.

Best to get more info.

stephenf
04-23-2009, 09:38 PM
MRSA,is a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics,so is difficult to treat.all infections are potently serious, but you can't generalise how serious . Most people that become victim to MRSA are in hospital and are there for a different health problem. Which may or may not have a consequence. You will need to talk to your uncle's Doctor. Hope he gets better soon.

Ambrosia
04-23-2009, 11:35 PM
Thanks guys. It is just one more stress today I did not need.

brainstorm77
04-24-2009, 12:19 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methicillin-resistant_Staphylococcus_aureus

Ambrosia
04-24-2009, 04:27 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methicillin-resistant_Staphylococcus_aureus
Thanks for the link, Brainstorm.

Robin
04-24-2009, 05:09 PM
Usually it's treatable with Vancomycin (a super strong antibiotic). But they need to determine where the infection came from. MRSA used to be something patients only caught in nursing homes. Now it's more common out in the community. We see more kids with infected abcesses coming in now to be treated with Vanc. Improperly treated, it can spread from family member to family member. Make sure his house is cleaned thoroughly before your uncle returns home. Bleach out tubs, throw away old razors, etc.

Ambrosia
04-24-2009, 05:16 PM
Usually it's treatable with Vancomycin (a super strong antibiotic). But they need to determine where the infection came from. MRSA used to be something patients only caught in nursing homes. Now it's more common out in the community. We see more kids with infected abcesses coming in now to be treated with Vanc. Improperly treated, it can spread from family member to family member. Make sure his house is cleaned thoroughly before your uncle returns home. Bleach out tubs, throw away old razors, etc.I am not there. I am in NY and he is in Missouri. I can only sit and pray for him. Having lost a number of people from my life in the last few years, I am a little on edge. My family isn't close, but he has always been my favorite uncle and a good guy. He was battling cancer and now this. I hope he makes it.

Ambrosia
05-11-2009, 11:31 PM
I just received a call from my brother. My uncle has passed away. It was fatal after all. :(

Little Earthquake
05-11-2009, 11:36 PM
I just received a call from my brother. My uncle has passed away. It was fatal after all. :(

Oh, I am so sorry!

jodiodi
05-11-2009, 11:39 PM
So sorry for your loss, Ambrosia. MRSA is easily spread through populations living in close contact. It usually isn't fatal unless there are other factors such as immunocompromised patients with poor resistance to begin with due to some sort of primary issue. Millions of people live with it all their lives with no problems. Most don't even know they carry it. Only when there's a problem does it come to light.

Robin
05-11-2009, 11:44 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss, Ambrosia.
:(

Ambrosia
05-11-2009, 11:52 PM
Thanks, guys. He was in the VA hospital. He caught it in there. My brother had called a couple weeks ago to say he was worse than he had been. I should have gone back then to see him. But I didn't have the money. Still don't. I am going to miss his funeral too. This so rots.

Susie
05-12-2009, 12:38 AM
Gee, so sorry, ((((((HUGS))))) and prayers to you and yours, Ambrosia.

backslashbaby
05-12-2009, 12:57 AM
I'm so sorry! I'm familiar with cancer/immune system related deaths - my mom died from chemo :( But she had been very ill, and we knew that.

Good Journey to your uncle. I'm so sorry you can't go to the funeral. I believe that you can be there in spirit, and he will consider it the same.

Big big hugs! Some years there are too too many deaths, and nothing is rougher, I know. Take care.

robeiae
05-12-2009, 01:11 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss, Ambrosia.

Ambrosia
05-12-2009, 01:18 AM
Thanks everyone. I will do my best. Thanks.

sassandgroove
05-12-2009, 01:19 AM
I am sorry for your loss.

Ambrosia
05-12-2009, 02:28 AM
Thank you, Sass. That means a lot.

Snowstorm
05-12-2009, 02:29 AM
My condolences on your loss of your favorite uncle, Ambrosia. Big hugs going your way.

Ambrosia
05-12-2009, 03:28 AM
Thank you, Snowstorm. The support of everyone has been great. Thank you.

Little Earthquake
05-12-2009, 03:41 AM
I've known a couple of people who had MRSA, and it's a scary thing! Not having the money to see your family when times are hard sucks so hard. Hopefully it helps to know we all care about you and hurt for you. *hugs*

Ambrosia
05-12-2009, 04:12 AM
Thanks, Little Earthquake. It does help. A great deal.

Adam
05-12-2009, 04:23 AM
I'm sorry for your loss, Ambrosia. My condolences.

Ambrosia
05-12-2009, 07:37 AM
Thank you so much, Adz. Your support means the world to me. Thank you.

bettielee
05-12-2009, 08:31 AM
I hadn't seen your thread, Ambrosia. I am thinking of you tonight - I hope you are ok. My deepest condolences on your loss. We are all here for you.

CACTUSWENDY
05-12-2009, 10:39 AM
Warm fuzzys sent to you dear one. I am sorry to hear of your loss.

Ambrosia
05-12-2009, 03:29 PM
Thank you, Bettielee and CactusWendy. You all are so kind. I went to bed with a massive headache and have awoken with it. I thought sleep would make it go away. Guess it's stress.

I appreciate the support. Thank you.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-12-2009, 04:52 PM
((((Hugs))))

Pagey's_Girl
05-12-2009, 04:54 PM
((Hugs))

Perks
05-12-2009, 05:24 PM
That's awful. I'm so sorry.

Calla Lily
05-12-2009, 05:28 PM
So sorry for your loss.

Manix
05-12-2009, 05:32 PM
Ambrosia, my heart goes out to you. So sorry to hear of your loss. When words are not enough, hugs are all I can offer. Condolences.

awatkins
05-12-2009, 05:57 PM
Oh, no. I just saw this. You have my sincere condolences. *hugs*

Rachel
05-12-2009, 06:01 PM
:heart:

*Hugs* Ambrosia. I'm so sorry.

:heart:

petec
05-12-2009, 06:04 PM
I am so sorry for you and your family

Pete

regdog
05-12-2009, 06:38 PM
So sorry for your loss. :Hug2:

wannawrite
05-12-2009, 09:34 PM
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

Soccer Mom
05-12-2009, 10:40 PM
Sorry for your loss, Sweetie. Hugs to you and your family.

Ambrosia
05-13-2009, 12:44 AM
(((((((((Everyone))))))))) I am so grateful to each of you for the care and support you have shown. It means the world to me. Thank you so much.


(((OFG))) Thank you.