MRSA Patient Shares Her Story

MRSA Patient Shares Her Story

There are 20 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Oct 25, 2007, titled MRSA Patient Shares Her Story. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

Crystal Renczkowski no longer takes hugs from her children for granted. WEB EXTRA MRSA Cases in Grand Island Middle School, Albion School District "My kids are too precious to me.

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jennifer

Washington, DC

#1 Oct 26, 2007
I am glad to see that the news has advertised the spread of this very contagious outbreak and potenially deadly infection. The threat of contracting MRSA is enough to motivate people to can try and prevent the spread of it by washing hands and keeping clean.
Consuela

Jersey City, NJ

#2 Oct 26, 2007
I always attended crowded and poor city schools and I ask myself why didn't we ever get this MRSA, the only thing I could think of was our kid's electronics. Cell Phones, Calculators, IPods, and earphones. They share them, the place in dirty places and they never wipe them.
Dave

United States

#3 Oct 26, 2007
I do not understand the MRSA stories and why they are even on the news. My wife is a PNP at a local Doctors office and she says the office sees on average 30-40 cases of this per year. It is not uncommon at all so I don't see why this is even a story.
Citizen of Niagara County

United States

#4 Oct 26, 2007
Dave, You have a choice what news is relevant to your uhhh metality or intrests. As for myself I do not beleive ignorance is bliss.
edward

Niagara Falls, NY

#5 Oct 26, 2007
anyway to view this interview again?
Dave

United States

#6 Oct 26, 2007
Citizen of Niagara County wrote:
Dave, You have a choice what news is relevant to your uhhh metality or intrests. As for myself I do not beleive ignorance is bliss.
What's "metality" and try spell checking a few other words. It does not need to be the lead story on the news. Do you want to know every time a kid gets Chicken Pox too?
Nurse for 20

AOL

#7 Oct 26, 2007
Hate to shock America's Media Machine looking to panic everyone but MRSA is not new Hospitals have been battling it for years. People need to honor hospital request not to bring young children into visit, if the nurse tells you to wear a gown and glove do it (stop whining to admistrators that the nurses are mean or they won't let us visit). WASH YOUR HANDS not only with MRSA you should have been washing you hands anyway (didn't your mom teach you), don't pick your wounds and take your Antibiotcs as perscribed don't out think the script. The epidemic in America is IGNORANCE of everything not MRSA.
jamie

Depew, NY

#8 Oct 26, 2007
i'm confused with the original story, how did this woman get this "wound" that had to be drained, and how does that lead to mrsa??? did the mrsa cause the wound to need draining? Sorry for being thick with understanding the whole concept of mrsa.
Allison

Buffalo, NY

#9 Oct 26, 2007
My son came home today with a letter stating that a child in his school (Hoover Elementary, Ken-Ton district) had this same infection.
meg

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Oct 26, 2007
Yes this stuff has been around forever but the fact is that it seems to be on the rise. I am currently dealing with the type that you dont get from hospitals. It is not easy to cure nor is it fun when I have to get an infection drain and packed full of stuff. So if you dont know first hand how it feels to have it and worry about the next time it pops up, then dont open your mouth and say something stupid
Dave

United States

#11 Oct 27, 2007
Allison wrote:
My son came home today with a letter stating that a child in his school (Hoover Elementary, Ken-Ton district) had this same infection.
Of course, its not a big deal, but the Media isn't educated well on it, it's been around for a long time, I'm sure kids in all school distracts have it.
another mrsa patient

Madison Heights, MI

#12 Oct 31, 2007
i was diagnosed with mrsa about a week ago and i am still on antibiotics and i have been looking for answers but cant find the ones i need. i was wondering if you knew how i could prevent my boyfriend and family from catching it from me. do i really have to hide in this plastic bubble until im cured?
Lulu

Magnolia, DE

#13 Oct 31, 2007
another mrsa patient wrote:
i was diagnosed with mrsa about a week ago and i am still on antibiotics and i have been looking for answers but cant find the ones i need. i was wondering if you knew how i could prevent my boyfriend and family from catching it from me. do i really have to hide in this plastic bubble until im cured?
You are not a leper. You just have to be good about hygiene. Get hibiclens cleasner to bath with and ask for bactroban to put in your nares to hopefully clear it if it has colonized your nares and keep it handy if you have any sores that look like they are infected. You can clear this infection but you be obsessive about these things
crystal

