I'm new to all of this and am feeling a bit overwhelmed at the moment. This all started for me on Jan. 23. I hadn't been in the hospital or anything, I just got a boil...or so I thought. I've had a boil before so I wasn't that concerned until it swelled to nearly the size of a baseball. I went thru my local ER and they said there wasn't a surgeon there at the time but they could call one for me and have him come in or I could go home with a Rx for antibotics and if it didn't go away, come back. Well, I finished my Rx of ampicillian and keflex and it went away...for about a week...and then it came back, with a vengence! Instead of just one, I had a cluster of boils. This time I sought help immediately. I seen a surgeon. He lanced 2 of them, gave me another Rx for bactrim ds, took a culture and said I'd be fine. I got my culture back today and it confirmed MRSA. He seems completely unconcerned about this. He wrote me another Rx for another 15 bactrim... I've not even had time to finish the first Rx, looked at my site and said everything looks good and sent me on my way. I told him on my first visit that 4 other people I've had contact with have developed boils, one of which was my husband. Everyone else got better w/out meds but here I am...and now my husband is getting another one. I told the Dr. that today and all he said was, "Share some of your antibiotics w/ him." My brain is screaming WTF?!? but, I'm not someone that is very vocal w/ people of authority so I just accepted what he said and came home. I've been looking around on the net all evening and I'm SCARED! ...and mad as hell, now that I think about the lack of concern I was given. Knowing that my tests came back positive for MRSA, knowing that I've already been thru way too many antibiotics and knowing that I had previously stated that I had infected 4 people, this man looked at me and said "I don't think you are passing this to your husband." Whatever! The more I read on the net the more scared I get. I haven't been able to be a "real" wife to my husband for weeks now. I'm terrified of infecting my children. I think I'm developing OCD because I can't stop washing my hands and wiping down the toilet seat with anti-bacterial wipes. In everything I've read it sounds like this is something that never goes away. Tell me that I'm not going to have this for the rest of my life! Please! Tell me that! I want my life back! And I was reading the papers that came w/ my Rxs and it says these drugs can cause kidney stones! Kidney stones "was" my biggest fear in life, until I started reading about MRSA. Do you know how many people in my family have had kidney stones...repeatedly? A lot! And what about colitis < probably spelled incorrectly> but can't that happen when you're on antibiotics for extended periods of time? Somebody give me the good news already so I can stop feeling like the light at the end of the tunnel is just the train that's about to run me down. I don't mean to sound like such a whiner, y'all, but I'm scared and worried and getting angrier by the minute when I think of how my Dr. just dismissed me today. Any insights you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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