Buffalo, NY

#14 Nov 1, 2007
jamie wrote:
i'm confused with the original story, how did this woman get this "wound" that had to be drained, and how does that lead to mrsa??? did the mrsa cause the wound to need draining? Sorry for being thick with understanding the whole concept of mrsa.
i got bit by a spider.the doctors cut the bite open to drain the poison..the spiders poison infected the tissue in my stomach causing it to swell..the poison caused a syst and an absest which caused the staff in my body to upset a bacteria from the spider bite which caused the mrsa.
Jennifer

Fenton, MI

#15 Nov 5, 2007
Dave wrote:
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Of course, its not a big deal, but the Media isn't educated well on it, it's been around for a long time, I'm sure kids in all school distracts have it.
I agree with you, it probably is in all school districts. Our family has been dealing with it on and off for 11 months! Our doctor has just prescribed us Mupirocin which is generic for Bactroban. He also wants us to try Hibiclens which is an antimicrobial soap that can be purchased at any pharmacy. Hope it works, although it did not for my cousins family. By the way her family lives an hour from us and we haven't seen each other since Christmas. In other words, we did not give it to eachother. It is much more prevelant than people realize. I didn't know what it was either, until we got it. My son got it first (probably from daycare), then my husband and then me. Our daughter has not had any lesions from it. I started looking up "boils" because I figured what we had must be contagious since 3 out of 4 of us had these pussy lesions! Then I figured it must be MRSA and we all went to the doctor. We were all pu ton Bactrim. Everything cleared up for about a month and then has continued on & off. Are we suppose to stay on antibiotics? AHHHH!
amy

Strawberry Plains, TN

#16 Nov 9, 2007
Dave wrote:
I do not understand the MRSA stories and why they are even on the news. My wife is a PNP at a local Doctors office and she says the office sees on average 30-40 cases of this per year. It is not uncommon at all so I don't see why this is even a story.
my mom almost died from infection she lost her mobility and 6 mths of her life.... thats why its in the news
kat

Buffalo, NY

#17 Nov 11, 2007
i know this may sound stupid, but isn't it good for people to realize what mrsa is? i'm only 13,so this is the 1st time i've ever heard of it. mrsa came out in the 60's. so, if you think of it, anyone who was born in the late 70's to now, doesn't work,d oesn't know anyone who works in the hospital, or knows someone who has/has had mrsa most likely knows nothing about it. it is good that it was on the news.
kat

Buffalo, NY

#18 Nov 11, 2007
im sorry, there is a typo in my last comment

*...doesn't know someone who has/has had mrsa...
George

Singapore, Singapore

#19 Nov 1, 2008
another mrsa patient wrote:
i was diagnosed with mrsa about a week ago and i am still on antibiotics and i have been looking for answers but cant find the ones i need. i was wondering if you knew how i could prevent my boyfriend and family from catching it from me. do i really have to hide in this plastic bubble until im cured?
Dave, YOU may not want to know about MRSA, yet it does not mean that it is not of general and urgent interest. I understand your wife is a practitioner. Well, as much as many patients need education, practictioners need it MORE. And so it may be useful for you and your wife to know that nosocomial infections and community acquired MRSA have increased significantly over the past few years, all over the world, but particularly in the US. What this means in practice for you as a layman and your wife as a specialist is respectively (a) understand how to prevent MRSA and (b) understand how to diagnose correctly and treat MRSA (and by definition, MRSA is NOT treatable with standard antibiotics).

And thats why the news article about the kid with MRSA is good. And in case you wonder who i am: senior physician who deals with MRSA 30 times a day rather than 30 times a year.

best regards.
concerned for good reason

Buffalo, NY

#20 Nov 1, 2008
I to have suffered from MRSA in the past. It has been about 3 years now since it started. At the time my Dr. was very concerned and had told me she is seeing a dramatic rise in cases and severity. Two years later the Health Dept. finally came out with a alet notifying medical personnel of this outbreak. As for me it was 9 months of hell. I was treated with antbiotics and every 6 weeks it return since the antibiotics really weren't getting rid of it. Each course was a different type of antibiotic. The last course was a cocktail of three different very potent antibiotics which finally killed the infection but also almost killed me in the process. So for those of you who say it has been around for a long time, that doesn't mean it should not be a concern. For those of us with comprimised immune systems it can be very serious and very painful to boot!

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